Noam Dar and Brian Kendrick vs Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa
Good kick off show match. Warmed the crowd up and set the tone. Good spots and told a decent story.
Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe
This was the match I thought would steal the show, I was a little disappointed to see it first but also excited to see how high they could set the bar. I enjoyed this match, it told a good story and included some great wrestling. I was a tad disappointed that it wasn’t longer though.
Enzo and Cass vs Gallows and Anderson
I’ve written before about how I feel WWE dropped the ball with tag teams a bit in 2016, there’s some great talent in the division but they don’t seem to be given much time to shine. This match was no different really. Two great teams but not given very long at all and a finish that didn’t really make either team look good. Some good stuff during the short match though.
Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks
I enjoyed this match, they built a good story around the David vs Goliath story line. Some brutal stuff from Nia and Sasha looking reminiscent of a young Shawn Michaels at times. I’m interested to see where it goes next.
Jinder Mahal vs Cesaro
This was a good match from two good wrestlers. It seemed a little odd that it was put on the card with no build. I guess it’s a novel way to build a Rusev Jinder feud.
Rusev vs Big Show
Another enjoyable match, but again, it felt like it would have been better had it had some build up. It’s good to see show in such good shape and having matches that are as good as any I remember him having ever.
Neville vs Jack Gallagher
The battle of the brits. Two English cruiserweights who I first saw on rhe indies and love to watch. Contrasting styles that should mesh well. I was very much looking forward to this one. It was an excellent match. Some great high flying moves, some great mat wrestling and some super stiff shots. Both guys cane out looking strong and the crowd were into it more than other recent CW matches.
Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman
Given how many great matches Roman has had very the past 18 months, and how good the Braun Big show match on raw was recently, I had high hopes for this match. In the end I found it quite enjoyable. Some brutal moves, some good spots and a believable story.
Charlotte vs Bayley
These two also had the potential to steal the show. It was a great match, although I’ve definitely seen both women have better ones. I think it was probably match of the night, and the outcome genuinely surprised me. I’m interested to see what happens next.
Goldberg vs Kevin Owens
I was massively disappointed when this match was booked because I knew the only thing that made sense would be a squash match and I didn’t see how that could be done without ruining all the Owens has done over the last 6 months. That said, the feud has pleasantly surprised me. The twitter war has been gold and KO has cut some promos that had me believing he might just do it. He played his part well in this match, the build of anticipation, a cockiness that suggested he’d win. His trademarked facial expressions. The Jericho factor was good, and alleviatedy fears around ruining Owens. They have pulled off the match keeping both guys lookin strong. I’m not hugely fond of the idea of Goldberg having a title run, but I am quite excited by the prospect of leaner having one, and I’m very much looking forward to KO vs Y2J at mania.
All in all I quite enjoyed this event. I didn’t think it was as good as some of the others recently, but I’ve certainly seen as lot worse during my time as a fan. Some of the matches were too short, which made it seem even weirder that they added two matches without build up. I think my two favourite matches were the women’s matches (definitely 2 of my top 3 – the other being the cruiserweight). Certainly enough to make me want to watch raw.