The 24/7 became R-Truth’s for the 9th time last week then he took off for Comic Con. We’d see two attempts at unseating him while he was in San Diego. Drake Maverick would succeed, though, during the backstage interview. That title got passed around A LOT, but ultimately made it back into the hands of Truth with a little help from Carmella.
It would seem more than impressive that Cedric Alexander was granted a spot over Drew McIntyre the week following his big surprise, but thats just what was given a week ago. This week, it was payback time; payback came in the form of a one-sided brawl that left Alexander eating the corner of the apron before the bell could even ring.
Corey Graves and Byron Saxton had the night off so David Otunga was called up for commentary. The other spot went to the duo of Big E and Xavier Woods which was a sure sign that the night would be interesting. It didn’t take long for them to pay off either.
The first match of the night featured Apollo Crews taking on Shinsuke Nakamura. In what could be an elevation by loss situation, E and Woods put Crews over so well in the match and still remained biased giving Nakamura the same respect. The “Where are your friends” line put the whole segment over after the post match exclamation point by Nak.
Last time around, Ember Moon was battling with Fire and Desire. She’s earned a SmackDown Women’s title shot in the week since. the tune up was presented in the form of a distraction squash of Charlotte. Yes, that Charlotte. Moon capped off the performance with an Eclipse for both Charlotte and Bayley (you guessed it; same one). Color me surprised.
The next saga in the Kofi Kingston title run is the man, Randy Orton. Kofi issued the formal challenge then took to a one-on-one match with Samoa Joe. Orton initiated the DQ, issued an RKO, and ate a Trouble in Paradise all within a few seconds. Kung fu Kofi survived yet another week.
Was that Tony Ice that got hit by the truck named Oney Lorcan?
The Breaking Grounds Tounament moves on, but the ousted Isaiah “Swerve” Scott was granted another platform. Paired with an old Evolve mate, Scott took on Drew Gulak in the main event. The familiarity meant we saw something different from the two men. Scott even got through many of his signature moves before the final bell.
The run of Jordan Myles continued into the tournament finals, but Angel Garza was no quick work. Myles, in all accounts, is a living wrestling anime character; he was showing a lot more teeth this time out and at one point, seemed to have them kicked right out of his head by Garza. The finish left much to be desired. Yet and still, on to the finals young man.
A couple of losses and a new direction has pushed Bianca Belair back to the middle of the women’s division deck, and she’s not happy. The victim of the week happened to be Xia Li. She didn’t muster up much offense against Belair either. Aside from slipping out of a stalling suplex, this was an all out assault on anyone not named Bianca, and she let us know as much, too.
It’s a fair trade off for Keith Lee to display his raw skill and athleticism against the likes of Damien Priest. Lee put the new comer over but not before flashing some moves and super shoulder tackle.
The Kiera Hogan – Jordaynne Grace saga continued another week. Grace scored another win, and as a bonus, Madison Rayne sat in on commentary to futher the story along. One can say that Rayne helped and harmed Hogan’s chances when she tossed her new friend back in the ring.
Moose’s new angle is one of displeasure. He acknowledged how former champs have left the promotion and the lack of title opportunities for himself. It would be nice if he continued to hand out GoFundMe sized beatdowns.