Shane Taylor became the perfect fall guy for the climbing Joe Hendry. Taylor put his challenger through the ringer, but it was Hendry impressing the crowd by slamming the TV champ for the pin and win.
There has been a lot of discontent between Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham in recent appearances; none of it was apparent when they teamed with Jeff Cross to take on Stuka, Jr, Calistico, and Triton. This was nothing more than a cross promotional match for some fan service, so I suppose they put the burn on hold for a bit.
Who didn’t put anything on hold was Kenny King. King opened the four corner match by demanding the camera man leave ringside after an earlier incident of King running into the camera. With his eye wrapped, King would stumble around the ring against Dalton Castle, Marty Scurll, and the eventual winner, Colt Cabana. Leave it to King to sell the hell out of what was most likely an accident caught on camera.
The opening segment featuring Stone Cold and the Universal Championship competitors was followed up by the stunned AJ Styles taking on Cedric Alexander. There wasn’t much set up to this match, but it Styles does need a challenger at the upcoming event. Alexander picking up the win was a sign that he may be the one.
Reunited, Sasha Banks and Bayley teamed to face their Clash of Champions opponents, Becky Lynch and Charlotte. Banks and Bayley were met with much aggression head on. This was a good smoke screen because putting one team over didn’t necessarily mean that they would win or lose their matchups on Sunday. Also, no chairs this week.
It was nice of them to convince everyone that Baron Corbin would have much to overcome in the triple threat with Ricochet and Samoa Joe, but we know Corbin to be the ever opportunist. Ricochet set Joe up, knocked him down, and Corbin did his thing by stealing the win.
During the night, the main event was set up to involve ten men with much history recently. Alexander joined the Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins in a match against The OC, Robert Roode, and Dolph Ziggler. The only words need for this match are spotfest and beer. The Alexander’s team picked up the victory and Stone Cold brought the celebratory brewskies.
The new look Bayley needed to get back in the ring with Ember Moon for no other reason than to show Moon that the champ is serious. Moon did her best scold job backstage to set up the contest, and Bayley picked up where she left off leaving Ember on the mat in an air of disappointment.
Kiera Hogan served as the welcome wagon for Tenille Dashwood. There was no best fr-enemy, Madison Rayne, showing her face this week though. Also missing, Jordynne Grace and Rosemary leading everyone to think that there’s about to be a shifting of the gears for the B-story of Knockouts division.