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Posted by J. Elam on 05/22/2017 at 11:07 AM

1. Shinsuke Nakamura vs Dolph Ziggler - Shinsuke Nakamura's first match on the main roster. Match went 15 minutes. Why? Nakamura's supposed to be miles better than Ziggler, yet this match seemed to indicate Ziggler was on Nakamura's level. They had Nakamura selling Dolph's offense when what they should have done was had Nakamura basically squash him. Build him up to be a big deal, rather than just another body on the roster than can wrestle really well. They have enough of those already. Shinsuke Nakamura has the potential to be right up there with AJ Styles as the best that SD has to offer.

2. SD Tag Team Championship: The Usos vs Breezango - Tyler Breeze wore the custodian outfit for the first few minutes. Then he switched to a grandma outfit (which triggered a "Let's go, Grandma!" chant). That was fun. Usos teamwork triumphed and they retained their titles. That's how a comedy match should be done. Bonus points since it was done in a way where you believed at one point the challengers could win. I'd like to see a rematch between them. Have Breezango learn from their mistake(s) and take it a little more seriously next time around.

3. Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin - Sami showed a lot of heart against Corbin. Didn't matter what Corbin hit Sami with, he just kept getting back up. Corbin made one mistake, and Sami made him pay for it with the Helluva Kick. I will say though, that this match seemed reminiscent of Sami's match against Braun Strowman. Big guy beats on smaller guy, but smaller guy outlasts big guy.

4. The Welcoming Committee (with James Ellsworth) vs Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Naomi - I wanted to care about this match, but all it came down to for me was expose the lack of depth on SD. There's only *6 people in their Women's division. More often than not, every week is "Squeeze all the women into one segment." There are no heels in that division that could believably be champion except for maybe Natalya. Tamina and Carmella have like, one good move in their arsenal a piece. They could turn someone heel, perhaps Becky Lynch or Charlotte, but that also exposes a lack of depth. That would only leave them with 2 faces in their division.

*I'm not counting Lana, as she has yet to "debut" on SD. I'm still not sure if WWE is planning for her to be a face or heel.

5. US Championship: AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens - Great back and forth action from these guys. Crowd was hot for them the whole time. They were evenly matched, and had an answer/counter for everything the other threw at him. Owens targeted Style's right leg the latter half of the match. AJ sold it well, including his failure to perform the Styles Clash. I hated the finish with the countout. Just a stupid finish. I would've preferred Owens gets disqualified somehow. Either have him use a weapon, or have him lock AJ in a submission and refuse to release his hold.

6. Luke Harper vs Erick Rowan - This was just as boring as their match on SD. They have no chemistry against each other. They're much better suited as a tag team. But for reasons unknown, they're enemies. Sure, you could argue that Harper's mad because Rowan stayed by Bray's side even after the Orton thing, but why else are these 2 fighting? What's the story? neither guy is saying anything (which is on WWE), so there's no reason to care for their matches.

7. WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal (with the Singh brothers) vs Randy Orton. Orton got himself in a bit of hot water on social media about a week before the match. Said some stuff about people that came up through the indy scene. Got quite a few people in wrestling against him, some of whoom are in WWE at the moment. Orton really needs to start caring in the ring. He's lazy and doesn't even bother trying, yet he had the nerve to criticize those who do actually care. He nearly injured one of the Singh brothers by carelessly tossing him onto the announce table. The guy landed right on top of his head. I, just like many others in the audience, was incredibly shocked that Jinder got the win. He's lost about 75% of his matches since he was a jobber for most of his career, and now all of a sudden out of nowhere, he's the WWE Champion? I can't begin to understand WWE's thought process on stuff like this.


Disappointing PPV. It didn't feel like they put much effort into giving people something worth talking about.

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