You all…. it was a beautiful ending.
Earlier in the series, Bray appeared and said he was looking for Braun Strowman in the swamp, but couldn’t find him. Whether he shows up or not, part of his soul will always be trapped there. But now He’s waiting, and He wants something that Strowman has. Until He gets it, no one is safe. He’s the demon, clearly
So Bayley and Nikki Cross had a women’s championship game on SmackDown. To be honest, it was pretty dull. Nothing has come out, nothing has really changed since their last fight, only that instead of connecting the Boss Ring and Cross eating a loss, she took it from Bayley’s hand and sent him back. to Sasha. Alexa tried to cheer him on throughout, but Bayley won it over with a header, then slamming Cross’s face on the mat. It was a bit flat.
After the role models touched the bricks, Alexa stepped into the ring and tried to help Nikki up, but Nikki pushed her down and walked away.
Then He appeared.
He slowly walked around Alexa and Alexa froze in fear. He knelt down, raised his hand (with the injured glove) and stuffed the mandible claw into his mouth and the lights went out to end the show.
Talk about a gap. Everyone had Nikki Cross turning on Alexa tonight, and they didn’t. Will that happen later I don’t know and frankly I don’t care, as Alexa being used to pull Braun out of wherever he is hiding was a perfect way to continue this feud. To be honest, I’m not exactly excited to see him continue, but what can WWE do right now? The Fiend vs Braun Strowman at SummerSlam is the right way to go based on the story’s natural progression.
Are we just making sure Goldberg’s gone, yeah?
Jeff Hardy moves on
He goes up to the microphone and says he hasn’t felt this good in a long time. The past few months have been tough, with Sheamus a constant reminder of how dangerous his demons are. He just needs to remember how bad it can be, as sobriety is a never-ending challenge, and beating Sheamus was a reminder that he was on the right track.
Enter King Corbin, who has had enough of Hardy’s speech and said he should shut up. Corbin said he feels like he’s losing his mind and his kingdom is turning into a madhouse. Hardy said that if Corbin thinks everyone around him is a problem, it usually means you have to look at yourself in the mirror. As Corbin descended to face him, Gulak attacked, which left their match which we will cover below.
Somehow, and I can’t believe I’m about to say this, they managed to make King Corbin… better. Yeah, I know! I didn’t think I would ever say that, especially with this King gadget. As for Jeff Hardy, there was really nothing different coming out of him so I was a bit bored. If the Sheamus feud is indeed over, why can’t we move on from Jeff Hardy’s alcoholic stuff? Let’s put him on a schedule with someone. I will take Corbin after this little exchange between them.
Despicable Sonya Deville
Otis and Mandy were walking backstage, and Mandy was letting Otis, and us, know about her surprise plans for Otis tonight. It included a barbecue with ribs and a steak, and a peach dessert with a cherry on top.
TMI, guys. TMI.
Mandy was in the back getting ready, and catch Sonya Deville behind her! They got into a fight and Sonya smeared lipstick on Mandy’s face. Then she cut her hair! She was about to go viral but the refs and Adam Pearce got to Sonya before she could do any more damage.
I missed this quarrel so much, all of you. Immediately they brought him back with that vicious and despicable Sonya.
AJ Styles def. Large metal – Metalik fought very well. A decent effort one might even say. Styles has this really great quality about him where he can’t really have a bad game. (A game or two of Kevin Owens a few years ago may have been his only truly terrible ones.) I liked the story with this one after rethinking it. I wanted Gable, but telling a great underdog story with Metalik worked because he performed well in the game. Now, will that go anywhere? It remains to be seen.
After the match, Styles attacked poor Lince Dorado while taking care of his brother LuchaLit. He also had a really interesting sale. Hey, let’s say Dorado vs Styles next week! I’m down!
Big E def. Miz – The slap heard around the world that got Big E serious was a nice touch. E brought the injury, until Morrison took advantage of the back turned to the referee. The big story here that the commentary attempted to tell, while certainly untrue, was that Big E was a weak link in New Day. Nah, Corey. Nice try anyway. Morrison tried to take advantage again, but the ref grabbed him and kicked him out. Big E ended up winning with a nasty Stretch Muffler submission.
The victory and how E won was important here. The Big Ending is the New Day Big E finisher, or at least that’s what WWE wants us to think. He was really doing it before New Day, but okay I can leave this slide. This stretch silencer looked really good, though. I agree with that being his new finisher. Build it up, WWE. Let’s start this intercontinental quarrel next week!
King Corbin has won. Drew gulak – Gulak took Corbin to wrestling school throughout this fight. Corbin did his usual chinlocks but Gulak countered him in a LeBell lock. He opted for a diving lariat, but Corbin is a really connected deep six. Riddle left but Gulak could not take advantage of the distraction. Riddle started beating Corbin and out of nowhere got Gable out and he hit the suplex on Riddle!
So, before all of that happened, earlier in the show, Gable was looking backstage at Styles / Metalik and Corbin approached him. He said they were still friends and he always tried to encourage her. Corbin offered the king’s ransom and told him to think about it. It was actually a really good interaction as Gable didn’t have one since Corbin was making things “short”. It wasn’t until the ransom was mentioned that he started to think about it.
You know what? Sure. I’m not against that at all. If you think about it logistically, Corbin is offering guys money to get another one out. And who is he trying to encourage? Guys who are not on TV much, so they better help him. I love it. It’s also something different for Gable.
Naomi def. Lacey evans – They brought a little more ferocity to this one, but Naomi ultimately scored a victory. It’s definitely not over, though, and it just makes me shake my head.
SmackDown must have ended with a great time. I was immediately intrigued to see what happened with Alexa after being strangled by the Fiend. As for Bayley, I couldn’t tell you who his opponent SummerSlam will be. If we had more time, maybe Naomi? Depending on what they’re doing with Alexa, it could be her but I’m not sure how you jump to a title match so quickly after this segment.
I’m… intrigued to see where we’re going with Corbin and Gable. Yeah, I’m still in shock. Naomi and Evans will continue and I’m not happy it looked like Cesaro and Nakamura could see more of the Lucha House Party, and Big E needs to be propelled into an IC title program, please!
Quality: B +
What have been your thoughts, Cagesiders?