The New Day def. Goldust and Stardust via Pinfall
Dolph Ziggler def. Luke Harper in ladder match
The Usos def. The Miz and Mizdow via DQ
Big Show def. Erick Rowan via Pinfall
John Cena def. Seth Rollins in table match
Nikki Bella def. AJ Lee via Pinfall
Ryback def. Kane via Pinfall
Rusev def. Jack Swagger via Submission
Bray Wyatt def. Dean Ambrose via Pinfall
I’m trying my best not to dislike Roman Reigns. I’m really giving it a lot of effort. But after watching NXT Revolution and seeing the response he received from real diehard wrestling fans, I can honestly say that I’m not the only one tired of WWE’s efforts to push him to the moon. I inadvertently laughed when he stumbled during his interview after his return. Mainly because I know he’s not comfortable with the promos being written for him. I don’t want to criticize him or anything because I’m pretty sure the man behind the gimmick is probably a nice guy. But I can’t ignore how much the WWE is trying to mold him in to a top star while ignoring stars who are already ready for that position.
We’re going to see more of Reigns, he’s going to win the Royal Rumble, and it will be Reigns vs Cena at Wrestlemania. You don’t need a crystal ball to see where WWE’s creative team is headed with this. Hopefully, we’ll at least get a show with younger talent if Rollins is able to cash in his Money in the Bank and head in to Wrestlemania. But WWE’s predictability puts Cena and Reigns in the main event.
The New Day is starting to catch on with the crowd. But it feels like they are missing something. For one, I think they really need some mic time to get their message across as a positive group. We haven’t heard anything from them other than the earlier promos before their premier. But I like how they are building momentum.
Both the opening and closing matches carried the entire event with Dolph Ziggler and Luke Harper stealing the show, while Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt killed it in the main event slot. Everything else was either interesting, or slightly disappointing. There was a time in which I completely stopped watching WWE for years. So I’m not sure when a chairs match was first introduced. A ladder match makes sense. So does a table match. But what is the point of a chairs or stairs match? Is it only no DQ if you use one of the weapons the match is themed after? Will a wrestler get disqualified if he hits his opponent with a chair during a stairs match? Because I’m having trouble understanding a wrestler’s incentive to stick with only the gimmick weapon suggested. But aside from that, the show had its hits and misses while having a strong beginning and ending. I just wish a lot of the middle didn’t feel so much like filler.