Rousey needs to pick a lane and stick to it
There is no denying the fact that Rousey is one of the most dominant women of all time to ever grace a WWE ring. She makes beating up men like Triple H believable and that is why her persona as the pathetic new girl on the mic who desperately wants to know why the Bellas attacked her is highly counterproductive to her push.
Rousey needs to be equally badass on the mic as otherwise anything she does in the ring will be rendered moot. A point that was well demonstrated by what followed. Rousey tossed around a platoon of security guards like they were nothing.
This should have been awesome but instead, WWE ruined it with that awful promo earlier and while we are at it, even after years of being the so called best of the division, the Bellas came across like a slightly less irritating version of IIconics minus the accent.
Rousey did get a few jabs in about Nikki using John Cena to leverage her rise but it was too little too late. The general tone of the promo lacked that viciousness that you would expect from a badass. She exceeded expectations in the ring. It is time to up the game with her mic skills.
Rating: Thumbs Down
Ambrose fails to punch a ticket to the world cup
Dolph Ziggler def. Dean Ambrose: Ambrose and Ziggler put on a good show but it was all about further dissension in the Shield. Ambrose seemed to be in control for a lot of the portions in this match but when McIntyre tried to intervene, Rollins made the save.
Ambrose did not like this and ended up eating a superkick and the chance to be on the Crown Jewel card. This was awesome television as WWE is milking this whole thing wonderfully. The ‘will he or won’t he turn heel’ question being constantly dangled in front of us is great to watch.
It is also great to see Roman Reigns taking an almost sidekick role in all of this. This also led to the main event being booked between the Dogs of War and the Shield which was exciting to say the least.
Rating: Thumbs Up
A string of passable segments
Finn Bálor def. Jinder Mahal: WWE descended into their filler segments from here and as usual it was all just barely watchable. It started with a match between Balor and Jinder Mahal. It is still unbelievable that Balor has been reduced from being the first ever Universal Champion to having a nothing feud with Jinder Mahal of all people.
Bobby Lashley def. Tyler Breeze: More disappointment was in store with whatever Lashley and Breeze did with Lio Rush’s live commentary. Please take that mic away from his hands during a match. At one point he said Lashley smells nice. Maybe, giving Rush free reign wasn’t a good idea.
Lita and Trish Stratus tried to build up their match with Mickie James and Alexa Bliss and it too could have been booked better. There was nothing wrong with it. Just that it didn’t create the amount of buzz such a match deserves.
Rating: Thumbs Down