When He Snapped Back
This was one of the best feel-good opening segments in a long time.
We saw authority heels Stephanie McMahon and Triple H running mouths and belittling their employees, before said employees struck back and laid waste to the power couple.
A closer look also gave all involved a huge thumbs up. Kurt Angle finally showed some balls of an Olympic champion, Stephanie was still the undisputed master of disparagement, Ronda’s mic skills kept improving after every appearance (side note: her ring skills seemed promising, too, if the Samoan drop was any indication), and Triple H, well, he was still that corporate, sneak-attacking a-hole.
Even better, Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon is real now!
It was a shame that The Rock could not be by Ronda’s side, but Kurt Angle is still an awesome choice.
That. Freaking. Armbar.
Nia Jax vs Asuka this week somehow managed to even outdo the Elimination Chamber chapter, and it was mainly due to the ability to tell an excellent story inside the ring. The story of Jax’s dominance was still there, and Asuka’s resilience was there, too; tonight, however, the latter took a step further by not letting go of the armbar, even after 3 vicious powerbombs from Nia. Asuka knew that had she let go, it might have spelled the end of her undefeated streak. Nia still looked super strong in defeat, and a well-protected loser is what we have always liked.
After the match, Nia Jax stayed in the ring for a little bit, got an ovation from the audience (which she rightfully deserved), and seemed to have cried a little bit. Was it a sign of her possibly turning face? Or was it just corpsing? If Nia was corpsing, you know what to do: SEND IN THE MAN!
First off, we must say: WHY NOW? Regardless of reason, The Bar vs The Revival should not have happened tonight, with or without the titles on the line. Everyone was hoping it would happen at WrestleMania, as a dream match (of sorts) being played out for the first time, and as a GLORIOUS moment of coronation for the NXT golden duo.
And no, WWE, you cannot even excuse this as a build-up to that match at The Grandest Stage of Them All. 3 reasons: 1, this is a first-time match-up – would you want to see Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon the very next night after The Game had been put through a table?; 2, there could have been so many better ways to slow-burn this feud without even having to get physical (we take Twitter wars over spoilers like this any day); and 3, now that The Bar had definitively defeated The Revival, and especially IN A TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH, where does The Bar go from here? Even more burning a question, where does The Revival go from here? Their momentum had just steadily recovered in the past half a month, and now this happened. Gotta feel bad for Wilder and Dawson.
Welp, there goes our hopes and dreams. Thanks a lot, WWE.