As usual, I am putting the most recent match at the top so when it's over you'll start at the main event and read your way down.
With all that said, here we go...
- Randy Orton v Brock Lesnar--The hoss fight you expected even if it isn't a match you wanted. These two went in there and laid it on each other and then things took a turn...
Brock caught Randy with one heck of a nasty elbow it looked like unless they gimmicked it somehow. The medics got involved which looked legit, but Lesnar continuing to go after Orton was kind of curious. I don't know if it's one of those things where this was the general plan and they just didn't anticipate Lesnar splitting Orton up so badly or what.
They called the match and declared it a TKO victory for Brock Lesnar while he pummeled Orton again.
Shane McMahon tried to tend to Randy Orton and got an F5 for his trouble. Paul Heyman really sold that as he reacted to it perfectly. He flipped out on Brock asking him, "What did you just do?" as he should considering his guy had just destroyed the Commissioner of SmackDown.
The crowd got restless and wanted a Goldberg run-in which they didn't get. Show went off the air with Shane looking at Brock and Heyman while they walked backstage. (Winner: Brock Lesnar by TKO)
- Rusev (c) w/ Lana v Roman Reigns for the US Championship--As I predicted, Rusev left as US Champion, but did not pin or submit Roman Reigns. They never even had a match actually. Wild brawl at ringside with Roman being sent out by the officials. Rusev got up to walk out finally and ate a Spear from down the ramp. Roman jawed at ringside, and was definitely showing more fire and some edge.
I'd love to see Roman's next deal be with Balor. Bully jerk Roman against Balor would be money. (Winner: N/A)
- Finn Balor v Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship--Weird match in large part due to the fact that the crowd hated that new WWE Universal Championship belt. I think another thing that hurt it was that this show is so freaking long.
Anyhow, I'm catching some heat for this, but I think that putting Balor over here is the right decision. I do think it's absurd that the dude kicked out of a Pedigree and put Rollins down with his finisher just like that.
The match really picked up a the end and had some good energy. Crowd loved Balor getting the win. (Winner and first WWE Universal Champion: Finn Balor)
- Carmella/Naomi/Becky Lynch v Natalya/Alexa Bliss/Eva Marie--Eva Marie obviously wasn't there with her Wellness suspension ongoing, but they did do her entire entrance deal before stating that she was suffering from exhaustion due to WWE fans and that she was going on vacation.
The surprise partner was widely speculated and it was Nikki Bella. I, for one, am glad to have her back.
Carmella took out Nikki's teammates, but Nikki murdered her with a forearm, and hit a new finisher that looked like Marc Mero's TKO. (Winners: Natalya/Alexa Bliss/Nikki Bella)
- Dean Ambrose (c) v Dolph Ziggler for the WWE World Championship-- Favorite spot early was Dean mocking Dolph by tuning up the band and then going for Dirty Deeds after teasing a kick.
- New Day (c) v The Club for the WWE Tag Team Championship--Jon Stewart is here to handle Big E's announcing duties and be in New Day's corner.
The match was fine. Stewart's shenanigans didn't bother me especially since he almost paid for them. You know how something sounds like a bad idea on paper, but works out really well? That happened here with a DQ finish due to BIG E's TRIUMPHANT RETURN. He came in like a monster, wrecked stuff, and saved Jon Stewart from a bad case of Ringpostitis. It was money. (Winners by DQ The Club, still champions New Day)
- AJ Styles v John Cena--Absolutely phenomenal match. Looked to me like they were setting it up for AJ Styles to look as absolutely tough as possible in a loss. The bit with John Cena just staring at Styles, trying to figure out how he's still going was awesome.
AJ Styles hitting the Phenomenal Forearm and pinning Cena clean after an Avalanche AA was absolutely surreal. Good luck following that one, rest of the card. (Winner: AJ Styles)
- The Miz (c) v Apollo Crews for the IC Championship--Decent match. The Miz and Maryse are a fantastic heel duo. I could be wrong, but it didn't seem like the crowd was to into Apollo Crews. Maybe a tag team would be a better place for him right now. (Winner and still champion: The Miz)
- Sasha Banks (c) v Charlotte for the WWE Womens Championship--Fantastic match between Charlotte and Sasha Banks, but it was also one filled with ill-advised spots and/or spots that made me cringe.
The one where Charlotte dropped Sasha on the turnbuckles almost ended really badly with Sasha's legs getting caught in the ropes and landing on her head/neck.
Anyhow, Charlotte reversed the Banks Statement into a pin for the win and her second run as champion. (Winner and new champion: Charlotte)
- Enzo & Big Cass v JeriKO--Great idea to send Enzo & Cass out in front of the Brooklyn crowd. No-brainer, really. Got SummerSlam off on the right foot for sure. Jericho gets some heat, but Kevin Owens (unsurprisingly) gets a hero's welcome.
Fun match that the crowd was into. The finish had KO tossing Enzo up for Jericho to catch in a Codebreaker. He didn't hit it quite flush and it was kind of scary, but it looks like everyone was OK. (Winners: JeriKO)
- Best of 7 Series Match 1: Sheamus v Cesaro (Kickoff Show)--Sheamus wins this one after thumbing Cesaro in the eye, posting Cesaro on his shoulder, and hitting a Brogue Kick.
Excellent match, and crowd was into it. Awkward moment after the match as they discuss Booker T's Best of 7 series which was of course against Chris Benoit. They don't mention that so far as I've heard. (Winner and up 1-0: Sheamus)
- Sami Zayn/Neville v Dudley Boyz (Kickoff Show)--Here's why I don't do this for Raw anymore. I mean, how much can I possibly say about some of these matches? I'm not a recapper and all that so anyhow, Zayn and Neville get the win after The Dudley Boyz have some miscommunication again and D-Von eats an accidental clothesline from Bubba Ray.
As an aside, D-Von looks like he's really putting on some weight recently. I tend to agree with those who think we are getting a Dudleyz split and I wonder if Bubba Ray may end up sticking around longer than D-Von. (Winners: Neville/Zayn)
- 12 Man Tag Match (Kickoff Show)--It was an entertaining enough mess. I mean, it's exactly what you'd expect that to be.
They teased dissension between the face team as The Usos "stole" the win for their team. The Brooklyn crowd was on The Usos pretty good too. (Winners: The Usos, American Alpha, Hype Bros)
Crowd didn't seem to care much for this, but both guys put in the effort. The finish was kind of cool in that when they came off the top from whatever Dolph was trying to do, Dean hit a Dirty Deeds and put him down. (Winner and still champion: Dean Ambrose)
Overall, I thought it was a good show. My problem with is it that I started this blog at 5:30 and finished it at 11:30 (I had to step away between Rusev v Reigns and the main event) so that is a lot of wrestling to consume in a single Sunday.
I hope to have more to say about this on the A1-Wrestling Podcast with A1 and SAW's Norko.