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    That was one of the most action-packed episodes of SmackDown Live yet - and that's a great thing. My only concern is: did WWE give us too much? In the main event, we were treated to the image of Shinsuke Nakamura picking up the briefcase and retrieving it, after he picked up a win in a six-man tag-team match alongside Sami Zayn and AJ Styles, against the heels from the Money In The Bank match: Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler. All six competitors were showcased in what was a brilliant taster of the weekend, but the sight of Nakamura holding the briefcase aloft was just too good - and I'm disappointed because this means he won't be winning Sunday.

    We saw pretty much everybody from MITB in some sort of action with their opponent, which is good for a show like SmackDown, but makes the upcoming PPV feel less special. In the opening match, the New Day teamed with Breezango after a fun and breezy entrance, full of humour and energy, to beat the Usos and the Colons in an eight-man tag-team match. The Colons, naturally, took the pin - and the all teams were given spots. Later in the night, we saw an all too brief Fashion Files segment between Breeze and Fandango. Tyler was laid out on the floor and tried to describe his mystery attackers after Fandango discovered him. For me, there's two options: either American Alpha, who have been absent for far too long, or the Hype Bros, who returned on Talking Smack. Either side would have to turn heel because Breezango are so over right now. This is good, though. SmackDown are creating intrigue and mystery like RAW is currently, with the Enzo Amore/Big Cass storyline and Kurt Angle's mysterious text messages. It also adds depth and credibility to the tag team division, by orchestrating a secondary feud away from the title picture and keeping Breezango hot.

    Speaking of Talking Smack, Shinsuke Nakamura appeared and naturally struggled in conversation with Renee Young, before Jinder Mahal featured. On SmackDown, Mahal and the Singh Brothers were part of an in-ring segment and celebration, before Randy Orton delivered an RKO and stalked off into the crowd. Mahal's character is clicking, but the athlete in the middle of the storyline feels out of place. Orton, too, is just treading water and seemingly phoning it in every single week. He's often secondary in his feuds - aside from when he was a Wyatt Family member - and he's often a placeholder champion, so this is why the feud lacks heat for me right now.

    In terms of other ring action, we saw Charlotte beat Natalya in a fantastic match between two skilled female competitors, before both women feature in the SmackDown Money In The Bank Women's Ladder Match later this week. 50/50 booking dictates Charlotte, like Nakamura, won't be going over. There was a lack of Becky Lynch and Carmella last night, I felt. My tips to win the briefcases are Corbin - who was highlighted massively in the main event - and Carmella, whose character would fit the briefcase. It's a heel shtick, and doesn't suit the likes of Zayn, Lynch et al. Earlier in the night, Lana had hit a sit-out powerbomb on Naomi, after she beat Tamina Snuka, another MITB competitor. It's smart to tease Lana's in-ring ability at this stage, because she hasn't beat anybody and needs to seem fierce.

    On 205 Live, we saw Akira Tozawa - with Titus O'Neil in tow - beat TJP in the main event, after Rich Swann had backstage given TJP a pep-talk in a "come on, we know you're a good person deep down" sort of way. The main event was good but the broadcast ended with Neville telling O'Neil that Tozawa isn't on his level, which I agree with. Neville is the best heel and best booked superstar on the roster, with WWE booking itself into a corner somewhat because nobody seems good enough to relinquish him of the belt. We shall see. I still think the best options long-term are either Jack Gallagher, who interrupted Tony Nese's interruption of Austin Aries' in-ring segment, or Cedric Alexander, who beat Ariya Daivari in the opener. Speaking of Austin Aries, he said he isn't clear to medically wrestle - and it was refreshing to see Nese showcased by interrupting.
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    Colons def. Hype Bros - If this was on the main card I would say Colons win for sure, as I hope they're going to tie up this loose end and break up the Hype Bros turning Zack heel in the process to give Mojo something to do that isn't a backward step. Pre-show, not so sure.

    Usos def. New Day - Don't know which way they'll go so stick with the champs, also forsee a tag tournament or Gimmick Name Challenge Turmoil match soon to decide next title match.

    Baron Corbin or Sami Zayn wins MITB - This match is made for Corbin: a guy they want to push to champ but can't do it by booking or talent alone, so take a gimmick shortcut, leading to him being a 1x champion with a weak run. My second pick is Zayn as a swerve and so that Corbin can later beat him in a match for the briefcase, or simply lose a cash-in because it's Zayn.

    Carmella or Becky Lynch wins MITB - Becky would create an incredible dynamic for the next few months, with her and Charlotte's and Naomi's history, different relationships and dynamic, and Becky with a potential heel turn on either that would escalate things. If Asuka is then added to that, it would be intense. However I don't trust the writers to be that smart if Becky wins, they've ruined so many other it-writes-itself stories. Carmella is the best other choice as she's got more momentum than she'll ever have again, so give her the ball and see if she can run with it. If she can, all good, star made. If she flops, she doesn't have to become champ, she can lose the cash-in or even the briefcase, it's zero risk.

    Naomi def. Lana - If Lana is being a proper wrestler now, let her get her **** in then lose. If not, 3-second squash. I wouldn't hate if Rusev keeps his word to tantrum and returns to help Lana get the win and be her heavy. That could work.

    Mahal def. Orton - easy heat, also Hulk Hogan mk II returns on Independence Day and it makes more sense if it's to do with Evil Foreigner Guy than Boring Handsome Relative.
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    Hype Bros, Usos, Corbin, Carmella, Lana, Mahal.

    I'm backing Carmella unless the rumours are right and there's a sixth MITB women's competitor.
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    Shout out to WWE for literally having a man win the first ever women's Money In The Bank briefcase. FFS, I see the point of landing the briefcase with Carmella. She needs the leg-up most. She's a heel, she's young, and this gives her credibility. But relying on James Ellsworth? I wasn't a fan of the finish - and, to be truthful, I felt the entire match was far too quick. There was a severe lack of spots, and the ending just made me so, so mad. But, as aforementioned, Carmella is the right choice to go over - but didn't Tamina look good? She dominated in the early stages, and cut an impassioned promo post-bout on Talking Smack.

    Speaking of finishes - what on Earth was going on? We saw the Usos retain the WWE SmackDown Tag-Team Championships against the New Day. But the match ended in a count-out. Now, I don't necessarily mind that finish - it was similar to Neville dragging the referee to cost Austin Aries the Cruiserweight Championship at Payback - but it still felt cheap, and on a night where finishes weren't the best, I can feel the fans' anger. This felt like a stepping stone to a couple of matches down the line - Battleground and Summerslam, you imagine - but the match let me down somewhat. I felt the pacing, like the women's MITB, was slow and awkward, and didn't live up the hype.

    Speaking of other low points, we saw The Ascension revealed as Breezango's secret attackers. What a missed opportunity. It should have been American Alpha, who remain mysteriously absent from WWE programming. It's an absolute farce what has happened to them, given they were the tag division's next great hope when they got called up to the main roster from NXT. Breezango beat the Ascension in a quick bout, which is good because it keeps them in the public eye, but this belonged on the pre-show. The issue with a win like this is that the Ascension have zero momentum. They are a nothing team and beating them does nothing to elevate Breezango. That said, the backstage promo - which was a clear Miami Vice homage - was terrific, and as entertaining as they've ever been. They remain my favourite team on either show.

    In other news, we saw Mike and Maria Kanellis debut. Like the tag division, the SmackDown midcard really, really lacks a good heel. Hopefully this pair can act as the Miz and Maryse of the blue brand. I'd personally like to see Mike go up against the likes of Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger. Dillinger was absent last night, as was the likes of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Couldn't WWE have fitted them onto the pre-show, perhaps in a US Championship No. 1 Contender's Match? The pre-show itself was a dud, full of nothing, bar the Hype Bros running over the Colons in a glorified house show bout.

    The other three matches of the night were the most intriguing. Jinder Mahal retained his title vs Randy Orton, which wasn't a surprise. What was more of a surprise was the way he looked while doing so. The ending was ridiculous - and pretty much a carbon copy of the Backlash bout - but Mahal really impressed me during the match. Mahal looked methodical, and he received genuine heel heat - something so many, including Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler - have failed to do.

    In the other title match, Naomi did brilliantly to carry the bout with Lana, who looked decent, if a little green. It's things like pacings which seemed off with her: she was going too slowly at times, too quickly at others. But Naomi - who, essentially, has a gymnastic background and isn't necessarily a 'worker' a la Natalya or Charlotte - did brilliantly carrying the match, using mat wrestling and getting the best out of her opponents. WWE was smart to tease a Carmella cash-in, but keeping the belt on Naomi is the right choice for now. Carmella can carry the briefcase for a while. She's undoubtedly the right choice: Charlotte doesn't need the rub, Becky Lynch would have been good - but she'd need a heel turn, Natalya has the least potential of all six at this stage of her career, and Tamina has never really been booked as a legitimate threat.

    For those reasons, I'm glad Baron Corbin won the men's briefcase, after a fantastic main event. Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles teased a singles bout between the pair - something I'd pay three figures to see - and Kevin Owens took great bumps, while Sami Zayn looked fierce. Every man was showcased and did themselves justice, but Corbin - a young heel - is the right choice to go over. The only question is: what happens now? Presuming Mahal goes onto face John Cena for a while, I'd like a Randy Orton heel turn, and hopefully a feud with Nakamura, Zayn or Styles. Owens can pre-occupy himself with somebody like Dillinger - a fresh new competitor, who will be elevated by being in a title programme.
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    Decent show. I only liked the Mens MITB match. It was alright. I think the ending for Corbin winning should've been better. I think when he pushed the 2 of the ladder he should've done End of Days on both superstars to make him look really strong. Then go to the top and win. But still, I agree with the Corbin win!

    I actually think the New Day vs Usos was pretty good to. Again I dont agree with the ending. It was back and forth, you never knew who was gonna win the match. At the end I think the Usos should've win by pinfall with a good ending but losing by DQ was quite bad.

    I really hope Raw is gonna be good. I think Joe should whoop Lesnars ass again to make him look really strong! And I kinda want Joe to win. He looks like a badass lol.
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    (Original post by King_786)
    Decent show. I only liked the Mens MITB match. It was alright. I think the ending for Corbin winning should've been better. I think when he pushed the 2 of the ladder he should've done End of Days on both superstars to make him look really strong. Then go to the top and win. But still, I agree with the Corbin win!

    I actually think the New Day vs Usos was pretty good to. Again I dont agree with the ending. It was back and forth, you never knew who was gonna win the match. At the end I think the Usos should've win by pinfall with a good ending but losing by DQ was quite bad.

    I really hope Raw is gonna be good. I think Joe should whoop Lesnars ass again to make him look really strong! And I kinda want Joe to win. He looks like a badass lol.
    Lesnar isn't schedule for this week's RAW, but he'll be on next week and all the way until the RAW post-Great Balls of Fire.
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    Incoming: weak Corbin title reign before he gets bumped down to the midcard and tag teaming for a few years before quitting.

    Hopefully they do something incredible on Smackdown to make the finish of the women's MITB not a waste. Ellsworth helping was inevitable, but it should've been like in a previous ladder match where he piggybacks her up the ladder or something.

    Carmella actually cashing in on Naomi and winning to add to the confusion would've saved it a bit, but creative were probably just seeing what reaction she got and don't even know themselves what they're gonna do yet for sure.

    For everyone's probably first ever multi-person ladder match it was ok. I wonder if not seeing something like a Snuka splash or Charlotte move off the ladder or Becky missile dropkicked a ladder into James' face is because of them being told not to do any dangerous spots, which was the case for the hell in a cell and probably cage match too. This match could've got Tamina over.

    Also this is yet another step in the build to Becky v Ellsworth.

    Ascension was pointless, and I'm not big on Mike Bennett being a sap now and Maria being some sort of love preacher. If you hire them, especially hire them back, use what made you want them in the first place...
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    Ah, that Enzo and Cass pay-off is disappointing. In an overly long segment to close the broadcast, it was revealed Cass had attacked his partner, given the reasoning that Cass was sick of all he has had to put up with through NXT and RAW. He basically accused Enzo's mouth of always running them into trouble - something completely true - after The Revival and Big Show were called out by Kurt Angle, who revealed they had cast-iron alibis. Corey Graves helped reveal all, though, but the pay-off was underwhelming. The segment was way too long, and Cass giving a bit boot to Enzo after an explanation was a misstep. WWE should have left it ambiguous, with Cass laying Enzo out flat before heading backstage. That way, the mystery extends to next week. But last night RAW gave us cause, motive and effect - all at once.

    The night started with Roman Reigns declaring himself No. 1 Contender for the WWE Universal Championship. Reigns said he will take on the champion at Summerslam. He was interrupted by Samoa Joe, and the pair squared off in a singles bout later in the night, with the heel picking up the victory after interference from the returning Braun Strowman, who declared he and Reigns would face off at Great Balls Of Fire in an Ambulance Match. That booking is smart, because it lends itself to the two competitors' past. The sight of Strowman lifting the ambulance earlier in the year remains one of the best segments in WWE this year. Plus, the gimmick match helps Reigns lose while being protected. We all know WWE is loathe to give away Reigns vs Brock Lesnar at a PPV like Summerslam, instead preferring them to do battle at WrestleMania 34. If I was booking it, I'd have Reigns attempt to deliver a spear, only for Strowman to move out of the way and Reigns to career into the ambulance, thus losing. Reigns was excellent last night, full of arrogance during his opening promo, while Joe was booked like an opportunist heel, which is great when you couple it with the fierce monster we've seen take down Paul Heyman and stand toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar recently.

    In terms of other in-ring action last night, we saw The Hardy Boyz beat Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows in the opening bout. Jeff picked up the win over The Club, after Matt revealed on Twitter he may not be able to "contain" his broken persona for much longer. I'd personally like the Hardyz to leave the title scene for a while, giving Sheamus and Cesaro fresh competition. I think they elevated Sheamus and Cesaro at first, but we've seen the same booking every week since WrestleMania now. The Hardyz beat the duo in both tag-team and singles competition, until relinquishing the belts. The rivalry has got stale. Last night, we saw Sheamus and Cesaro beat Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews, in a match which did nothing to benefit either duo. Earlier in the night, The Club - for so long misused by WWE - were booked strong vs The Hardyz, but this final match of the night was a letdown. The champions having to resort to dirty means to beat two perennial jobbers does nothing for them.

    Elsewhere in the night, we saw Titus O'Neil further align himself with Akira Tozawa, who picked up a win over TJP in an underwhelming cruiserweight match. I felt a bout between two competitors with their athleticism and experience would have been better, but sadly, it let me down. After the match, Neville appeared and clashed with O'Neil, who backed Tozawa to beat him. Having a fresh opponent for Neville is smart, but I can't help feel the money is in an Cedric Alexander vs Neville feud right now. After all, he's on somewhat of a hot streak since returning from injury.

    We also saw Bo Dallas twice last night - losing to Finn Balor, after Finn had interrupted Elias Samson's latest ditty (by the way, Samson is an incredibly heel - he's generating genuine heat) - and appearing disguised as a bear, alongside Curtis Axel, during the Miz and Maryse's in-ring make-up segment. The Miz finished the segment by delivering a Skull-Crushing Finale to Dean Ambrose, who again sparked further controversy between the Miz and Maryse by causing dissension between the duo over a spilled drink and damaged grandfather clock. I'm intrigued to see where the teased break-up between the Miz and Maryse goes, but we'll see. The silliness with the bears, and the goofiness of the overall segments between the duo recently, has undermined the good work they do in the ring and the chemistry they undoubtedly have.

    The two biggest missteps of the night came when Seth Rollins announced himself as the cover star for the WWE 2k18 video game, before he was interrupted by Bray Wyatt. The pair delivered two boring, mundane promos we've heard time and time again. Wyatt is a false prophet at this stage, continuously making claims he can't back up in the ring. Rollins isn't the most over babyface anyway, and he needs an outright heel to go up against, but Wyatt couldn't be staler at this point. I wonder, with the ongoing divorce in the public eye, whether Bray should undergo a character shift a la The Undertaker, when he became Big Evil? I'm not talking American BadAss here, but I'm talking Big Evil. If we stripped away some of Wyatt's bells and whistles, changed his ring gear and made him stop talking in riddles, he could get over.

    The other negative from an otherwise solid RAW was the farcical women's segment, which saw Alexa Bliss and Emma at the announce table as Sasha Banks and Nia Jax squared off. The two joined them in the ring, and targeted Banks, before Mickie James and Dana Brooke made the same, and Bayley hit the ring unloading on the heels, clearing the ring of Jax to end the segment. Why on Earth does EVERY woman on the RAW roster have to be involved in EVERY segment? There's three hours to play with, WWE. Three. That's enough time to concoct multiple, intriguing storylines. Not everybody has to crowd the title picture. Watch SmackDown and take notes.
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    An excellent, excellent SmackDown - after a lukewarm Money In The Bank PPV. Carmella and James Ellsworth kicked off the night, and she delivered the promo of her life. The briefcase always fits heels better, and they used the controversy generated by her win to elicit genuine heat from the crowd. Many felt she may not have been ready for the briefcase, but she showed here she can really shine as a heel with it in tow. Unfortunately, it looks like we're set for a rematch - and Carmella will have to go through it all again. She remains the best pick to carry the briefcase, and I hope she retains in the rematch next week on SmackDown. Daniel Bryan - who returned to the show - booked the match after he was hounded by the women throughout the night, with them all putting forth their case for another shot. It can right the wrongs of the ridiculous finish on Sunday, but Carmella needs to go over. Tamina has zero momentum, Natalya and Charlotte don't need the leg-up, and Becky Lynch - while she cut a fantastic, impassioned promo last night - will need a heel turn to get the best out of the briefcase.

    In terms of in-ring action, I have an issue. I don't think WWE should just be giving away Shinsuke Nakamura matches live on TV. He was featured in a six-man tag-team match last week, and booked like anybody else. Last night, we saw him go up against Dolph Ziggler in singles action. In many ways, this was better than their Backlash bout. Nakamura put in a tremendous performance after he was showcased on Sunday. WWE was very clever with how they handled Nakamura during the MITB match on Sunday. They haven't made him feel as special as they can thus far, but that was a start. Last night was a step back, though, and I want WWE to create some intrigue, mystique and allure around Nakamura. They keep giving away his entrance each Tuesday night, but it should be held back and made to feel special, a la Finn Balor's Demon gimmick. Still, it was a great bout - but he needs a new feud. I'd argue Baron Corbin would be the best pick, but he was curiously absent from proceedings. Sami Zayn was booked in a match vs Corbin for next week, though.

    Elsewhere, we saw Big E pick up a win over Jimmy Uso in singles competition, after the heel champions once again teased leaving the ring and walking up the ramp. Next week, we will see the Hype Bros - who picked up a win over the Colons on the MITB pre-show - take on The Usos in a WWE SmackDown Tag-Team Championship Match. Big E is clearly the member of the New Day with the highest potential, and it was good to see him showcased. Speaking of MITB, we will see Lana get a rematch for Naomi's WWE SmackDown Women's Championship after the pair clashed backstage.

    There were plenty of highs last night - not least the Kevin Owens Open Challenge, which saw a returning Chad Gable challenge for his US Championship. That's smart booking from WWE. It kept Owens relevant, and returned to one of the best gimmicks of being a secondary champion - the open challenge. It also reintroduced a fantastic athlete in Gable, and offered up a fresh matchup. It was similar to John Cena's Open Challenges in 2014-15, when he clashed with Sami Zayn, Neville et al. Owens, naturally, picked up the win, with AJ Styles on commentary, suggesting their feud will continue to Battleground and maybe even Summerslam.

    I imagine Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton III will take place at the next PPV, too, after the latter addressed his feud with the former in a backstage sit-down interview. In truth, he sounded stale and repetitive, which does the feud no favours. Mahal's monotonous booking - relying on the Singh Brothers to beat Luke Harper in the main event last night - does it no favours, either. With Battleground coming, it makes sense to book a match where the duo can't interfere to round off the feud before Cena faces Mahal at Summerslam. May I suggest a Punjabi Prison match?

    On 205 Live, we saw Tony Nese beat Jack Gallagher in a fun opener, which came after Gallagher drove Nese off last week when coming to the aid of Austin Aries. Nese relied on dirty tactics - as he should - to gain a much-needed win. Later, Austin Aries teased a heel backstage by telling Gallagher they should be using dirty tactics to beat the heels, like they've been on the receiving end of recently. Gallagher refused to cheat, but the idea of them in an ungentlemanly alliance is intriguing. We also saw Mustafa Ali beat Drew Gulak, after the latter came to the ring spouting his no fly-zone stuff, in a continuation of quite a stale feud at this point. Both these men need something new to do. Before the main event, Rich Swann and TJP had a backstage segment where the former champions seemed to put their differences aside and rekindle a possible friendship. Then we saw Neville beat Swann in a fantastic main event, which was head and shoulders above anything else on the card.
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    No idea who LaVar Ball is, but he was at the centre of RAW last night. He clashed with the Miz during an episode of MizTV, before the Miz - alongside Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel - picked up a win over Dean Ambrose, Rhyno and Heath Slater. It was a change of gear this week - and a welcome one - because I'm sick to death of seeing Ambrose trying to wreck his and Maryse's relationship each week. There's only so many times you can watch the same segment. Dallas picking up the win was a welcome change, and being a part of the Miz's entourage will add relevancy to two perennial jobbers. Smart booking all-round. I hope WWE aren't keen on breaking the Miz and Maryse up. They're entertaining as hell. Unfortunately, reports suggest WWE only want one 'It' couple - and that's set to be Mike and Maria Kanellis on SmackDown.

    There was another really fun six-man tag-team bout, which saw the Hardy Boyz team with Finn Balor to beat Sheamus, Cesaro and Elias Samson. That's a great, fun, impromptu partnership - and I loved the bout itself. Balor picked up the win, and while some are panicking about him being in a feud with Samson, I welcome it. It's a fresh match-up, will elevate the heel, Balor will obviously go over, and at the minute, Samson is one of the best heels in WWE. Nobody is picking up the same reactions he is week in, week out.

    There was plenty of gear-up towards Great Balls of Fire. Goldust ambushed R-Truth in a segment towards the top of the show, but the beatdown wasn't vicious enough - and didn't last enough. It was an all too brief segment, something which benefited Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman before it. The former - who is clearly loving his new 'tweener role - kicked off RAW, eliciting his ever-present polarising reception, before Strowman arrived in an Ambulance and carted him off in it. That suggests to me that Reigns will go over at Great Balls of Fire, but we still have the go-home show next Monday, so momentum could shift.

    The best portion of the night came when Brock Lesnar was choked out by Samoa Joe. Joe has been booked like a monster and looked like a legitimate competitor. It makes zero sense to make Great Balls of Fire another Lesnar squash. WWE is apparently open to extending the program through summer, which I'd welcome. Joe has been a revelation in his role as an opportunistic beast, and the promos with Paul Heyman have added spice to the feud. As far as I can see, WWE has a few options: Lesnar retains, Strowman goes over vs Reigns and declares himself a No. 1 Contender, or Reigns goes over vs Strowman at Great Balls of Fire, and then the heel angrily costs Lesnar in the title match, setting up Joe vs Reigns and Lesnar vs Strowman. We shall see.

    We also saw great progression in the Enzo vs Cass feud. The pair reunited - briefly - after Cass said he had regretted what he'd done. WWE even let them get up the ramp and their music hit, before Cass clotheslined him and threw him back down to the ring. It was perfectly executed. I've always questioned Cass' ability on the mic, but my God, he cut the promo of his life last week - and this was another stellar showing. Enzo clearly can't hang with Cass in the ring, so I expect WWE to book a squash at Great Balls of Fire, before Enzo recruits the Big Show to face Cass at Summerslam.

    The weakest part of the night came when Seth Rollins beat Curt Hawkins, before Bray Wyatt cut yet another elongated, nonsensical promo on the TitanTron. I mean, Rollins is awesome - I'm such a fan of him - but he's just not a babyface. He's in the wrong role, and as for Wyatt? My God. It's hard to see where he goes from here. His words have no meaning, he loses every feud he's in... and he needs a character reset and shift, I think. Another weak aspect was the main event, which saw the women's gauntlet match end with Sasha Banks claiming the win vs Nia Jax. Jax was booked like a monster, disposing of Bayley, Dana Brooke and Emma, and Mickie James. It was a slow-paced, methodical match - which completely flies in the face of the gimmick. And, on another note, why was Bayley so chuffed with her number from the draw? She opened the bout ffs.

    In something which was much better. Neville picked up a win over Lince Dorado with Akira Tozawa - part of the Titus Brand - side of stage. The Titus Brand is genuinely one of my favourite aspects of RAW right now. O'Neil has always been an underrated talker, and giving him the gimmick of a promoter is just money. It was a good show which adds development to the majority of angles before Great Balls of Fire - but next time somebody needs to tell WWE nobody wants to hear Josh Duhamel talking about Transformers over a Hardy Boyz/Finn Balor bout.
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    An excellent edition of SmackDown. Carmella won the Money In The Bank rematch - something which was inevitable, but also crucial. She has displayed great promise in these last two weeks, cutting extremely good promos. Having James Ellsworth, who is rapidly becoming a bona fide heel with his slamming of Daniel Bryan and dissing of his family, beside her can only benefit her. There was no other logical winner of the briefcase, bar perhaps Becky Lynch, but that would have required a heel turn. This way, Carmella keeps the briefcase - and she won it in a better match. I was concerned with WWE's booking of the initial match, and felt the rematch wasn't planned, and they booked it to fend off criticism. But it seems the women were holding back in the original match, and Dave Meltzer has hinted this was always the plan. Ellsworth had tried to interfere once again, after a long opening segment where he was banned from ringside by Bryan, but Lynch got her revenge before Carmella snaffled the briefcase.

    Elsewhere, there was plenty of progression for Battleground storylines. Randy Orton cut of Aiden English, before delivering a promo. Shane McMahon said he would face Jinder Mahal for the third time at the upcoming PPV, only for Mahal to choose the stipulation: the Punjabi Prison match. We have only had two in history - the last of which was in 2007 - so it's a refreshing gimmick bout, something we haven't see too much of in WWE over the past few years. It could be hokey and hammy and overbooked, but we'll see. I'm willing to give it a chance, at least!

    We also saw Mike and Maria Kanellis try to deliver a promo, only to be cut off by Sami Zayn. That hints at a decent midcard feud for both competitors, and it's something I'd definitely welcome. Zayn has been too preoccupied with Baron Corbin, who beat him on Tuesday night. Corbin's in need of landmark wins, but like the Miz vs Dean Ambrose, this match-up is nothing new at this stage and both superstars need to move on. Shinsuke Nakamura watched from backstage and suggested Corbin should be afraid of what he can do. That would suggest we're getting Corbin vs. Nakamura at Battleground. This can only benefit Corbin, who will surely learn so much from being in the ring with Nakamura.

    Battleground will also undoubtedly see Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles again. We saw Bryan book an Independence Day Battle Royal for next week (remember John Cena's returning on July 4, too!) to determine the No. 1 Contender for the US Championship. Owens was livid when Styles declared himself an entrant, so he'll surely go over. Owens appeared on Talking Smack after to fume, alongside the Usos, who were booked in a Battleground bout with the New Day after the babyfaces challenged them following a quick match which saw the twins beat The Hype Bros. It was a quick match which served little purpose, with Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder quickly disposed of. Lana lost to Naomi in a rematch for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship in an equally swift match-up, but that's something I can accept. Lana is green and displaying her as an overzealous competitor is an intriguing gimmick.

    There was also a mystery angle at play once again, with Breezango interrogating the Ascension backstage in a Fashion Files segment. They denied they had attacked Tyler Breeze, instead just saying they did so they could get on the MITB card. This hints at American Alpha - who have been so absent, alongside Erick Rowan, Luke Harper and Tye Dillinger - being outed as the mystery attackers, with a heel turn to boot. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out.

    On 205 Live, we saw Neville and Akira Tozawa clash to end an average broadcast. The pair will square off at Great Balls of Fire, and I'd like to see the match end in a DQ finish so Neville retains but Tozawa is protected. Hopefully, Cedric Alexander - who lost to Ariya Daivari, following interference from Noam Dar - can move on into the title picture from the Dar/Alicia Fox angle which has outstayed its welcome. That way, we can have Neville vs Tozawa vs Alexander at Summerslam, and Neville can relinquish the belt whilst not being pinned/submitting. Neville can then help get other babyfaces in the division over, a la The Brian Kendrick, who is playing the role of the veteran. Kendrick and Jack Gallagher clashed last night, with a DQ finish to their opening bout after Kendrick had impersonated him, with umbrella/suit etc. This was the first bout of their feud and the rivalry has masses of potential. Gallagher is handy on the mic and great in the ring, and Kendrick is just a star. In the other match, Drew Gulak lost to long-time rival Mustapha Ali, who capitalised when Gulak missed a high-flying spot.
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    Reckon American Alpha were the ones that attacked Breeze.
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    (Original post by JTScrapes)
    Reckon American Alpha were the ones that attacked Breeze.
    It's gotta be!

    Here's how the Great Balls Of Fire card looks right now - it's shaping up to be a decent show, with Enzo vs Cass, the Hardy Boyz vs Sheamus and Cesaro, Goldust vs R-Truth and Finn Balor vs Elias Samson set to be added.

    Universal Title: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Samoa Joe
    Raw Women's Title: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha Banks
    Cruiserweight Title: Neville (c) vs. Akira Tozawa
    Ambulance Match: Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns
    Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
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    Ain't nobody reading your essays of doom.
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    (Original post by ozzyoscy)
    Ain't nobody reading your essays of doom.
    Nobody has to. I'm not doing a pop quiz on them.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Nobody has to. I'm not doing a pop quiz on them.
    So you go through all that effort or copy/pasting for no purpose. Why are you even posting on a forum then, if you would be happy if no one read them? Just trying to save you time and effort, and the thread a bit of spam.
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    (Original post by ozzyoscy)
    So you go through all that effort or copy/pasting for no purpose. Why are you even posting on a forum then, if you would be happy if no one read them? Just trying to save you time and effort, and the thread a bit of spam.
    Which parts are copy and pasted?
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Which parts are copy and pasted?
    When I pointed it out ages ago. I was suspicious, copy/pasted it into Google, and there it was on Bleacher Report or whatever. Maybe you don't do it any more, maybe you just reword it, but no one knows because they don't read because they either watched it themselves or can Google results themselves if they need to.

    Every time I see a new post on here, I think it's someone with something new to say or an interesting comment or question or discussion, and it's just you stroking yourself.
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    (Original post by ozzyoscy)
    When I pointed it out ages ago. I was suspicious, copy/pasted it into Google, and there it was on Bleacher Report or whatever. Maybe you don't do it any more, maybe you just reword it, but no one knows because they don't read because they either watched it themselves or can Google results themselves if they need to.

    Every time I see a new post on here, I think it's someone with something new to say or an interesting comment or question or discussion, and it's just you stroking yourself.
    The omniscient Ozzyoscy speaking for everybody again. Don't like it? Don't read it. You don't speak for everybody, though, despite your overt abrasiveness.
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    To be fair, I had suspicions that Mackay was using Bleacher report as well, but whatever, it's not really harming anyone and I'm not bothered enough to look that deeply into it
 
 
 
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