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Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn: The show got off to a great start with Owens’ promo. I greatly enjoyed what he had to say, and he came across as a dangerous competitor who is not afraid of stepping in the ring with Shane. While I noted a few weeks ago that I didn’t want to see Owens & Zayn again, I thought Sami interrupting made sense, as it added to the personal storyline. Their match later was great as usual, and continued to build to Hell in a Cell. Another solid chapter in the McMahon/Owens book.
Rusev/English/Orton: The show did a great job following up on Rusev’s huge victory last week. I liked the consistencies, from his country celebrating with him to the addition of Aiden English at the ceremony. While I’m on it, props to English, who continues to be very entertaining in his role, and was a solid part of the segment. His song about Rusev Day was absolutely fantastic. Orton’s surprise RKO at the end was also fun, and I am way more into this feud now than I was at the beginning.
Charlotte vs. Carmella: This was a nice little match between the two, with Carmella getting some solid offense throughout. It’s understandable that she would lose, but with her being Ms. Money in the Bank, she should be looking stronger, which I think is happening, based on her performance and recent promos.
A Glorious Conclusion: Finally. Finally, Dolph Ziggler was interrupted by another superstar after all of these “impressions.” In fact, it almost appeared that Dolph knew it was about to end, and seemed passionate about it. I said last week that the person who finally interrupted would become a big face, and this was a great way to confirm that this is definitely the direction that the company is taking Bobby in. From a storyline perspective, this also makes a lot of sense, since Bobby has one of those flashy entrances. The match up at Hell in a Cell is promising, and I’m looking forward to it.
Jinder Mahal: Just like the previous Ziggler segments, it appears that the WWE just doesn’t know when to stop. The lack of response for the WWE Champion’s segments should be sending a message to the company, but apparently it hasn’t. Going to the well too many times doesn’t work, and it waters down the program. Nakamura should be treated like a huge star, and with this being for the WWE Championship, it should be a bigger deal than it is. In fact, to me, this is not a championship story, and doesn’t feel like a main event program. There is just one more episode left until Hell in a Cell, so I’m hoping that something can turn around, and that they can treat this feud more seriously.
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Jeff has been a fan of professional wrestling since he was knee high to a grasshopper (little kid), after coming across the Wrestling Challenge episode after WrestleMania 7, and has not looked back. His passion has led him to winning wrestling trivia contests in his city, and even won him his Senior Talent Show by dancing to Shawn Michaels theme song. When not annoying others with wrestling talk, he loves spending time with his family and friends, and focuses on his other passion: movies. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @the_Indel or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yep, Jindar and Ziggler are now entering the dreaded X-pac Heat area of wrestling. From which there appears to be no return. Hopefully one of the senior agents can get through to Vince that they are about to kill a long time character and another they have spent a lot of recent time building into a heel champ. I recently watched on wwe.com the first match Charlotte wrestled [with Ric in tow] and she looked glamorous. Athletic and trim, now with the crazy implants she just looks out of shape.The girls need to look at Bayley, Sasha, Alissa and realize you don’t need a giant pair of wahoos to be a female wrestler these days.
Good write-up, Jeff.