Tye Dillinger vs Aiden English – Winner Tye Dillinger
Erick Rowan came out in his sheep mask, took it off, put it back on… much to the confusion of the pre show hosts…
Dolph Ziggler vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Ziggler hits the ring first… no one cares, this crowd is super pumped for Nakamura (poor Ziggler). Nakamura comes to the ring, and the crowd is super pumped. They start out with some chain wrestling, but Nakamura tries to overpower and outsmart Ziggler rather than just wrestle him. Ziggler takes control with a submission but also bends the hand of Nakamura. Nakamura reverses and works Zigglers arm. This is a very back and forth match, with both men looking strong. Ziggler gets a hell of a dropkick in on Nakamura, followed by a big elbow drop. Ziggler takes too much time and Nakamura cuts him off with a knee to the guy then a leg to the head. There is more back and forth, too much too fast to write. Ziggler catches Nakamura in a HUGE DDT, taking Nakamura down again. Both men get up Zigger gets cut off again, but almost gets Nakamura on a roll up, then again on another two count. Nakamura looks hurt. Both men are down, but Ziggler gets back up first, and goes for a superkick, but Nakamura dodges but Ziggler catches him in the ZigZag, and Nakamura kicks out. HOLY SHIT. This match is a fire first match. There is so much back and forth its impossible for me to keep up. After a few more minutes Skinsuke Nakamura takes the win by pinfall after hitting the Kinshasa.
Ridiculous “Fashion Files” promo from Breezango…
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
Breezango vs The Uso’s(c)
Tyler Breeze is still wearing his ridiculous janitor costume from his promo. He even mops the ring when he gets tagged in and trips up one of the Uso’s with the mop. Its a loaded mop to the face of Jimmy Uso! The mop gets broken and thrown out by Jay Uso. Jay goes to the top but Breeze rolls out. Breeze is literally just rolling back and forth across the ring. When Jay goes back for him, he kicks him in the head. Fandango gets tagged in, and Jay takes over, drags him over to tag Jimmy in. Fandango takes control and gets a 2 count on Jimmy. Breeze is now in a new costume dressed as an old lady… hahahahaha The crowd chants “Lets go grandma” Well Grandma throws a hell of a dropkick. This is totally my kinda wrestling. Breeze channels Mae Young and gives Jay a face ride… Jay tags Jimmy back in, Jimmy pulls Breeze outta his ridiculous costume and throws it at JBL. This match is a riot. Fandango almost gets a pin on Jay Uso but he kicks out. Jay tags Jimmy back in and he stops Breeze in his tracks but can’t keep him down for the pin. This match is extremely entertaining. The Uso’s chuck Breeze into the crows, but Fandango takes them out from the outside. They get back in the ring, and cut off Fandango, Jay pins Fandango for the win… Wait was he even the legal man??? The last minute of that match was a bit of a clusterfuck.
Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin
Corbin comes out strong. Zayn is holding his own pretty well against the big man, but will his flippy style make up for the aggressiveness of Corbin? Zayn gets a good back flip take down off the barricade on Corbin, then get back to the ring and have a bit of back and forth but Corbin drives Zayn hard into the corner and then proceeds to stomp him out then give him a big back breaker. Corbin keeps control throws Zayn off a turnbuckle, Zayn is hurting with little time to recover. He tries to fight his way up but Corbin grabs him in a bear hug. Corbin at 6’8 makes Zayn look little. Zayn elbows his way out of the hold, but gets caught back up in another bear hug. Zayn gets out, but Corbin throws him into the ropes for a backdrop, but Zayn kicks him in the head, and dodges out of the way, Corbin dives to nothing outside, missing Zayn. Zayn goes to the top but before he can jump, Corbin is back in the ring and cuts him off. Corbin is a monster. Hes yelling at Zayn to stay down. Every time Zayn tries to get up, he hits him, and yells at him again. Corbin goes for another strike but Zayn cuts him off, and gets control for 3 seconds. Corbin cuts him off again, but Zayn gets up top and does a cross body on Corbin for the 2 count. Corbin moves so fast for a guy his size, its incredible. Corbin is handing out a ton of abuse to Zayn. Corbin gives Zayn a massive choke-breaker, and gets a 2 count on the pin. Corbin takes Zayn up to the top turnbuckle for a suplex, but Zayn finds it in him to fight back. Zayn takes Corbin down in a sunset flip power bomb off the top! Another 2 count… Zayn goes for a DDT is cut off, Zayn goes for the Exploder but is cut off, Zayn then does a crucifix pin, 2 count. Corbin hits the Deep 6, 2 count… Corbin continues his assault on Zayn. This continues to go back and forth, Zayn kicks Corbin in the face, for the 3 count. Wow… that was pretty wild.
Jinder Mahal pulls up in a limo and calls Chicago a bunch of haters… He says tonight he will turn the doubters and discriminators into believers, that his is the modern day Makaraja, then cuts a promo in Punjabi.
6 Woman Tag Match
James Ellsworth comes to the ring, he cuts a promo and says he is the Micheal Jordan of Sports Entertainment, the epitome of masculinity. Puts himself over a little more, then introduces Carmella. They are wearing ugly red gold and black matching outfits. Next to the ring is Tamina, shes looking ready to kick some ass. Natalya comes out in a dope ass outfit that is very Hart family. Their opponents, first to the ring is Becky Lynch, wearing her hair in a faux hawk. Next out is Charlotte Flair, (why do they trust her to to be their tag partner? ) and finally the current Smackdown Womens Champion, Naomi! My question is why haven’t they made her a glow in the dark belt dammit. The match starts with Tamina and Becky Lynch. Tamina aggressively attacks Becky, then tags in Natalya. Becky manages to get to her corner to tag in Charlotte. Nattie and Charlotte go back and forth a bit, Nattie tags Tamina back in, she assaults Charlotte, then tags in Carmella. Carmella shows good ability in fighting against Charlotte, but Charlotte uses her skills and reverses to tag in Naomi. Naomi takes Carmella out, but as she is really getting going Tamina attacks her from the corner. Carmella is a dirty fighter… She works Naomi over a bit, then tags Tamina back in. Tamina puts Naomi in a headlock but Naomi works out of it to be taken down by Tamina. Carmella gets tagged back in, then she tags Natalya in, and they try double teaming Naomi, but she dodges. Nattie and Naomi go back and forth, Nattie tags Tamina back in, as Naomi is about to tag Becky, Carmella pulls Becky off the apron. Nattie tagged back in Naomi seems to be getting worked over but then counters and tags in Becky. Becky takes on all three of the other women at once, then ends up in the ring with Nattie one on one. Becky gets a 2 count on Nattie. A bit more back and forth with Becky and Nattie with a lot of interference from Tamina. Nattie makes Becky Lynch Tap Out with the Sharpshooter.
United States Championship Match
AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens(c)
AJ comes out first to mass applause, his mom hair looking like he been chasing toddlers around the locker room. Owns comes to the ring, looking much like an angry toddler. The audience seems pretty stoked for this match (This is a ROH Smarks wet dream) The match starts off with a lot of back and forth, Styles tries to wear down Owens with headlocks and holds. Owens gives him some of his own medicine. The crowd is chanting for Styles… Owens smartly powders from the ring. Styles goes to follow him but Owen gets back in the ring. “Stupid Idiot” chant from the crowd at Owens. Styles goes for a dropkick but Owens cuts him off. Owens hit the ropes, but Styles hits him with the dropkick on the second go round. A bit of back and forth, Styles tries to take control but is cut off, then cuts off Owens, but its not enough and Owens comes back with a clothesline, to a pin, no count kick out. Owens takes control and knees Styles in the back, then gets him in a choke hold from behind. Styles is getting worn down with this choke but is fighting his way out. Owens cuts him off with a DDT then gives him a few senton’s for good measure, tries for the cover, but gets a 2 count. Owens goes back for the choke hold. Styles works his way up, but gets dropped on his back by his hair by Owens. Styles manages to get a quick kick to the head on Owens, but it doesn’t stun Owens for long. Styles finds opportunity and gets a cover and kick out on Owens. More back and forth, and Owens goes face first to the mat, 2 count for Styles. Styles gets another cover after that sick back breaker he does… Owens is slowly getting up but Styles goes for a suplex, but Owen reverses it with a backdrop. More back and forth and misses, and Owens gives Styles a gnarly neck breaker, for another 2 count. Both men are back to their feet, more back and forth, Owens gives Styles an neck breaker on the ropes. Owens goes to the top but Styles stops it, tries to pile drive him off the apron but Owens gets out… hey fight outside then both men are back in the ring, Styles gets a cannonball from Owens. Owens working the leg of Styles and does another cannonball into his leg. He then puts Styles into a single leg boston crab. Styles drags him across the ring, Owens drags him back and puts him in an ankle lock. Styles gets to the bottom rope to break the hold. Owens takes AJ to the top rope, but Styles reverses into a top rope power bomb! Both men are struggling to their feet, Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but falls, Owens gets a DDT on him for another 2 count. Owens gets to his feet, and gives Styles a few slaps to the face, but Styles counters with a Pele kick. Styles gets up and beats Owens down. AJ takes Owens to the top and Owens counters with a suplex from the top, for another 2 count… Crowd chants, This is AWESOME… I just woke an old guy up from his chicken nap at the coffee shop, cause I yelled. Styles manages to suplex Owens on the apron, OMG did that look painful. Styles breaks the 10 count, then goes for Owens, but Owens tosses him into the time keepers pit. Styles hits Owens with the Forearm, then tries to set Owens up on the table, but falls through the opening in the table and is hung up on wires, Owens gets back to the ring, and retains his championship by count out. BOOOOOOOOOOOOO What a shitty ending to a great match.
Luke Harper vs Erick Rowan
Rowan comes to the ring in a new mask. This one is a pigface gasmask combo. Harper comes out and the match starts right away. I am not sure how much to write, as it’s clear these two are just gonna beat the shit out of each other. Both of these are huge dominating guys. They also know each others moves as they are “family” or were in some sense of the word. Rowan is laying into Harper hard, but Harper isn’t backing down. Rowan gets a cover after a dropkick… that’s a huge dude to get that high off the ground! Its really not looking good for Harper at this point. He is going to have to think of Rowans weaknesses and use them to his advantage. Rowan gets another 2 count on Harper. Rowan goes to the top for a Splash but Harper rolls out of the way. Both men are on the outside, Harper is knocking some sense into Rowan then gets back into the ring, and jumps between the ropes, pinning Rowan between the announce table. Harper seems to be gaining some steam, gets a 2 count on Rowan. Harper gets another 2 count after a side slam, Harper then gets cut off and Rowan has control again, and power bombs him for a 2 count. Harper is down, Rowan is dragging his lifeless body about a bit. Harper was playing dead, gets a 2 count. Now both men are going shot for shot back and forth in the ring. Rowan tries to power bomb Harper but Harper reverses, and super kicks him in the face, HUGE clothesline, and Harper gets the 3 count. Considering I usually hate watching the big guys fight, this was one hell of a match up.
WWE Championship Match
Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton(c)
Jinder Mahal is HUGE. It seems his neck is disappearing. Randy Orton comes out looking cool and calm in the face of a monster, but will his experience be enough to retain his title over Mahal? Usually Orton is one of the guys in the best shape in the company, but it looks like Jinder Mahal has surpassed him on that. Marriage must be making Orton soft… lol. Orton doesn’t even wait for the bell to ring, and jumps Mahal. He tosses Mahal outside then scares off the Singh Brothers from ringside… Orton beats on Mahal on the announce table, then throws him back into the ring. Mahal is looking a little scared of the Viper. I guess he never hung out with the snake charmers. (he should get one… hahahaha) Mahal looks pretty mad, he makes super funny faces when he is mad. They go back and forth, Orton almost gets an RKO, Mahal powders, Orton chases him and knocks him down. Mahal is crawls around at ringside, Orton comes for him, and he throws Ortin into the LED board. Mahal gets Orton back into the ring, and starts working his shoulder. Mahal gets a 1 count cover on Orton. The crowd is very divided, half cheering for Mahal, half saying he sucks. Orton gets back into control of the match, stomps Mahal’s knee a few times. Mahal tried a backslide on Orton, but couldn’t get it so gave him an arm breaker then a knee drop to the chest. Mahal continues to work the shoulder of Randy Orton. Orton works his way out, and send Mahal flying outta the ring. then gives him a back drop on the announce table. Orton bring Mahal back to the ring, but Mahal recovers and attacks Orton as he gets back in. Mahal continues to work the shoulder of Orton. Orton fights out of the hold, for Mahal to hit hi right on top of the head with an elbow, then goes right back to the shoulder. Orton reaching for the ropes, but Mahal is keeping him in the center of the ring. Orton fights his way back up, but Mahal continues to lay in the pain on his shoulder. Orton gets to his feet again, and gets the rope break this time. Orton gets sent into the corner, and Mahal runs in after him for a spear but Orton dodges and Mahal spears the post. Mahal gets up close and personal and kisses the turnbuckle thanks to Orton. Orton climbs to the top with Mahal to try to superplex him, but Mahal cuts him off and and up falling on the turnbuckle for a nut shot. Orton then goes for the superplex on Mahal again and gets it! Orton goes for the cover but only gets a 2 count. Mahal gets back up and these two are going blow for blow… Orton throws two good clotheslines at Mahal then Power slams him. Orton then gives him and up and over fall away slam but only gets the 2 count on Mahal again… Mahal hits Orton in the throat, gets a 2 count. Both men re down, working to their feet. Mahal looks pissed. Orton gives him a backbreaker, but his shoulder is not holding up. Mahal has rolled under the ropes, Orton pulls him back in for a DDT off the ropes. Mahal is down, Orton goes for his finisher, but Mahal rolls out of the ring again. The Singh brothers are in Orton’s face, he makes quick work of them, then gets attacked by Mahal, and tossed into the post. Orton gets thrown back into the ring, Orton catches Mahal with the RKO, and the Singh brothers pull Mahal out of the ring to safety. Orton puts the Singh brothers through the Spanish and English announce tables, or at least tries, these guys are too light… hahaha Orton Takes them both to the ring for a double DDT, then Mahal sneaks up on Orton and hits The Khallas, for the 3 count pin.
JINDER MAHAL IS YOUR NEW WWE CHAMPION!
Wow what a PPV! This was leagues above payback. Overall I thought the matches were great, and the only disappointment was the end of the US Championship match. This will probably be in my top 5 PPV’s of 2017.