Results:

  • Apollo Crews (c) def. Andrade to retain the United States Championship
  • Sasha Banks & Bayley (c) def. Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss & The IIconics to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championships
  • Sheamus def. Jeff Hardy
  • Asuka (c) vs Nia Jax goes to a double countout for the Raw Women’s Championship
  • Braun Strowman (c) def. Miz & John Morrison to retain the Universal Championship
  • Drew McIntyre (c) def. Bobby Lashley to retain the WWE Championship
  • Randy Orton def. Edge

Three Thoughts:

A Great Match

Randy Orton beat Edge in the hyped “Best Match Ever” and it was, honestly, pretty good. It was the most wrestling-centric cinematic match that WWE has produced so far. Each man used all the moves in their arsenals, and even some that are from the arsenals of legends. The match had a special feel, including different referee attire and a clip of Howard Finkel introducing the two men. After many finishers (and Edge kicking out of two RKOs) it was a punt that put Edge away for good. These two delivered, even if it did lead to an injury for Edge.

Battle-Tested Champion

Drew McIntyre is an absolutely legitimate world champion. He’s taken on some impressive challengers before, and his matchup with Lashley was the latest in that lineup. It was a hard-hitting affair that challenged both men. Lashley almost had the upper hand, but it was the involvement of Lana that cost him. Lana was a distraction, and after she was bumped off the apron and onto MVP. McIntyre hit the Claymore for the win. Another notch in the belt for the defending champion.

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No Title Changes

The rest of the card had no major shakeups. No titles changed hands on the show. Apollo Crews, Braun Strowman, Asuka, Bayley & Sasha Banks all retained their gold. The most surprising of these might have been the Women’s Tag Championships. Bayley & Banks are heading towards a break-up at some point. Alas, it wasn’t this night.

Grade: B

This show was truly saved by the Greatest Match Ever. The rest of the action ranged from meh to good, with the WWE Championship being the other stand-out match. Asuka & Nia Jax were on their way to a quality match before their double countout, and the Women’s Tag Titles match was also a decent contest. Overall this isn’t a show anyone will remember outside of the main event.

One More Thing:

The Viking Radiers-Street Profits feud has officially jumped the shark. There were ninjas and a parking lot fight and Akira Tozawa. It wasn’t great, so this is likely the end of their feud.

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