– We get highlights from Raw, focusing on AJ and Reigns, as well as Doc and Karl attacking Reigns.
MIZ TV w/AJ Styles: Miz and Maryse are in the ring, being gloriously annoying in the best possible way. Miz discusses AJ’s time in Japan and his affiliation with Gallows and Anderson. AJ made sure to bring up knocking Miz’s teeth out, so Miz immediately asked if AJ set up the hit on Reigns. AJ of course denies, so Miz asks if told them NOT to attack them. Miz laid it on think, noting that AJ telling them not to attack was basically giving the order. AJ claims that he doesn’t need help to be a Reigns and will prove it at Payback. Miz then made AJ out to be a mastermind here, and says AJ needs help to beat “The Guy.” Miz claims that is why AJ had his guys attack Reigns, as Maryse coached him and then called him sexy. They made out, and AJ dropped Miz left. Miz was such a dick here, in the best way possible. That was a good segment to further the doubt following Monday’s angle.
Non-Title Match: US Champion Kalisto vs. Ryback: Ryback attacked at the bell and beat on the champion with ease. He then posted Kalisto, and we took a commercial break. Post break, Ryback hit a delayed superplex for a near fall. Ryback worked over Kalisto in the tree of WHOA for a bit, but them Ryback posted himself and Kalisto hit a leg drop off the ropes. Kalisto then picked up the pacing, and finally put some offense together. A series of kicks followed, and then the spike RANA followed for a near fall. Ryback managed a clothesline, went for shell shock, but Kalisto countered into a DDT for another near fall. Kalisto went for Salida del sol, but the big guy turned it into the shell shock and that was that. I get that Ryback wanted the rematch to prove that Mania was a fluke, I just wish he had been on TV killing some guys to make the match mean a little more and give the appearance that he had some momentum. Rock solid little match there; Ryback then celebrated with the title post-match.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin: Corbin attacked Ziggler from behind as he made his entrance, He kicked his ass and hit end of days on the floor. Rich Brennan tried to interview Corbin, who said that he attacked and kicked Ziggler ass because he could.
IC Champion the Miz w/Maryse vs. AJ Styles: Miz attacked at the bell, showing aggression following the opening segment. Styles slowed him down and got the Muta lock for a bit, Miz would escape and it broke down into some solid back and forth. Miz tried to ground Styles, that failed as Styles landed a big spin kick and Miz ran and hid behind Maryse. That allowed Miz to hit the cheap shot and slam him to the barricade. Miz took the heat as we went to the break. Post break, Miz was laying the boots to Styles in the corner. Good control from Miz here, Styles got a hope spot and roll up, but Miz cut him off right away. I really appreciate these matches when they allow Miz to be more aggressive, he comes off as such a better performer than when he plays grab ass and messes around. Styles started to sell the knee, commentary noting that he landed awkwardly, which could set up for Miz later. They both had the same idea and collided center ring when they both hit a running cross body. Styles finally started a comeback, hit a forearm and then another in the corner. Styles would tease the clash; Miz countered and then attacked the knee of Styles. Miz put in some solid work on the knee, way more than he usually does (although in his defense he has the time here to do so) but Styles managed to hit the Ushigoroshi, but had to sell the knee. Miz would lock in the figure four, Styles fought and finally reverse the pressure and Miz had to let go. Styles then got the calf crusher, but Miz would get the ropes. They both were selling a leg, and after some counters Styles hit he PELE. Miz bailed as Styles went for the springboard forearm, and wanted to leave but Doc and Karl arrived to block his way. Styles hit the forearm to the floor, tossed Miz back in and hit another and picked up the win. Doc and Karl clapped for Styles, who did not seem appreciative. They did a nice job of continuing the story they started on Raw, and the match was a good match, Miz worked well with AJ again and it was fun. I am not crazy about the IC and US Champions losing on the show, especially since Miz just got the title. Styles winning is the right call; I just wish that the secondary champions actually had effective momentum behind them.
– Ambrose and Zayn gave a backstage interview, Ambrose ran down Jericho and Owens, and then said they would take out Jericho and Owens. Zayn then said that they needed to come up with a cool tag team name, and Ambrose said that they are the Rough Riders tonight. Zayn said it was too sexual, and then Ambrose made fun of Zayn’s had. Wackiness!
– Doc and Karl announced in a backstage interview that they will debut, in the ring, on Raw against the Usos. They said that AJ doesn’t need them, but they want to make an impact.
Paige and Natalya vs. Tamina and Naomi: Tamina and Natalya started; Tamina used her power to take control of things right away. Natalya tagged din and rubber her ass in Natalya’s face, who then fought back and tagged in Paige. They worked quick tags, Natalya tried for a sharp shooter but Naomi escaped and stunned Natalya off the ropes. Tamina and Naomi worked double teams, even using a version of the hart Attack (with a kick ending) to get a near fall on Natalya. Tamina missed a knee drop, Natalya tagged in Paige who ran wild on Naomi and kept Tamina on the floor. The charging knee got Paige a near fall. Tamina saved Naomi after she ate the Ram-Paige. Natalya in, and Natalya and Paige scored with dueling submissions to pick up the win. Natalya gets to win to add to her momentum, Paige got some shine on the international tour and the match was solid. No real complaints.
R-Truth vs. Fandango: Following the months of Truth and Goldust videos, Goldust still refused to tag with Truth last week and picked Fandango as his tag team partner for the tournament. This is the next step in the story, with Goldust as the special referee. Goldust had a special gold and black referee shirt. Truth and Fandango both hit moves and then danced. Things then broke off into a dance off, they got Goldust involved and hilarity ensued. Truth then hit the lie detector for the win. Truth and Goldust then did a poor man’s version of the Kid ‘N Play dance.
Enzo and Cass Talk: Enzo and Cass came out and did their intro, how ya doin? But before they could continue, The VaudeVillians made their way out to the arena. The VaudeVillians were not impressed by Enzo and Cass; calling them fools and even mocking Enzo’s hair. The VaudeVillians called themselves real men, and noted that Enzo and Cass were just boys. I am all for The VaudeVillians getting mix time, they are the complete opposite of Enzo and Cass, but they came off really flat to me. I like Enzo and Cass, but this just felt added in to fill time. I know they thought it would be a great way to build to the finals of the tournament, but in reality, they should have just had Enzo talk if this had to make air.
– We get a wacky video with the Colons. “Come to Puerto Rico, The Shining Star of the Caribbean!”
Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens: Jericho and Zayn kicked things off, playing off of the match from Raw. They had some nice back and forth before Ambrose entered; Jericho would powder and we went to the commercial break. Post break, Owens and Jericho had the heat on Ambrose and were beating him down in the corner. Ambrose would fight back to get the tag to Zayn, who ran wild and hit a high cross on Jericho for a near fall. He went for the lucha arm drag, but then decided to let Jericho go so that he could hit a dive onto Owens. This only angered Owens, who tagged in and took Zayn to the floor and slammed him to the barricades. Owens and Jericho then isolated Zayn in their corner, using quick tags and Owens took a turn to bow to the crowd. Jericho connected with the Lionsault, but only got 2. Zayn hit a desperation blue thunder bomb and then Ambrose and Owens got the tags. Great energy from both guys here, Ambrose was particularly amped up, running 1,000 miles a minute at first. He hit the big suicide dive, but Jericho cut him off. They brawled, and then Ambrose ran into a superkick by Owens for a near fall. Owens and Ambrose had some really nice counters, and Jericho saved Owens from being kicked after dirty deeds. Ambrose headed up top, Jericho crotched him and Owens got a very anticlimactic pin. It was a good main event, but far from great. They were playing it safe, and the ending took away a bit, but it was enjoyable and got the job done.