New Day opens the show with their usual shtick.
New Day vs. Gallows & Anderson
Gallows and Anderson start the match aggressively showing good fire.
A really nice pace to this match that has the crowd into it. Nice near fall after the Big Ending. But minutes later New Day goes over clean to retain the titles.
Gallows & Anderson are damaged beyond repair. At this point WWE might as well split them up. It's an absolute joke the way WWE has booked them. It's sad when an act’s peak was when they debuted.
TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick
Perkins offers Kendrick a handshake, he refuses. Nice!
Nice heel work from Kendrick. They're working a much slower pace than the opening match.
The hurricanrana over the top rope by Perkins was impressive.
Some nice submission mat work from both men. Perkins retains by submission. The two hug it out after match, then Kendrick blasts Perkins with a head butt. Apparently this feud isn't over, which is a good thing in my opinion.
The match started out slow, but the second half of was very good. Some real nice submission reversals down the stretch from both guys. Overall a good match.
WWE2K17 commercial. Huh, surprised to see Alberto Del Rio in it.
Holy hell, what is Cesaro wearing?!? As good as his in ring work is, he just doesn't have the overall package a main eventer needs to have. It's unfortunate too because I like Cesaro.
Cesaro vs. Sheamus
If nothing else, this is a hard hitting match so far.
Cesaro pulls out a 619!
Nice Celtic Cross into a backbreaker lead to a good near fall.
Sheamus has been working over Cesaro’s back the entire match, yet he's able to execute the Cesaro Swing. Awful psychology.
Oh crap! Cesaro just gave himself a self inflicted Piledriver after diving onto Sheamus through the ropes. Jeez, that was scary!
Nice near fall after The Neutralizer. The crowd thought it was over. This is awesome chants.
This was by far the best match of the series until the end. These two delivered in a big way to the point Cesaro nearly broke his neck. I'm disappointed with the end of the match. There should've been a payoff after seven matches against each other. The official result is a No Contest.
No Mercy commercial
A backstage segment with Charlotte and Baylee
Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
The crowd doesn't seem into this match. Although, it's been the equivalent of a basic RAW match.
Jericho and Zayn are exchanging...slaps.
The match picked up towards the end leading to some decent near falls. I think the Codebreaker out of nowhere for the clean pin surprised the crowd because of the previous near falls. I thought it was a good match, but I was expecting more between these two. Hopefully this isn't the end of their feud.
A KFC promo.
Hispanic Heritage Month commercial.
A backstage segment with Kevin Owens, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley.
Charlotte vs. Baylee vs. Sasha Banks
Of course there's friction between Baylee and Sasha.
That was an awkward triple drop kick that didn't land on anyone.
Damn, Charlotte is impressive. She's been dominate the first part of the match.
For the record, I really dislike Triple Threat matches. If there's no DQ then why doesn't Dana Brooke just help Charlotte win?
Dana Brooke isn't very good yet at this point in her career.
Just because a match is long, it doesn't automatically make it good. I'm not not saying this was a bad match. I think it went too long and there were a few sloppy spots. While I expected Charlotte to retain, I'm disappointed Baylee took the pin.
Cut to the Kickoff Show panel for a recap of what we’ve seen so far tonight.
Rusev vs. Roman Reigns
Let's go Roman, Roman sucks chants.
A good back and forth match so far.
Reigns is taking it to Rusev outside the ring.
Rusev kicks out of the Superman Punch in a nice near fall.
With the Lana distraction I thought that was it. Good near fall. Reigns with the Spear, and there's Lana who pulls the referee out of the ring. She's sent to the back.
Reigns powers out of the accolade. Spears Rusev and gets the clean pin. And new…
I don't like the finish. The match was excellent. Both guys brought it tonight and there were some fantastic near falls. After Reigns powered out of the Accolade, I knew he was going over. The crowd did pop for the title change.
No Mercy commercial
WWE Ride Along commercial
Backstage segment with Rollins, Foley and Stephanie.
Hell in a Cell commercial
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Rollins’ surgically repaired knee is the focal point of the match.
The Spanish announce table is exposed, that'll play a role later in the match.
Good back and forth match to start.
Botched gut buster by Owens. Rollins selling his ribs well.
And there's the table spot as Owens misses a Swanton crashing through it.
Here comes Jericho to distract Rollins. Nice near fall by Owens.
Rollins had the match won but Jericho put Owen’s leg on the bottom rope.
Ref bump. Rollins has KO pinned but the ref is out. Enter Jericho, who puts the boots to Rollins.
Nice suicide dives from Rollins. Stephanie sends another ref to the ring. Seth walks into a pop-up powerbomb, and still…
This was an OK match. A bit overbooked for my liking with the Jericho interference, the ref bump and Stephanie sending in another official. The fact that Triple H was nowhere to be found was a big disappointment.
This show wasn't as good as Backlash. I didn't agree with some of the booking decisions, especially the tag team match, and some of the matches didn't deliver the way I thought they would.
Overall Grade: C
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