|Moustache Mountain, or The Knights Who Say Knee|
UNDISPUTED ERA REGAINS THE NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Also, not surprisingly, the match of the week. Undisputed spends basically the entire match working on Trent Seven’s Surgically Repaired Knee (tm), putting him in a series of increasingly painful submissions until Tyler Bate has no choice but to save Seven’s career by throwing in the towel because Seven refuses to tap. Huge energy, huge emotion, great action. Shame MM’s reign wasn’t longer but we all knew it was pandering to the UK Championship crowd to begin with.
CEDRIC ALEXANDER RETAINS THE CRUISERWEIGHT CHMPIONSHIP
He beat Hideo Itami clean, which is the right call, but the match wasn’t great, because, well, Hideo Itami has been trying to get over as a heel fro two years now by just yelling RESPECT ME at people all the time, and it’s made an already uninteresting character even more stale.
JAMES ELLSWORTH GETS THE SHARK CAGE
Look, WWE paid for the shark cage rig, so they’re gonna use it. Nothing happened on Raw and very little happened on Smackdown, but we did get this new stipulation for Extreme Rules after Ellsworth tapped out to the Asuka Lock and the obvious post-match beatdown.
NEW DAY VS SANITY IN A PRESHOW TABLES MATCH
They got all mixed in with the Bludgeons and Hell No this weke but the only real news was that they’d be in a pre-show tables match this Sunday.
Bonus Kudos to The New Day and Team Hell No for their in-ring and backstage promo shenanigans, including Kane’s deep N’Sync knowledge, on Smackdown this week. Again, Goofy Kane is my favorite Kane.
General bonus kudos to the booking and rebuilding of the NXT Women’s Division,, which now boasts both astrong champion and up to half a dozen viable contenders depending on how loosely you define “viable”. Cross, LaRae,Sane, and Belair are definitely there, and they’ve been booking Dakota Kai and Lacey Evans like they’re there even if they’re not.