|Never has the removal of a knee pad been so important.
JOHNNY GARGANO IS INSANE ND VIOLENT AND AWESOME
In a match against EC3 on NXT, without a promo, without anything, Johnny Gargano told a story of a man obsessed with his former partner Tommaso Ciampa, and driven by his recent loss to Ciampa into new heights of obsession, madness, and violence. It was pretty amazing, and you gotta know Ciampa’s title match against Aleister Black isn’t going to be about Black at all.
BAYLEY AND SASHA’S THERAPY IS AS BAD AS EXPECTED
They borough back Team Hell No’s therapist, so hooray for thematic consistency, but the segment was awful.
I WAS RIGHT AND WRONG ABOUT ASUKA VS. ELLSWORTH
Asuka got more offense in than I expected, but of course it wasn’t a real, proper match, and of course Carmella interfered. This is all to set up a Lumberjack Match between Asuka and Ellsworth next week, which would be awesome if everyone in the women’s division decided they hated Carmella and Ellsworth, but will break down to the usual boring face side / heel side dynamic I’m sure.
KEVIN OWENS GOT DUMPed IN A PORTAPOTTY
In one of those things WWE thinks we want to watch, Braun Strowman dragged a Kevin-Owens-filled portapotty through the arena for like five minutes before pushing it off the stage.
THE REVIVAL HAS SOME THINGS TO DO:
I mean, they’re story fodder for other people’s feuds, specifically, Rollins-Ziggler and Reigns-Lashley, but it’s something to do.
Best match of the week goes to Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali on 205 Live, who took up most of the show with a No DQ match to settle(?) their month-long “these two guys don’t like each other” storyless feud. Match was fantastic, though.