Sean Ross Sappdown 2/7: Podcast Notes, Elimination Chamber Go-Home Show

Opening Segment

  • On the mic, Daniel Bryan was the star of this segment. He had a nice burn on the Miz.
  • This is a typical multi-man preview situation. 
  • Baron Corbin was pretty terrible here.
  • They said "fact of the matter" and "see" a lot here. 
  • Fatal four way up next. Cool. 

Baron Corbin defeats AJ Styles, The Miz (w/ Maryse) and Dean Ambrose

  • The camera zooms and black gear is aplenty here. 
  • There was a really cool spot where Ambrose, Miz and Styles kept rolling each other up. 
  • Tower of doom, pulled off fantastically.
  • Baron Corbin's Deep Six is a move that should be finishing people, but he has one of the best finishes in the game.
  • WWE does multi-man matches right. This is excellent
  • Baron Corbin pins AJ Styles with End of Days! That's enormous for him.

Backstage crappenings

  • Luke Harper had a nice backstage promo, saying he's going to eliminate Orton Sunday.
  • There's a terrible bickering segment between Natalya and Nikki Bella. Wack. This was like a terrible Maury segment. These two really have horrible promos together that are only saved by them taking real-life shots at each other while trying to shoe horn pop culture references in.

Apollo Crews defeated Dolph Ziggler

  • JBL seems like he's much more relaxed and natural on commentary for the most part these days.
  • This match lasts a minute. Crews wins with a roll up and gets attacked.
  • Kalisto runs out and makes the sazzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
  • The crowd is thrilled when Ziggler beats the shit out of both men with a chair because they have no reason to care for Crews or Kalisto.
  • Ziggler is booked in a handicap match against both men at Elimination Chamber.

Dual contract signing

  • Mickie James is in fantastic shape.
  • WWE should go the extra mile and get Naomi dance classes if she's doing that gimmick. It's the only thing missing from it.
  • Mickie James talked a little slow for my liking, but the crowd went with it, so it worked pretty well.
  • She says she has more experience than everyone in the ring combined, which isn't true but it's close. 
  • Becky Lynch has some awesome delivery, but whoever wrote that promo for her is a moron. She said Mickie James walked away when it got tough -- she was released. Becky Lynch did actually retire for several years.
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi on the mic is like Conor McGregor vs. Paul Buentello. If you're wondering who Buentello is, I think my point is proven.
  • Naomi hit a nice kick across the table. That was sweet. So was the suicide dive. 

The Ascension, Vaudevillains, Usos defeat American Alpha, Rhyno, Heath Slater & Breezango

  • Chad Gable using the Greg Gagne-esque head scissors is great.
  • Rhyno is super over tonight. The crowd wants him. They should have had him Gore all six opponents. 
  • The Ascension end up picking up a win in a pretty fun match.

John Cena defeated Randy Orton (w/ Bray Wyatt)

  • This is the first time we've seen this since Hell in a Cell 2014, so I'm fine with it. Hell of a marquee main event.
  • This really telegraphs that it won't be the WrestleMania main event, though.
  • A good match, a lot of heat. These two worked great here.
  • A ref bump leads to Wyatt in the ring by himself, where he's clotheslined by Luke Harper.
  • Your Royal Rumble winner gets pinned nine days after winning the match. At least it's by the champion.
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