Sean Ross SAPPlane: Podcast Notes, Fastlane, Goldberg, Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman

Pre-show

  • Kendrick and Noam Dar segment. Harmless.
  • Cesaro and Sheamus visit the pre-show panel for reasons.
  • Jinder Mahal and Rusev shooting down the best of seven idea of Foley's was great.

Akira Tozawa & Rich Swann defeated Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar (w/ Alicia Fox)

  • Tozawa's screaming was over with the crowd early, but they quickly fell asleep. 
  • There was a camera cut away mid-action to show Alicia Fox dancing like she was managing DJ Gabriel again.
  • Rich Swann hits a crazy Phoenix splash after a good match. I wish they could just get over.

Samoa Joe defeated Sami Zayn

  • Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn both over with this crowd.
  • If Sami Zayn can Blue Thunder Bomb Samoa Joe, there's no reason it shouldn't be his finish.
  • This is good from start to finish. Joe wins via technical submission.
  • This put Joe over in victory, and the idea that Zayn would rather be put to sleep than tap out.

Backstage Crappenings

  • Bayley mentions that Forbes says Charlotte is a great champion. Bayley, Forbes doesn't know shit about wrestling. They said Roman Reigns should team with Baron Corbin to get over.
  • Stephanie is on the phone, foreshadowing some fudgery. She says that the title matches need to go off without a hitch.
  • Foley tells Samoa Joe to not get involved in the main event.

Raw Tag Team Championship
Guns & Gallows (c) defeated Enzo and Cass

  • You never know how a crowd will react to Enzo week-to-week.
  • The spray tans gotta go. 
  • Enzo has such a different, awkward style. It fits when he's playing babyface in peril, though.
  • Cass puts a lot of hoss in those fallaway slams.
  • That Enzo and Cass finish was hilariously bad.
  • Enzo had his foot on the rope while he was being pinned, but Gallows moved it. Clever way to keep this going.

Sasha Banks defeated Nia Jax

  • Sasha has some pretty sweet new gear, outside of the bedazzled part.
  • I don't know if I've seen a scarier looking Torture Rack than one here. 
  • Sasha and Nia Jax pull off an awesome series of reversals into guillotine and rear naked chokes.
  • Nia Jax ends up hitting a great Faarooq spinebuster.
  • Sasha Banks Okata rolls her way to a win! That was such a fun watch.

Cesaro (w/ Sheamus) defeated Jinder Mahal

  • Jinder Mahal and Rusev fight before the match and Hardbody beats up Rusev. I hope Handsome Rusev turns into a Europeeno Heat gimmick.
  • Cesaro is wearing a damn gold jacket. Dude.
  • Jinder Mahal looks like Victor Conte is about to be hired as his mouth piece.
  • This is a house show match you get when someone is injured and had to back out. Cesaro wins.
  • Rusev attacks after the match, like 2 years after he was attacked. Big Show comes out.

Big Show defeated Handsome Rusev (w/ Lana)

  • Rusev drove into Mania two years ago on a tank, as Ryan Mark pointed out. Now he's splitting with Jinder on the pape.
  • The last hour has been conducted at a snail's pace.
  • I'd like to fill this spot out, but there's not a whole lot to add. It's Big Show vs. Rusev. It's not bad or anything.
  • Big Show repeatedly chokeslams Rusev and knocks him out for the win.

Cruiserweight Championship
Neville (c) defeated Jack Gallagher

  • Gallagher's corner handstand doesn't make sense. Kick the son of a bitch in the top of the head.
  • Gallagher hit an awkward/neat looking dive that Aries calls the Wounded Duck Plancha.
  • If you're going to roll someone up, make it look like there's weight on his shoulders. 
  • Neville hits a sick German suplex on Gallagher's head, then a second rope Phoenix splash.
  • Gallagher and Neville turn up the heat, and after the last hour we needed it.
  • They really beat the shit out of each other. Some scary bumps. Neville wins with a Red Arrow, that he had to bust out. 

New Day

  • New Day have their New Day Pops! On a bicycle vendor! There's still hope for my Kofi Kingston bike Rumble spot!
  • They allude to Big E being drunk.
  • This was filler.

Roman Reigns defeated Braun Strowman

  • If Reigns wearing sneakers is one more step from getting away from the Shield stuff, so be it.
  • Roman Reigns looks like Samoan Duke "The Dumpster" Droese tonight.
  • Strowman broke a cardinal rule of "pin if their shoulders are already on the mat" 
  • Strowman actively enjoying stealing Roman's Samoan drop. Heh. 
  • We get some cool spots here and there, really playing to Braun's strengths. Another really slow paced match.
  • Braun Strowman misses a splash from the top rope! Wow. Spear.....clean win for Reigns.....uhhh.
  • The whole Strowman ascension was to put over underdog Reigns clean as a sheet.
  • "How can you not believe in the Big Dog now?" would be the name of a WWE book about the Summer 2014-2017

Raw Women's Championship
Bayley (c) defeated Charlotte 

  • What if Sasha got Charlotte DQ'd? PPV streak continues, rematch used up, Bayley's title reign still questionable
  • Dana Brooke gets shooed away by Charlotte.
  • "You can go perform at the Arnold Classic, but make sure you get back Sunday night so Charlotte can tell you to fuck off on TV"
  • Charlotte's head scissors attacks are always the same, but it's great offense.
  • Charlotte hit the moonsault!!!
  • Bayley has gotten rid a lot of the offense that didn't compliment her style too well.
  • Bayley's top rope Frankensteiner and elbow drop consistently look good
  • Bayley messes up an elbow spot that everyone craps on.
  • Sasha attacks Charlotte ringside HOW IN THE FUCK ISN'T THAT A DQ?!?! WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON.

WWE Universal Championship
Goldberg defeated Kevin Owens (c) to become WWE Universal Champion

  • This has a real big fight feel to it. 
  • Owens stalls. They're milking this segment.
  • Owens is ready, but Jericho's music hits. The bell rings.
  • Spear, Jackhammer. Pin
  • Well, then.
  • Goldberg is super over.
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