Sean Ross Sappdown (2/28): Podcast Notes, Harper vs. Styles, John Cena

Opening Segment

  • We have a nice little opener with Shane McMahon, Luke Harper, AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose.
  • What's even nicer is this Miz TV opening. Miz cuts a hell of a promo on John Cena being a hypocrite. We've heard it before, but it's still damn good. 
  • Miz says Cena is now a parody of his old self, which was a joke to begin with. He says he's turned into "Barely decent Cena" instead of Super Cena.
  • Miz also says Cena manipulated his way into 16 titles and took Ric Flair's moment just like Cena's taken his. 
  • John Cena has his fake accent on and says if he were really a master manipulator he'd be standing in the ring with Undertaker, not Miz. THAT'S A BURN.
  • Cena says that Miz ripped off Chris Jericho, Rock, AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan and Ric Flair. Then John Cena rips off a Robert Downey Jr line.C
  • Cena goes to leave, but Maryse stops him. Cena then gives Maryse dismissive until she slaps him. Nikki Bella comes out as Cena laughs some more. Nikki says she'll break a bitch to a big pop.
  • This segment goes over 20 minutes, but John Cena can do that. This was good stuff. 
Moose Says He Was 'Shocked' By Scott D'Amore's Firing, 'As Much As We Don't Understand It, We Have To Trust It'

Two out of three falls match
Becky Lynch defeated Mickie James

  • They're doing this one to death. In addition to two prior matches, this is two out of three falls.
  • Mickie James had scouted the jumping side kick. I wish that type of thing happened more.
  • JBL and Otunga have a discussion about Mickie James and if she can handle a former Women's Champion at this stage of her career. This was a good talking point and something that I'd like to see more of. I'll elaborate more on the podcast.
  • Mickie gets a DDT win in about seven minutes. 
  • Five minutes later, Becky scores a roll-up pin.
  • Alexa Bliss tries to distract Becky, but it backfires and we get our third pin in about 13 minutes. These two can't seem to have a subpar match against each other

Backstage crappenings

  • We've gotten some nice backstage vignettes from Harper and Bray Wyatt.
  • Alexa Bliss was forced to shoehorn in an Oscars reference. GAG. She's really good, though. Not a surprise. Natalya shows up and does an awkwardly good interruption and threatens to take her title.
  • James Ellsworth and Carmella trash Nikki Bella, and John Cena suggests a mixed tag for next week. Oh boy. 
  • AJ Styles rejects a handshake from Daniel Bryan and says he's going to go to Bray Wyatt's invocation.

Number one contender match
AJ Styles defeated Luke Harper

  • Starting at 9 PM EST, eh? Wouldn't mind if they went the full hour and bumped Ziggler vs. Crews.
  • This feels like a really special moment in the career of Luke Harper. 
  • There are a couple of cool spots out of the gate. A Harper dropkick and a Styles Pele kick to Harper while he lies on the apron. 
  • The offensive arsenal of these two matches up so well. Harper is showing what he's made of, and matching Styles move-for-move
  • Styles gets the pin, but Harper's foot in on the rope.
  • Shane McMahon restarts the match, but ends up getting taken out by Harper while arguing with Styles.
  • Styles gets a springboard 450 for the win!

Dean Ambrose

  • Ambrose is supposed to face Curt Hawkins but just Dirty Deeds' him and takes a mic. He makes some jokes and calls out Baron Corbin.
  • He wants to fight Corbin, who is on the screen. They say a lot of nothing, but Ambrose makes some jokes. I could think of worse IC title programs.

Chairs match
Dolph Ziggler defeated Apollo Crews

  • Crews is really athletic, but misses a moonsault from the apron that Mauro incorrectly calls an Asai moonsault. 
  • Apollo has some nice offense with the chair, including a moonsault and Olympic Slam. 
  • Ziggler tries to use his feet on the ropes to win, because why wouldn't he?
  • A drop toe hold on the back of the chair crushes Apollo's throat, then Ziggler smashes Crews' wiener on it an pins him. 

Bray Wyatt's invocation

  • Bray Wyatt says some stuff and Randy Orton shows up on the big screen in Wyatt's lair and says this isn't his world.
  • Orton says this is where Abigail was laid to rest, AND BURNS THE DAMN BUILDING DOWN. HE COMMITTED ARSON.


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