Chris Novak: Well, by existing on its own, this show is probably already better than Raw last night.
And Becky Lynch is starting the show, so we’re already off and running here. Becky has new graphics, which is awesome. Bex says she’s done watching and she’s putting herself back in the game. She calls Charlotte Flair out to the ring, and Charlotte is quick to head out. She said she came “pretty close” to giving her the beating she would’ve, but she also doesn’t know who she is. But, Charlotte says she was being herself.
Becky called Charlotte a “bootleg Becky” and the two had a banter back and forth. Paige then announces that the two are facing off at TLC in… a… WOMEN’S TLC MATCH!!
Rob O’Neill: It’s better than Raw because Becky Lynch is here! But yes we’re getting a women’s TLC match and honestly that’s gonna be, well, straight fire.
Chris Novak: The heels then come out and Mandy, leading the charge on the mic, says Paige is showing favortism towards her former friends, and that the others could do the same job. Also, that they have the same desire. Naomi, Asuka, Carmella and Lana then come out, and Naomi says that she actually agrees.
Rob O’Neill: There’s going to be a battle royal tonight, where the winner gets added to the TLC match. Neat!
Chris Novak: The Usos faced The Bar. This will shock you but the match was great. Usos won after pinning Cesaro following a corner splash.
Rob O’Neill: Also Big Show is apparently no longer aligned with The Bar. His alignment is honestly a joke at this point. I love it.
Chris Novak: The New Day and The Miz had a backstage encounter. Lot of hilarity here between The Marine, last week’s tag team match with The Miz & Shane and the two jobbers, Kairi Sane being referenced, among other things.
AJ Styles came out to cut a promo about Daniel Bryan and the way he won the WWE Championship. Styles was pretty matter of fact and angered, and brought up how Bryan wasn’t appearing tonight or at live events and referencing how they do business on Raw. The promo was really good and so far, this show is blowing Raw out of the water.
Rob O’Neill: Are you really surprised though? I mean… consider what we’re talking about here!
Chris Novak: I’m absolutely not surprised. Rusev is facing off with Shinsuke Nakamura. I don’t know why this match is happening but am I complaining? Absolutely not. On second thought, it didn’t happen, because Shinsuke just beat the shit out of Rusev before the match could even start.
Rob O’Neill: Alright, well, that works!
Chris Novak: Time to begin this Jeff Hardy celebration! I wonder what’s going to happen here. They played an absolutely incredible recap video of his WWE career. He thanked everybody but then said he wasn’t going to be making a retirement speech… and cue… SAMOA JOE’S MUSIC!
Rob O’Neill: Joe talks about how Jeff had drug and alcohol problems and let everyone down and people like him can never change. Holy crap.
Chris Novak: Dude just went IN on Hardy and that’s probably selling it short. Good God, Joe is such an asshole. And I mean that in the best way. Hardy challenged him to fight, but Joe was having none of it... tonight, at least.
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz is next. The match itself was QUITE good, as you might expect. Miz lost after eating Trouble in Paradise. That was really fun.
Rob O’Neill: This has been the exact opposite of Raw! Everything is meaningful and has a purpose and not just slapped together.
Randy Orton is here to talk about why he doesn’t like Rey Mysterio. He notes that he has no interest in learning about other cultures, which, duh, and then Mysterio comes out and hits a 619 on him while selling last week’s neck injury
Chris Novak: Little too on the nose here. Just a little bit. Orton eventually got the better of it and DDT’d him and pulled him through to the outside and caught him with a steel chair to his throat.
Miz is backstage with Shane and the trophy. There’s more banter here, and Miz believes that he, Shane and the trophy are family. This is honestly pretty hilarious.
The battle royal to determine the 3rd woman in the TLC Match at TLC commenced. Fun match. Very fun match actually. It came down to Asuka and Sonya Deville, and in the end, The Empress of Tomorrow picked up the win, and Asuka is heading to TLC!
Rob O’Neill: That was a perfectly fine battle royal and the right person won. the TLC match is gonna be awesome.
Chris Novak: The complete opposite of a wet fart. Nothing bad happened on this show at ALL. A+ for me.
Robert O’Neill: What a difference 24 hours makes. That show had everything. A+