Asuka and Naomi vs. The IIconics
Robert O’Neill: Awesome moment to start the match, as Billie and Peyton cut a promo about how happy they are to be in Australia. Really nice stuff.
After a solid contest, Billie and Peyton got the win. Good for WWE. They don’t always do the hometown winning thing, and you can tell it meant a lot to both of them. This video of the two of them watching their families react is also well worth your time.
Chris Novak: Yeah the match was… okay. It was okay at best, but it provided a very feel-good moment for them. Something you don’t often see them do for villains, but nonetheless, this was good stuff. Good for Billie and Peyton.
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe - WWE Title
Robert O’Neill: For the first time in recent memory, WWE started a blood feud match with both guys wildly brawling and striking instead of just locking up and doing a typical chain wrestling start. That’s how they should start these every time. The match was as brutal and physical as expected, and Styles retained when Joe tapped to the Calf Crusher. That’s certainly one way to end the match. I like it, it’s a definitive ending to the match and the feud, I guess, but it would have been nice to see Joe get some time with the belt.
Chris Novak: It is what it is. Joe was a villain who I don’t think NEEDS the belt. The end result would’ve been wanting to see Styles win it back from him anyway. So it’s like, hey, if he’s just one of the harder nuts for Styles to crack, that’s fine. This was one of the best matches they’ve had together this year, which is saying something, because the previous two at SummerSlam and at HIAC were both awesome.
Riott Squad vs. Ronda Rousey and The Bella Twins
Robert O’Neill: I think first and foremost, Liv Morgan deserves a lot of credit for getting right back in the ring with Brie Bella after the incident a couple weeks ago. I know it was an accident and Brie wasn’t being malicious, but if I was in Liv’s shoes, I would probably have some reservations.
The match was quite good. You knew the result going in, but the Riott Squad continued to look strong, and Rousey got the win by locking the armbar in on both Logan and Morgan which made for a super cool visual. There was no turn by The Bellas after the match, so that will have to wait.
Chris Novak: I’m quite surprised we didn’t get the turn in this match. But I’m guessing it’ll happen on Monday night in Chicago. Nevertheless, like you said Rob, this match was a lot of un. And that’s to be expected really when you take a look at the competitors here.
Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy - WWE Cruiserweight Title
Robert O’Neill: Buddy Murphy is another hometown hero! He came out with the Australian flag, which was pretty neat.