Charlotte Flair walked down to the ring as a video of Becky Lynch’s beatdown of Stephanie McMahon from the night before played. Charlotte said she’s healthy and would love to face Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania. She pointed at the WrestleMania sign as Lynch made her way down through the crowd. Lynch and Charlotte traded words before Triple H came down to the ring. He told Charlotte to leave the ring, then told Lynch she’s suspended and that she needs to go home. As Triple H started to walk out of the ring, Lynch asked him how Stephanie McMahon is after she got punched in the face. Triple H stepped back in the ring and said Lynch is looking for a way out of her match against Rousey. Lynch slapped Triple H across the face and they had a stare down before she left back through the crowd.
- We’ve got more questions than we’ve got answers for this whole situation, and that’s fine for me on the Road to WrestleMania. As much as I would like to settle in on Becky’s side of things, the Game did raise some valid points. As a wrestler himself, he has more than enough credibility to raise some insane schools of thought and present them as valid, as Triple H as the Cereberal Assassin often operated in some insane schools of thought. Becky walking off without really addressing the issues that Triple H keeps things going. We don’t think she fears Ronda, but unless she says it explicitly there’s still going to be some doubt out there.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev defeated Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Anderson and Gallows set up for the Magic Killer on Rusev, but Nakamura made the save. Rusev hit the Machka Kick on Anderson for the pinfall.
- Most of this took place during the commercial break, which I took as an excuse to use the restroom. From what I could see, it seemed like perfectly acceptable wrestling. I hope Gallows & Anderson have other plans, as there’s clearly nothing for them here other than a job on TV once a month if they’re lucky. (**)
The Usos cut a promo on Shane McMahon and The Miz ahead of their appearance on MizTV next week.
Randy Orton defeated Mustafa Ali. Orton pulled Ali off the top rope as he set up for the 054 and hit the RKO for the pinfall. As Orton celebrated, Samoa Joe locked in the Coquina Clutch and choked out Orton. Joe then kicked Ali out of the ring.
- Orton had quite the size advantage here, and he’s not really used to working with smaller guys other than Rey Mysterio & Daniel Bryan, but he did the best he could here making Mustafa look like a threat. Solid action here, and I don’t need to tell you that Mustafa losing to Randy Orton doesn’t hurt him. (**1/2)
Daniel Bryan came down to the ring with Erick Rowan and cut a promo about being the Planet’s Champion. He said the people in the back don’t want him as champion and that’s why he has to defend his title in the Elimination Chamber.
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville defeated Carmella and Naomi and the IIconics. Rose pinned Naomi after connecting on the double underhook facebuster.
Andrade and Zelina Vega cut a promo on Rey Mysterio after attacking him last week.
Jeff Hardy defeated Daniel Bryan. Hardy hit the Twist of Fate and the Swanton Bomb, but Rowan made the save before Hardy could get the pinfall, earning him a disqualification victory. After the match, Bryan locked in the LeBell Lock on Hardy. Samoa Joe attacked Rowan, then choked out Bryan. Randy Orton, Mustafa Ali and AJ Styles all came out and brawled around the ring. Bryan stared down Styles from the top of the entrance ramp before the show went off the air.
I feel like there’s an extra gear for both of these guys that they didn’t quite get to, and would eventually if they have more matches with each other. I can see their wrestling styles meshing, but I can also see these guys not meshing at all on a personal level due to completely different life experiences. These things take time. (**)
Overall, I felt like the wrestling for this episode was pretty average, but it's all about laying the seeds for the Elimination Chamber, or in the case of the opening segment with Charlotte & Becky, WrestleMania. In that case, I thought SD Live did their job this week. As far as the actual in-ring goes...it was just kinda there.