June 4, 2017
City: Baltimore, MD
Venue: Royal Farms Arena
Panel: Renee Young, Sam Roberts, David Otunga
Social Media Lounge: Charly Caruso
Commentary: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Booker T
Ring Announcer: Jojo
Theme Song: “Hellfire” by Barns Courtney
Renee introduces the panel and Charly Caruso in the Social Media Lounge. After all the advertising is out of the way, she introduces the first match the panel will discuss, the IC Title match.
Buildup for The Miz versus Dean Ambrose for the IC Title.
Otunga is frustrated with the stipulation in the IC Title match. He wants to see Ambrose go wild. Roberts thinks The Miz is smart, but Otunga thinks Miz is covering for his many shortcomings. Otunga also thinks Maryse is a big part of why Miz has been successful. Young picks Ambrose to win. Otunga picks Ambrose (sort of), Roberts picks Miz.
Buildup for Bayley versus Alexa Bliss.
Nia Jax joins the panel to talk about the women’s title match. Jax has full confidence in Bliss, but she thinks it will take a miracle for Bayley to win. Roberts brings up “Bayley This is Your Life,” wondering if Alexa has pushed Bayley too far. Jax continues to deny that Bayley can get “extreme” and gets tired of Roberts’ questions. Otunga picks Alexa Bliss, Roberts picks Bayley (sort of).
Buildup for Neville versus Austin Aries.
Roberts questions if Aries can win tonight, but Otunga seems sure that he can. Roberts and Otunga both pick Neville.
The panel moves on to the mixed tag match. Roberts wonders why Sasha Banks has gotten involved with Dar and Fox. Otunga thinks Swann and Banks far outclass their opponents.
Social Media Lounge
The Hardy Boyz join Charly Caruso and answer questions from the Internet. They say that the time was right for them to return to the WWE. They also picked a cage match just because they like them. After tonight, they want to move on past Cesaro and Sheamus.
Otunga thinks it’s strange for the Hardys to pick a cage, so he thinks they must have a plan for tonight. Roberts thinks the Hardys might finally lose a match tonight. Roberts picks Cesaro and Sheamus, Otunga and Young pick The Hardy Boyz.
Kalisto vs Apollo Crews w/ Titus O’Neil
(referee: Dan Engler)
Result: Kalisto wins via pinfall after Salida Del Sol
Very good match. Both men pulled off some great, agile moves including a standing shooting star from Apollo and a fantastic front flip springboard senton from Kalisto. Titus provided an extra layer of interest at ringside with his boisterous coaching for Apollo to make this a fun, exciting warmup for the show.
Buildup for the Fatal Five Way match.
Kurt Angle joins the panel. He thinks this match could change the course of the New Era. Angle thinks Samoa Joe will win tonight. Otunga picks Wyatt, Roberts picks Rollins.
Only one match, but it was quite good. As usual, I’d like some backstage segments, but I don’t really expect them at this point.
Match of the Night
Kalisto vs Apollo Crews