The show opened up with Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross hosting a Moment of Bliss with Carmella. As much as listening to them talking about celebrity crushes and Carmella’s friendship with Bayley isn’t my cup of tea, I’m sure it is for some people, and they all came across pretty naturally in this promo segment.
Carmella spoke about them being friends before Sasha Banks came along. Bayley interrupted and while it took her a bit to get into it, her promo was also pretty good, talking about taking Carmella under her wing in NXT and beating Bliss & Crossin a handicap match last year. This led to Carmella not wanting to wait for her SmackDown Women’s Championship match, so they have it right there and then.
This was a pretty good match, it got a decent amount of time, and had some drama towards the end, with tight rollup sequences, Carmella kicking out of the Bayley to Belly, and Bayley rolling out of the ring after being hit with a superkick. The finish came when Bayley rolled up Carmella with an illegal pin to retain her title. Bayley then attacked her after the bell, which brought out Naomi for the save, and Carmella and Naomi stood tall after the segment. The crowd helped this match along so much, and they were hot for the whole night. What a Shouts from Audience side, Vancouver wrestling fans are the best.
After a quick recap of King Corbin doing his thing last week, we’re reminded that has-been barred from competing this week, which I’m sure will definitely stop him getting involved. Bayley is backstage saying the next time she defends her title will be at Super Showdown in Saudi Arabia, which means the match is happening after all. It’s confirmed later in the night that it’ll be Naomi vs Carmella next week to determine which of them will be facing Bayley at the Saudi.
There was a nice video package about Lacey Evans, who keeps letters from fans in her boots to remind her why she does what she does, which was touching. She’ll be on SmackDown next week, presumably to set up her next feud.
Sheamus has beaten both Shorty G and Apollo Crews quite comfortably, so now I guess it’s time to face both of them at the same time. Gable and Crews got in some decent offense in this match, but Sheamus Brogue Kicked both of them for the win.
next, it’s The legend Hulk Hogan LIVE via satellite, just like Goldberg last week. Hogan says some generic stuff about the nWo going into the Hall of Fame this year, before saying that The Fiend had better watch out for Goldberg at Super Showdown because he’ll take him down, brother. This gets interrupted by Bray Wyatt on the Firefly Funhouse set, which was pretty funny. What was odd was that they teased a match between the two at some point down the line, with Wyatt saying there’s always room on the wall for Hogan, and Hogan saying he’d see him at the Hall of Fame.
Next Sami Zayn and Cesaro are in the ring, staging a protest concert, in protest of Strowman and Elias. Zayn has a ukulele, and Cesarohas a cowbell, but before they can get started, Elias comes out to mock them, and with a hot crowd behind him, he enters the ring to listen to their protest song. Cesaro on the cowbell was funny, as was the quip about needing way less cowbell, but of course it all devolves into a brawl, with Strowman coming out and knocking out security guards.
And now, finally, it’s time. We’ve been waiting for it for weeks, and finally, it’s Mandy Rose and Otis’ Valentine’s Day date. Throughout the night we’ve seen Otis getting ready for the date, and Mandy sitting at the table waiting, and now the date is here. Otis psyches himself up to go into the restaurant, roses in hand, but as he does, Dolph Ziggler is there and places a hand on Mandy’s shoulder, and then they sit down and are being poured wine?! Ziggler …What are you doing here? How dare he. After Otis has wanted this for so long. This was a great segment, and Otis played it perfectly, dropping the roses and walking out. After this Now Whole WWE Universe just curious to see what Mandy’s reason for sitting with Ziggler is because she could have just said for him to sit down until Otis gets there or something, we don’t know!
And now it’s time for the main event, of Miz & Morrison vs Roman Reigns and his mystery partner, who is revealed to be Daniel Bryan, which the crowd popped massively for. Miz & Morrison cut a promo before the match that is as good as always. And the match itself was great but bad for Miz and Morrison characters which wwe build from last some time because they regularly overpower all his opponents but this time everyone knows that who gets the upper hand.
King Corbin comes out to sit at ringside, having bought a ticket for a…desk chair? In the front row? Do they do those? Corbin admittedly doesn’t get involved in the match too much, aside from being a distraction for Reigns, which is entirely his own fault. There were some near falls and close calls towards the end of this match, with Bryan saving Reigns from a Skull Crushing Finale near fall before Reigns eventually pinned Miz with a Spear. Immediately after the match, Corbin gets involved and hits Reigns with his scepter and scampers away up the ramp to end the show.
That’s all for today’s show. The show was alright but the Crowd was awesome and extremely energetic as they turn an average promo into a very good one with their shoutouts.