Live from St. Louis, Missouri. Our hosts are Michael Cole and Wade Barrett.
Bloodline are hanging out backstage ahead of their tag match. "Honorary Uce" Sami Zayn is still allowed to give Jey Uso orders. It's all hands on deck so they can be standing tall when Roman arrives.
The Brawlin' Brutes (Ridge Holland and Butch) vs. Bloodline (Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa, with The Usos) No Roman, but don't worry, HE'S ON HIS WAY! Butch starts against Sami and connects with a dropkick. The Brutes make tags to keep Sami on defense. Solo makes a blind tag and ambushes Butch with a lariat. The Usos run interference. Butch fights back with a flying knee from the apron, but Solo lariats him from behind to send us to commercials. They return with Butch dodging Solo's corner splash. They have a confusing collision in the ring and race for tags, but it's Ridge who storms in to clean house. Holland slams Sami for 2. Solo makes another blind tag to superkick Ridge and then hit a Samoan drop for 2. Ridge traps Solo's arms for a series of headbutts. Butch and Sami tag in. Butch looks for a Cloverleaf, but lets go when an Uso interferes. Sami capitalizes with an Exploder into the buckles, but misses the Helluva kick. Sami lays down and dares Butch to try a flying move, but Jey pulls him to safety. Sami argues with Jey for ruining his scheme. Solo tries to play peacemaker, but Ridge plows through Bloodline and serves up Sami for Butch's pinfall at 11:54! Solid match that gave the Brutes a needed victory, and added some fresh meat to the Bloodline chaos, **¾. Winners: The Brawlin' Brutes
Bloodline continues bickering but everyone freezes when Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns (with Paul Heyman) arrives. The St. Louis fans simultaneously love the “ACKNOWLEDGE ME” catchphrase but are happy to boo him when it's finished. Roman is tired of the elephant in the room that is Jey vs. Sami, and orders them to end their beef now. Sami plays stupid and pretends to not understand what's going on because he “likes” Jey. He plays some good politics by apologizing to Jey and offering a handshake. Jey rejects the peace offering and complains about Sami's stupid face and hanging around his family every week. Sami says he's trying to do what the Tribal Chief wants and Jey says he doesn't give a damn what Roman said, which grabs certainly grabs Roman's attention. It looks like Jey is about to get beaten down, but Sami butts in to defend Jey for not being “very Ucey” lately. That line nearly forces everyone in Bloodline to break character and crack up, but they (mostly) hold it together. Roman goes along with it and threatens Jey to “find his inner Ucey” again or else he'll make Sami a full-blown Uce. They'll even rename him “Sami Uso” and Sami couldn't be happier. This was fabulous sports entertainment.
Bray Wyatt addresses his DEMONS later tonight.
Meanwhile, the Viking bonfire continues. Just more cryptic words and dramatic sips from a goblet.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Sonya Deville to discuss Ronda Rousey's pending open challenge. Sonya rants about Liv Morgan instead, which prompts another psychotic attack from the thin-skinned Morgan.
Braun Strowman talks to the camera. He used to tip over large vehicles for excitement and he gets that same feeling when confronting Omos. There is no giant too big for the Monster Among Monsters. I'm so glad their match is happening at a show I'll never watch, but I must admit the build has been decent.
Ronda Rousey comes to the ring for her open challenge but first mocks the hostile crowd on the mic. The returning EMMA is here to answer Ronda's call. I'm way more excited about this than the live crowd is.
Jey Uso tries to get past Paul Heyman for a word with Roman, but Paul thinks it would be better if he delivers Jey's message instead.
Shayna Baszler congratulates Ronda Rousey and they hug it out. Natalya chooses a poor time to confront Ronda, as Shayna chokes her out.
Backstage, Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns watch footage of Logan Paul training for their match at Crown Jewel. Paul warns Roman that sometimes it takes one lucky punch to win.
Kayla Braxton interviews LA Knight backstage. He insults her for not getting his hometown right. Ricochet interrupts to suggest Knight would be treated better if he didn't act like God's gift to Smackdown. Knight thinks Ricochet is right about him being God's gift and all, so Ricochet hopes somebody will shut his mouth.
Kross makes Moss pass out to a Rear Naked Choke, and keeps the hold while cutting a promo about how scared Drew McIntyre should be. This is far more entertaining than the ten minute match preceding it.
Bray Wyatt paces around in a darkly lit room while a TV flickers menacingly at him. We're suddenly interrupted by cheesy commercials.
Kayla Braxton chats with Rey Mysterio backstage. He's excited to compete for the Intercontinental Championship again, but that's about it as he's jumped by Imperium.
Bray Wyatt comes out for the main event talking segment. The crowd loves him and Bray admits that he's still getting used to it. He continues to portray himself as Bray Wyatt The Man, which the best version of himself. Bray confesses that his emotions can sometimes send him to a dark place where he feels nothing at all. A part of him likes that he's not afraid to do horrible things. He knows that someday he'll have to do something horrible, but then the lights go out. A creepy figure appears on the big screen to offer some menacing words. This is pretty cheesy and gives me Dungeon of Doom flashbacks. And that's a wrap.
Final Thoughts: This was a pretty solid episode until the Wrestlecrap-worthy main event segment. I like having short format TV matches and clear build to big matches. I'm not sure I like where things are going with Bray Wyatt after a promising return. Watch with caution.
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