Welcome to KB’s Outdated College (and New College) Evaluations. I’ve been reviewing wrestling reveals for over twelve years now and have reviewed over 6,000 reveals. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I’ll be posting a brand new overview right here on Wrestlingrumors.internet. It might be something from trendy WWE to old fashioned to indies to something in between. Notice that I price utilizing letters as a substitute of stars and I don’t price matches beneath three minutes as actually, how good or dangerous can one thing that quick be?
Excessive Guidelines 2016
Date: Could 22, 2016
Location: Prudential Heart, Newark, New Jersey
Commentators: Byron Saxton, John Bradshaw Layfield, Michael Cole
It’s an evening of rematches however on this case now we have a number of bonus stipulations to hold issues ahead. The principle occasion is one other match between WWE World Champion Roman Reigns and AJ Types, on this case beneath Excessive Guidelines. The query right here is who interferes and helps both man pull off the win. Let’s get to it.
On the pre-show, listed below are the Dudley Boyz with one thing to say. Bubba begins an ECW chant earlier than telling the followers to cease shopping for every part they’re advised to do. As soon as the Dudley Boyz left ECW, it fully fell aside. As for right this moment, ever since they received right here, Bubba has been dying to say one thing. “D-VON! LET’S GET OUT OF NEW JERSEY!”
Bubba rants about how a lot he hates the New Period till Large Cass interrupts. After itemizing off a bunch of meals (these jokes lose a few of their connection with out Enzo), Cass says the New Period is doing what the ECW guys did in Bingo halls however in entrance of thousands and thousands of individuals. A fast brawl breaks out with Cass clearing the ring and calling them S-A-W-F-T.
It was good to have them doing one thing right here but when Enzo goes to be out for much longer, they should both give Cass a brand new accomplice (even a short lived one) or have him do a singles feud. Cass is legitimately scorching proper now and it might be very dangerous to waste that whereas ready on Enzo, who might be higher suited as a mouthpiece, to come back again.
Pre-Present: Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
Rubber match as a result of rubber matches are superior and No DQ. The bell rings 9 minutes earlier than the common present is meant to start out in order that they’re in a rush right here. Ziggler dropkicks him down however Corbin takes it to the ground and sends Ziggler face first into the put up. Again in and Corbin kilos away as Mauro lists off a bunch of biographical information about Corbin (double diploma in school and a Slipknot fan), making me miss the times of Mike Tenay doing the identical factor in WCW. I do know it’s nothing all that attention-grabbing however it lets a number of issues in regards to the man.
Corbin’s chinlock goes nowhere as Dolph will get in a jawbreaker and clothesline to take over. The Stinger Splash right into a neckbreaker will get no cowl because the countdown to the pay per view reminds us that that is in actual fact closely scripted and definitely received’t go over as a result of that’s how wrestling works. Corbin’s powerbomb is countered right into a sundown flip for 2, adopted by a Deep Six for a similar on Dolph. Ziggler grabs a twister DDT and the Fameasser for 2 and each guys are down. The superkick misses and Corbin hits him low, which FINALLY performs into the principles. Finish of Days provides Baron the pin at 7:58.
Ranking: D+. It’s not a lot the motion itself however extra alongside the traces of how weak the gimmick stuff was right here. They’d a complete of 1 occasion of utilizing the principles (the posting early on is marginal at finest) and that’s not one thing that ought to occur in a No DQ match. It doesn’t assist that this didn’t want such a gimmick however the calendar insisted on it and we definitely can’t query that.
The opposite subject right here, and this one is definitely not their fault, is the time. That clock on the display screen saved letting that it might be over quickly and actually took me out of the match greater than as soon as. This could have began about ten to fifteen minutes earlier so they may have had the additional time to let this construct up. It by no means ceases to amaze me that WWE, who OWNS THE NETWORK AND HAS AS MUCH TIME AS THEY WANT, can’t time these things higher. It truly is inexcusable and but it by no means stops taking place.
The opening video talks about how guidelines management us however tonight is the possibility to put in writing our personal guidelines.
Karl Anderson/Luke Gallows vs. Usos
Texas Twister guidelines and that is their fifth match in lower than a month, not counting six man tags. It’s a brawl within the aisle to start out with the Usos getting the higher of it, regardless of definitely not being the most well-liked guys within the constructing tonight. Jey dives excessive to take out Gallows, adopted by a excessive cross physique for 2 on Anderson. JBL calls this a dream match, which could have been true on the primary match or possibly even the second. I misplaced curiosity someplace across the third however I’m not good sufficient to maintain up with WWE reserving.
One thing just like the Boot of Doom off the apron blasts Jimmy and the Membership takes over. The Usos combat out of what appeared like a Doomsday System and it’s Jey dropkicking Gallows right into a rollup for 2. Anderson comes again in and knees Jey so exhausting that he holds his foot earlier than getting two. Jimmy breaks up the Boot of Doom however the Superfly Splash will get the identical remedy.
A Whisper within the Wind misses and it’s the Gallows Pole to Jimmy, adopted by a spinebuster for 2 on Jey. Anderson sends Jey exterior however prices right into a superkick, establishing the operating Umaga Assault towards the barricade. Gallows is again up with a clothesline (JBL: “LARIOTO!”) and grabs the bell (insert your individual Festus joke), solely to eat a superkick from Jimmy. The Superfly Splash solely hits the bell although and the Magic Killer pins Jimmy at 8:32.
Ranking: B-. The match was enjoyable however once more, I misplaced all my curiosity in seeing these two groups combat weeks in the past. It additionally helped that they had been going someplace with the principles being modified, mainly beginning the usual tag ending formulation in the beginning of the match. This was nice however they each really want to maneuver on.
The Usos are helped out, which is talked about as having an element on the principle occasion.
We get a fast recap of the principle occasion with Rusev injuring Kalisto on Uncooked to make this much more one sided on paper.
US Title: Rusev vs. Kalisto
Kalisto is defending and tries to start out quick with the corkscrew cross physique, solely to have it knocked out of the air with an ax deal with. The followers are cut up on Rusev (now there’s one thing you don’t typically see) as he kilos Kalisto down. We hit the bearhug and a CM Punk chant begins up. Kalisto fights out of a torture rack and counters right into a sleeper with Rusev wanting extra shocked than fearful. The maintain goes nowhere so the champ grabs a twister DDT (second of the night time) and now the corkscrew connects.
There’s the hurricanrana driver for 2, adopted by a hurricanrana via the ropes to ship Rusev face first into the steps. Again in and Rusev escapes the Salida Del Sol so Kalisto scores with a moonsault to take him down once more. Kalisto goes up however Rusev slams him off the highest and proper onto the apron to cease Kalisto chilly. The physician comes out to verify on him so Rusev grabs the Accolade, bending Kalisto again thus far that Rusev is on his again, simply making Kalisto faucet at 9:30.
Ranking: C. That stuff with the physician had me fearful that they could really hold the title on Rusev right here. There was no purpose to not change the title right here, particularly with Cena coming again in every week on Memorial Day. I actually want that they had finished one thing extra with Kalisto however the curse of the midcard title received to him once more, which actually is a disgrace because it’s taken down so many individuals now.
Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, that includes Sheamus.
We recap the Tag Staff Titles match with the old-fashioned Vaudevillains profitable a event to earn this title shot towards New Day. This included New Day constructing a time machine, which was NOT an empty fridge field.
Tag Staff Titles: New Day vs. Vaudevillains
New Day is defending however first they’ve one thing to say. After insisting that it was NOT a fridge field, Woods implies that he may use some photographs or movies on his personal feed. Large E. tries to chop him off however Woods insists that he get to shoot his shot. Followers: “SHOOT HIS SHOT!” Large E. has some gardening instruments with them and since they’re within the Backyard State, it’s time to place some hoes within the floor.
Kofi is the odd man out right here which you don’t see that usually. The champs get jumped to start out and Woods is distributed into the put up to present the Vaudevillains early management. Gotch is available in for one thing like a dragon sleeper however Woods will get out and blasts him with a leaping enziguri.
The recent(ish) tag brings in Large E. for some home cleansing within the type of some stomach to stomach suplexes. It’s rapidly again to Woods although with Large E. being despatched into the steps. The Whirling Dervish solely will get two on Woods and Large E. will get again in to spear English via the ropes. Kofi interferes with a kick to Gotch’s head and Woods provides a Shining Wizard for the pin on Simon at 6:13.
Ranking: C-. In principle this units up Gallows/Anderson as the intense challengers however this actually didn’t do something for me. For one factor, it’s actually not making sense to have the face champions use the numbers benefit. It’s towards logic in wrestling and must cease taking place. It’s not like Large E. and Kofi can’t pull this off on their very own. On prime of that, this was only a six minute match after a fairly sturdy construct with the Vaudevillains being handled just like the younger guys they are surely. I wasn’t feeling this one however it looks as if a one off match.
AJ says he’ll win tonight and walks into the Membership dressing room.
We recap the Intercontinental Title match with Miz defending towards Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Kevin Owens. They’ve finished a fantastic job of establishing the 4 manner feud with everybody going after one another and having a purpose to need to combat their opponents. Principally Sami vs. Kevin and Cesaro vs. Miz had been mixed into one feud to that is the large blowoff.
Intercontinental Title: The Miz vs. Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn
Miz is defending and that is one fall to a end. Sami hits a Helluva Kick on Owens on the bell and Kevin falls exterior. Cesaro uppercuts Miz and we’ve received man showdown early on. Sami begins in on the nonetheless dangerous shoulder earlier than kicking Cesaro within the face for 2. That’s sufficient for Cesaro as he grabs a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2 of his personal and Sami is in hassle. Again up and Sami low bridges Cesaro out to the ground as Miz comes again in, solely to be clotheslined exterior.
Byron tries to name the match however JBL says if Saxton was on life assist, he’d unplug the wire and cost his iPhone. Okay, can we PLEASE lower out the JBL doesn’t like Byron stuff? They’ve been going with it for like ever now and because it’s definitely not resulting in a match or possible something, drop it already because it’s been previous however simply retains going for no purpose apart from selecting on Byron. Sami flip dives onto Miz and Cesaro to place all three down. Again in and we virtually get a Tower of Doom till Owens runs in for the save.
Kevin cleans home and will get two off the backsplash to Sami. The frog splash is damaged up by Miz although and now we get the Tower of Doom with Owens getting the worst of it as Cesaro powerbombs everybody down. Sami knees his manner out of Cesaro’s suplex and the Blue Thunder Bomb will get two. Miz grabs an exploder suplex on Sami however Cesaro suplexes each of them directly as a result of he’s simply that superior.
All 4 are down in a nook now and meaning it’s time for the operating uppercuts throughout. Kevin stops Cesaro although and it’s Cannonballs for everybody. Sami breaks that up although, solely to eat Swiss Dying. The Cranium Crushing Finale will get two on Cesaro and everyone seems to be down. Miz yells at Cesaro for kicking out and makes the error of slapping him within the face, establishing the springboard corkscrew uppercut to the champ.
Meaning it’s time for the Cesaro Swing for over twenty seconds, adopted by the Sharpshooter. The rope break doesn’t exist in a 4 manner so Maryse has to supply a distraction whereas Miz faucets. You’ll assume the referee, two toes away from Miz, would have heard that however as a substitute Owens has to make a save. Miz grabs the ropes to dam one other Swing and Owens dives in with a frog splash to the elevated champion.
The Neutralizer will get two on Owens with Sami diving in on the final second for the save. Cesaro’s powerbomb to Sami is countered into a really quick sundown flip for 2. Cesaro BLASTS him with an uppercut however walks into an exploder suplex into the nook, solely to have Owens are available in with the Pop Up Powerbomb for 2 on Cesaro with Miz making the save.
Owens yells at Maryse and will get a Cranium Crushing Finale on the ground, solely to have Miz dive in for 2 extra on Cesaro. These close to falls are insane. Followers: “FIGHT FOREVER!” Miz is backdropped out to the ground however Cesaro turns round and eats the Helluva Kick for 2 with Owens making a save this time. Whereas the 2 of them combat, Miz slides in and steals the pin on Cesaro to retain at 18:20.
Ranking: A. This was a few of the finest timing I’ve ever seen in a multi-man match with the close to falls getting me greater than as soon as. It’s not typically that I get fooled by some close to falls however this match did it a number of instances in lower than twenty minutes. I had a good time watching this and the storytelling on the finish with Sami getting obsessive about Owens and costing him the title consequently.
We recap Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho in an Asylum match (cage with weapons). They’d a match at Payback with Dean profitable clear so Jericho hit him within the head with Dean’s potted plant (Mitch). Dean then ripped up Jericho’s $15,000 jacket and the result’s this match.
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho
There are weapons across the prime of the cage, you win by pin or submission and Jericho is in boots and denims. Jericho rapidly takes him down to start out however Dean makes a fast save and sends Jericho into the cage. It’s time for the primary weapon so Dean grabs….a mop, which he makes use of to blast Jericho within the ear. Cole: “He’s trying to mop up Jericho right here.” Even Byron rips on him for a line that dangerous.
Jericho scores with a dropkick to take over however takes too lengthy going up, permitting Dean to stomach to again superplex him down. Each guys go up and it’s Dean coming again with nunchucks, solely to have Jericho seize a barbed wire 2×4. That goes nowhere in order that they each climb up with Jericho getting in a number of kendo stick pictures to place Dean again within the ring. The group isn’t precisely thrilled by this.
Now some nunchuck pictures have Dean in hassle and Jericho makes it even worse (I feel?) by grabbing a leather-based strap. A whip to the pinnacle doesn’t have a lot impact so Dean flips him off the highest to place each guys down once more. Dean straps him a number of instances however will get despatched into the cage. Jericho climbs up however Dean is on the highest rope to crotch him again down. Dean pulls off a hearth extinguisher so Jericho throws a straitjacket over his head and will get two off an enziguri.
Fortunately Chris will get good and ties Dean within the straitjacket…..which he doesn’t tie. Dean pops up with forearms which don’t wake the group up so a clothesline will get two as a substitute. A butterfly backbreaker will get two for Jericho and the followers need Ryder. Dean drops him once more and climbs to the highest of the cage for the standing elbow drop and virtually no response. Such as you would assume it was a clothesline for a meaningless one rely a minute into the match.
Since this hasn’t gone on lengthy sufficient, Dean goes as much as get a mop bucket. That will get no response both however the bag of thumbtacks inside will get a bit higher reception. They tease going into the tacks a number of instances every till they offer up in the meanwhile, killing the group once more.
The Lionsault hits knees however Jericho counters Soiled Deeds into the Partitions. That goes nowhere (after all) so Dean breaks a kendo stick over Jericho’s again. Chris saves himself with a hearth extinguisher blast, establishing the Codebreaker for 2. Some barbed wire 2×4 pictures to Dean’s ribs have virtually no impact as he counters one other Codebreaker by dropping Jericho onto the tacks. Now THAT woke the group up. Soiled Deeds ends Jericho at a ridiculous 26:23.
Ranking: D+. I feel you possibly can guess my greatest subject with this match. Dean vs. Jericho third from the highest in a semi-comedy cage match on a gimmick pay per view shouldn’t be 45 seconds shorter than the principle occasion of Wrestlemania. The group simply didn’t care right here they usually misplaced me as quickly because the mop got here into play. How a lot hatred and anger can you’ve got in a match the place the large violence for the primary twenty 5 minutes is a mop to the pinnacle? Oh they usually didn’t even use the plant, which was the large concept of the match. I actually wasn’t feeling this one and it simply went on WAY too lengthy, regardless that it was an honest brawl at instances.
We recap the Ladies’s Title, which is by some means centered round Ric Aptitude. Natalya made the champ faucet however Aptitude distracted the referee so Charlotte may escape. Subsequently the result’s a submission match with Aptitude barred from ringside.
Ladies’s Title: Charlotte vs. Natalya
Charlotte is defending and this can be a submission match. Natalya takes her down by the ankle to start out and asks the place Ric is now. A surfboard has the champ in much more hassle however she rolls out to the ground and fires off some chops. That’s nice with Natalya who sends Charlotte shoulder first into the put up to present her a brand new goal. Again in and Charlotte kicks her within the face however will get rolled up right into a cross armbreaker. I can at all times go for some fundamental psychology like that.
Charlotte will get up and powerbombs Natalya to interrupt the maintain earlier than grabbing one thing like a reverse Determine 4 (with Natalya on her abdomen and Charlotte on her again). Natalya crawls to the ropes and out of the ring for the break because the rope beak rule nonetheless isn’t clear over time.
Charlotte scores with the moonsault and places on a half crab however Natalya (along with her leg simply nice) pops up and throws her down with a German suplex. The Sharpshooter goes on so Charlotte climbs the ropes…..which doesn’t work as she crashes again to the mat. Cue a pretend Ric Aptitude which is revealed to be…..Dana Brooke. The distraction lets Charlotte get in an affordable shot and placed on the Determine Eight for the submission at 9:34.
Ranking: D+. Effectively that was nothing and a lot for the ladies stealing the present at each pay per view. I didn’t see any promoting on this (Natalya being on her toes after the leg work and Charlotte’s arm being nice for the Determine Eight) and the ending was silly. Considerably predictable as you knew one thing was going to occur (although Dana was a shock) however silly on the identical time. I don’t know if I simply died in that marathon cage match or in the truth that Natalya was clearly only a filler opponent however I actually wasn’t feeling this one.
Aptitude, Dana and Charlotte have a good time put up match. Cole thinks this was a arrange as a result of Cole is compelled to sound like a silly puppet.
We recap the World Title match, which is a Payback rematch after AJ received by countout and DQ however the match was restarted twice, permitting Reigns to pin him. Since then AJ has been compelled to go excessive towards his will however ultimately he appeared to love the thought. There’s nonetheless the query of whether or not or not he’s been behind the Membership assaults however that hasn’t been handled as such an necessary concept this time round.
WWE World Title: Roman Reigns vs. AJ Types
AJ is difficult and that is beneath Excessive Guidelines, that means avenue combat. Types tells him to carry it to start out so Reigns elbows him within the face. AJ geese some pictures and fires off kicks, that are rapidly shoved away so Roman can fireplace off nook clotheslines. A giant leaping knee to the face knocks AJ foolish they usually head exterior.
Reigns takes too lengthy establishing the announcers’ desk although and will get knocked into the group. They combat over to the pre-show panel with AJ throwing him into varied objects, together with the desk and a barricade wall. The Phenomenal Forearm off the desk simply staggers Reigns they usually combat again to the timekeeper’s space. AJ sends him into the put up and peels again the ground pads, which may by no means go effectively.
The Types Conflict on the concrete is after all countered so AJ tries it on the announcers’ desk. Reigns counters that as effectively and catches a charging AJ in a giant previous backdrop via the opposite announcers’ desk. Followers: “YOU STILL SUCK!” Again in and Reigns hits a Razor’s Edge right into a sitout powerbomb (that needs to be somebody’s finisher) for 2 and the champ is shocked.
With little else working, Reigns masses up the Superman Punch however AJ hits him within the knee and Reigns buckles to the mat. AJ knees him within the face from the apron however Reigns catches him in a powerbomb (a lot for the leg) via the opposite announcers’ desk (with AJ bouncing on the desk earlier than it breaks). The spear solely hits the barricade although and Reigns is out.
They very slowly get again up and it’s AJ making an attempt the Phenomenal Forearm with Reigns Superman Punching him within the face for the counter. The spear connects off the steps however neither man can stand up. Cue the Membership as AJ is thrown again inside. Now this brings up the query: who am I purported to cheer for right here? Cole acts like this can be a massive heel act however Reigns is hardly man.
The Boot of Doom solely provides AJ two (a lot for that transfer that means something) however the Usos run out (a lot for that angle earlier within the night time) for the superkick get together. Jimmy’s Superfly Splash provides Reigns an apparent two. One other spear is countered and AJ scores with the Conflict for 2. The Superman Punch is countered once more with an enziguri and the Types Conflict on the chair will get two extra. Oh come on now. AJ is surprised so he unloads on the Usos and Reigns with the chair. One other Phenomenal Forearm is countered and a single spear retains the title at 22:13.
Ranking: B+. This was actually good, crippling the Types Conflict apart. It definitely wasn’t one sided however I’ve an actual exhausting time shopping for Reigns kicking out of all of the offense earlier than the run-ins, the Boot of Doom, two Types Clashes and a bunch of chair pictures. Sooner or later it will get silly and we hit that with about 5 minutes to go. Both manner although, this was one other actually good brawl as they beat one another up for a very long time earlier than the ending sequence that folks weren’t curious about seeing. I don’t assume anybody anticipated AJ to win right here and that’s nice, however good grief sufficient with killing the Types Conflict.
Publish match Seth Rollins makes his return and lays out Reigns with a Pedigree. I don’t know if that makes him a heel or a face however I don’t assume WWE does both.
General Ranking: B. The sturdy matches greater than carry this present as you had the superb fourway, the sturdy most important occasion and opener to stability out the WAY too lengthy (although definitely not horrible) cage match. The present was very up and down although and as a substitute of main as much as a giant ending, it was rather more “right here’s one thing good now right here’s one thing dangerous.” Fortunately it seems to be like we’re establishing some recent stuff with Cash within the Financial institution in a month, however that present tends to simply throw everybody collectively in a single massive mess and neglect all of the feuds. Nonetheless although, sturdy present and excellent if you happen to lower out one match.
Please share this story on Facebook! Assist us unfold the phrase!
Get the LATEST RUMORS! Click to sign up for the exclusive Wrestling Rumors daily newsletter.