Hit Row broke the latest from Maximum Male Models, cleared Max and Maxine Dupri and ma.çé and mån.sôör̃ from the square circle and performed a live concert of their new single “We’re Back”.
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This was good use of Hit Row and allowed them to showcase talent beyond the square circle, which should help endear them to fans who are still unsure about embracing the new act on Friday night.
After the break, Karrion Kross and Scarlett edited a pre-taped promo in which the former claimed Drew McIntyre was chosen by the powers that be above him, and deep down even The Scottish Warrior knows they were wrong.
The presentation, which saw the hourglass just empty as he made his final exclamation, and the intensity Kross displayed made this a great deal that transcended his motivation and served as an ominous reminder that he was still a player is to be watched at the main event scene.
Back in the arena, Sami Zayn, Ricochet, Madcap Moss, Happy Corbin, and Sheamus headed into the square circle for a Fatal 5-Way No. 1 Contender’s Match in which the winner would challenge Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship at the Clash at the Castle.
Sheamus overcame an injured and cut leg to deliver three dozen Beats of the Bodhran, only to be obliterated by a red-hot Zayn on the floor alongside Corbin. The hometown hero delivered a Blue Thunder Bomb to Moss for a high-value near miss as fans erupted in chanting his name.
Ricochet discharged and four of the five men hit the mat and went on the break while officers checked on Zayn, who appeared to be nursing an injured left shoulder.
The back and forth that had dominated the game up until then continued even after the commercial break. Zayn made a heroic comeback only to be robbed of the win by Corbin. From there, Sheamus Corbin rocked the brogue kick for the win.
This was an amazing match and one of the best free-to-air matches WWE has produced all year. The pacing was great and so was the action, but it was the sizzling crowd and their love for Zayn that overdid it.
The hometown hero endured the shoulder injury, fought his way through, and seemed to have won the thing until that damn Corbin ripped it away from him. The heartbroken look on his face, his ruined chance to impress Roman Reigns, told the larger story at play.
The crowd may have wanted Zayn, but it’s safe to say that Sheamus vs. Gunther on September 2nd in Cardiff, Wales will be a smashing of a match and one of the most physical we’ll see in WWE.
A great booking, an even better audience, the underdog storyline, and the sneaky sales that ruined the desired outcome all helped give this one its mark.
Sheamus defeated Ricochet, Corbin, Moss and Zayn