They've pulled Bailey from the NXT Aus promo artwork.
The fact she existed on the promo art possibly points to it being a late decision to call her up to RAW. Speaking of Bailey, I hate the Hogan-esque stuff she's now doing when her head hits a buckle - she's not a Samoan.
Bloody Reddit dude getting everyone's hopes up by leaking that a Takeover here was happening - still I'm sure the night will be GLORIOUS. They've also tossed in a Japan date in before the NZ portion of the trip, so I'm sure Shinsuke, Asuka and Hideo ought to be pleased.
Not sure who to blame, but geeeeeez please don’t let Charlotte and Banks wrestle anymore. Sasha is too young to die. One of the most entertaining matches of the night otherwise, though.
I fist pumped like a maniac for AJ winning.
I have no idea what they are doing with Nikki. Replaces Eva Marie (makes her a face), but lumped with the heel team and doesn’t object, but gets beaten down as a face on Smackdown… Business as usual, I guess.
Charlotte's more in control of whatever the hell they were meant to be doing in that spot so I think that was her fault, but both have a history of botching - I'm a big Sasha fan but I struggle to watch her matches these days without cringing at least once during the match - she needs to drop the suicide dive ASAP - every time I've seen her perform it she almost clips her feet, over rotates and damn near lands on her head.
Tough spot with the Nikki thing - they had to bring someone in to replace Eva which instantly puts them in the heel role, it'd be stupid to do a turn on the first night back, so you've got to play the PPV itself straight, but realigning things made sense, especially given Nikki's return reaction and Carmella had sank like a stone as a face without the Enzo/Cass rub - I blame WWE for bringing her up early rather than her work on that one, unlike Alexa she hadn't had many character beats outside of Enzo/Cass and her in-ring stuff is pretty average.
In excellent news, Akira Tozawa and Jack Gallagher have signed with WWE - which really just leaves Ibushi and Sabre Jr. as main CWC talent that at least for the time being want to pursue other things outside of WWE (unless they've been laying the groundwork for a swerve).
Speaking of cringing during matches - Ibushi vs. Kendrick - a fricken' burning hammer in WWE? Never thought I'd see that - predictably looked brutal. Anybody else love the Sabre Jr - Gulak match from a few weeks back?