- Taped from the University of Nebraska. Michael Cole (filling in for Jerry Lawler) and Rich Brennan are on hand to call the action, unless otherwise noted. Lawler is out, mourning the death of his older brother.
- This Past Week on Monday Night Raw… John Cena and Seth Rollins have an exchange of words over who is a great Champion and who is a crummy Champion, setting the table for what will likely be a Champion vs. Champion Match at SummerSlam. When ratings are down and Vince is in a panic, put the belt… whoops, sorry, Championship, on Cena.
- Also This Past Week on Monday Night Raw… The Undertaker came back to cost Brock Lesnar the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and made his intentions known that he wants revenge for his WrestleMania loss. Taker vs. Lesnar at SummerSlam! Later in the show, following your typical awesome promo from Paul Heyman, we got one of the best segments in a LONG time when they engaged in a wild brawl, forcing the entire roster (sans the really important guys) to break it up. In a great touch, Lesnar left the ring to run around to the other side and continue the fight. Another nice touch: the announcers jumping ship at the site of a sprinting Lesnar, having learned the lesson from the night after WrestleMania 31. You couldn’t have asked for a better 10-minutes than what we got here.
- Jojo is backstage to interview the Lucha Dragons. They finally found someone to make Kalisto look tall. They will be facing the New Day in the Main Event of… uh… Main Event.
We return with Sin Cara and Big E locking up in the corner. Sin Cara avoids a double-team with a take-down and puts the boots to Kofi. He hits a rolling cannonball in the corner for a near fall. Whip to the ropes and Kalisto a diving back elbow to both Big E. and Kofi. He springs off the ropes for a body press, but Big E. counters with a back breaker. Woods endlessly taunting Sin Cara is just gold. Kofi puts the boots to him and grabs a chin-lock. Sin Cara snapmares to escape, but Kofi recovers with a drop-kick. Big E. with the abdominal stretch, but he’s too far out of position to cheat! Sin Cara dumps Big E over the top and tags out to Kalisto. He springs in with a body press and cork-screw press on Kofi. Kalisto Kick and a Tornado DDT to Kofi, followed by a basement dropkick and head-scissors smash on Big E. Lucha Dragons tease a double-dive, but the New Day avoid it. They follow them out anyway, with Sin Cara launching Kalisto on top of Kofi and Xavier as we take another break.
We’re back with Kalisto working the arm of Kofi. Woods with a cheap shot to interrupt a handspring attack, allowing Kofi to recover and send him to the floor. Big E takes advantage, ramming Kalisto at full speed into the security wall. Back inside, Kofi and Big E take turns stomping a mud-hole in Kalisto. He escapes a chin-lock, but Kofi snaps him back with a handful of mask. Whip to the ropes and Big E. with a bear-hug. He goes for an over-head belly-to-belly suplex, but Kalisto lands on his feet and tags out! Sin Cara in with a body press and springboard moonsault for two. Whip to the corner, Sin Cara avoids a charge, connects with a jumping front kick, and comes off the top with a senton for two! Kalisto dumps Kofi, Sin Cara clotheslines Big E to the floor, and they follow them out with a pair of tope’s. Big E and Sin Cara fight to the top, with Sin Cara somehow connecting with a top rope rolling senton! Kalisto goes for an Asai Moonsault, but Kofi clips him. Big E takes Sin Cara out from behind, and the Midnight Hour finishes at 12:59. *** Good back and forth match featuring some decent action. Clean finishes are always a plus, and Xavier Woods’ ringside antics are always gravy.
Final Thoughts: Smackdown taped with a thinner roster than usual, limiting Main Event to two matches instead of the usual four they’ve been having lately. In a way, that was a good thing, allowing the two matches to have more time than usual. To go along with two solid under-card matches, two good recaps of the best angles from Raw, including the epic pull-apart brawl between Lesnar and the Undertaker. Overall a very fun show this week.