John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
— WWE (@WWE) August 2, 2017
By far the biggest moment of the week, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena went head-to-head for the first time ever in the highly anticipated main event of SmackDown Live. This would have been great as a random match-up, but being a No. 1 Contender match made it that much more exciting. It was a huge victory for Shinsuke Nakamura, especially considering the minuscule amount of Cena-loses-clean matches that have occurred in the last 10 years. The collision of Cena and Nakamura’s abilities and personalities was so fun to watch; it’s something I would love to see again one day. Presently, however, I hope to see Shinsuke holding up the title at SummerSlam after defeating Jinder Mahal.
Chad Gable vs. Rusev
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 2, 2017
Chad Gable continued to demonstrate his potential as a singles performer when he faced off with the Bulgarian Brute, Rusev. Although Rusev eventually got the better of Gable, it was a close match, making Rusev look strong, but allowing Gable to look like a serious competitor. I will never complain about WWE giving wrestlers who don’t get a lot of attention something to do. Also, let’s be honest, it’s always entertaining to watch Chad Gable suplex guys twice his size.
Aleister Black vs. Kyle O’Reilly
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 3, 2017
This was without a doubt the best wrestling we saw all week. Aleister Black has now had excellent matches with both members of reDRagon; unsurprisingly so, as all three men are highly skilled in the ring. It was clear these two were given a lot of rope, as this was a strong style match, nowhere near the traditional structure that ordinarily occurs in a WWE ring. Those who didn’t know of Kyle O’Reilly before this match certainly know of him now and even though this was by far Aleister’s hardest-fought victory, his Black Mass finisher is still taking the competition down one by one.
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