WWE BATTLEGROUND 2107: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY.

It’s time for the good, the bad & the ugly, and no, we don’t mean the legendary Spaghetti Western.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is how we here at Purple Reptiles review WWE PPV’s. We go through each match on a PPV and give you one good, one bad and one ugly. Simple, clean & effective.

So, without further ado.

New Day v The Usos

The Good

The incredible flying elbow to super kick was masterfully executed. Xavier Woods looking to land an elbow on Jimmy Uso, before Jay Uso, out of shot, appears and boots Xavier in the face. The camera work and directing made this spot infinitely better. Jay’s foot appearing out of nowhere got us out of our seat.

The Bad

Honestly, no bad here really. All the spots came off well and nothing felt out of place. A fantastic match.

The Ugly

That double powerbomb, dude. Usos deliver a sickening double powerbomb to Kofi Kingston on the floor outside. That looked like it hurt, a lot.

Shinsuke Nakamura v Baron Corbin

The Good

This was not a great match, but Baron’s trash talking never failed to draw a chuckle. Oh, and Baron not walking into a finisher like everybody else was a nice change up.

The Bad

The entire match was slow and boring. It was a real let down considering one of the participants was Nakamura.

The Ugly

The finish. A blatant low blow and attack after the match made Nakamura look incredibly weak, and it didn’t do much else for Corbin.

Becky Lynch v Charlotte v Natalya v Tamina v Lana

The Good

We are intrigued by the Lana/Tamina story, and this match seemed to flesh it out more. They are clearly in cahoots, to the point where they helped each other out during the match. Interested to see where this goes, and as Naomi said, ‘who is playing who?’.

The Bad

The three eliminations came too quick, it took the sting out of the match and made it feel rushed. Considering other matches on the card were way too long, it’s ridiculous that this one came off as short. It’s a shame, because, until that point, the match was going quite well.

The Ugly

Lana’s attire is too skimpy. Forget her in ring work (which needs a lot of work) here attire seems like it was designed for a malfunction. Why not address the smoke before it becomes a fire.

Kevin Owens v AJ Styles

The Good

The story of the match was decent. It saw both men constantly counter, which led to the inevitable counter finish.

The Bad

It was clear these two were holding back, probably for SummerSlam, so it made this match feel like filler. A match like this could have been contested on a good SmackDown, rather than Pay-Per-View.

The Ugly

The finish, as mentioned above, saw a number of counters before AJ was pinned, after being rolled up while having a cross face locked in on Owens. It felt clumsy–AJ never struggled–and almost a botch.

John Cena v Rusev

The Good

John Cena’s incredible show of strength to transition from the Accolade to the AA position, then walk up stairs with Rusev on his back, to complete the AA through a couple of tables. Very impressive.

The Bad

Standard Cena match: he gets beat up, looks like he will lose, then performs a miraculous comeback. We’ve seen it all before. Oh, and it was too long.

The Ugly

Cena stopping Rusev just as he tries to plant his flag. Obvious and cliche, completely took us out of the match.

Mike Kanellis v Sami Zayn

The Good

Mike had a picture of Maria, in a bikini no less, on his tights. We were laughing continuously.

The Bad

Sami winning, while a nice surprise, was pointless. Why build up these heel characters and have them fall at the first hurdle. It made no sense.

The Ugly

The PDA’s, while highly amusing, have to be the ugly, only due to the cringe factor. It must be said though, they were endlessly entertaining.

Randy Orton v Jinder Mahal

The Good

Samir Singh took a massive bump off the top of the prison through the announce table. It harkened back to the attitude era and was astonishing considering the safety conscious modern WWE. Fair play to the lad.

The Bad

The match stipulation is ridiculous, it facilitates a slow, plodding pace that the cameras struggle to pick up because of the double cage layout.  Oh, and it too was too long.

The Ugly

Crowbarring the Great Kali into what we assume was a one-off appearance seemed so obvious and forced that it killed any chance the finish to this match may have had (which, if we’re honest, was not a whole lot).

 

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