24th Jun2019

‘WWE Stomping Grounds 2019′ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this review of WWE’s Stomping Grounds event, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is the first Stomping Grounds event, so it’s absolutely important that this is a success. Will it be a quality show, or will Vince continue to sabotage his own company in a vain attempt to prove that All Elite Wrestling is not competition? Let’s see if this one hits the mark.

Match #1: Drew Gulak beat Tony Nese and Akira Tozawa – Triple Threat Match For The WWE Cruiserweight Championship

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Well, this was a fine little match that proved to be one of the more exciting things on the card. This was consistently entertaining the whole way through and made for a solid title match. It felt very random having Gulak win, but that is par for the course with the WWE’s cruiserweight division. Did I use “par for the course” correctly? Hell with it. This does have more of that “hot potato” feel to it with the flavor of the month winning here, but I like all three of these guys, so it also feel like an embarrassment of riches. All in all, if you want another fun, albeit limited cruiserweight title match, then this one will satiate that mild craving.

Match #2: Becky Lynch beat Lacey Evans – WWE Raw Women’s Title Match

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – Evans is nowhere close to being ready for television, let alone a title match on Pay Per View. Lynch worked hard to not get very much out of her opponent, but that is just the way it goes when you have one person who is far ahead of the other in terms of ability. I have no personal problem with Evans, but her performances are too stifled to be anything that anyone will pay to see. Watch this match and you will see a great champion forced to lumber her way through a prize fight against someone who just doesn’t know what they’re doing yet. I’d like to be more considerate of Evans’s feelings, but there just too many talented women on the roster who are far more deserving and ready for the match that Evans keeps getting gifted. Overall, this is not one you’ll likely enjoy.

Match #3: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn beat The New Day

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – What a waste of a match. This could have been a classic, but it got screwed over by awkward booking. There wasn’t any odd non-sense with the booking, but that booking just didn’t leave these guys with any room to maneuver, either. The action was good for what was allowed, but what was allowed was nothing close to what these guys are capable of.

Match #4: Ricochet beat Samoa Joe – WWE United States Championship Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Ricochet won the US Title. I wasn’t expecting that. It’s about damn time he got his shot. Joe did a great job for Ricochet and really played his part well. This reminded me of when he did the same for, I believe, Amazing Red in Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling about a decade ago (X-Division Title Match), if I remember right? The action was crisp and fluid. While this never got to quite the level these two are capable of reaching, it did succeed as a proper demo reel for what these two can do. How-ever, is a Pay Per View event the best place to tease, rather than deliver, your very best? In any case, this had a great pairing do well enough against each other to possibly become a series. Oh, Ricochet won.

Match #5: Daniel Bryan & Rowan defeated Heavy Machinery – WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles Match

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 - This match bored the hell out of me, but Bryan’s crowd reaction was the biggest on the show and there wasn’t a jeer in the house for the guy. Makes you look back on Kofi Kingston’s match with Bryan at Wrestlemania as a bit of a missed opportunity, since Bryan got stuck as a heel for that match. Anyway, this was all about Bryan being a star and being on Pay Per View in front of a capacity crowd that worshiped the ground he walked on. I think I just had a Jim Ross moment. All I needed was the cowboy hat and it would’ve been Boomer Sooner all night long. Oh, this match had decent action, but the result never felt in question.

Match #6: Bayley beat Alexa Bliss (w/Nikki Cross) – WWE SmackDown Woman’s Championship Match

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Boy, was this boring. I’m using that word too much for Pay Per View. Bayley did well here, but this just felt like a slightly better version of the Raw Women’s Title Match from a little earlier. There really isn’t much else to say.

Match #7: Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre (w/Shane McMahon)

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – They’ve had better together, but this was solid and good. Wow, I’m really getting those adjectives all dusted off for the big night, ain’t I? The action was paced well, but it all felt a bit lame in parts. This really came off about the way you’d expect it and nothing more.

Match #8: Kofi Kingston beat Dolph Ziggler – Steel Cage Match For The WWE World Heavy-Weight Championship

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was not what I was hoping for, but what they pulled off was thrilling enough to get an excellent score from me. I miss the days (that I was never alive for) of cage matches being vicious and definitive. This was a great athletic feat, how-ever, and made for a very brisk fight that was competitive and concise in its purpose. This was a prize fight that delivered enough action to be worth the time on Pay Per View, but it should have been so much more.

Match #9: (Main Event) Seth Rollins beat Baron Corbin with Special Guest Referee Lacey Evans – WWE Universal Heavy-Weight Championship Match

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – What a disappointment. Evans was a dull choice for referee and Corbin just couldn’t wrestle well enough to warrant the time on television, let alone Pay Per View. The action was clunky and derivative, with only the champion able to bring any life to this. This was one of the worst main events of the year, even if it wasn’t one of the worst matches, because it just didn’t deliver any-thing you’d want to keep.

News Of The Night:

  1. Drake Maverick won the 24/7 Title on Smackdown. How in the hell did I miss that? Did I miss that? I feel bad, but this is why you don’t have three second matches, because we all forget they even happened. Also, they’re pushing that Drake Maverick’s wife wants a divorce, since he lost the title back to R-Truth at their wedding. Well, if R-Truth and Drake Maverick are given enough time for a proper 24/7 Title Match, then that could be fabulous…if they get more than three seconds.
  2. AJ Styles and Ricochet might be entering a feud for the US Title.
  3. Lacey Evans was the special guest referee for the Universal Title Match.

Final Verdict: 2/5

This was like the Joss Whedon “Avengers” movies, in that this was not bad, but simply too boring to be good.

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