The Usos vs New Day - WWE Summerslam, 20st August 2017
Another pre-show match for the Usos. Smackdown tag titles on the line here and the Usos are working heel, which has revitalised the act. New Day is Xavier and Big E in this match. I like the idea they've played up of ND having 'power' and 'speed' line-ups depending on who's in. Xavier gets some shine, winning a speed sequence with a big forearm then going to work with chops. A heel distraction allows Woods to get nailed with a sweet punch coming from the second rope for the transition.
Back after an ad break with Xavier in a chinlock and the crowd clapping him on. JBL is comparing the Usos to great sibling tag teams and honestly, they're among the best. Xavier gets a hope spot shoving Jey off the second rope, dodging a splash from the apron by Jimmy while sitting on top and then hitting a nice missile drop kick. Crowd is still quite enthusiastic for New Day. But Jimmy pulls Big E off the apron in the nick of time to stop the hot tag. I love those spots where the positioning from previous moments comes into play. Makes it seem like the guys are thinking on their feet in kayfabe. Uso matches have lots of nice moments like that. Jey picks up Woods for a samoan drop but instead just runs his head into the buckle. Nasty. Heart attack from the top continues the heat. The Usos have a cocky, bullying demeanour that works really well as heels. They have good sneers. Of course, the cockiness gets the better of them as Xavier counters a back suplex into an inverted sitting facebuster (or something) that looked sweet.
Hot tag to Big E who throws some very high angled belly-to-bellies but is caught with a running enziguri after gyrating for too long. Cool double team spots as Woods rolls up onto Big E's shoulders to be powerbombed down onto Jimmy Uso. Then Woods lifts Big E onto his shoulders to drop down for a splash. Crowd pops big for that. Xavier selling his back from lifting E is a nice touch. Usos take advantage of a blind tag to hit a massive double spinebuster on E, who then gets socked with a great punch in the corner to set up the Rikishi ass attack thing. Awesome spot as Xavier cuts off a second attempt and puts his knees up for an Uso to be slammed on top of. The double team spots here have been great. They're mixing in some great looking forearms and punches as well, which I love. Xavier especially has nice strikes. Woods hits a baseball slide outside the ring the other Uso flies out of nowhere to clatter him from off the barricade. Big E's tope is cut off with a super kick and he's caught on the middle rope. One Use jumps from the top to splash him on the apron while the other does the big splash on Xavier in the ring. Crowd bites huge for the nearfall. Awesome sequence.
Xavier busts out a koji clutch and then hits a huge shining wizard knee on Jey once he escapes. Awesome tornado DDT to the outside kills Jimmy then they set up for the midnight hour. Jimmy breaks up the pin at the absolute last second to pop the crowd huge again. There's long applause and THAT horrible chant as all four men are down. JBL calls these two the best two tag teams in the world and he may well be correct. Jimmy fires Woods over the top onto his own partner with a nasty thud, before Jey pelts Kofi into the steps. E then does his ridiculous spear through the middle ropes spot. He's all fired up and so is the crowd. He lifts Jey up for his finish but succumbs to the blind tag. Two super kicks to the gut, two to the face and then a double super kick kills Big E dead and the double splash finishes it off to win the titles for the Usos.
That was incredible. The first few minutes were relatively routine but well worked tag procedure. The Usos had good strikes as always and have a perfect heel demeanour. Once the hot tag came then shit got real. I've said that the Usos have great ending sequences but here they esentially did three in a row, culminating in a huge nearfall for themselves, a huge nearfall for New Day and then the victory. The crowd were popping huge for the big spots and, although all four workers had excellent performances, I want to particularly shout out Xavier for his awesome forearms and knees. I loved the innovative double team spots too. Low-key WWE MOTYC.