Buy or Sell Second Half Performances
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Less than one week before defending the WWE championship against Kofi Kingston at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Bobby Lashley faced Kingston’s New Day teammate, Xavier Woods, in singles action on Raw. The result of that match would send Lashley reeling mentally before confronting his own partner to end the final show of WWE’s ThunderDome era.
Lashley lost the match to Woods and tore apart MVP’s VIP Lounge to end the show, declaring that MVP had made him soft and that it was “time to get back to business.” Now, Lashley heads into a major title defense in six days with no momentum and a determined challenger looking to pounce.
CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from the ThunderDome inside Yuengling Center in Tampa.
Xavier Woods def. Bobby Lashley via pinfall with a small package. Lashley dominated the early action, attacking Woods while Kofi Kingston was forced to look on. Woods eventually made his big comeback, however, eventually hitting a big dive over the top rope onto Lashley. That momentum did not last long before Lashley took over, throwing Woods around the ring with brutal displays of power. However, Woods took advantage of Lashley’s overconfidence to score a small package and steal the win. After the match, MVP confirmed that Lashley had left the building but it wasn’t a big deal. He just left to blow off steam and would return to appear on the VIP Lounge later in the night.
Lashley did return for the show-closing VIP Lounge as MVP attempted to hype the champion up. Lashley said that Kingston’s trash talk weeks ago was correct, MVP had caused him to become soft. Lashley said that he was fuming, and he appreciated what MVP had done for him, but celebrations were over and it was time to go back to business. Lashley then destroyed the VIP Lounge set before vowing to tear Kingston in half at Money in the Bank.
Lashley’s spiral over the past few weeks has been good for his character development, giving the WWE champion something other than “is dominant” as a personality trait. Woods getting the upset was a good bit of misdirection for what is likely a title-retaining effort against Kingston on Sunday. Kingston probably could have benefited from doing a bit more on the show, but Woods carried the team for a week. Grade: B
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