Backstage, McIntyre and Asuka are interviewed about their upcoming mixed tag match, McIntyre is now referring to Asuka as Empress of Claymore country, and he allowed Ziggler to pick the stipulation so he has no excuses when he loses. This puts him in a very dangerous position, but McIntyre seems to be at his best when his back is against the wall, so this has some good potential.
Back from commercial, they’re continuing to push hard that the Undertaker is retiring and showed a recap of the tribute from last week’s Smackdown.
While it’s awesome they’re spending so much time showing the Undertaker the proper respect, it feels like they’re trying too hard to convince us, fill time, or both. Still, if he really has called it quits, he has nothing to be ashamed of as his career is one for the ages. He proved to be one of the best and toughest out there, and we wish him nothing but the best going forward with whatever he chooses to do.
Backstage, Ruby Riott is warming up when Lana approaches her. Lana tries to bond with her, but Riott told her to go ruin someone else’s career.
Lana then went on to pitch how the women’s division needs a real leader and touts Natalya having a more wins than any other WWE women’s competitor.
Ruby Riott vs. Peyton Royce
Peyton Royce heads to the ring with Billie Kay, and Ruby Riott comes out and slowly enters the ring, keeping an eye on the Iiconics.
Right off the bat, Kay distracted Riott, and Royce attacked her from behind, then focused on her left shoulder.
With her left arm hanging at her side, Riott ducked an attack in the corner, then struck with a few kicks before going for the pin.
After a couple of distractions, Royce hit with a spinning brainbuster for the pin.
This wasn’t a surprise given that she and Liv Morgan have been little more than jobbers since they came back and tried to carve out a singles career.
This is just one step closer to reuniting them as they need each other at the moment. It should be interesting to see if they’re allowed to become a force again, or if McMahon will change his mind and they remain jobbers for the rest of the women’s division.
It’ll be far more entertaining if they’re allowed to become a power again.
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