SD Live 3/20/18 from Dallas, Texas MVP: Daniel Bryan

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Daniel Bryan opens the show:

Bryan comes down and gets a standing ovation from commentary. The crowd is incredibly hot here. Bryan announces that Sami and Kevin haven’t arrived yet. Bryan says he’s grateful for his life, wife, and wrestling. “Thank you Brie” chants from the crowd. Bryan finally explains his story of going from doctor to doctor to get cleared. Bryan says he doesn’t know when his next match is going to be and the crowd points at the Wrestlemania sign and chants “Wrestlemania”. Daniel Bryan continues to put on an amazing heartfelt promo. “If you fight for your dreams your dreams will fight for you”. 

  • Backstage Bryan interacts with Charles Robinson and Dolph Ziggler. He and Ziggler set up the foreshadowing for a future match. 

Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

  • Fastlane rematch
  • “Come on Taunt” by Nakamura leads to a great strikefest. 
  • Spinning heel kick by Rusev, near fall
  • Single leg dropkick by Nakamura puts both men down.
  • Good Vibrations/ Top rope knee by Nakamura
  • Rusev hits a stiff buzzsaw kick rolled through off of the Acollade to almost put away Nakamura.
  • Armbar by Nakamura rolls into a roll-up victory for Nakamura

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura                                                                Rating: ***

This was a good TV match that ended with Styles and Nakamura clash after a failed attack by Rusev Day.

  • Asuka video package
  • Charlotte and Natalya backstage segment
  • AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura backstage segment mirroring last week.

Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger

  • Tye Dillinger presented like a local jobber.
  • Both announced for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale.
  • Tye reversed the usual around the post clothesline by Corbin.
  • Corbin catches Dillinger in the End of Days, possible major botch by Dillinger.
  • Corbin attacks Tye and throws him outside and then back in for an End of Days for the win. 

Winner: Baron Corbin:  This was a botch filled match that really highlighted how far Dillinger has fallen since NXT.

Charlotte vs. Natalya

  • ZSJ style bridge by Charlotte, near fall.
  • Head scissor slams by Charlotte.
  • Slingshot roll up by Charlotte, innovative spot.
  • A Big Boot by Charlotte sends Natalya out of the ring.
  • Backslide by Natalya rolled into a great dropkick by Charlotte.
  • Natalya runs over Charlotte, but Charlotte pops up and hits a clothesline 
  • Exploder suplex into the corner to Natalya but Nattie baits Charlotte in and throws her into a turnbuckle.
  • Moonsault by Charlotte reversed into a powerbomb by Natalya, near fall.
  • Sharpshooter by Natalya, near fall.
  • Discus lariat by Natalya, near fall.
  • Figure Eight by Charlotte reversed, Natalya sends her to ringside.
  • Natalya runs for Charlotte outside but gets caught with a spear.
  • Figure 8 over the LED board by Charlotte, great innovative spot.
  • Superplex by Natalya.
  • Carmella comes out and fails to cash in but it distracts Charlotte so Natalya picks up a roll-up victory.

Winner: Natalya     Rating: ***1/2 I thought this was a really amazing match with an inventive finish. The only reason this never built into anything special was the fact that you should book your champion better and not have someone with no momentum take her to the limit. 

Jey Uso vs. Luke Harper

  • The 4th singles match of the show.
  • Luke Harper wrestles stiff in this match.
  • A lot of hard chops from Harper.
  • Jey dodges a running Harper sending Harper outside the ring.
  • Drop toe hold into the LED board by Uso.
  • Rowan distracts Uso from hitting a dive.
  • Superkick to Harper, near fall
  • Harper smashes Jey’s face down into the top of the post.
  • Discus clothesline puts away Jey

Winner: Luke Harper                                                                                      Rating: **1/4

United States Championship Segment

Jinder Mahal cuts a heel promo against the fans which leads to Bobby Roode coming out. Earlier today, the US Triple Threat became official for Wrestlemania. Roode says him winning at Mania would be Glorious but before Roode can say Glorious Roode comes out. Orton cuts a promo and then hits a Hangman DDT to Singh. Roode hits a Glorious DDT before Orton can hit his RKO. Jinder rolls out and all three stand tall with the Wrestlemania sign in the camera shot.

  • Becky Lynch and Naomi beat Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan.

Daniel Bryan Addresses Sami and Kevin

Daniel Bryan brings out Owens and Zayn. Owens and Zayn say that if Bryan wasn’t cleared to wrestle they wouldn’t be on SD Live because Shane is no longer an issue. Zayn says Bryan has been their biggest supporter since Day One (Ish). Owens and Zayn are on the same page in contrary to the past few weeks. The beatdown on Shane from last week replays. Bryan praises Zayn and Owens and admits as GM he was living vicariously through them, this sugarcoats the fact that Daniel Bryan fires Sami and Kevin. Owens and Zayn attack Bryan but Bryan fighting back and hits Yes kicks and Running Dropkicks which is a great moment. Owens and Zayn regain control and hit a helluva kick and an apron powerbomb. Bryan gets stretchered out. 

SD Live Recap

Pros:

  • Daniel Bryan Returns: What an amazing emotional promo to start the show and ends the show with an intense segment with Owens and Zayn. 
  • Charlotte vs. Natalya: A Great match that surprised me. The booking here was the only con as the champion should look stronger. 
  • Jey Uso vs. Luke Harper: One of the most intriguing stories currently on SD Live. Supported by multiple great moments and a solid match.
  • Rusev vs. Nakamura: A good match that continues the build to the biggest match at Wrestlemania.

Cons:

  • Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger: This match actually made me mad. Dillinger looks like a chump and it isn’t even his fault. A botched End of Days makes this match more than just a squash match and pushes it into bad match territory. 
  • US Title Segment: This feud feels rushed and the title feels like garbage. Hopefully their match at Mania is good. 

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