On Saturday, WWE presented Super Show-Down. It wasn't clear, exactly, what sort of event we were in for: a genuine pay-per-view extravaganza, or a glorified house show.
The events in Melbourne were canonical to flagship programming going forward, far more than on 205 Live, on which its benevolent General Manager masquerades as a heel on Monday nights. If this Drake Maverick stuff lasts two years, he might even end up turning more times than The Big Show.
But, equally, John Cena and Bobby Lashley Vs. Elias and Kevin Owens was unadulterated house show fare. There's a line, from the 2001 film Donnie Darko, that your writer shouted at Cena once he'd hung up on his phoned-in performance with his abysmal new comedy finisher.
AJ Styles Vs. Samoa Joe, the worst match of their trilogy, was nonetheless worthwhile PPV fare. The opening SmackDown Tag Team Title match was barely TV quality. Asuka and Ember Moon's defeat to the IIconics was lifeless, and the strange anticlimax that was Daniel Bryan Vs. The Miz resonated as a poor TV angle.
The main event of the show, however, settled everything. This wasn't a glorified house show. It wasn't even a mere pay-per-view.
It was every great WrestleMania classic rolled into one...!