Booking a wrestling show is a tricky business. Your task is to keep the fans fully invested for the whole thing, but there has to be an ebb and flow, a mixture of styles and lengths of bouts, getting the audience hooked early on but building to a crescendo, the money match, the main event.
Sometimes, though, WWE will go in a different direction. Screw working their way up to something big - like an impatient kid, they’ve got some cool toys they want to play with, and they’re going to do so right here and now.
Depending on the rest of the card, this can lead to anything from a sense of anticlimax all the way up to a completely disjointed evening, but there have been many occasions in which the opening clash completely steals the show from everyone else involved.
Wrestling is a strange business wherein you need to work as a team player, but also for yourself - ultimately you need to make yourself look good. And these superstars took the curtain jerking spot, went out to prove a point, and told the rest of the locker room: follow that.