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This week in WWE: Sasha Banks and Samoa Joe earn the final spots in their respective MITB matches

Banks qualified for MITB after a thrilling performance in the Gauntlet match. Photo by WWE.com

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Braun came to the ring to explain his plan to win the MITB match, so he can cash in on Brock Lesnar to become Universal Champion. Finn Balor followed him out to remind him who was the first Universal Champion. Strowman stated that Balor was, in fact, good, for a little guy. A disrespectful slap from Balor led to a match between the two. Balor looked like he was going to win the match until Kevin Owens got involved forcing a DQ. Seth Rollins interrupted Elias’ song in order to start his IC Title defense against Jinder Mahal. Rollins dominated the match until Samir Singh distracted the referee, allowing Mahal to attack Rollins with a chair. Rollins was not happy as he retaliated with a chair of his own causing a DQ. Elias surprised Rolllins by breaking his guitar on his back.

Nia Jax took an interesting approach in her match against an enhancement talent. Ronda Rousey, her opponent at MITB, watched from the stage, all the while, Jax explained just how she will defeat Rousey in Chicago. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt defeated The Ascension as The B Team looked on in laughter. Kevin Owens surprised Bobby Roode with a roll up to win a match. Braun Strowman did not forget about his actions earlier in the night, though, as he congratulated him with a Running Power Slam. He, then, surprised Roode with one, as well.

Sami Zayn came to the ring to “apologize” to Bobby Lashley for his antics last week. Ashley challenged Zayn to a match at MITB, which he accepted. Chad Gable got his chance at redemption against Drew McIntyre. Unfortunately, Drew was not having it and defeated him with a Claymore. The B Team held a Memorial Day BBQ which ended with all the irrelevant tag teams having a food fight. An upset B Team put Rhyno through a table to end an excruciating segment. A Women’s Gauntlet match to decide the final entrant in the Women’s MITB match saw Bayley start the match and handle Liv Morgan quickly. She, then, rolled up Sarah Logan to eliminate her. Unfortunately for her, the two Riott Squad members teamed up to attack her and leave her on a silver platter for Ruby Riott, who eliminated Bayley. She continued on a roll eliminating Dana Brooke and Mickie James. The final entrant was Sasha Banks. Despite The Riott Squad’s efforts to help Ruby, Banks was able to put her away with The Banks Statement.

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Samoa Joe opened the show name-dropping Daniel Bryan’s family. This, of course, upset Bryan who came down to the ring. Before the two even began scrapping, Big Cass made his return and attacked both of them with a crutch. Backstage, Paige announced the Daniel Bryan vs Samoa Joe qualifier would now be a Triple Threat featuring Big Cass. Nakamura defeated Tye Dillinger in the first match of the night after hitting him with a Kinshasa. He kneed Dillinger again after the match to ensure he would stay down for a ten count, just like he hopes Styles will at MITB. For some reason, Lana and Naomi had a dance off. It ended when Lana attacked the former Women’s Champion. Naomi got the last laugh, though, as The Usos and herself cleared the ring of Lana, Rusev and Aiden English.

The New Day took on The Miz and The Bar. Bodies flew everywhere, and Big E eventually pinned The Miz to win the match. Sonya Deville attacked Asuka on her way to the ring for her match against Mandy Rose. Unfortunately for Rose, that did not stop Asuka from submitting her via the Asuka Lock. The Triple Threat match for the last qualifying spot in the MITB match closed the show. The crowd exploded after Bryan hit Cass with a Running Knee, it appeared to be over. Joe snuck behind Bryan and chocked him out with a Coquina Clutch to qualify for the match.

After the final two qualifiers, we finally know who will be in the MITB matches. Well, sort of. The New Day probably will not reveal which of their members will be in the match, but I do not expect whoever it is to win anyway. My hope is that it is Kofi Kingston, we are all aware of what he can do around a ladder. The addition of Samoa Joe was the right call. I do not care to see Bryan in this match if he is not going to win it. His redemption story is still getting heated up. I can not even wrap my head around who I think will win this match yet. I just know anyone in it would be a great contract holder.

The Gauntlet match was my favorite match of the week. Sasha winning was going to happen, but the way she did it in that match was great. Ruby and Sasha absolutely stole the show.

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Another tough loss for Houston. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans remain winless as the team comes up short against the Bears in Chicago. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Davis Mills made two costly mistakes with interceptions. The first one took points off the board and the second allowed the Bears to kick a game-winning field goal. These were the first two of the season and they highlight the need for near perfection from the offense.

2. Davis Mills claimed he made the correct read on the second interception. He said the tip is the reason the Bears intercepted it. I disagree. It looks like Roquan Smith read it like a book and might have been there anyway.

3. The other interception from Davis Mills wasn’t a good read either. Mills made a quick decision and rifled the ball to Brandin Cooks but the defensive back basically had his whole body between Cooks and the ball. The Bears made a nice play to come down with the deflection.

4. Davis Mills is not to be trusted in moments where most quarterbacks can move the football. The Texans failed to get into field goal range at the end of both halves. Mills has consistently failed in those spots this season.

5. There were some curious calls from Pep Hamilton. The Texans don’t have much talent, but Hamilton has had some unique moments. There was a screen to Pharaoh Brown on third and long. The team called a screen on third and one. There was a telegraph on third and short in the red zone.

6. Why can’t this team get the wideouts more heavily involved? Rex Burkhead shouldn’t be getting the second greatest number of targets. Brandin Cooks shouldn’t leave a game where he has less than 10 targets. It would be worth scheming the ball to Cooks a few more times than he is currently getting the ball.

7. Kamu Grugier-Hill is not playing well right now. The veteran just bounced right off a Bears running back at one point. He is also a liability in coverage. Christian Harris is hopefully back after next week but it would be worth seeing if Garrett Wallow has anything more to his game than the veteran.

8. The rushing defense was assaulted again. This time by running wideouts and a backup running back. Lovie Smith needs to look at playing time and the depth chart to see if something can get corrected here. This can’t keep happening earlier and earlier in games each week.

9. Jerry Hughes has been one of the best players on this team through three games. The veteran has been consistent and flashed more than a few times. A nice addition by the team this offseason.

10. Jalen Pitre is so damn good. He’s already one of the best players on this team. He had two interceptions today to go along with a sack. He wasn’t fooled on play action and nailed Justin Fields for the sack. When it felt like the Bears were getting whatever they wanted, Pitre darted in for a tackle in the backfield. He’s been awesome.

11. There must be some evaluation from the Texans. The team might need to ask if everything they’ve put together at this point is the right direction. There is a sound argument the team should be 3-0. Instead, the team is winless, and closing in on hopelessness


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