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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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Houston is falling down the rankings

Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.

Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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