If you ever wanted to know why you don't see more eight-man tag matches in WWE, you can reference this match's entrances. Exactly six minutes passed between the moment Daniel Bryan's music started to the ring of the bell.
Any match not involving The Undertaker should never even come close to that amount of time for entrances. And why they had Cody Rhodes and Goldust come out separately and waste 48 seconds is a mystery.
Yeah, I timed it. After the first time I watched the entrances I realized that it took longer for everyone to come out than half the matches had in ring time during this show, so I timed it and it was six minutes flat for everyone to come out.
These eight men really took their time, which did not make the match feel rushed or disorganized like most eight-man tag matches we tend to see. But that also meant it felt a little slow at times.
Both the heels and the faces had control for long periods of time, which was helped by the fact that the last half hour was devoted to the match and its annoyingly long set of entrances.
Everyone looked good in this match because they all had a chance to be on the offensive and defensive at different points in the match.
Daniel Bryan came in toward the end and ran through everyone, and he eventually picked up the win for his team with a pinfall on Randy Orton.
Some notes from the match:
- It's going to be so weird to see The Shield wear different outfits whenever the team decides to break up. Wearing real clothes in the ring and wearing tights has to feel very different for them when they're wrestling, too. At least Ambrose lost the tactical vest.
JBL referenced Back to the Future, and now I want to watch it. Subliminal messaging or just a great movie?
- I don't think I heard a single reference to Legacy while Orton and Rhodes were in the ring. That's a little disappointing.