Charly Caruso hosts the Kick-Off Show alongside Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee. Sam congratulates Charly on getting a job with EPSN, and Pat makes fun of Sam for growing a beard. They run down the entire card for War Games.
Nita Strauss joins the panel – her new album, Controlled Chaos, just released yesterday. Sam Roberts said WWE fans have been riding her wave of success, watching her hit new heights. Strauss says, just like in WWE, women are exploding onto the music scene. Pat McAfee says she should be proud that she’s proving the best guitar player on the planet is a woman. Caruso asks her for her thoughts when it comes Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler, to which she says she’s in the “fight forever” club when it comes to these two. She says not knowing who will win is what makes this feud the most compelling.
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King of the Bro’s, Matt Riddle has joined the panel to talk Gargano Vs. Black. Pat and Ridle have a bro-off and get the arena chanting. Kassius Ohno shows up and he says the word ‘bro’ makes him feel ill, and Riddle makes him sick. He says everyone thinks Riddle is just a nice guy but he can see that he’s a mirage, a loser, and he will expose him. Riddle says he used to like Ohno, used to think he was awesome, but now he sees that he’s just bitter. And maybe, instead of being bitter, he should be better. They both walk off as Pat stares on shocked.
We get an advertisement for NXT Vs. WWE in a League of Legends tournament. I had no idea this was a thing but it will be Seth Rollins, Tyler Breeze, Ruby Riott, and Cesaro, Vs. Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, and Shayna Baszler. There you go.
The panel discuss the War Games match, and say Undisputed Era have all the momentum on their side. Pat says you would think they could do it because they are such a unit, but they’re takng on War Raiders, the WWE UK Champion, and the North American Champion. He thinks they’re going to get a lesson in humility. The rules for this year’s War Games match are a little different, which you can see from the graphic below:
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And that’s it for the kick-off show, onto the real business!