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WWE Live Event
Christchurch, New Zealand
Report by Dot Net reader Manuel Clavel
The show started with an introduction by Jojo for Kurt Angle. Angle got a great reaction, said some niceties, and announced we’d start with a battle royal. The winner would be facing the Miz for the Intercontinental Title later.
1. Jason Jordan won a battle royal to earn an Intercontinental Title shot. The participants were Goldust, Titus O’Neil, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas, R-Truth, Apollo Crews, Jason Jordan, Elias and Ambrose. It ended with the Miztourage eliminating Ambrose together and Jordan throwing them both out at the same time.
2. Neville defeated Enzo Amore and Akira Tozawa in a Triple Threat to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Enzo spent most of the time thrown outside the ring and groggy with nice back and forth between Tozawa and Neville, who were both very entertaining and over. Neville ultimately prevailed by submitting Tozawa.
3. Heath Slater and Rhyno defeated Sheamus and Cesaro. Slater took a constant beating and was thrown out of the ring several times with Cesaro and Sheamus playing very cocky heels. They had great chemistry and cocky Cesaro was seriously good, lots of character. Rhyno kept the audience fired up and hyping that hot tag. Once that happened, the match was over relatively quickly with Cesaro taking the pin from Rhyno.
Finn Balor made his entrance (way over) and grabbed the mic for a few words. Nothing new: Christchurch is Balor Club and Too Sweet, and the same promo on Bray Wyatt not staying down, and Finn being prepared when Bray shows up next time.
4. Finn Balor defeated Bray Wyatt. Bray came out and they had a very nice match. Bray had the upper hand most of the time and I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed Bray this much. He was playing, teasing, waving, crotch chopping. Very much house show, but just super fun to watch. Finn won with the Coup De Grace.
5. Alexa Bliss defeated Sasha Banks, Emma, Nia Jax, and Mickie James in a five-way match to retain the Raw Women’s Championship. This match was great to watch as there was a lot of talking and gesturing, the characters playing out. Sasha and Mickie teamed up against Nia to no prevail, Emma would sneak up and then cower when caught, Alexa would plan a sneak attack of her own and then retreat, etc. Alexa played up the whole being friends with Nia angle, and Nia brushed her off. Nia was super dominant throughout the match and Alexa stole the pin in the end.
6. Jason Jordan defeated The Miz by DQ in an Intercontinental Championship. While this match was a ton of fun, it was also very slow for some. Miz created massive heat by just taking a lot of time, complaining to the ref, getting in shouting matches with the audience, etc. Jordan played it cool, but at every opportunity the Miztourage would sneak in and attack. They were ultimately banned from ringside with Miz selling it dramatically. The match continued for a bit, but when Jordan turned up the heat, the Miztourage came out and attacked him leading to a DQ. The heels teamed up on Jordan and then R-Truth came out to the rescue, only to be beaten down as well. Ambrose came out (massive pop) and we got a brawl. Kurt Angle came out and demanded a six-man tag match.
7. Dean Ambrose, Jason Jordan, and R-Truth beat The Miz, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel. The match was really good, lots of back and forth and some really good tag team work by the heels. Ambrose got the hot tag, more chaos ensued, and Miz was finally dropped with Dirty Deeds.
8. Roman Reigns defeated Braun Strowman in a street fight. This was a surprisingly good and intense match. It started in the ring with Braun dominating and taunting a lot. Roman sold his ass off until he finally rolled to the outside and pulled a kendo stick from under the ring. He used it a few times, but Braun grabbed it and broke it over his knee. From there the match turned up even more with a table being teased (causing a lot of D-Von chants (D-Von Dudley was producing at the control deck), a lot of use of the ring steps on Roman (looked and sounded brutal), a Samoan drop by Roman on Braun through the table in the middle of the ring, and ultimately a spear through a second table that had been propped up in the corner. This was enough for Roman to win. Roman celebrated at ringside, really took his time with the fans, and Jojo wished us a good night.
We don’t get WWE very often down here, especially Christchurch, so I was very sad to not see Samoa Joe or Bayley due to their injuries. No idea where Seth Rollins (not advertised), the Hardys, or Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were. As a long-time wrestling fan, it wasn’t the best show ever, but all in all it was a lot of fun and I’m glad I got to experience it.