10/03 Powell's WWE Live at MSG results and review: Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show, New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz for the WWE Tag Team Championship, John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a cage match for the U.S. Championship


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10/03 Powell's WWE Live at MSG results and review: Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show, New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz for the WWE Tag Team Championship, John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a cage match for the U.S. Championship
2015-10-03 19:00:18


By Jason Powell

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WWE Live at MSG
Aired live on WWE Network
New York, New York at Madison Square Garden

A video package opened the show and then Rich Brennan checked in on commentary. Sheamus was introduced by ring announcer Eden Stiles, then Brennan introduced the show along with fellow broadcast team members JBL and Byron Saxton. Rusev and Summer Rae made their entrance. Dolph Ziggler and then Randy Orton made their entrances...

Powell's POV: Well, it didn't take WWE long to tweak the advertised lineup. The advertised card had Rusev vs. Ziggler, and Orton vs. Sheamus in singles matches.

1. Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus and Rusev (w/Summer Rae). Ziggler did the early selling. He went for a scissors kick, but Rusev caught him and kept the heels in control. Sheamus tagged in and Ziggler made the hot tag moments later. Orton performed the hanging DDT on Sheamus to a big pop. A short time later, Orton dodged a Brogue Kick and came right back with the RKO on Sheamus and pinned him...

Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler beat Rusev and Sheamus in 9:00.

After the match, Rusev took the mic and yelled at Sheamus while calling him a "stupid non-American." Rusev told Sheamus that he could have won the match by himself. Rusev said Sheamus is as useless as Lana and shoved his face a couple times while telling him to leave. Rusev was about to address Lana, but Sheamus caught him with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus took the mic and said, "How about you kiss my ass?"...

Powell's POV: The crowd was really hot for Orton, who did a nice job of playing to them. Rusev continued to look like a bumbling mid-card comedy heel rather than a money making heel. Whatever makes Vince McMahon laugh, right?

The broadcast team spoke at ringside and set up a Raw recap that focussed on the Seth Rollins and Kane drama...

Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Corporate Kane, who was using his crutches. Kane spoke about how Rollins has his hands full with Cena and that demon guy who has been after him...

2. Neville vs. Stardust. Stardust was in control early, but Neville came back and hit a nice springboard moonsault. Stardust came back and put on Neville's cape before jumping off the top rope and into a punch to the gut. Moments later, Neville hit the Red Arrow for the win...

Neville beat Stardust in 7:20.

Powell's POV: A routine match with a clean finish. Given this is WWE booking, I just assume Stardust will get his win back on Raw or Smackdown.

Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Paul Heyman, who spoke about how MSG is special. He said he is shocked that Big Show has the guts to walk into MSG like the Boston Celtics. Heyman said his home team won't be on defense tonight. Rather, Heyman said his home team will be on offense tonight. He said MSG becomes City Hall to Suplex City. Heyman said Big Show had a wonderful time leading up to the match, but tonight is eat, sleep, conquer, and repeat for the mayor of Suplex City...

An ad aired for WWE 24 featuring behind the scenes footage from the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn event, which premieres Monday night after Raw on the network...

The broadcast team spoke briefly about MSG and JBL noted that it's the house that Bruno (Sammartino) built, then they shifted to footage of Nikki Bella pinning Charlotte on Raw...

3. Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Paige vs. Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, and Alicia Fox. The heel trio eventually isolated Lynch. There was an awkward moment where Brie looked like she was going to shove Lynch into the ropes and instead Becky just fell to the mat. Paige checked in and the heels ended up working her over as well. Paige ended up making a brief comeback and went for a tag, but both of her partners dropped off the ring apron. Nikki hit the Rack Attack on Paige and pinned her...

Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, and Alicia Fox defeated Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Paige in 8:35.

After the match, Paige took the mic and said she can't believe her tag partners would do this to her. She said she was their best friend and would never do something like that to her teammates. Paige said she doesn't know if she can forgive Charlotte or Lynch, then dropped the mic and left the ring...

Powell's POV: We need to see a version of this on Raw because Charlotte and Lynch have looked like goofs for continuing to team with Paige despite her recent antics. We just heard Charlotte tell Paige on Smackdown that she's either with them or against them, which seemed at least a week late.

Footage aired of the Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt match from Raw, then the broadcast team hyped their Hell in a Cell match...

Chris Jericho made his entrance. JBL spoke about how Jericho's father Ted Irvine played at MSG as a member of the New York Rangers. Before the match, Jericho noted that 25 years ago, he worked his first match against Lance Storm, who was seated in the crowd. Jericho also spoke about watching from the rafters as his father played for the Rangers. Jericho also pointed out Don Callis, who was seated next to Storm, and Len Olsen, who worked as Dr. Luther. Kevin Owens made his entrance after Jericho wrapped up his promo...

Powell's POV: I saw Storm mention on Twitter that he was going to be playing Callis in cribbage at MSG today, so now we know what he's referring to. It's very cool that Jericho has his buddies at the show to celebrate the anniversary of his first match. I still don't understand why WWE didn't advertise this match on television.

4. Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship. At 6:00, Owens went for a cannonball off the top rope, but Jericho put his knees up. Jericho came back with the Walls of Jericho, but Owens reached the ropes to break the hold.

Owens came back and rolled up Jericho while holding the tights, but he only got a two count. Jericho responded with a Codebreaker for two. Owens went for a Pop Up Powerbomb, but Jericho dodged that and went for the Walls of Jericho again, but Owens reached up and raked his eyes and then pinned him...

Kevin Owens defeated Chris Jericho in 8:10 to retain the Intercontinental Title.

Powell's POV: Fun while it lasted. I wish these guys had about twice as much time as they were given. Still, it was cool to see them work together and I really enjoyed seeing Jericho acknowledge his anniversary and bring in his longtime friends for the occasion.

An ad aired for WWE Breaking Ground, which premieres on October 26... A New Day vs. Dudley Boyz video package aired...

New Day cut a promo on their way to the ring. They mocked the Dudleys for showing their greatest hits such as Bubba shoving D-Von, and performing the dated Whassup. They did the "save the tables" routine as well. The Dudleys made their entrance...

5. Big E and Kofi Kingston (w/Xavier Woods) vs. The Dudley Boyz for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Xavier played his trombone at ringside as the match started. At 3:00, the Dudleys went for the Whassup spot, but Woods pushed D-Von off the top rope while the referee was distracted by Kingston. Late in the match, the Dudleys hit 3D on Kingston and D-Von had him pinned, but Wood ran in and broke it up for the DQ.

The Dudley Boyz beat Big E and Kofi Kingston by DQ in 6:40.

After the match, New Day worked over the Dudleys and set up a table in the ring. Woods played "Taps" on his trombone as they set up D-Von for a table spot, but Bubba shoved Kingston over the top rope, then D-Von cleared Big E from the ring. The Dudleys ended up putting Woods through the table with 3D...

Powell's POV: A disappointing finish in the moment since we just saw a variation of it recently, but I assume they are going somewhere with this. Perhaps the Dudleys bring in a third man to counter Woods or maybe they just take on all three New Day members in a handicap match for the tag titles. I thought we might see a title change tonight to help establish that anything can happen on the live specials. Granted, we saw the NXT Title change hands in Tokyo, but I thought they might give us a title change they would actually talk about on Raw or Smackdown.

Jon Stewart was shown in the crowd with his son... A video package hyped the Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show match...

6. Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Big Show. Lesnar went for the double leg takedown, but Show picked him up from that position and dumped him to the floor. Lesnar and Heyman both laughed it off. The crowd chanted Suplex City. At 2:40, Lesnar gave them what they wanted with a German suplex on Show, then followed up with a couple more. A short time later, Lesnar put Show down with an F5 and pinned him clean...

Brock Lesnar pinned Big Show in 4:05.

After the match, Lesnar started to leave and then headed back to dish out more punishment. Lesnar suplexed Show and then performed another F5 on him...

Powell's POV: Man, and I thought Big Show might win this match after he pinned Cesaro on Raw! No, not really. This show could have used one of those strong Lesnar vs. Show matches that we've seen in the past, but I actually like the idea of Lesnar destroying a guy who no one saw as a real threat to him going into the match. It didn't help this show, but it keeps Lesnar strong as ever heading into his Hell in a Cell match with Undertaker. The negative is that this show has been uneventful and unmemorable thus far.

Ring entrances for the main event took place. Eden Stiles handled the in-ring introductions for the title match...

7. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a cage match for the U.S. Championship. Early in the match, both men were standing on the ropes. Cena grabbed Rollins by the head and leapt off, driving Rollins' head into the mat on the way down. Rolins came back and they once again fought on the top rope. Cena slammed Rollins' head into the cage and Rollins fell to the mat. Cena went for a move off the top rope, but Rollins caught him in a powerbomb and got a two count at 8:15.

At 12:00, Cena caught Rollins in the STF. The referee opened the door as Rollins crawled toward it with Cena on his back. Cena ended up releasing the hold and Rollins nearly escaped, but Cena stopped him. Cena tried to escape, but Rollins ended up pulling the door into Cena's head. Rollins went for a cover and got a two count.

At 14:15, Rollins was catapulted into the corner. He caught the cage and tried to climb it. Cena stopped Rollins and knocked him down, then made a play to escape the cage as well. Rollins stopped Cena and superplexed him and then followed up with the immediately slam for a two count. JBL said this is what a championship cage match is supposed to look like.

Powell's POV: No, both men are supposed to be a bloody mess, but I'm from the stone ages. Anyway...

Rollins made it over the top of the cage, but Cena pulled him back to the top of the cage by his hair. Cena and Rollins fought on the top of the cage. Cena got Rollins onto the top rope and flung him down, then hit a tornado DDT for a two count.

As Cena was at the door opening, Rollins climbed on top of the cage and kicked the door into Cena's head. As Rollins was trying to leave, Cena caught him and went for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins slipped away and caught him with a few kicks for a two count. There was a brief "this is awesome" chant.

Cena came back with an STF. Rollins broke free and applied his own version of the hold. Rollins went to the top of the cage and then Kane's music played and the masked version of the character walked to ringside. Rollins debated whether to try to escape the cage or dive onto Cena. Like an idiot, he tried to dive onto Cena, who moved, and then Cena performed the AA and scored the pin...

John Cena defeated Seth Rollins in 22:20 in a cage match to retain the U.S. Championship.

After the match, Cena left with his title. Kane entered the ring. Rollins squirmed and tried to back away. Kane grabbed him by the throat and eventually chokeslammed him. Kane picked up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and held it up as his music played, then he dropped the title onto Rollins and left the ring while the broadcast team wrapped up the broadcast...

Powell's POV: Very good effort from Rollins and Cena, but there's only so excited you can be as a viewer when you've now watched one guy beat another guy three times in two weeks. Oddly enough, the loser of those three matches is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and the winner is the secondary title belt holder.

Overall, this was an uneventful two-hour show with an overexposed pay-per-view main event. The Lesnar vs. Show match was nothing compared to what we've seen from them in the past. They obviously opted to go with Lesnar looking dominant. And while I understand that decision, it didn't help this event. I am well aware that this was WWE airing a live event, but the show in Tokyo was much more entertaining. Another letdown show from WWE. This company really needs one of those feel good NXT live specials on Wednesday.

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