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WWE Live Event
Report by Dot Net reader Paul Kenmir
The night started out with a meet and greet with superstars – Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Sami Zayn and Dean Ambrose. The superstars took time to sign merchandise and take pictures. Alberto Del Rio didn’t quite seem as interested as the others (Editor’s Note: Perhaps because he was the only heel in the mix?). After this, we made our way too our ringside seats. Overall, the arena was around 80 to 90 percent full.
A WrestleMania highlight video played, followed by the results of a vote that was to decide which WrestleMania match we would like to be played prior to the start of the show. The choices were Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose, Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon or Triple H vs. Roman Reigns. Undertaker vs Shane McMahon won. A highlight package was shown for the match.
Once the show started, Byron Saxton and Eden Styles welcomed us to the show. Eden handled the ring introductions for the first match.
1. Intercontinental Champion Miz (w/Maryse) beat Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Title. The match was fact paced with plenty of near falls. Maryse tried interfering to give Miz an advantage. Miz finally pulled out the win with the Skull Crushing Finale.
2. Alberto Del Rio beat Damian Sandow via submission. A very short match that saw Del Rio win with the cross arm breaker. Del Rio grabbed the microphone and started trash talking Newcastle. He then demanded another match. This brought out Fandango.
3. Fandango beat Alberto Del Rio. Another quick match that Fandango won via roll up. Del Rio was furious.
Next out was Kevin Owens, followed by Sami Zayn.
4. Sami Zayn beat Kevin Owens. Great back and forth match with Owens drawing massive heat. After getting two near falls on Zayn, Owens complained at the referee that he was jinxed, which drew a “Sabrina” chant, to the New Day Rocks theme, from fans behind me. Owens was distressed at this. Zayn finally won with the Helluva Kick.
5. Paige, Natalya, Eva Marie and Alicia Fox beat Lana, Cameron, Tamina and Summer Rae in an eight-woman tag match. A forgettable match. The fans were chanting for Paige and Natalya. Paige scored the deciding pinfall. Again, a truly forgettable match.
Next out was Chris Jericho, who cut a promo on how the fans chanted AJ Styles rather than him. I managed to start a brief Y2Jackass chant, which resulted in Jericho calling me a moron. AJ Styles was out next to a huge ovation.
6. AJ Styles beat Chris Jericho with the Styles Clash. Great match, but it felt like the same match we’ve seen from them lately. There were loud dueling chants for both men. Styles finally won with the Styles Clash.
Byron Saxton announced the intermission whilst both he and Eden pushed the merchandise and announced that the main event would be Dean Ambrose vs Triple H. Byron took a lap of the ring taking selfies and signed merchandise.
After the intermission Eden introduced Curtis Axel, who was accompanied by Ascenion member Viktor, who was named an honorary member of the Social Outcasts. Goldust was out next.
7. Goldust beat Curtis Axel via pinfall. The fans quickly turned on Axel and Viktor. After an entertaining match, Goldust hit his finisher for the win. Curtis and Viktor beat down Goldust post match, which brought out R-Truth to even the odds. R-Truth and Goldust played to the fans afterwards.
8. Kalisto beat Ryback via pinfall to retain the U.S. Title. Ryback drew instant heat with the fans. Ryback dominated the match, before Kalisto regained control, and hit his finisher for the win.
9. Big Show and Kane beat Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman via pinfall. A “6 second” chant started behind me, aimed at Rowan, followed shortly by “Longer than Mania.” Funny. Rowan and Strowman dominated Big Show for a while. Big Show finally fought back, and tagged in Kane who took out the opposition. The win came after Kane cleared Strowman from the ring, and both Kane and Big Show hit Rowan with the double chokeslam. All 4 men sate bigger than they seem on TV.
10. Dean Ambrose beat Triple H via pinfall. Easily best match of the night. Slow start that eventually picked up. Both men took a kick to the groin, which was missed by the referee, who had taken a bump just before. The finish came when Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds to score the pin. Both men were well over with the fans.