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WWE Live Event
Report by Dot Net reader Justin Henshaw
Aloha! Wow, what a return to Hawaii by the superstars of the WWE. The last show was over six years ago. Many social media posts today by folks running into many of the stars enjoying the iconic Waikiki beach (Charlotte, Natalya, Becky, The Club, Ziggler and Seth Rollins).
Jojo did a great job as the ring announcer. Seemed to get pumped up as the sold out crowd really participated in the action.
1. Titus O’Neil defeated Curtis Axel. Good match up to start the night. Axel had time to wrestle and the outcome looked in doubt.
2. Baron Corbin defeated Dolph Ziggler. A really great match with lots of very near falls. Baron is a beast! Very quick and agile, kept up with the ever energized Ziggler.
3. The Usos beat Karl Anderson Luke Gallows. Biggest pop of the night so far for the Uso’s. Everyone had a chance to work their skill set. Anderson was very impressive.
4. Asuka defeated Natalya to retain the NXT Championship. Asuka won via submission.
The crowd was mostly local residents and they were pulling for Natalya. Many mid age folks there who were proudly wearing WWF superstars t-shirts. Big fans of the Hart Foundation.
5. Xavier Woods and Big E defeated The Vaudevillains to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. A great, entertaining match. Pure comedy in the first half of the match but as the tempo increased so did the intensity of the match. Aidan English and Big E were the MVPs of this battle.
6. Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch to retain the WWE Women’s Championship. Another great matchup with lots of technical wrestling. A very intense Lass Kicker who just fell short of the win, but she did lose quite a bit of hair in the loss!
7. Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Kevin Owens. We didn’t get to see all of “Strong Style” intro due to Owens jumping Nakamura as soon as he entered the ring. Very good performances by both athletes. Nakamura pulled off a stunning move to win the bout.
8. Dean Ambrose defeated AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, and Chris Jericho in a four-way to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. A five star match up here with great performance by all. Ambrose looked and felt like the champ when he entered the arena. There was a big triple team attack by the heels. Man, Ambrose and Rollins still look as great as they did in the Shield; quick, agile, nimble and always charging back. AJ and Jericho both had their chances in the match. Very exciting format that cold and should make a pay-per-view soon.
Rollins (yep, believe that!)
Chris Jericho (also very funny in his use of the word “Mahu” led to the biggest chant of the night.
Most Shirts Seen in the Crowd
Bootie O’s and The New Day
A big mix of nostalgic heroes – Macho Man, NWO, and the Ultimate Warrior
An awesome three hour event with long matches and clean finishes. I’m hopeful that Hawaii can get back on the touring schedule! Mahalo.