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WWE Live Event
Report by Dot Net reader Ross Blair
After a two-year absence, WWE returned to a hot crowd in Savannah, GA. Really good show with an amazing main event. With limited advertising, approximately 9,000 fans flocked to the Savannah Civic Center, which has a 9,600 capacity. Before the recent drought, WWE used to run the building several times a year. They consistently drew a strong crowd (the show before this, October 12, 2014, drew a near sellout with a weak main event of Ambrose vs Kane), which has left many here puzzled why it took so long to return. Perhaps the brand split will bring Savannah into play more often.
For some reason, Byron Saxton was here, promoting various shows and merchandise between some of the matches. The merchandise booth was stocked, including shirts and memorabilia from those not on the card (John Cena stuff took up a large portion of the stand). I bought a sheep mask for $10 (had to get a black mask as the white ones sold out quick) and what looked like a box of Booty-O’s cereal from the display, but turned out to be two flat pieces of laminated paper that you can assemble into a cereal box…still a cool piece of wrestling memorabilia for $5!
1. Jey Uso and Zack Ryder defeated Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows when Jey pinned Karl after a splash from the top rope. Great opener and great heat. The crowd was ready for some wrestling action as all four were over big in their respective roles.
2. Sin Cara pinned Viktor.
3. Charlotte defeated Alicia Fox via submission with the figure eight.
4. Apollo Crews pinned Sheamus with a schoolboy out of nowhere to a big pop. Crews, from Georgia, was over big with his high flying antics.
5. The New Day defeated The Wyatt Family in a six-man tag. A huge box of Booty-O’s inflated next to the entrance ramp to signify this match was next, to a huge ovation. Awesome to finally see the cell phone-lit Wyatt ring entrance. Very entertaining match. Second only to the main event for crowd reaction. Xavier Woods pinned Erik Rowan after leaping off the middle rope with an axe handle while Big E simultaneously performed the Big Ending on Rowan.
6. The Prime Time Players defeated The Social Outcasts (Bo Dallas and Heath Slater). With neither pair being promoted as a team on tv right now, left me wondering if they teamed up again for just house shows. They announced Darren Young as “managed by WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund”, but Backlund was unfortunately not in attendance.
7. Sami Zayn pinned Kevin Owens after the helluva kick in the second best match of the night. Each got an equal amount of babyface heat, including dueling chants.
8. Roman Reigns defeated AJ Styles and Seth Rollins in a Triple Threat. A four star main event. Simply one of the best matches I’ve ever seen live, and I’ve been going to shows since the ’80s. Each competitor was on top of their game this night, much to the delight of the deafening crowd. All three had support from the audience, but Reigns got the most cheers. Rollins befriended Styles early on with a handshake. The two double teamed Reigns before Rollins finally turned on Styles after Roman was laid out for a bit. Reigns came back to pin Styles after a spear.