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WWE Live Event
Report by Dot Net reader Sébastien Staudt
1. Big Cass (w/Enzo ) defeated Rusev (w/Lana). A really short match for an opening contest (about 5 or 6 minutes). Nothing really stood out except that Rusev seems bigger in person than it appear on TV, and that Lana is smoking hot.
2. Neville, Golden Truth, and Darren Young beat Bo Dallas, The Shining Stars, and Titus O’Neil. An entertaining match thanks to R-Truth and Goldust for the most part, the kind of match that you can enjoy live in the arena, yet could be boring if you watch on TV.
3. Braun Strowman beat Big Show in a Body Slam Challenge. When you get over the first 20 seconds of the sight of both man face to face, it’s a pretty boring contest. However, I understand that you can’t expect a five star classic from these two. Big Show is really popular in France and the match result was a surprise, what is more on a house show. Not good, but not as bad as you could expect.
4. Sami Zayn pinned Chris Jericho. A great mix of good wrestling and great comedy stuff. Y2J is a master of psychology at this point and Sami Zayn is an excellent underdog babyface. Zayn spoke in french a couple of time during the match, and won via Blue Thunder Bomb (and not with the Helluva Kick). And for the record, France is not on the List because Y2J said that no Frenchman deserved this honor. I cried.
5. Sasha Banks, Alicia Fox, and Bayley defeated Charlotte, Nia Jax, and Dana Brooke. Good action from the ladies. We didn’t see much of Fox or Jax, it was more about the other four. I’ve never seen Bayley in person and I’m impressed by how much the whole mood change when she enters the arena, it’s like a dose of love and joy is spread all over the building. Such a genuine persona that it transcends on TV and in the building. Sasha made Charlotte tap out with the Bank Statement.
6. New day defeated Cesaro and Sheamus to retain the Raw Tag Team Championship. Again, an entertaining match, the dysfunctional duo dynamic between the challengers is really fun. Many anti-Sheamus chants form the crowd, New Day didn’t receive much love from the French fans, but Cesaro was the more over guy in the match.
7. Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins in a Street Fight to retain the WWE Universal Championship. The longest match of the night (nearly 20 minutes), perhaps the best wrestled match despite the stipulation. We’ve got traditional WWE weapons: chairs, tables, and a kendo stick. Owens was in control for the most part and ultimately won by roll-up. After the match, Rollins put Owens through a table to end on a good note.
Overall Show: As always an amazing experience. For the wrestling fan in France, it’s always rare to get the chance to see WWE live in our country. We are not overexposed to the Superstars and every single wrestler are seen as huge stars (we even had a “Darren Young” chant for God’s sake!). I’m lucking in Strasbourg because it’s the record holding place of WWE shows in France (next to Paris) with seven shows since 2008. This year’s show was really fan friendly with a lot of comedy stuff in almost every matches and a great list of Superstars despite the absence of Roman Reigns (for personal reason), and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, who were announced but not present).