Dot Net reader Bryan Metro attended the WWE Smackdown show on Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio and sent the following report.
It was a very intimate venue, maybe a step up from larger indy shows, which is why I was there to promote my band’s show at the Hamtramck, Michigan Music Fest on March 4th (JCM….cheap pop). It was a legit sell out and there were lots of families and kids. They did not have many merch areas so they all were packed, and they did have a wide range of merch.
Baron Corbin looks and acts like a star. Mojo really connects with the live crowd, more so than on TV. The only dud segment was the Mickie James interview. Nobody seemed to know who she was. They really need to do up one of their good video packages to introduce her to younger viewers.
Before the last Smackdown segment with Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz, they advertised the “main event” of AJ Styles vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship for after 205 Live. There is your hook to stay. I did notice that nobody left either after Smackdown ended.
For 205 Live, it actually had the best wrestling of the evening. However the crowd was quiet, most likely because they don’t know who they are (I pretended I was in Japan). TJ Perkins looked to be legit shaken up after his match, and Neville vs. Cedric was the match of the night.
Before the show, American Alpha defeated Breezango in a decent dark match. Alpha was over. They should get them on the main roster.
In the post 205 Live dark main event, John Cena defeated AJ Styles by DQ after a low blow. Both guys worked a safe match, but it was still entertaining. The star power carried it.
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