7/29 WWE in Detroit results: Second report on the final WWE event at Joe Louis Arena featuring Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Universal Championship, John Cena vs. Rusev in a Street Fight, AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens for the U.S. Title

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WWE Live Event
Detroit, Michigan at Joe Louis Arena
Report by Dot Net reader Don

Last show at Joe Louis Arena, they announced a return for Hell In a Cell PPV at new Little Caesars Arena on Oct 8.

1. AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens to retain the U.S. Championship. AJ won with the Phenomenal Forearm. AJ started the match wearing a shirt, Owens forcibly removed it and acted like he was going to throw it to some kids in front row, then stopped in his tracks and dropped it to the floor just outside the ring.

2. Tye Dillinger and Sin Cara beat Aiden English and Erick Roman. Dillinger pinned Rowan for the win. English showed off the pipes well before the match, Tye looked good but reaction for him wasn’t the same as his later NXT work.

3. Luke Harper beat Erick Rowan. Rowan wouldn’t leave the ring after tag match, enter Luke Harper. Clothesline. Pin. Easy payday for Harper.

4. Baron Corbin beat Sami Zayn. Good effort from both, Baron won with End of Days.

5. New Day defeated Breezdango and The Usos in a Triple Threat to retain the Smackdown Tag Titles. Some good comedy early. Big E attempted to go to top rope a couple times only to have Tyler Breeze slowly roll to the other side of ring. Kofi tried a sunset flip on Fandango who kept upright and started gyrating with Kofi underneath. Fandango was too into his dance to notice Kofi slip away and tag Big E, who took Kofi’s position on the mat under Fandango and started his own gyrations. No comedy from Usos and the match picked up when they were involved. New Days won after Midnight Hour on an Uso.

6. Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) defeated Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Universal Title. Similar to Great Balls of Fire, Joe jumped Lesnar during Paul Heyman’s introduction. The match went about seven minutes and both performed well. Lesnar won after powering out of Coquina Clutch and delivering the F5.

7. Naomi, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte Flair defeated Natalya, Tamina, and Carmella. Good match, Naomi pinned Carmella after a Rear View.

8. Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton beat Jinder Mahal (w/The Singh Brothers) and Dolph Ziggler. The Singh Brothers introduced Mahal while selling injuries from Battleground. One of the Singhs wore a neck brace and the other wore a shoulder sling. The finish saw Orton dispose of Singhs with a double draping DDT, and Shinsuke took out Mahal with a Kinshasa before Randy hit the RKO on Dolph for the pin.

9. John Cena defeated Rusev in a Detroit Street Fight. Chairs were introduced early, Rusev propped one in a corner and Cena set up at Table in the ring. Rusev knocked it over while blocking an AA attempt, Rusev repositioned the table leaning in corner opposite of his chair. The brawl spilled to ringside, Rusev positioned bottom portion of ring steps upright then whipped Cena into them. They worked their way back to stage area. After gaining momentum, Cena removed a barricade and struck Rusev with it. He positioned the barricade leaning against the ring, but Rusev took control and suplexed Cena onto it in a unique and painful looking spot. Eventually back in the ring, Cena hit the five moves of doom comeback, but Rusev escaped the STF by pulling himself and Cena under the rope. In a surprise twist, Cena took the bumps into propped up chair and table in corners, of course he kicked out of Rusev’s cover. Rusev set up another table in center of ring, then Cena surprised him with an AA through it for the pin. Cena cut a promo after acknowledging the last show at the Joe, starting with mentioning his pay-per-view debut that took place there 15 years ago (Vengeance 2002 vs Chris Jericho). He put over the building as hallowed ground and a special place in his career. Love him or hate him, there is no denying he’s a class act that always busts his ass in the ring.


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