WWE Smackdown onsite report: Notes on Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, John Cena, the dark main event, fans leave prior to 205 Live

Dot Net reader Adam McFarland attended WWE Smackdown on Tuesday in Toronto, Ontario and sent the following report.

John Cena had his usual boos (which seem even louder in Toronto) but he did win the crowd over by reading the fans sign at ringside that called Baron Corbin a “skinny fat dumpster fire.” A dumpster fire chant broke out, and when Corbin showed up in the dark match main event, the fans were still. Hanging dumpster fire.

The fans were pretty into the Fashion Files segment in the arena.

Kevin Owens had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. They cheered for him when he made his entrance, and booed him when he said that Bret Hart deserved to be screwed over. He was the best part of that segment, which was also the loudest part of the show. The fans were so into chanting for AJ and Owens that it was the loudest moment of the night.

The fans were actually really into the return of James Ellsworth.

If you heard the “Thank you Lana” chant on TV, that’s because Lana went for a move on Charlotte and pulled her pants down. You could see full butt crack on Charlotte. The fans loved it.

Toronto pretty much hated Randy Orton in the main event, and about half of them were cheering for Jinder.

The fans started emptying out of the arena when 205 Live was about to start. They tried to stop that by announcing a dark main event of Baron Corbin and Kevin Owens against AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakumura in a tag match for after 205 Live. That helped keep people around, but I did see an usher moving people from the stands down to the floor to fill up empty seats.

The biggest pop during 205 Live was for Cory Graves sitting down for his interview segment. Graves seemed genuinely surprised by the reaction he got.

The only “boring” chant of the night briefly turned up in the TJP vs. Rich Swann match. It was ok.

The dark main event was announced as a Toronto Street Fight. The heels were introduced first. They attacked Nakumura during his entrance. AJ ran down with no music and the match was on.

Nakumura pinned Corbin to end the match. AJ and Nakumura played to the crowd afterwards and did the Too Sweet pose with each other.

Nakumura played around with fans at ringside, posing for pictures. He grabbed one fans cell phone to take a selfie with the fan, then acted like he was putting the phone in his own pocket and then walking away. He gave it back.

Overall, from a live perspective, it was a pretty good show. I just feel bad for the 205 Live guys since so many people leave the building before the ropes are even covered with purple tape.


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