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WWE Live Event
Report by Dot Net reader Derek Ruttle
WWE was in Saskatoon for the second time this year after the Raw crew came to town following a Smackdown show back in February. I can’t stress enough how rare this is for Saskatchewan; until WWE returned this past winter with the aforementioned Smackdown show, it seemed like a small miracle had to take place for the company to schedule house shows in this province, which has always baffled me since other Western Canadian cities such as Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver seem to get shows like clockwork. Anyway, on to the show.
1. Kalisto pinned Enzo Amore to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title. OK opener, set the tone.
2. Goldust and Darren Young beat Curtis Axel and Curt Hawkins. Yup, odd pairings in this one, especially since Goldust supposedly being a heel on TV. No Bo Dallas at this show. Legit injured, maybe? OK match, crowd loved Goldust.
3. Elias pinned R-Truth. Elias ran down Saskatoon to the tune of ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis. Good heel heat and the crowd gave him the “WHAT?” treatment. Nothing special, considering it’s an R-Truth match (ya, just never been a fan).
4. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose beat Sheamus and Cesaro and Rhyno and Heath Slater in a Triple Threat match to retain the Raw Tag Titles. Very fun match that may have been the crowd favorite if not for the main event. Some cool spots in this one, and just as they did in February, the Saskatoon crowd LOVES Rhyno! I don’t know if it’s the ECW background or something about him just clicks with WWE fans up here, but he was over huge once again. A Rollins knee followed up by Dirty Deeds on Cesaro spelled a win for the champs. This was followed by intermission.
5. Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke beat Alexa Bliss and Alicia Fox with Emma as guest referee. Solid action from everyone. Bliss made Foxy tap to the Bank Statement.
6. The Miz pinned Jason Jordan to retain the Intercontinental Title. Miz was such a classic heel in this one, running down the crowd and making them wait forever to take off his robe. He also pulled out a CLASSIC Rick Rude line by asking all the, “Fat, lazy, disgusting, Saskatoon sweathogs” to sit down and shut up so Miz could show every lady what a real man looked like. I got a kick out of that. Nice work in this match, and Jordan continues to learn ring psychology as a singles star. The kid is really starting to find a groove. Curtis Axel helped Miz eventually hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
7. Roman Reigns beat Braun Strowman in a Last Man Standing match. Violent, chaotic and just plain fun. Braun muscled Roman around for the first few minutes before Reigns started getting a second wind. The ring steps came into play multiple times, including some nasty-looking shots that Roman took to the skull. I don’t know how they protect themselves when it comes to the ring steps, but the shots looked AWESOME. One table came into the ring, and Braun eventually found himself put through it with a Samoan Drop. Both men got up before the 10 count, and Braun was eventually speared. Once again, the Monster got to his feet, and a few minutes later, Roman speared Braun through another table to get the win in about 20 minutes. Cool main event that had the fans really involved and counting along.
Notes: Those not on the card – Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, Bayley, Nia Jax, Matt Hardy, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson. Even without those names, it was a fun show and I’d rate it higher than the Smackdown one from back in February. The venue stated in an email before the show that the estimated crowd size would be around 5,000 people, but I’d actually put it at around 6,000.