By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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WWE Live Event
Baltimore, Maryland at Royal Farms Arena
Report by Dot Net reader Nicholas Aiello
Enzo was still in the Raw opening for whatever its worth.
1. Matt Hardy defeated Bray Wyatt. Matt came out to a weak reaction but woke the fans up with a promo. I honestly can’t tell if he’s over or if it’s just the Delete chant.
2. Sheamus and Cesaro defeated Rhyno & Slater and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. Sheamus pinned Rhyno. The Club worked heel despite getting a face reaction.
3. Cedric Alexander defeated Drew Gulak. Cedric got the first non-delete chants of the night and was way more over than I expected. Gulak got insane heat for his PowerPoint.
4. Brock Lesnar defeated Kane to retain the WWE Universal Championship. Strowman got both men with running powerslam while the ref was knocked down. Both sat up at the ref’s nine count. The match lasted about five minutes and the only moves were three chokeslams, six German suplexes, and two F5’s (minus general punches and kicks). Note that the first F5 caused the ref bump so Kane did not kick out of it.
5. Goldust beat Curt Hawkins. Goldust was the second person all night to get non delete chants.
6. Elias beat Finn Balor. Elias sang a generic “your town sucks” song before Finn interrupted. Elias won clean and the crowd seemed shocked.
7. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Jason Jordan defeated The Miz, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel. More cheers than boos for Roman, but it didn’t seem like a smarky crowd. Miz cut a great promo before the match and had the most heat of the night by far. Rollins got the pop of the night and he and Roman got chanted for. Jordan sat out about three or four minutes on the outside down the stretch and was never tagged in so it’s very possible they were making sure he didn’t hurt himself more. Reigns pinned Miz after a spear and Rollins hit a Curb Stomp during the match so it definitely seems to be back.
Overall: This was the first live show I’d been to since April 2014 and it was my first house show. I usually avoided them because I thought nothing of interest would happen. And while that was partially true, it was good to see Brock for the first time and Kane for possibly the last. Nothing tonight seemed to hint at the Rumble results too much but they are definitely trying to elevate Elias. They advertised Asuka and Alexa Bliss but they never showed or had a women’s match at all.
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