By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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WWE Live Event
Minneapolis, Minnesota at Target Center
Report by Dot Net Member Ron
Elias started the show playing guitar in the ring and playing to the crowd. Lots of Walk with Elias chants until he turns the crowd by badmouthing the Minnesota Vikings. He sang a song about how much he hates this town and was interrupted by Braun Strowman.
1. Braun Strowman defeated Elias. A fairly quick match with Braun going over via powerslam. Braun played to the crowd asking if they wanted more and then gave one more powerslam.
2. Cedric Alexander defeated TJP. Alexander won with the Lumbar check in a very long, and very competitive match. Many people headed for concessions when the match started, but for the most part they had the crowd into the action.
3. The Revival defeated Rhyno and Heath Slater. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder won with the Shatter Machine. Good Match with the crowd being really into Rhyno with ECW chants and Slater with “He’s got kids” chants.
The ring announcer proclaimed a special Champion vs. Champion non-title match. The Miz and the Miztourage entered to boos with a few mixed in cheers. (I’m assuming for hometown guy Curtis Axel) The Miz didn’t have to try very hard to get the crowd against him. He lashed out at them for trying to help with his catch phrase (When my hand goes up, crowd yells your mouth goes shut.) He wasn’t able to say much of anything without overwhelming boos. He handed the mic to Axel a couple of times who said the same thing and was cheered. Another funny moment was twice Miz asking Bo to cover Axel’s ears while he ripped on Minnesota and the Vikings not making the Super Bowl. The promo ended with Miz talking about how he is the toughest guy in the whole building and the WWE as a whole. This was interrupted by Brock’s music. His music played for what seemed like forever before he and Paul Heyman finally came out. Paul introduced himself as normal and then Brock as fighting out of the University of Minnesota which got a huge pop.
4. WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) defeated Intercontinental Champion The Miz in a non-title match. The match was very quick as expected. Suplex City on Miz…then Bo Dallas…then Curtis Axel…then Miz again. F5 on Dallas…then Axel…then Miz for the pin in a minute or so. With the three of them laid out in one corner of the ring, Brock proceeded to F5 the referee as well. After assessing the damage he had caused, he and Heyman quickly left as I’m sure he had a flight to catch or something…
The lights went out for a commercial on the big screen and when they came back up, trainers were checking out the fallen referee as the ring announcer was promoting different merchandise at the gimmick tables. He then announced an Intermission.
5. Apollo defeated Curt Hawkins. A fairly uncompetitive match. After the match, Hawkins grabbed the mic and told us we were supposed to witness history with his now 180-match losing streak coming to an end, and that he wasn’t leaving until that happened. Who else would show up to stop him but… Goldust?!?
6. Goldust defeated Curt Hawkins. The match match almost as quick as the Brock squash. The crowd was really into Goldust and his body language made it seem like he was retiring tomorrow.
7. Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley and Sasha Banks in a Triple Threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship. The crowd was surprisingly quiet for this one, which I thought was a very good match. Maybe back-to-back Curt Hawkins matches put them to sleep. Sasha and Bayley worked much of the match after Bayley refused another hug and attacked Sasha. Alexa spent much of the beginning of the match outside the ring coming in only to break up pinfalls. Mickie James even came into the ring to break up a pin to save the title at one point. Alexa pinned Bayley with Sasha on the outside.
8. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated “The Bar” Sheamus and Cesaro by disqualification in in a Raw Tag Team Championship match. No huge Mohawk for Sheamus tonight. Rollins got probably the biggest pop of the night besides Brock. Roman got a lot more cheers than boos as well. Lots of Roman chants (except the loudest guy in the building behind me trying to get the crowd against Roman) as he sold for the beginning of the match. Seth took his turn selling the second half of the match and finally got the hot tag to Roman who went on a flurry of offense before Cesaro grabbed a chair and caused the DQ. Rollins and Reigns then hit moves and used chairs on both of them to send the crowd home happy.
Notes: I have attended many events, but not too many house shows. This was the first event that I brought my son to and he had a blast. He was a little disappointed there was no John Cena, but he enjoyed Brock and Roman. I was also disappointed there was no Finn Balor or Asuka, but all in all, it was a fun event, especially seeing how much he was enjoying it. The lower level was sold out, so they opened up a few sections in the upper deck for additional tickets. Lesnar, Rollins, and Reigns had the biggest pops of the night, and the most heat was definitely the Miz.
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