By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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WWE Live Event
Tulsa, Oklahoma at BOK Center
Report by Dot Net reader AA Norman (event photos at Twitter.com/AltheaTulsa)
1. Matt Hardy defeated Bray Wyatt. The crowd cheered both and enthusiastically participated with cell phone “fireflies” and “delete” chants.
2. Cedric Alexander defeated Drew Galuk. The crowd may not have been sure who these guys were at first, but they booed Galuk heartily as he exited the ring repeatedly. Cedric won over the crowd (with many kids starting chants) with high flying maneuvers.
3. Asuka and Bayley Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville (w/Paige). JoJo asked the crowd if they were ready for some women’s division wrestling and there was a very enthusiastic response (my how times have changed, and I’m glad they have). Paige got the crowd against her group early on by feigning throwing her shirt to begging fans, only to drop it in the ring instead. While this house show had limited light and Titantron entrance effects, Bayley had her inflatable buddies, just as she had at an NXT house show in Tulsa last year.
4. Braun Strowman defeated Kane. Do they microphone the steel ring steps? Braun got knocked into them early and Kane got thrown into them on the middle of the entrance ramp and they were LOUD.
The intermission lasted about 10-15 minutes. JoJo encouraged buying autographed Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and Roman Reigns photos before it began. They showed Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michael’s match from a past WrestleMania during the break.
5. Titus O’Neil & Apollo (w/Dana Brooke) defeated The Revival and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. Most notably, they played the wrong music after they won. Whoops.
6. Sheamus and Cesaro defeated Finn Balor and Seth Rollins to retain the Raw Tag Titles. Finn wore green for St. Patrick’s Day, but Sheamus did not. Rather, Sheamus had hair issues about halfway through the match as the front of his mohawk hilariously wouldn’t stay up. Scary moment of the night was when Sheamus appeared to kick Seth’s tooth out, drawing audible gasps from the crowd. No visible blood afterward, however. Though The Bar won, Seth and Finn teamed to have the final presence in the ring, doing “too sweet,” raising each other’s hands, etc.
7. Alexa Bliss (w/Mickie James) defeated Sasha Banks to retain the Raw Women’s Championship. They played a video of the Raw insult to Nia Jax, so after the victory, Nia confronted Alexa and Mickie over the insults, which Alexa tried to talk her way out of by asking for a hug. Nia complied, but wouldn’t let go, ending in a suplex. The crowd chanted “one more time” which Nia appeared ready to do, but Alexa escaped and ran as fast as she could, leaving Mickie to take a Samoan Drop.
A brief video played promoting WWE outside of the ring, giving Elias a chance to sneak into the ring to prepare for a song. I don’t recall all of the words, but it started “Last night I sold out MSG, but then I had to fly to Tulsa.” And ended with “I hate Tulsa.” I suggest all future house show attendees prepare phones to record. I wish I had.
8. The Miz (w/Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel) defeated Roman Reigns, John Cena, and Elias in four-way to retain the Intercontinental Championship. It ended with Cena going through a corner table, and Reigns subdued in the opposite corner. As Miz took the mic to taunt more, I saw Cena tell Dallas to stop kicking his right shoulder, and he did (Axel was still beating Reigns in opposite corner). Cena and Reigns came back to life to chase Miztourage out, leaving Miz alone to take a beating. Cena raised Reigns’ hand as their alternating themes played the departing crowd out.
Very well attended, with fans on BOK Center’s floor, most of lower bowl (aside from ring entrance area), and upper bowl. Maybe 8K attendance? No shenanigans from crowd. A sign guy impersonator was at rampside and there were two overly enthusiastic ringside fans that the superstars played to a few times. The kids in the crowd made it a very fun event with lots of first name chants started with their high pitched voices. So cute.
Advice if you haven’t attended an event before: Get your merch online at least a few weeks in advance. T-shirt size and selection is limited, lines are long and the prices are higher at the shows ($35 each). I ordered an Alexa shirt for $15 during a recent sale that took about a week to ship in women’s size small, which wasn’t available at a merch booth. Last time I was at an event, the shirt I wanted only came in medium and it was more expensive than online. And the shirts run larger than you expect!
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