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WWE Live Event
Ottawa, Ontario at Canadian Tire Centre
Report by Dot Net reader Alex Champagne
I’m guessing there were about 4-5k in attendance.
1. Naomi, Becky Lynch, and Asuka beat Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, and Lana. A good match with the late hot tag to Asuka, who got the pin on Mandy Rose.
2. Big Cass beat Tye Dillinger. Seriously, I think Big (Greasy) Cass used three bottles of oil before the match. Standard big man match, with Cass taking the win over Dillinger.
3. The Bludgeon Brothers defeated Rusev and English, The Usos, and “New Day” Big E and Kofi Kingston in a four-way to retain the Smackdown Tag Titles. Lots of house show fun from New Day here of course (ie non-selling and dancing) with the Bludgeon Brothers retaining (sans hammers). Rusev got mild Rusev Day chants, but the building was way too empty for any kind of real chant to get any steam (It usually seats 19k).
Next up, we were treated to a MizTV segment with special guest Daniel Bryan, which of course got one of the loudest reactions of the night. I was actually surprised that they used Bryan at a house show. As it turned out, they played off Bryan’s “punch you in the face” tweet and Miz playing the “new man/dad” angle, with the payoff of Miz getting punched in the face, followed by Bryan’s kick barrage.
4. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeated Sheamus and Cesaro. Anderson took a beating for a good ten minutes before making the tag to Gallows, who along with Anderson were playing the faces. Cesaro was pinned by Gallows. I’m still trying to get the images of Festus out of my head when watching Gallows throw up the Wolfpak sign constantly.
5. Charlotte defeated Carmella by DQ in a Smackdown Women’s Championship match. Had this match made it to TV, people would have crapped all over it because Carmella really had the upper hand most of the way, as well as losing by DQ for hitting (read tapping) Charlotte with a chair. Charlotte got her heat back by applying the Figure 8 on Carmella after the bell.
6. AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy defeated Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura. A great match all around, with the faces winning and sending the crowd home happy.
All in all, this was a fun little house show. It’s my first time going to a non-TV event in some time, and the first time since WWE adopted a more fan friendly house show model, and it really makes a difference. Even the lighting and stage, although slight, are great additions (although ask my buddy who came with me, who’s last live show was WrestleMania last month, and he may tell you otherwise). We also had the misfortune of seeing The Impact Wrestling PPV here last fall, and there were 10x more people in attendance for this, and the production values for WWE’s house show is also 10x better than Impact’s PPV.