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WWE Live Event
Hampton, Virginia at the Hampton Coliseum
Report by Dot Net reader Nicholas Cannella
The advertised card for the show on the Coliseum’s website had Rollins vs. Jinder vs. Roode vs. Balor for the IC Title, Nia vs. Alexa vs Bayley vs. Sasha for Womans Title, Braun vs. Corbin, Wyatt and Hardy vs Owens and Zayn for Tag Titles. It was updated this past week via the local TV ad with Rollins vs. Jinder vs. Balor vs. Roode for IC Title and Wyatt and Hardy vs The Revival for Tag Titles. With all ff this there were some changes to the card throughout the night as it happened.
1. Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy defeated The Revival to retain the Raw Tag Titles. Wyatt and Hardy won with the “Double Sister Abigail” move to retain thier Titles. Crowd was really into this one and Hardy/Wyatt received big pops and The Revival were the big heels but nonetheless a good opener.
2. Natalya beat Mickie James. The crowd was into the match and Mickie and Natalya worked hard. People loved the Sharpshooter teases and the finish with Natalya applying the hold and getting the submission win.
3. Dolph Ziggler and Drew Mcintyre defeated Titus O’Neal and Apollo Crews (w/Dana Brooke). Ziggler and McIntyre got as much reaction as the faces did, and Drew received a nice pop when he was introduced. There was also a small “Drew” chant. Apollo was face in peril. Titus made a sloppy but well-received comeback until being caught by the Claymore/Zig Zag combo finisher. Dolph was working hard, but was playing heel half-heartedly with a wink and a nod. Drew was all business.
Elias Segment: He did his thing with his acoustic guitar. The fans enjoyed it and enjoyed booing when he insulted the town musically.
4. Seth Rollins defeated Finn Balor, Elias and Bobby Roode in a Fatal Four-Way Match to retain the Intercontinental Championship. A very fast-paced, safe, WWE style type match. They had the isolated one-on-one match ups with the others out of the ring recovering for long stretches, and the big moment with Balor and Rollins facing off to a big pop. After a bunch of rapid-fire finishers, Seth signaled and got The Curb stomp on Elias for the win. Seth, Finn and Roode all received big reactions from the fans. It was originally suppose to feature Jinder Mahal but Elias subbed in.
5. The Authors of Pain and Baron Corbin defeated Breezango and No Way Jose. Corbin hit the End of Days on Jose for the win. The AOP were very aggressive in the ring. Breezango did their schtick. Jose fine in the ring, but that gimmick… not sure about that one. Corbin, who I have been critical of in a couple appearances, was really good, and was the most energetic, committed, and believable worker in the ring. One note, as Jose was crawling away from the ring, holding his stomach, after the End of Days, he crawled over and signed two autographs, then went back to selling. That was weird, and I imagine Jim Cornette would have lost his mind if he saw that.
6. Nia Jax defeated Alexa Bliss, Bayley and Sasha Banks in a Fatal Four-Way Match to retain the Raw Woman’s Championship. Jax won with a Samoan drop on Bliss. Pretty much the same match the four men had, with the big moment being Bayley vs. Sasha… again. They had trouble keeping a straight face, and had a moment after Sasha slapped Bayley where she audibly asked her if she was okay. They also were dancing around and laughing together when Nia’s music hit, hamming it up, totally out of character, because the focus wasn’t on them. Nia worked slow and safe, and Bayley had the least reaction of the four, with Sasha next, Bliss next and Nia next. At house shows at least, she is getting over. Big reaction for Nia’s win.
7. Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman defeated Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Braun hit the running powerslam on Owens for the win. This was about what you would expect. Great heel heat from the tactics of Owens/Zayn, and Strowman was over huge. Not much reaction to Lashley when he came out, but as he wrestled, people were getting into him. Strowman’s hot tag was the pop of the night next to Seth winning. Pretty much a carbon copy of their match at Backlash and a good main event that sent the fans home happy.
Overall, a really good show with lots of action and a hyped crowd all night. Four tag matches, two four ways and one singles match which was very different. They changed it up by having the headliner Main Event first before the intermission, but WWE has done this several times throughout the years at live events.