By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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WWE Live Event
Huntsville, Alabama at Von Braun Civic Center
Report by Dot Net reader Nicholas Cannella
Originally, the main event was advertised to be AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Title, but a couple weeks ago AJ was scratched from the card. On the local TV ad and from The Von Braun Civic Center this past week, the main event changed to a Jeff Hardy defending the U.S. Title against Nakamura, Samoa Joe and The Miz in a four-way. Other matches advertised included Carmella vs. Charlotte for Woman’s Title and The Bludgeons vs. Usos vs. Rusev Day for the Smackdown Tag Titles.
Smackdown General Manager Paige appeared on the video screen and ran down a preview of the show to get the crowd hyped up.
1. The Bludgeon Brothers defeated The Usos and Rusev Day in a Triple Threat to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. Rowan and Harper hit their powerbomb on Jimmy Uso for the win. Rusev and English both received big pops from the crowd with “Rusev Day” chants. The Usos played up the heel Role well. The Bludgeon Brothers didn’t have their hammers and destroyed the ringside area post-match (they threw chairs, ring steps, the bell, etc. items into and around the ring). All three teams were over, including the Bludgeon Brothers with loud “Luuuuuke” chants, and he responded with his “Yeeeeeah” thing to the crowd.
2. Andrade “Cien” Alma’s (w/Zelina Vega) defeated Sin Cara. Sin Cara did some of his high flying moves but Alma’s responded and countered most of them to gain control of the match. Almas won with a Hammerlock DDT. Almas is building his way up into the main Smackdown roster.
3. Becky Lynch defeated Mandy Rose via DQ when Sonya Deville interfered. It was back and forth with Mandy holding her own. Timing issues aside, she looked pretty good and appears to be improving. The finish saw Becky put Mandy in the DisarmHer until Sonya attacked. This led to Naomi making the save for Becky until Lana ran out to make it three on two in favor of the heels. Asuka came out to even the odds and the faces cleared the ring. Becky challenged them to a six-woman tag and the heels accepted.
4. Asuka, Becky Lynch, and Naomi defeated Lana, Sonya Deville, and Mandy Rose. Asuka made Lana tap out via Asuka Lock. All six ladies worked well in the match and the crowd was really into siding with the face team.
5. Big Cass defeated Tye Dillinger. Cass won via Big Boot to the face. A good match up with lots of back and fourth action with Tye almost pulling the upset. The crowd was into it and behind Tye while Cass received the big heel heat. Surprisingly, Cass didn’t cut a heel promo before the match like he usually does.
6. The New Day defeated Shelton Benjamin, Sheamus, and Cesaro. New Day won via pinfall by hitting the Midnight Hour on Cesaro. A fun action packed exciting tag match here. New Day came out and was over with their usual stint while Shelton and The Bar received a pretty good reaction as well.
7. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeated “Sanity” Eric Young and Alexander Wolf (w/Killian Dane) via DQ when Dane interfered. Gallows and Anderson cleared the ring afterward, they were over and seem to be being built up as a top face team with crowd chanting “ Too Sweet”. Sanity didn’t have much of a reaction but appeared to be starting a feud with the Club once they debut on TV.
8. Carmella defeated Charlotte Flair to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Carmella rolled up Charlotte after she shoved her into the turnbuckle and held the ropes for leverage in typical heel fashion. Both women put on a great performance and Charlotte was really over. It came off like she almost regained the title but fell short this time.
9. Jeff Hardy defeated The Miz, Samoa Joe, and Shinsuke Nakamura in a Fatal Four-Way to retain the U.S. Championship. All four we’re pretty over, but Hardy came out to the biggest pop of the night. It was a fast-paced safe WWE style match with each man hitting their moves and had its isolated one on one matchups with the others outside the ring for long stretches. A good comedy spot was when Miz took his time disrobing at the beginning. He asked the guy holding his stuff at ringside for a head band and began acting like a Karate Master. Hardy and Joe brawled outside, while Miz was taunting Shinsuke and went for a Crane kick from “ The Karate Kid” movie, but he was countered by Shinsuke hitting him with a spinning heel kick. Hardy was being double and triple teamed for a bit but eventually gained his momentum and successfully defending his title by pinning Miz after a Twist of Fate. Afterward, Jeff celebrated with his fans.
Overall, an exciting show and good warmup for the Money In The Bank pay-per-view on Sunday. It was cool To see the U.S Title be defended in the main event to get the recognition it deserves.
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