By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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WWE Live Event
Beaumont, Texas at Ford Arena
Report by Dot Net reader Nicholas Cannella
The advertised card last month had AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Title and Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the U.S Title. The last couple weeks it was updated to a double main event featuring AJ vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz in a Triple Threat for the WWE Title and Shinsuke vs. Hardy vs. Orton in a Triple Threat for the U.S Title. There was a slight change to the card because Samoa Joe did not appear and there was no reason announced for his abcence so it became AJ vs. Miz one on one.
1. Charlotte Flair defeated Carmella to retain the Smackdown Women’s Title. Charlotte won via the Figure 8 Leglock. A very good opener with both ladies working well in the ring together as usual. Flair was the obvious fan favorite.
2. R-Truth defeated Luke Harper. The fans were really behind Truth throughout the match and he won via rollup.
3. Rusev and Lana (w/Aiden English) defeated Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and Zelina Vega. Lots of “ Rusev Day” chants and Alma’s and Vega had the big heel heat. Rusev and Lana both applied the Acolade on Almas and Zelina for the win.
4. “The New Day” Kofi Kingston and Big E (w/Woods) defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Sanity, and The Usos in a four-way to retain the Smackdown Tag Titles. New Day came out to a good reaction as always and did their usual stint with Xavier on the Trombone and “Pancake Power” gimmick. Gallows, Anderson and Usos were also popular. Sanity is building up as a big heel faction. Kofi pinned Killian Dain with a quick rollup.
5. Asuka and Naomi defeated Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Naomi hit the Split-Legged Moonsault on Sonya for the win. Good work by all four ladies and the face team received pretty good pops.
6. Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat to retain the U.S. Championship. All Three received a good ovation, but Hardy was the fan favorite in this one. A good quick paced back and fourth safe style WWE match with near falls. All three men worked hard. The ending saw Hardy knock Nakamura out of the ring followed by Hardy attempting the Twist of Fate on Orton only to be reversed into an RKO. Then at Orton’s two count, Nakamura hit him with Kinshasa and pinned Hardy for the win. Afterward, Jeff cleared the ring and celebrated with the fans.
7. AJ Styles defeated The Miz (w/Maryse) to retain the WWE Championship. Miz cut his usual heel promo before the match and it really had the fans into it. A great main event to the end the show with lots of action and near falls. At one point Miz almost picked up the win by hitting the Skull Crushing Finale but AJ kicked out at a near three count. Styles ended up winning with a Phenomenal Forearm. Styles is always working hard whether it’s a TV, PPV, or house show and he came out to one of the biggest pops of the night.
Overall, a good, fun house show with the crowd into it the whole night. The Ford Arena was about half full.
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