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WWE Live Event
Birmingham, England at the Arena Birmingham
Report by Dot Net Contributor Darren Gutteridge
1. The Bar beat The New Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Titles. Sheamus won with a tights assisted roll-up on Big E after Kofi Kingston dove onto Cesaro on the outside. Lots of comedy, which got big laughs out of the family-dominated crowd.
2. The Usos beat The Colons. The Colons attacked on the ramp, but the Usos hit superkicks in the ring and hit a splash on Epico in literally a minute for the win.
3. Daniel Bryan beat The Miz. Miz tapped to the Yes Lock in about 10 minutes.
4. Asuka and Naomi beat The IIconics. Asuka picked up the submission win with the Asuka Lock on Billie Kaye.
5. Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy beat Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura. Mysterio pinned Shinsuke with the 619 and a top rope splash. Jeff looked to be limping up the ramp at the end despite not doing the Swanton Bomb.
6. Rusev and Lana beat R-Truth and Carmella. Dance break, Rusev trying to do the splits, and everything in between. Rusev won with a surprise roll-up in a short match. Andrade Almas attacked both men after the bell, but Rusev hit the Machka Kick on him before Truth hit the Lie Detector.
7. Mark Andrews and Trent Seven beat The Coffey Brothers. Local (ish) lad Seven pinned Mark Coffey with the Birming-Hammer. Lots of promotion for NXT UK throughout the night (almost to the point of redundancy.
8. Becky Lynch beat Charlotte Flair to retain the Smackdown Women’s Title. Becky got her knees up when Charlotte went for the moonsault and then rolled her up. Best match of the night.
9. AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe in a No Disqualification match to retain the WWE Title. Sheamus and Cesaro ran out near the end to attack AJ, and Joe did the Dudley Boyz “get the tables” spot with Sheamus. The Usos ran out to make the save, Joe went through a table in the corner and AJ hit the Phenomenal Forearm for the win.
Notes: The entire upper bowl of the arena was covered up, and there were noticeable gaps throughout (particularly on the floor). This was actually the best card a Birmingham house show has had in a while on paper, so I suspect the slightly lower than average attendance was due to this falling on Bonfire Night, a major holiday in the UK (we celebrate a failed terrorism attack by having massive firework displays, look it up). And while there was no Pete Dunne or Tyler Bate as advertised, and two of the matches were very short, I’d say this show delivered. Becky and Charlotte had the best match of the night, and the crowd were lively throughout, especially for Styles, Bryan, Lynch, and the New Day.
Thanks for reading. You can follow me on Twitter – @TheGutteridge and hear me and Haydn Gleed review NXT UK in audio form for Dot Net Members each week.
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