tBy Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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WWE Live Event
Birmingham, England at the Arena Birmingham
Report by Dot Net reader Tim Wilkins
1. The Bar beat The New Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Titles. Big E and Kofi worked the match. Sheamus won with a roll up.
2. The Usos beat The Colons. The Colon’s jumped the Uso’s on the ramp but the Uso’s squashed them with two superkicks and a big splash as soon as the match started.
3. Daniel Bryan beat The Miz. They traded Yes Kicks half way through, and Daniel got most of his offence in before making Miz tap to the Yes Lock.
4. Asuka and Naomi beat The IIconics. A bit of offence from the IIconics at the start of the match but then it broke down into mostly just Rear View offence by Naomi and Asuka. Asuka made Peyton tap with the Asuka Lock.
5. Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy beat Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura. Randy was poking fun at Rey’s height at the start of the match. Jeff got worked over before tagging in Rey who took down Shinsuke with the 619 and Dropping the Dime for the three.
6. Rusev and Lana beat R-Truth and Carmella. The match started with a dance off and then a splits off. Truth rolled Rusev up while he was attempting the splits. Lana and Mella started brawling, which distracted Truth so Rusev returned the favour and rolled him up for three. After the match, Andrade Almas jumped both men but Rusev hit him with the Machka Kick and Truth followed up with the What’s Up.
7. Mark Andrews and Trent Seven beat The Coffey Brothers. Probably the match of the night for me just based on Trent and Mandrew’s work. Trent won it with the Burning Hammer.
8. Becky Lynch beat Charlotte Flair to retain the Smackdown Women’s Title. A very basic match from these two, but that’s not a negative as they do the basics well. The finish came when Charlotte went up top for a moonsault and Becky got the knees up and then covered for the three.
9. AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe in a No Disqualification match to retain the WWE Title. You know what you get from these two. Joe pulled a Kendo Stick out and worked over AJ before AJ came back into the match. The Bar came out and the heels beat down AJ before setting a table up against the turnbuckles. The Usos made the save and fought The Bar to the back. Joe went through the table and AJ hit the Phenomenal Forearm for the win. After the match, AJ took a young kid into the ring and named him the new WWE Champion (for 10 seconds) and thanked the crowd.
Notes: I always enjoy seeing WWE live. I’ve caught the last few tours that have been local to me but overall the match quality tonight left me disappointed. I was really excited for the show given the initial advertised card as I hadn’t seen many of these superstars perform live yet, but the matches just seemed so damn basic that it left a bit of a sour taste. I’ve seen better matches with poorer talent in previous years, but hey. We have to take what we can get in the UK where WWE is concerned. Maybe my expectations were just a little too high, but I got a buzz from seeing some huge names live. I guess the purist in me just wanted a little more.. wrestling. I may just see if I can get last minute tickets for Smackdown in Manchester tomorrow.
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