By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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WWE Live Event
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at SaskTel Centre
Report by Dot Net Member Derek Ruttle
1. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated The Revival to retain the Raw Tag Titles against The Revival in about 20:00. Let me tell you something, it’s gonna be a damn shame if the WWE lets The Revival walk out the door. When these guys don’t have the creative restraints that TV hands them and they’re allowed to just go in the ring, they’re one of the best teams. This was, for my money, the match of the night. Great action with some exciting near falls that got the crowd invested.
2. Nikki Cross pinned Tamina in roughly 1:00. Tamina superkicked Cross before the ref could start the match. After the bell rang, Nikki ate a clothesline and Tamina got her up for a Samoan Drop. Cross slid down and rolled Tamina up for the win. More of a ‘segment’ than a match.
3. Apollo Crews pinned Elias in about 9:00. Your standard Crews match with Elias getting some good heat. Hardcore Taker fans reeeeally don’t seem to like when Elias breaks out the ‘Old School’ rope-walking. Crews slammed Elias and got the win with a standing moonsault.
4. Braun Strowman pinned Baron Corbin in about 11:00. Baron wrestled in a t-shirt instead of his stupid dress shirt! Corbin had much more offense than he’d probably get if this match happened on TV. I was surprised to see him get Braun up for the Deep Six, which impressed the crowd. Strowman with the powerslam for the win. Braun’s a huge hit, especially with the kids that he always makes time for.
5. Heath Slater, Rhyno, and Titus O’Neill defeated Rezar and The Ascension in about 10:00. I don’t know what it is, but Saskatoon loves Rhyno. Every time the WWE has been in town over the last few years, the guy may as well be The Rock. Massive ECW chants and pops whenever Rhyno was in the ring. The road agents must’ve taken notice of this over the last few stops in the city, because Rhyno got the pin after a Gore on Viktor.
6. Bayley and Natalya defeated Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan in about 9:00. It came off like your standard women’s tag match you’d see on TV, but a cool finish with Natalya locking a double Sharpshooter on Ruby and Sarah, and Bayley locking it on an interfering Liv Morgan for the tapout win.
7. Bobby Lashley beat Dean Ambrose, Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre in a four-way to retain the Intercontinental Title in 8:00. A short main event that could’ve used maybe another 6-7 minutes. But for the time they had, it was fun and chaotic. Lio Rush knocked Balor off the top rope, followed by Ambrose, playing babyface, hitting Rush with Dirty Deeds, followed by Drew hitting the Claymore Kick on Dean, followed by Lashley spearing Drew and getting the pinfall on Dean. Lashley attacked Balor afterward, but Finn got the upper hand and hit the Coup de Grace to send the crowd home happy.
Notes: A cold night in Saskatoon with the temperature dropping and weather advisories predicting heavy snowfall through the night, but still a solid turnout. The upper levels were curtained off and there were patches of empty seating in the lower level. I’d guess maybe 4000-5000 in attendance.
Despite being the predominantly-advertised superstar, Seth Rollins was nowhere to be seen. Even ring announcer Dasha Fuentes said before the show “The Kingslayer is here in the house tonight” when she was scanning the crowd for homemade signs. Rollins tweeted “mother tongue @ Saskatoon, Saskatchewan” with an Instagram photo of him pointing at the Mania sign, doesn’t that mean his phone’s GPS or location tracker confirmed he was at least in the city? Or did he tweet before getting on the plane, and there were unforeseen travel issues? If Rollins is in Regina on Saturday night, another show he was heavily advertised for, then I’ll chalk it up to air travel problems. Hey, it sucks, but they happen.
Sasha Banks was also absent, and she was also advertised. Not sure what happened there. A solid show, the crowd had fun, but Rollins being absent probably made for some disappointed young fans.
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