By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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WWE Live Event
Orlando, Florida at Amway Center
Report by Dot Net reader Belal Jaber (@MrBelal)
1. AJ Styles beat Ricochet and Cesaro in a Triple Threat to retain the U.S. Championship. Huge reaction for AJ. For whatever reason, AJ wrestled with his shirt on. Not too unconventional, but thought I’d at least mention it. There was a nice pop for Cesaro during the swing on Ricochet. He did 22 spins, which was impressive. AJ stole the victory after Ricochet hits a moonsault on Cesaro. AJ tossed Ricochet out and gets the pin. Great opener.
2. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins defeated The Revival by DQ in a Raw Tag Championship match. I can’t say enough about how entertaining the Revival were. They got so much heat from the crowd. The Revival lost by DQ after pulling the referee out of the ring. The Viking Raiders came out and attacked Zack and Curt. The Usos made save and match got restarted as an eight-man tag.
3. The Usos, Zack Ryder, and Curt Hawkins defeated The Revival and The Viking Raiders. The Usos were very over with the crowd and picked up the win.
4. Titus O’Neil beat EC3. EC3 came out and cut a pre-match promo. He spoke about beating a former world champion (Dean Ambrose) in his Raw debut and that superstar was never seen again. He said the WWE has ruined his life since then and soon he’ll free the real EC3. Titus came out as his opponent and beat him in under a minute.
5. Becky Lynch beat Lacey Evans to retain the Raw Women’s Championship. Side note, I saw Lacey arrive to the arena with her daughter, who appeared maybe five years old. Fans chanted for Lacey as she walked in the parking lot and she had fun with the fans by calling them all “nasties.” Back to the match. Becky got the biggest pop up to this point. A standard match between the two. Becky won with the Disarmher. She then posed for lots of pics after with fans.
6. Cedric Alexander and No Way Jose beat Robert Roode and Mojo Rawley. Huge heat for Mojo, who had the crowd in the palm of his hand. He was just so much fun. Cedric got the win for his team with the Lumbar Check. Mojo got on the microphone afterward and said he and Roode weren’t ready. He demand another opponent. Braun Strowman comes out solo.
7. Braun Strowman beat Mojo Rawley. Strowman took out Roode, who bailed. More fun mic work from Mojo, who was powerslammed and pinned. High fives from Braun for the fans around ring. He even grabbed a couple kids and carried them for pictures and signed autographs. Braun was also super over.
8. Natalya and Naomi over Nikki Cross and Sarah Logan. Nikki and Sara had great chemistry as team and played the whole crazy characters. They could be a fun team if paired together regularly. Naomi hit a split legged moonsault for the win.
9. Seth Rollins defeated Baron Corbin in a Street Fight. Corbin got huge heat while mocking the crowd. Big pop for Seth. A funny moment in the match was when Baron pushed the ref after a two count. The ref pushed him back and even backed Baron into the corner and climbed the turnbuckle to yell at him. Lacey ran out to interfere. Becky then cam out to even odds. She hit Baron with kendo stick, and Seth hits the Stomp on Corbin for the win. Afterwards, Seth and Becky spent a while taking pictures with fans at ringside. A nice ending to a good show.
Notes: The arena was not completely full. The upper deck was blocked off. While there were some empty seats, it was a fairly decent crowd.
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