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WWE Live at MSG: A Rundown
This past weekend in New York City, WWE held another network special of a live event, similar to the one held in Tokyo on July 4, but this time the show was live at Madison Square Garden, the world's most famous arena. Here's a recap of how the show went down.
Sheamus & Rusev vs Dolph Ziggler & Randy Orton
In a tag match featuring the participants of two feuds that seemingly everyone in the WWE Universe is done with, this tag-team opener was about what I expected it to be. There was some decent back and forth action, but mostly the heels dominated for a while, before a predictable finish that saw Orton dodge a brogue kick from Sheamus, who ran into a superkick from Ziggler, which turned him right into an RKO. 1-2-3...Orton and Ziggler win. Orton actually got some very big pops from the MSG crowd throughout.
The strange part came after the match, where Rusev yelled at Sheamus before getting a brogue kick for his troubles. WWE usually doesn't go for a heel vs heel kind of thing, but if this gets us away from Sheamus/Orton and Ziggler/Rusev, I say go for it.
Renee Young interviews Kane
These promos with Kane are getting really bad.
Stardust vs Neville
This match could have been much more entertaining than it was. It started out nicely, with some good offense from both men, but it really slowed down after only a few minutes, which was easy to notice with the silence from the near 20,000 people that showed up to MSG. I will say that Cody...err, Stardust never fails to make me laugh. But after making a lap in Neville's cape, he was ultimately caught by Neville and hit with the Red Arrow. This was a decent match with a couple of good spots, but could have been better.
Renee Young interviews Paul Heyman
Okay, maybe that shoud read "Renee Young holds microphone for Paul Heyman", who cuts yet another perfect promo.
Team Bella vs Team PCB
I haven't been the biggest fan of all of these six-woman matches, as I think if this Divas Revolution is going to work that they all need to separate themselves, but this one was somewhat entertaining. The crowd was into it, and the wrestling itself was actually pretty solid. Paige took the loss after a heel-type swerve from Becky Lynch and Charlotte that saw them drop from the apron as Paige attempted a tag. Nikki got the pin for Team Bella. Overall, this was a good segment.
Intercontinental Title Match: Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens
Very cool moment before this match as Chris Jericho is celebrated his 25th anniversary in the wrestling business, acknowledging his first match in 1990 against Lance Storm, whom he introduced sitting at ringside. Good stuff. As far as the match itself, it was easily the best of the night up to this point. We saw the classics from Y2J, which is always nice, but in the end, it was Kevin Owens picking up the victory with some great heel tactics, including a poke to the eye into a small package for the 1-2-3. Solid performance from both guys.
Tag Team Titles Match: Dudley Boys vs New Day
Once again, this went exactly as I thought it would. The New Day was entertaining as usual, but the match itself wasn't anything special. It almost seemed, if only for a second, that they were going to put the belts on the Dudleys, as Xavier Woods slid in really late for the break-up and subsequent DQ. He was then put through a table. Yawn.
Big Show vs Brock Lesnar
Wow, I didn't think they'd let Big Show get this much offense in, but they let him go for a few minutes at the start. He threw Lesnar out of the ring and got three chokeslams in before Lesnar did his thing, outside of that botched F5 anyway. A few suplexes and then a successful F5. Sure, it's an impressive show of strength, but the match was over pretty quick. But to give the fans a little extra, Lesnar came back out and gave show an belly-to-belly and another F5. I guess WWE had to justify that check somehow.
Steel Cage Match for the US Title: Seth Rollins vs John Cena
This wasn't the best match that these two have put on with one another, but it got the job done. And on an average show like this one, it was easily the best match of the night. Both men got some good offense in, but the match had a fairly slow pace until the end, which was yet another that was quite predictable. Seth Rollins has the match in hand, Kane intervenes, and Super Cena springs to life to hit the AA and pick up the victory and retain the United States Championship. Following the match, Kane enters the cage, hits a chokeslam and a tombstone to leave Rollins laying with his belt as the show goes off the air.
Overall, this certainly didn't have the feel nor the action that the show from Tokyo had. And honestly, for a Madison Square Garden crowd, I thought they were quite tame. Don't get me wrong, I like these extra shows on the WWE Network, but this was a six or seven out of ten at best. What did you like about the show? What didn't you like about the show? Let us know with your comments below.