Reports by Adam Berger, Philip Lane and Donovan Gilbert
(Editor’s note: Here’s Philip’s Flickr gallery of the night as well.)
The Civic Center was between 50-75% full, although a lot of the empty seats didn’t show as available on the Ticketmaster website. Estimated 2000 in attendance.
– Enzo & Cass def. The Dudley Boys (9:50)
Enzo & Cass were over huge, and the entire crowd sang along with the intro promo. During the entrance, Bubba threw a small boy’s sign on the ground that said “It’s my birthday”. Bubba then took another kid’s sign at ringside before the match, but Enzo stole it back & gave the the kid his shirt. Good house show match. Enzo pinned D-Von after the rocket launcher.
– Sasha Banks def. Summer Rae (4:38)
Sasha won when Summer submitted to the Banks Statement. About what you’d expect from these two; not horrible but not good. Sasha was over with the crowd, but took a bump on a spinning wheel kick that showed a lot of light.
– Golden Truth def. Breezeango (8:10)
R-Truth’s entrance made the entire crowd respond loudly. Fandango is from Maine so he got some cheers here & there. They did a comedy spot where Goldust gave everyone atomic drops, including R-Truth. Pretty fun match. The crowd got up for this and reacted surprisingly well given how these guys are positioned on TV. R-Truth beat Tyler Breeze via pinfall with a slingshot sunset flip from the apron.
– Darren Young (w/Bob Backlund) def. WWE I-C Champion The Miz (w/Maryse) by countout (15:20)
The Miz cut a pre-match promo counting the days he’s been IC champion (104) & claimed to be the “greatest technical wrestler of all time”. The crowd totally died for this early but got into it more as it went along. There was actually a short dueling chant between kids evenly split between Miz & Darren Young.
The biggest pop came when the ref threw Maryse out. When Miz tried to walk out with the title, Backlund stopped him.
Not a great match. Young kicked out of the skull crushing finale, and won by countout when Miz ran into the crowd to escape. Lame finish to a bad match that was mostly rest holds.
– Kane & The Big Show def. The Vaudevillians (3:14)
Faces won via pinfall after delivering chokeslams to both Vaudevillains. This was basically a glorified squash match. The crowd popped big for Big Show & Kane’s entrances and signature moves.
– WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte (w/Dana Brooke) def. Alicia Fox (6:13)
Average women’s match at best. The crowd wasn’t particularly into it. Charlotte pinned Alicia at 6:13 after Dana distracted Alicia and Charlotte rolled her up. Post match, Dana & Charlotte double teamed Alicia until Sasha ran out for the save which got the biggest pop of the match.
– Baron Corbin def. Titus O’Neil (2:16)
Corbin attacked Titus before the bell. Corbin pinned Titus after rolling him up & putting his feet on the ropes. There wasn’t much to this. Some people did the Titus gator noises.
– US Champion Rusev (w Lana) vs. Kalisto vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro (14:08)
This was easily the best match of the night. Lana’s prematch promo got good heat as she called Augusta a “pathetic village”. Kalisto was the most over guy with the kids with lots of “Lucha” chants. Good reactions for Cesaro & Zayn too.
Rusev wins via submission when Kalisto submitted to the Accolade. All 3 babyfaces hit their finishers on Rusev after the match. They played each of their entrance themes as all three guys danced around the fallen Rusev to send the crowd home happy. Cesaro even did the Alex Wright dance.
Overall this wasn’t a very good show, but the main event saved it.