Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WWE Live From Madison Square Garden Review

Brock Lesnar returns to MSG to take on The Big Show, while John Cena faces Seth Rollins in a Steel Cage!

So this the second time that the WWE has taken what would normally be a regular house show, and turned it into a WWE Network Special. Both times, it’s mainly been due to the fact that Brock Lesnar is wrestling on the show. This show, part of his “Go To Hell Tour”, features him going up against The Big Show (a longtime rival of Lesnar). We’ve also got some other “interesting” matches on the show, so let’s not waste any time!

WWE Live From Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York 10/3/15

1.) Randy Orton & Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev & Sheamus (with Summer Rae): ***

This was basically just a tag team match consisting of people who are in the middle of singles feuds. It was a fine match. Nothing really much else to say. The babyface team of Orton & Ziggler would get the win, while Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Rusev after the match.

2.) Neville vs. Stardust: **1/2

The feud between these two is basically an offshoot of the Stardust/Stephen Amell feud that culminated at SummerSlam. They were involved in a Six-Man Tag on the Kickoff Show for Night of Champions, and now they’re having a singles match. This was ok. Again, there’s nothing really much else to say here. Neville hits the Red Arrow for the win.

Before the next match, Renee Young interviews Paul Heyman backstage, and Heyman hypes up the Brock Lesnar/Big Show match. I usually don’t include these backstage interviews in my reviews, but it’s Paul Heyman, so why not at least mention it?

3.) Six-Women Tag - Team Bella (The Bella Twins & Alicia Fox) vs. Team PCB (WWE Diva’s Champion Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Paige): **1/4

Now this match is really weird. They’ve been doing a breakup angle with Team PCB on RAW during the weeks leading up to this show. Paige turned on her partners during an in-ring promo two weeks prior, and on the previous RAW, they did an angle where Team PCB still teamed, but Paige walked out on Charlotte & Becky Lynch. Now, for some inexplicable reason, they’re teaming again. It’s all very strange. Anyway, the match was….ok. It was definitely the worst match of the show up to this point. Eventually, Charlotte & Becky Lynch had enough of Paige, and dropped down to the floor when Paige wanted to tag out. This led to Team Bella getting the win.

After the match, Paige cuts a promo where she talked about how her teammates left her, and asked why her “friends” would do such a thing (which is ironic, since she left her partners high & dry on Monday).

Before the next match, Chris Jericho cuts a promo saying that it’s his 25th Anniversary in wrestling, and shouts out Lance Storm, as well as a few other friends from (I’m guessing), his early wrestling days, who are all in the front row.

4.) WWE Intercontinental Title - Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho: ***¼

While the previous match was the worst match on the show, I’d say this match was the best match of the show, up until the Main Event. These two had a really nice back & forth match, and seemed to work very well together. The match wasn’t spectacular by any means, but I thought it was pretty solid. In the end, Kevin Owens would get the win to retain his Intercontinental Title.

5.) WWE Tag Team Titles - The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston with Xavier Woods) vs. The Dudley Boyz: ***

So after the events of Night of Champions, The Dudley Boyz are getting a rematch against The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Titles, but this time, it’s in their backyard of New York City. For a technical standpoint, this was definitely an improvement over their first match. Unfortunately, it had the exact same outcome as the first match, as Xavier Woods interfered to cause the DQ. In the aftermath of the match itself, The Dudley Boyz would toss out Big E & Kofi Kingston, and then gave Xavier Woods a 3D through a table. Again, this was a bit of a step up from their first encounter, but it was basically a typical house show match.

6.) Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) vs. The Big Show: **½

As I said in the beginning, these two have had numerous encounters in the past. For the most part, I thought this was fine. The Big Show had an early advantage, hitting three chokeslams in a row, which Lesnar kicked out of. Then Lesnar took control, throwing The Big Show around with German Suplexes and slams, before hitting the F5 for the win. A relatively short match that was pretty much what you would have expected.

After the match, it looks like Lesnar is going to leave, but he comes back to the ring, and hits The Big Show with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex, followed by another F5.

7.) WWE United States Title - Steel Cage Match - John Cena vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins: ****

John Cena regained the United States Title from Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. Rollins has a chance to take back the title, but this time, it’s in a Steel Cage Match. These two have had several great match during this part of 2015, and this was really no exception. It wasn’t quite as good as their matches at SummerSlam or Night of Champions, but this was still pretty great. We saw some very good back & forth action from these two throughout the match. Towards the end of the match, it looked like Rollins was going to escape, but then Demon Kane came out. Rollins wasn’t going to go anywhere near Kane, so he decides to hit a splash on Cena from the top of the Steel Cage. Rollins misses, and this leads to Cena hitting the AA for the victory to retain his United States Title.

After the match, Kane came into the Steel Cage, and hit Rollins with a chokeslam and a tombstone piledriver to close the show.

Overall: 6.5/10

There really wasn’t much to this show, but then again, this was just a regular house show that they aired on the WWE Network because it was from MSG, and Brock Lesnar was on the card. The only things that are worth checking out here are the Cena/Rollins Steel Cage Match, Brock Lesnar/Big Show (if you’re someone who really likes Lesnar’s matches), and the Kevin Owens/Chris Jericho match for the Intercontinental Title. Everything else on the show was basic house show stuff that you don’t need to watch.

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