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WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE EVENT REVIEW DEC. 26TH

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Thanks to Wrestlecorp User ACE MAINO for the following Review from The WWE Live Holiday Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY

Got there at 7:25 and event started at 7:30, Crowd looked almost at 100%

Daniel Bryan came on the Titan Tron to hype up the night and got the crowd into a big Yes chant

 

Match 1 – -WWE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TURMOIL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH –

 

Slater and Rhyno came to the ring first with decent pops for both. The Ascension followed with little to no reaction at all. Before match started loud We Want Rhyno chant was being yelled around the arena. Matchup was kind of slow picked up when Rhyno came in the match and eventually Rhyno speared Viktor for the victory. Usos came out next. Usos dominated most of the time and won with a Samoan Splash onto Slater. Breezango came out next vs Usos and immediately were super kicked and one of Usos pinned Tyler Breeze for quick victory. Randy Orton and Wyatts came out next to a huge pop. Orton was way over with the crowd and was into his every moveset. Bray hit Sister Abigail on one of the Usos for the victory. American Alpha came out last to a decent pop. Those guys have some good teamwork and seem to move fast in the ring and work well. Orton hit an RKO to Chad Gable after Luke Harper interfered with the ref. Match/es Rating: ***

 

Match 2 – -WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH –

 

In the beginning lot of Alexa Bliss hiding behind the ref and holding onto the ropes as a scared heel does. Match was back and forth with both getting some decent offense. Alexa won with a roll up. After match Alexa attacked Becky while she was down but Becky turned it around and hit her finisher on Alexa and held up the Women’s Title yelling soon to be 2x champ. Crowd was into Becky Lynch. Match Rating ***

 

Match 3 – APOLLO CREWS, JACK SWAGGER & MOJO RAWLEY VS THE VAUDEVILLAINS & CURT HAWKINS -SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH –

 

Faces came out first with Jack Swagger getting the most reaction from the crowd followed by Apollo and Mojo. Vaudevillains and Curt Hawkins came out from little to no reaction. Match was decent paced with all the faces hitting their move sets and finishers at some point. Apollo Crews hit his power bomb finisher on Curt Hawkins for the win. Match Rating **

 

After match Curt Hawkins came onto mic and cut a heel promo and challenged anyone to another match one on one. James Ellsworth music hit and he came out to a decent pop. He was wearing a neck brace and holding his head the whole time during the entrance. After some mic work from both men the ref started and match and as soon as bell rang Ellsworth hit Sweet Chin Music on Hawkins for the victory. Match Rating N/R

 

Match 4 –  -STEEL CAGE MATCH- (Non Title)

 

Dolph came out first to a nice pop followed by the Miz. The Miz cut a heel promo about how better he is then the Hall of Famers who fought at MSG and about the Knicks and Lebron not signing there. The Miz also said something about his contract signing and he didn’t have to put title on line tonight. The match was changed to a non-title match before the bell. This was the match of the night by far. Lots of fast pace and action. Loud Maryse chants during the whole match with The Miz at one point pointing to the section yelling at fans saying she’s my wife. Some spots where both men cried to climb over the cage to win by hitting the floor. Lot of close pin falls towards end of match. Big Elbow drop from top rope at one point from Ziggler to get a close 2 1/2 count. Maryse was involved towards end of match when she went to slam door onto Ziggler trying to escape only to have Ziggler throw The Miz into the slamming door of cage from Maryse and Ziggler hitting Sweet Chin Music on The Miz for the three count. ****

 

Match 5 – NIKKI BELLA VS.NATALYA

 

This was originally supposed to be Nikki vs Carmella but was changed for some reason. Nikki came out to surprising loud pop and was loved by the fans. Natalya came out to no reaction. Natalya had most of the offense during this match. During end of match Carmella ran down the ring to distract Nikki only to have Natayla knock her off the apron by mistake and Nikki hitting her finisher or Natayla for the victory. Match Rating **

 

Match 6 – KALISTO VS. BARON CORBIN

 

Kalisto came out first to a loud pop from everyone doing the Lucha cheer. Match had a lot of offense from both men. Corbin was bickering at the ref the whole match getting heat from the crowd. Kalista at one point hit a 619 for a close 2 1/2 count. I though the match was going to be over there. Corbin countered one of Kalisto’s moves and hit End of Days for the Victory. Good Match ***1/2

 

Match 7 – JOHN CENA VS. DEAN AMBROSE VS. AJ STYLES -WWE CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE THREAT MATCH –

 

AJ came out first to a huge pop and was way over with the crowd. Loud AJ Styles chant before the match. Dean Ambrose came out next to a nice pop. Everyone was standing by this point waiting for Cena. Loudest pop of the night came when Cena’s music hit. Match started with both men going after Cena and knocking him out of the ring. Back and forth action between Dean and AJ, Cena spent most of the match outside the apron and Dean and AJ fought one and one. Cena one point had both men up for an Attitude Adjustment but it was broken up. I could see Cena talking so much during the match to either Dean or AJ. Finisher came when Dean and Cena were in ring and AJ grabbed a chair outside ring and hit both Cena and Dean with it knocking them both down. AJ pinned Dean for the victory. After the match Dean hit AJ with his finisher. Not sure if Cena did as well I left at the point. Match Rating – *1/2

 

Overall decent event. 6/10.

 

Editors Note: The Main Event was bad and ruined show for me. Cena was shit and spent half time outside the ring. I myself hate seeing The Miz and Ziggler on Smackdown and PPV’s every week for title but their match was awesome and was match of the night. Seems like I’m the only Baron Corbin fan but its cool. Nikki Bella is gorgeous and has an amazing body. Hope to also see American Alpha win the title down the road soon. Happy I seen some of the superstars for first time live and would definitely go to another live event in the future. Loudest pops. Cena,AJ,Randy Orton,Ziggler Loudest boos – Roman Reigns Tapout commercial on Titan Tron- LMAO ,The Miz

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