8/16 WWE house show results from Portland, Oregon
Aug 17, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
Credit: Owen Ray and PWInsider
Brad Maddox started the show off by warming up to his hometown crowd, talking about how tonight will be the best show Portland has ever seen. However, he did tell us that John Cena would not be there due to injury. This got a whole lotta boos, although I didn’t see anyone leave for their refund.
Battle Royal to face Alberto Del Rio for the WHC
Big E Langston, R-Truth, Mark Henry, The Shield, Christian, Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, and Daniel Bryan came out. Big E was eliminated first, and it came down to a final four of Ziggler, Bryan, Rollins and Ryback. Ambrose got a ton of heat for eliminating RVD. Ryback offered an alliance to Rollins, who agreed. However, while Rollins was attempting to eliminate Bryan, Ryback snuck up and tossed Rollins over. Ryback then eliminated Ziggler. Ryback zoned in on Bryan, but Bryan reversed a powerbomb attempt into a hurricanrana over the top rope.
Winner – Daniel Bryan
Kane vs. Luke Harper
Harper was able to work fairly well, but when Kane started mounting a small comeback, Bray Wyatt stepped up to the ring. Rowan attacked Kane while Wyatt distracted the ref, but Harper wasn’t able to capitalize and Kane hit his trademark moves. Eventually, Wyatt got up from where he was sitting, which was right next to me, and went right at Kane. Kane fended him off, then chokeslammed Harper and Rowan while Wyatt backed off.
Winner by DQ – Kane
At this point, Maddox told us that we would decide the stipulation for Big E vs. Ziggler. We had a choice between No DQ and 2 out of 3 falls. The crowd was very vocally for the no DQ match.
AJ vs. Kaitlyn – Divas Championship
Kaitlyn pretty much beat AJ down the entire match, making it seem like a David vs. Goliath match up. It was a pretty good divas match, much better than what we usually see on TV. AJ ended up getting the win with the Black Widow submission.
Winner – AJ Lee
Paul Heyman talked backstage about Brock vs. Punk, and then Axel stepped in and cut a decent promo.
Ryback vs. R-Truth
The crowd loved R-Truth, and responded to everything he was doing. Ryback got a pretty split reaction, even though he was trying so hard to get heel heat. R-Truth barely got any offense in, but Ryback got cocky and started taunting a lot. R-Truth rolled Ryback up for the win and immediately ran to the back.
Winner – R-Truth
Backstage promo with Big E, who said that Ziggler needed him, not the other way around.
The Shield vs. Christian/Mark Henry/RVD
Christian got a nice pop, Mark Henry got a big one, followed by RVD’s gigantic pop. The crowd absolutely hated the Shield, I felt like the only one cheering for them. The three faces had a fun little spot at the beginning, doing rock-paper-scissors to see who goes in first. Christian went in, and Reigns was in first for the Shield. The first few minutes were filled with stalling, with Christian having a taunt off with all three Shield members. Christian got nearly zero offense in before tagging in Henry, who was a monster like usual. Once RVD was tagged in, the match really picked up. Ambrose did a lot of the work for The Shield, and he really may have put on the best performance. RVD did a lot of exciting moves, and then tagged Christian back in. Christian started to mount a little bit of offense, but Rollins wasn’t letting him get too big of an advantage. Rollins tagged in Ambrose when Christian tagged in Henry, and Henry went to work. Henry went for the WSS, but Rollins ran in and distracted him. Christian threw out Rollins, and Reigns ran in to hit Henry with the spear before turning around to a spear by Christian. Ambrose threw Christian out, and turned right into a WSS from Henry. RVD was tagged in and hit the 5 Star Frog Splash for the win. The faces spent about 5-6 minutes working the crowd and playing them up afterwards.
Winners – Christian/RVD/Henry
Dolph Ziggler vs. Big E Langston – No DQ
The crowd seemed like they really picked up after the Shield match, even with the intermission. Right from the start, Big E knocked Ziggler around before grabbing a kendo stick. Ziggler took a beating, and the fight spilled out to where I was. Ziggler took a lot of the blows, and when the action got back in the ring nothing changed. Ziggler ended up getting the kendo stick and hit Big E three times before going for a pin, but Big E kicked out. At this point, Big E went over to Maddox and stole Maddox’ chair, then set it up in the corner. Big E took Ziggler and tossed him right into it. At one point, AJ went into the ring and nailed Ziggler with the kendo stick, but Ziggler then kicked out of the pin attempt. AJ got right in the ref’s face, and she was kicked out. Big E went for the Big Ending, but Ziggler slipped out and nailed the Zig Zag.
Winner – Dolph Ziggler
Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman came down to the ring, and Heyman cut a promo. The crowd was so loud that Heyman didn’t even start for a few minutes. Even when he started to talk, I couldn’t hear a word he said because of the heat. However, when the heat started to die and he told us that the Title would not be on the line because Axel refused to defend the title in the state of Oregon.
Curtis Axel vs. CM Punk
An a very even match, both got their offense in. Punk spent a little time trying to get to Heyman, but Axel was able to step in and break it up each time. Punk made Axel tap with the Anaconda Vice, but Heyman was distracting the ref and the match went on. Axel hit Punk with the belt, but Punk kicked out of that. I can’t exactly remember how the match ended, (I believe Punk rolled up Axel) but somehow or another, Axel got angry at the ref and Heyman got in the ring as well. When Axel bolted, Punk and Heyman were left alone. The crowd was going crazy, and Punk juiced the crowd while Heyman was freaking out. Axel jumped back in and Heyman was able to get away. Punk quickly hit a GTS and then Axel and Heyman retreated. Punk cut a minute-long promo on Brock and Heyman.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Daniel Bryan – WHC
Bryan worked the crowd really well, and Del Rio got a ton of heel heat. The match contained a lot of submissions, but spilled out to the outside for a little bit. The biggest spot was a suicide dive by Bryan, which was crazy to see. Del Rio controlled, but Bryan mounted a comeback. Del Rio hit a crazy backbreaker on Bryan, and then cut a promo on how the crowd should love him because he’s the champion. This was followed by a small ‘Si’ chant, but the match went on. Del Rio went for a CAB, but Bryan reversed it to the LaBell lock. Del Rio tried to get to the ropes, but ended up grabbing the mic (Not sure why it was still in the ring) and hit Bryan with it. After the match, Bryan put a LaBell Lock on Del Rio, who then quickly ran away.
Winner – Bryan by DQ
Bryan stayed to cut a promo, although it was very short. Bryan talked about how he grew up right next to here and when he comes back next it will be with the WWE Championship. He made a victory lap around the ring and high fived everyone around the ring.