7/18 WWE house show results from Peoria, IL
by Josh Anderson, WrestlingObserver.com
Hot opener with Stardust (who was mega over) teaming with Heath Slater to face off against the Meta Powers. Pretty decent comedy in the beginning of the match. Huge “Cody” chants for Stardust. Curtis Axel got the pin on Slater after a leg drop.
Zack Ryder was out next to a good reaction; a guy next to me said “If this is a squash with Rusev I’m going to get a beer” and sure enough Rusev’s music hits. Rusev makes his entrance with Summer Rae in tow. They had a shockingly even, lengthy match with Long Island Iced Z getting some decent offense in. As Rusev was about to lock in the Accolade, Lana comes down the ramp to a big pop and catfights with Summer. Ryder almost got a win with a roll up but Rusev hit a superkick and locked in the Accolade for the win. Then Fandango randomly ran in with a little flurry of offense but he also got crushed by Rusev.
Next was Lucha Dragons versus The Ascension versus Los Matadores with El Torito. This was a Fan Vote match, the choices being “One-Fall” or “Elimination Tag”. Elimination match won in a landslide. Matadores were eliminated by a Fall of Man while the other Matador was flirting with Eden at ringside. A short while later Sin Cara hit a Swanton for the win.
Next up was Bray Wyatt versus Roman Reigns, who actually fist bumped me on his way to the ring for a mark out moment. Pretty standard hard hitting match, which Roman won out of nowhere with a school boy. Wyatt attacked after the bell but Reigns hit a Superman Punch and sent him packing.
In the biggest disappointment of the night, after seeing the revolution of women’s wrestling on Raw, the Divas match was Emma & Layla versus Alicia Fox and Cameron.. Pretty sloppy match with no heat whatsoever outside of random Emma chants. Fox got the pin on Layla after a scissors kick.
The ring was then set up for Miz TV, with special guest Big Show. This was originally supposed to be a triple threat for the Intercontinental Championship but Ryback’s staph infection prevented that. They bantered a bit after they showed the trailer for Big Show’s Vendetta movie, it was kind of hard to hear over all the people telling Miz to shut up. Show hit a knockout punch to end the segment.
The main event was a “Peoria” Street Fight for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Very entertaining match, Rollins utilized his belt as a weapon, Ambrose used a kendo stick. Ambrose was powerbombed through a table in the corner for two. After a back and forth Rollins hit a Pedigree and Dean actually kicked out! Ambrose then hit a big top rope elbow drop on Rollins through another table, when Bray Wyatt ran in and hit Sister Abigail on Dean. Bray dragged Rollins on top for the pinfall. Afterwards they performed some double team moves until Reigns stormed back down. Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds on Rollins and Reigns hit a spear on Wyatt and that’s all folks!