8/7 WWE house show results from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted by Alvin Lim
– Show was sold out with est. 13k-14k in attendance. Big mix of kids with parents and hardcore fans.
– Big pop for the Roddy Piper tribute video they aired before the show started.
– Jojo comes out to offer refunds for the first 20 minutes due to John Cena’s absence, but urges us to hear the announcement from the guest GM before deciding.
– HHH appears on screen to introduce HBK as guest GM. Michaels comes up to a huge pop and makes the main event a steel cage match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title and introduces the first match for the evening.
NXT Champion Finn Balor def. Neville with the Coup De Grace Double Foot Stomp
Neville is over with the younger members of the audience while Finn played the heel. Not being on the main roster yet may have affected Finn’s popularity with the general audience. His shirts were one of the least popular at the merchandise stand. An entertaining enough opener with the usual flips and dives from both which drew the audience in.
Fandango def. Adam Rose with the Falcon Arrow
Our Superstars match of the night. Rose has nothing without his entrance and entourage while Fandango strangely feels like a nostalgia act with the Fandangoing already. Both men need new gimmicks.
Luke Harper over R-Truth with the Discus Clothesline
Truth is great with crowd interactions, getting the arena to chant “Whoomp, there it is!” like it was the 90s again. His appeal to the live audience is evident although his TV exploits are tiresome. Lots of stalling at the start with Harper getting tired of Truth’s constant appeals to the crowd, even sitting down in a chair at ringside to protest. After a teased countout of 9 at one point, Truth falls to the Discus Clothesline but goes to the back with a nice applause from the crowd.
They played a nice video for Connor Michalek at this point and Jojo advertised that one could help the cause to fight paediatric cancer by buying Connor bracelets from WWEShop. Nice charity bit and the video was very touching.
Randy Orton def. King Barrett with RKO
Barrett came out to laugh at the Australian cricket team’s performance against England for easy heat. Many “You’re a wanker!” chants following this. Orton is the master of doing so much with so little. He is a true star and gets maximum mileage from all his moves. At one point, he took the cap off a fan at ringside and asked him why he was wearing Cena gear when Cena wasn’t there. He then proceeds to put the cap on Barrett and did the “You Can’t See Me” handsign before laying in a European Uppercut. He hits the RKO for the win to bring us to intermission.
Intermission was followed by Bo Dallas interrupting Jojo’s announcements before HBK superkicks him as Bo was running his mouth about HBK being old and a has-been for the big pop.
Emma and Natalya def. The Bella Twins when Emma school girls Brie Bella
Nice pop all around to all the Divas but this was my time to hit the merchandise stand, coming back only for the finish.
Cesaro def. Kevin Owens with the Neutralyzer
Nice pops for both men. Owens is a tremendous heel and plays the part fully. He stopped short of high-fiving a young fan at ringside and later flinged sweat at him instead. It’s these little things that he excels at, such as responding to chants for a table by slapping on a headlock and not giving the fans what they call for. Cesaro’s feat of strength of the night was performing his inverted olympic slam move on Owens. He gets the pin after a 9-revolution Giant Swing and a Neutralyzer.
WWE Champion Seth Rollins def. Dean Ambrose in a steel cage match
Long main event that the fans got into at the end with all the teased finishes, the highlight being Rollins dangling over the floor as Ambrose held him by his hair from the top of the cage. Both men are over and Dean possibly more than his TV push. Ambrose gets his knee worked on and sold it all the way through the match, even after it was done. The finish comes when Rollins slams the door into Ambrose’s head before hitting the Pedigree and crawling out the door. In a post-match brawl, Ambrose manages to put Rollins through a table to send the fans home happy.