Arena Reports SHOW RESULTS - 10/3 WWE in Bangor, Maine: Second detailed report on Bray Wyatt's injury during main event, Natalya vs. Sasha, more
Oct 3, 2015 - 11:57:53 PM
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WWE Live Results
October 3, 2015
Report by VIP member Brandon LeClair
I attended Saturday night's B-Crew show in Bangor, Maine. As a VIP member who enjoys hours of content every week, it's the least I can do to contribute a little back. The show, being as much of a skeleton crew as it was, was a good amount of fun. No major complaints, as I knew what I was getting into going into a show running parallel to an MSG event.
Attendance was poor. The new Cross Insurance Center can comfortably seat about 6,500 or so, give or take, with the floor seats in place. My friend and I estimated there were no more than 2,500 in attendance. We sat front row ringside and had several seats in the second row behind us empty. Only the first half the lower level was filled in any given time, and the luxury boxes up top were mostly empty. This is not unusual for Maine now that WWE runs two shows in the same day, or, at best, the same weekend (they'll be in Portland on Sunday). Conversely, in 2012, when they split the shows by three months or so, we sold out twice. Stark contrast.
JoJo kicked off the show with a rendition of the National Anthem, and the girl can sing!
(1) Cesaro beat The Miz with the Neutralizer in 11:00. Lots of pandering. The Miz worked the mic a little and did the "when my hand goes up..." schtick. After Miz told the crowd to quiet down, Cesaro hopped the railing, sat down in the front row, and started booing and heckling Miz. Good stuff. Standard house show stuff here. Glad to see Miz come out, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see him working a lot of house shows these days. He was not advertised, for what it's worth. Miz generated a ton of heat, as he's become so incredibly good in this role.
(2) Fandango beat Heath Slater with a roll-up in about 2:00. They never even touched each other. Both sides pandered, then Slater tripped on the bottom rope while doing some show-boating, and Fandango rolled him up for the win.
They played a video package while Braun Strowman ran alongside a crate that was way too small to disguise him as he slid under the ring.
(3) Braun Stroman beat Jack Swagger via submission in 4:00 to his bearhug finisher. Strowman just slid out from under the ring instead of having a proper entrance. Not much to this one. Swagger was quite popular, despite not having any real TV time as of late. "We the People" still gets the crowd going.
(4) The Lucha Dragons beat Los Matadores and The Ascension in a Triple Threat tag match with a Salida Del Sol/Top-Rope Senton combo in 11:00. The Dragons and Matadores worked most of this one. Lots of cool Kalisto-centric lucha spots. Sin Cara got beat down by the heel teams for several minutes before finally getting the hot tag to Sin Cara. The match ended when El Torito ran in and attacked the Matadores, allowing Sin Cara & Kalisto to capitalize. Post-match, Torito celebrated with the Dragons and it seemed like this was going to become a thing. (I hope not.) Fun match.
(5) Natalya beat Sasha Banks (w/Tamina) via submission to the Sharpshooter in 10:00. Not much to say, match-wise. They let their personalities do most of the work, and it worked just fine. Sasha was just oozing with heel charisma, and Nattie is such a perfect babyface to foil her. Great chemistry, too. The finishing sequence saw Natalya attempt the Sharpshooter, only to have Tamina try to interfere. Sasha attempted the Bank Statement, but Nattie countered into a roll-up. Tamina jumped again, Nattie bumped her off the apron, countered Sasha, and locked in the Sharpshooter. The crowd absolutely loved Natalya - she got one of the best reactions of the night, and made sure to run around the whole ringside area and slap hands with everyone. Sasha got some great heat, too, with a few "NXT" chants thrown in.
(6) Dean Ambrose beat Luke Harper in 13:00 with Dirty Deeds. A fairly standard Ambrose-Harper match. Harper kept flexing at the crowd, which was as weird as it sounds. He'd literally do it after almost every offensive move. The crowd popped huge for Dean. He even got the "moment of silence after the heel's entrance to build up anticipation" star treatment.
(7) R-Truth beat Adam Rose in about 6:00 with the scissor kick. Rose came out to the Royal Rumble countdown buzzer, causing a great deal of confusion at first. Then he cut a promo similar to the one he did on NXT recently - the crowd sucks, the city sucks, and he's here to poop on our party. The match itself never really got underway. They traded off headlocks and few hip tosses, then Rose grabbed a mic again. He said he was out-wrestling, out-performing, and out-entertaining Truth, and that he could out-dance him too. They hit "I'm Too Sexy" and Rose danced horribly while Truth belly-laughed himself to the ground. Then it was Truth's turn. He started his dance (to his theme music), and Rose attacked him. A couple of minutes later, it was (mercifully) over. The crowd did like R-Truth, though.
(8) Ryback beat Wade Barrett in 10:00 with the Meathook Clothesline, followed by the Shellshock. Again, a fairly prototypical house show affair. Each guy got their spots in and Barrett hit Wasteland for the only nearfall of the match-up. He tried the Bullhammer, which led to Ryback's finishing sequence. The crowd was all-in on the "Feed Me More" chant.
(9) Roman Reigns beat Bray Wyatt in a No DQ match in about 20:00 with the spear in the main event. It seems like once you've seen one No DQ house show main event, you've seen them all. To their credit, Bray and Roman seem to have great chemistry and they don't hold much back - the shots were tight and the action was steady. Bray got busted open pretty badly early on. Initially, I thought it was his face, but it turned out to be his hand. (I believe he cut it while blocking his face from hitting the ringpost, which Roman threw him into.) He wiped his face with the bloody hand and created quite the scene. Roman didn't seem to mind and didn't let up. The referee initially put his glove on and let them continue, but the blood kept pouring out of the hand, so the doctor came down. Wyatt took a towel from him, wiped himself quickly, and threw it out, but the hand kept bleeding. Finally, Jamie Noble came down, conversed with the doctor, and they coaxed Bray into the corner and taped him up. Wyatt looked a little upset that they temporarily stopped the match, but the two played it off well. A couple of table spots followed, and finally, Bruan Strowman showed up (no Harper, though.) He and Roman stood toe-to-toe, and Ambrose's music hit. Dean ran out, fired some shots at Braun, and Roman hit the Superman Punch on him. He and Dean both struck the spear pose and tackled Braun out of the ring. Dean dove to the outside, Roman hit his spear, and got the pinfall.
Overall, the main event was a solid match for what it was. A good section of the crowd favored Bray over Roman (that's never a good sign at a show like this) ,but for the most part, Reigns's reaction was strong and those people brought the boos down on Bray.
Afterward, Roman and Dean both stuck around for a bit and slapped hands before JoJo thanked us for coming out and sent us home.
(1) Roman Reigns for pulling a table out (crowds love those things)
(2) Dean Ambrose
(3) Roman Reigns
(1) The Miz
(2) Sasha Banks
(3) Bray Wyatt
(4) Adam Rose
(5) Braun Strowman
On a personal note, I took my best friend with me, who is little more than a casual fan, and he enjoyed the heck out of himself, enough so that he wants to make the trek to Boston for TLC in December. In that regard, WWE succeeded. Then again, I rarely find someone who doesn't enjoy WWE in a live setting, even when the show is lackluster.
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