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WWE Live Show Results
April 19, 2016
Report by Chris Fisher, PWTorch reader
(1) Cesaro beat Stardust.
(2) Zack Ryder & Darren Young beat Social Outcasts (Heath Slater & Bo Dallas).
(3) Rusev beat Jack Swagger.
(4) WWE tag champions New Day beat The Usos and The Dudley Boyz in a triple threat match to retain the WWE Tag Titles.
(5) Sin Cara beat Tyler Breeze.
(6) Women’s champion Charlotte beat Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks in a triple threat match to retain the Women’s Title.
(7) WWE World Hvt. champion Roman Reigns beat Sheamus to retain the WWE World Title.
Overall Thoughts: With the crew split at the Smackdown TV taping, this was the worst wrestling show I’ve ever been to. There was no Kevin Owens, no A.J. Styles, no Enzo and Cass, pretty much no one in a prominent position I was excited for. Everyone in my immediate surrounding were annoyed by the lack of competitive matches and well-thought-out finishes.
I’ve been a WWE fan for 20 years, and the fact that I paid my hard-earned money to come to a WWE show and see no evenly-fought matches, no drama, and no suspense is a joke. I want to make it clear that I’m a WWE supporter who believes in kayfabe and supporting the product that WWE puts out without going against the grain to appease himself, but I couldn’t be more disappointed with the house show in Manchester.
It’s not my fault that WWE double-booked themselves. I’ve supported WWE recently with their b.s. booking, but to present a card with such a lack of depth is insulting to a fan who’s supported wrestling for 20 years and sees the card in such a state is embarrassing. My friends and I had to entertain ourselves for three hours while the babayface favourites got themselves over in front of a 70 percent babyface audience.
I sat with a friend who has never been to a wrestling show before, excited for him to witness how cool and exciting a wrestling show could be, only for him to fold his arms and laugh at how ridiculous the whole night was, as the wrestling was basic b.s. paint by numbers. I’d like to see this as a turning point for me, but I know that people will continue to pour money into the product. I love wrestling, true honest pro wrestling, but this was far from that.