6/25 WWE in Boston Results – McMahon’s In-Person Report on Ambrose’s first house show as WWE champ, Sasha Banks, Zayn vs. Owens, attendance

Dean Ambrose (art credit Travis Beaven © PWTorch)

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WWE Live Results
June 25, 2016
Boston, Mass. at TD Garden
Report by Mike McMahon, PWTorch contributor (@MikeMcMahonPW)

Attendance: About 5,000, with the possibility of it being close to 6,000. The entire balcony was empty, so that’s about half the arena. That brings us to 9,000, but then the quarter of the lower bowl near the entrance wasn’t sold, which makes about 7,000 or so seats available for sale, and of that, there were pockets of empty seats.

Still, given WWE’s most recent attendance data, this was a strong showing, especially considering who was missing (John Cena). It was a good crowd that seemed like a bad one, when it’s trying to fill a cavernous 18,000-seat arena.

(1) The Usos beat The Club (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows). Very good opener. The crowd really dug The Usos, who were out first for the night. Even The Club got a good babyface reaction with the start of the show.

(2) Baron Corbin beat Zack Ryder. Short and sweet. This felt like your basic TV match.

(3) The Golden Truth beat Tyler Breeze & Fandango. The live crowd, at least in the sections near our seats, were very much into Golden Truth. They picked up the win here relatively quickly.

(4) Cesaro beat Alberto Del Rio. This felt like a ho-hum Smackdown match, which is ironic because they had a match on this past week’s episode, until about the mid-way point. The match spilled to the outside and as Del Rio tried to escape through the crowd, Cesaro chased him down and they brawled in the seating area for a hit before heading back to the ring. We don’t see that a lot anymore, so it definitely received a good reaction from the crowd and they were very much buying in to the false finishes near the end of the match, including a few cross-arm breaker attempts by Del Rio that Cesaro rolled through.

(5) Sami Zayn beat Kevin Owens. This was another very good match. Owens was a great heel here, even getting on the mic to turn the crowd after they were chanting for him early. This match started like any other, but got very physical.

(6) Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch & Summer Rae beat Charlotte (w/Dana Brooke) &Natalya & Eva Marie in a six-woman tag match. Sasha Banks received one of the biggest reactions of the night (she’s a hometown girl). There was a “you can’t wrestle” chant when Eva Marie was in the ring against Summer Rae, who actually looked good here, especially after hitting a spinning heel kick on Natalya near the finish of the match.

(7) U.S. champion Rusev beat Kalisto to retain the U.S. Title. Rusev forced Kalisto to tap out. The highlight of the match was probably when Kalisto scoop-slammed Rusev, which really brought the crowd alive. That was an impressive visual.

(8) WWE World Hvt. champion Dean Ambrose beat Seth Rollins to retain the WWE World Title. This was an excellent match that had the people buying in to the nearfalls towards the end of the match. The crowd was quiet, for the most part, in the early parts of the match and didn’t invest too much in the nearfalls not expecting a title change at a house show, but by the finish rolled around, the crowd was definitely with these two guys. The match was very good, featuring not only some good wrestling but intense brawling for a live event.

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