7/7 WWE in New York City, N.Y. at MSG: Undertaker teams with Reigns and Strowman in main event, plus Rousey vs. Jax, Lashley vs. Mahal

JULY 7, 2018

Crowd size: Estimate 13,000 range. Not sold out, but pretty full.

They advertised: A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe and Daniel Brian vs. The Miz

(1) BOBBY LASHLEY defeated JINDER MAHAL (w/Samir Singh) in 9:00. Lashley dominated and finished Mahal with a Jackhammer and a pin. A fast-paced opener. Lashley was over with the MSG crowd.

(2) CEDERIC ALEXANDER pinned BUDDY MURPHY with a Lumbar Check to retain the Cruiserweight Title. The crowd reacted to some good Alexander moves.

(3) BRAY WYATT & MATT HARDY defeated TITUS O’NEILL & APOLLO CREWS (w/Dana Brook) and THE B TEAM (Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas) to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Titles ending when Hardy pinned O’Neill with a Twist of Fate. Some of the match was played for comedy.

(4) NATALYA & EMBER MOON & BAYLEY W ALICIA FOX & RIOT SQUAD in 6 woman tag. Bayley pinned Liz Morgan with a side suplex. Standard woman’s tag. *

(5) MOJO RAWLEY beat BOBBY ROODE. Mojo won with the Hyper Drive. Riley attacked Roode during the entrance, and Roode never fully recovered.

(6) DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/Drew McIntyre) defeated SETH ROLLINS and FINN BALOR in a triple threat match to retain the IC Title.  Excellent action throughout. McIntyre was thrown out by the ref early for tripping Balor. The match ended when McIntrye ran back to ringside and distracted Rollins.  Ziggler tripped Rollins and pinned him with his feet on the ropes to retain.  Excellent match.

(7) LUCHA HOUSE PARTY (Gran Metalik & Kalisto & Lince Dorado) defeated DREW GULAK & BRIAN KENDRICK & JACK GALLAGHER. The fans were not into most of it, even though they worked hard. Lucha House Party did get reactions for some big moves.

(8) RHONDA ROUSEY defeated NIA JAX with arm bar submission in 10:00.  Special guest ref was Alexa Bliss, who came out first and said she wanted a second guest referee, Mickie James. James was in the ring; Bliss outside of the ring.  James wouldn’t count several pins for Rousey, then both attacked Jax when she was attempting a pin. Finally, Rousey eliminated James with an armbar; Bliss was thrown out by Jax as well. A regular ref ran in to finish the match, and Rousey dominated and won. Excellent MSG reaction for Rousey.

(9) UNDERTAKER & BRAUN STROWMAN & ROMAN REIGNS defeated KEVIN OWENS & CONSTABLE CORBIN & ELIAS when Undertaker pinned Owens with a Tombstone in 13 minutes.  The Elias guitar skit followed by the ring entrances took 15 minutes prior to the actual match.  Reigns was heavily booed. Undertaker was wildly cheered. It was a monstrous reaction.  Strowman started the match for a minute, but Reigns tagged in and was then essentially was triple-teamed for about nine minutes.   Finally, he got a hot tag to Undertaker, who cleaned house.  He did the running attack, chokeslam, and then Tombstone. Fans were happy.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Good show overall. Four strong matches: Six-man tag main event; Rousey; three-way Intercontinental; and Bobby Lashley opener.

Biggest Pops: Undertaker, Rousey, Lashley

Return date:  Wed. December 26th.  Tickets on sale tonight. Presale code: HOLIDAY

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