7/21 WWE in St. Louis, Mo.: Styles vs. Joe vs. Rusev, Rusev instructs English not to remove turnbuckle pads, Naomi wardrobe malfunction ends match early

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WWE LIVE EVENT RESULTS
JULY 21, 2018
ST. LOUIS, MO. AT CHAIFETZ ARENA
REPORT BY KYLE VAN KLEY, PWTORCH CORRESPONDENT


If you attend a live event, please send results in the format of the following report to pwtorch@pwtorch.com. Thanks!


(1) The Bludgeon Brothers beat The Usos and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson to retain the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Titles. The Usos showed a lot of offensive early in the match, but in the end Rowan & Harper would hit the double power bomb on Anderson to retain their championships.

On the large house show screens we saw a vignette for Nikki Cross.

(2) Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/Zelina Vega) beat Sin Cara. Vega came out before Cien, cut a short promo, and announced Almas from the ring. Andrade avoided Sin Cara for the first several minutes of the match by ducking out of the ring. Sin Cara controlled the majority of the match and hit a good amount of highspots. Almas took advantage of a missed move, hit the knees in the corner, and went home with the hammerlock DDT.

(3) Asuka & Becky Lynch & Nikki Cross beat The IIconics & Lana. First out was Asuka, followed by Nikki Cross, and then Becky Lynch rounding out the babyface team. Next out were the Iconics. Royce and Kay cut a stage promo claiming Stephanie McMahon guaranteed them a spot in the 2019 Hall of Fame class. And they announced their partner for the evening, the ravishing Lana. All women in the match got an even amount of offense. Match ended with an Asuka Lock on Billie Kay.

(4) Shinsuke Nakamura beat Jeff Hardy to retain the U.S. Title. Nakamura played his usual mind games to no avail as an unpainted Jeff Hardy mimicked Shinsuke’s antics. Nakamura attempted a low blow on Hardy during a Twist of Fate, but Jeff moved out of the way, took Nak down with a spinning kick, and went up top for the Swanson Bomb. Nakamura hit the ropes. Then Hardy racked himself on the top turnbuckle and fell to the mat. While trying to recover, Jeff was hit with the Kinshasa. While Hardy is laid out on the mat, Randy Orton made his way to the ring methodically without music. He rolled in and gave Hardy a firm stomp to the nether regions. Orton got in the face of Jeff and taunted him, stood up, and gave him a second stomp and then finished him off with an RKO.

(5) Daniel Bryan beat The Miz. Miz grabbed a mic, raised his hand, and told the crowd, “If you’re going to act like children, I’ll treat you like children…  When my hand goes up, your mouths go shut. Now let me take off my robe so you all can see what a real man looks like.” This sparks a, “We’ve seem better” chant and causes the Miz to claim St. Louis didn’t deserve this match and he made his way back up the ramp. Bryan chased him down and brought the Miz back to the ring. Then the match began. Both wrestlers traded signature moves and Bryan picked up the victory after kicking out of the Skull Crushing Finale and hitting the Miz with a flying knee to face.

INTERMISSION

(6) New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) beat Cesaro & Sheamus. New Day came out with a 12 foot tall inflatable box of Booty O’s, but no pancakes. Xavier Woods wasn’t here; he was at Comic Con in San Diego. The New Day won with a Midnight Hour on Cesaro. The best part of the match came after the pin. In Kayfabe, Sheamus grabbed his t-shirt and out of frustration threw it into the crowd, right to a kid in the second row with a matching ginger Mohawk.

(7) Carmella beat Naomi to retain the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship. Good match seemingly ended early with Carmella using the ropes for leverage on a roll up out of the corner after a wardrobe malfunction from Naomi. Carmella retained.

(8) A.J. Styles beat Rusev (w/Aiden English) and Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Title. Rusev came out first. Aiden performed a short song in celebration of Rusev Day. Then Joe, then Styles. Rusev took English corner to corner in the ring and told him not to remove any of the turnbuckle pads. Joe and Rusev teamed up from the get go and laid into Styles for a good portion of the match. Rusev went for a pin, which was broken up by Joe. They had a small dispute but Joe settled it with a hug when he and Rusev embraced. Rusev went back to Styles and got clotheslined by Joe from behind. English got involved, but in the end, Rusev was taken out by Samoa Joe, and Styles hit his Phenomenal Forearm on Joe for the 1, 2, 3. Styles stuck around for nearly 30 minutes taking pictures and signing autographs ringside.

Best crowd reactions of the night included Becky Lynch, Jeff Hardy, Daniel Bryan. Also a huge home town pop for Randy Orton.

Great crowd, engaged the whole night. 75 percent full.

Show started at 7:30 and ended at 10:30.


If you attend a live event, please send results in the format of the following report to pwtorch@pwtorch.com. Thanks!


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