10/28 WWE in Asheville, N.C.: Supershow with Styles vs. Nakamura vs. Hardy, Seth-Dean angle, Elias-Corbin angle, Strowman vs. Ziggler & McIntyre, Rusev vs. Andrade

A.J. Styles (art credit Joel Teach © PWTorch)


OCTOBER 28, 2018

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Greg Hamilton was out first with the ring announcements.

(1) Rusev defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas by submission in 10:00. Both men were flying solo for obvious reasons. The crowd was pretty into the “Rusev Day” chant. Basic house show opener, which Rusev won with The Accolade.

(2) Baron Corbin pinned Tyler Breeze in 7:00. Corbin looked good and drew decent heat, but the most intriguing thing about the match was the fact that Breeze was wearing a New Day shirt. Baron got the pin with the End of Days.

(3) The B Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) defeated The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson) via pinfall in 10:00. Nothing much to the match. Axel scored the pin for his team with a sunset flip.

Elias was out next to a loud but mixed reaction. He played some blues for a minute before saying he was going to sing a song about Asheville, which brought out Baron Corbin again to shut him down. Corbin agreed to a duet version of “Freebird,” and Baron was predictably terrible, which led to a scuffle where Corbin took the Drift Away neckbreaker.

(4) The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) defeated The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) when The Bar pinned Gallows with a rollup in 11:00 to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. All three teams were well-received by the audience, especially New Day, who was noticeably without Xavier Woods tonight. Decent match, won by the champs when Gallows was isolated and caught in a school boy roll up.


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(5) Braun Strowman defeated Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre by pinfall. Good for a handicap match, but not a lot to it. Strowman knocked McIntyre outside after ten minutes of action, then hit Ziggler with the powerslam and the pin. Strowman and Drew teased a post-match confrontation, but McIntyre eventually declined and carried Dolph to the back. Braun posed with ringside fans to sign autographs and take selfies for several minutes.

(6) Bobby Lashley (w/Lio Rush) pinned Zack Ryder in 8:00. Rush drew lots of boos with his schtick, and Lashley beat Ryder with a spear.

(7) Buddy Murphy pinned Cedric Alexander in 18:00 to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Very good match, easily the best of the evening. Cedric was announced from Charlotte, so the crowd was into everything he did. Murphy picked up the victory after feigning a knee injury, then surprising Alexander with a knee strike and his pump handle Death Valley Driver.

Seth Rollins was out next to call out Dean Ambrose and demand answers for Monday’s betrayal. Suddenly, Ambrose came out from under the ring and laid out Seth with a Dirty Deeds DDT. Dean walked to the dressing room to a raucous chorus of boos.

(8) A.J. Styles defeated Shinsuke Nakamura and Jeff Hardy when he pinned Nakamura in 18:00. A fun and well-worked house show main event. The crowd loved all three guys, especially “hometown” hero Hardy. The end came after Jeff hit A.J. with the Twist of Fate, which led to Shinsuke tossing Hardy to the floor, then attempting his Kinshasa knee strike, which Styles impressively reversed into a Styles Clash and the pin.

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