WWE Smackdown On-Site Report: What happened off-camera, dark main event tag results, attendance, reactions for Becky compared to Styles, Jeff Hardy tribute, more


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WWE SMACKDOWN ON-SITE REPORT
NOVEMBER 28, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.
REPORT BY MATT S. AND T.J. FROM IOWA


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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Attendance: Lower bowl was mostly full, but not close to packed. The upper deck was entirely tarped off.

205 LIVE TAPING

In the main event, Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ale beat Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy.

DARK MATCH

A.J. Styles & Jeff Hardy beat Samoa Joe & Randy Orton when Hardy pinned Joe after a Twist of Fate and a standing Swanton. It would’ve been nice to see it off the top rope. That was strange. Short match, maybe five minutes.

OTHER NOTES

-Becky Lynch got a very good babyface reaction when she first came out, but at first it felt a level lower than a red-hot breakout star for some reason. I was a tad disappointed, but it was still a strong reaction.  Later in the night when Becky came out, that pop was the pop I was expectiing at the beginning.

-When Charlotte came out at the start right after Becky, she was cheered pretty loudly, just a small step below Becky. There were “wooos” in there. When she came out later, she was pretty universally booed other than some “wooos.” So the promo seemed to turn people against her since she bad-mouthed Becky.

-Compared to other top babyfaces, Becky got the best pop at the end of the night. The only one that maybe could have taken her on was Asuka when she came out for the battle royal. People were really, really excited to see Asuka. The way she’s been treated this year, it’s surprising, but she’s had a resurgence the last few weeks.

-The top five pops were Becky, Asuka, Jeff Hardy, Charlotte at the beginning, and then A.J. Styles and Rey Mysterio. People were excited to see Styles, but it wasn’t best of the night.

-The entire battle royal, fans were cheering against anyone who tried to eliminate Asuka. It was the Asuka Battle Royal. When it was down to Sonya Deville and Asuka, the place got electric.

-Regarding New Day, no one’s heart was invested in the outcome of the match, but fans were entertained. My friend C.J. who has never seen New Day before was entertained by them because it was fresh to him. For me, it felt like the millionth time seeing the same act and the reactions seems to be dropping for many fans.

-It seemed the crowd liked the Jeff Hardy video; it was all big highspots. There were a lot of cheers during memorable spots. People were clapping and cheering when it ended. I think some people thought it’d be a retirement announcement.

-When Michael Cole came out to host the Hardy segment, he came out in the dark, so fans didn’t have a chance to react.

-Mixed Match Challenge was fun. We were all hoping Curt Hawkins would get the win.

-There were a lot of Becky Lynch “The Man” t-shirts, plus John Cena and A.J. Styles. Then a big mix of the rest.


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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