7/28 WWE in Cape Girardeau, Mo.: Sami Zayn rips on crowd, IIconics vs. Kabuki Warriors, Aleister Black vs. Andrade, Kofi vs. Joe vs. Ziggler, Bayley vs. Charlotte vs. Bliss

Asuka (photo credit Scott Lunn @ScottLunn © PWTorch)


JULY 28, 2019

If you attend a live event, please send results with details on the matches, crowd reactions, and attendance to pwtorch@pwtorch.com. Thanks!

I took my ten year old daughter to her second-ever WWE Live Event. Our seats were third Row on the floor on what would’ve been camera side. Before going over the results, the doors were supposed to open at 5:30 but opened about 15 minutes or so late due to a fan having a medical emergency outside the doors. A fire truck arrived and an ambulance not but minutes afterward. It was thought to be diabetes-related, but I was told by an arena employee later that it was tragic and much worse. My prayers continue for the man and his family. Attendance was roughly three-fourths full of lower level which was only partially open.

(1) Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Ali to retain the Intercontinental Title. Nakamura got a good mixed reaction. At first, I thought Ali got the first face out pop but he actually got several sustained Ali chants throughout the match. Great back and forth match. Both guys worked hard.

Bayley was announced and she came out to her music to a big pop. Charlotte Flair attacked her from behind and “injured” her. Bayley was helped back up the ramp and then Alexa Bliss attacked her from behind as well. The ring announcer promised to keep us posted on her condition.

(2) Apollo Crews pinned Buddy Murphy. Mild reactions for both.

(3) The IIconics (Peyton Royce & Sonya Deville) defeated The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) when Peyton pinned Sane with help from Billie Kay their Women’s Tag Team Titles. Decent reaction for the criminally misused Asuka & Kairi Sane. The IIconics got decent heat with their mic work. Their constant yelling at the ref was funny, but they do little for the tag titles.

(4) Aleister Black pinned Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) after a Black Mass. Great pop for Black and mega-heat for Andrade and Vega. A “chicken “ chant really bothered Andrade. Vega adds so much to his act. They should be at the top of the card soon. Black got a superstar reaction. He is going to be huge. Another great match.

(5) Bayley defeated Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss (w/Nikki Cross) when Bayley hit Bliss with the Belly to Belly to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Cross played a face role cheering on Bliss. Bayley showed great fire in the match. Bliss is such a great heel. Charlotte is a superstar; she just has a presence about her. All of them got great reactions. Some booing for the heels, but mainly cheers all around. All of them worked hard and put on a great match.


(6) New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) defeated B-Team and and Authors of Pain and Heavy Machinery when New Day pinned Bo Dallas. This match was mostly comedy. New Day got a tremendous pop. Big E & Xavier Woods were lots of fun. People seemed glad to see AOP. Good reactions for Heavy Machinery, especially Otis. Fun match. During the tag match, R-Truth and Carmella came running to the ring trailed by Buddy Murphy who failed to pin Truth. Truth danced and kicked out of a roll-up by Drake Maverick who was superkicked by Carmella.

Sami Zayn came to the ring and ripped on the crowd. He told one kid “to shut up or he would come slap his face.” He said the only thing that Cape Girardeau was good for was to take a dump in. It was the dump stop between St.Louis and Memphis. Kevin Owens came out to a huge pop and gave him a stunner.

(7) Kofi Kingston defeat Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Title. Somewhat disappointing main event for me, but still good. Joe got a lot of chants. Ziggler got a decent response. Kofi got a good pop and is a fun champion.

If you attend a live event, please send results with details on the matches, crowd reactions, and attendance to pwtorch@pwtorch.com. Thanks!

RECOMMEDED: 7/28 WWE in Springfield, Mo.: Seth vs. Corbin, Styles vs. Matt Hardy, Strowman vs. Cesaro, Becky vs. Lacey, Drew vs. Cedric, more

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