The following are the results and some reaction to the WWE “Live at Madison Square Garden” event going on tonight. The event is currently airing on WWE Network, so refresh the page for updates!
WWE “Live at Madison Square Garden,” live from New York, NY
They opened up with a video package, with Rich Brennan and JBL checking in on commentary. We’re right into the first match, which is a tweak from the advertised card.
Match #1 – Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler def. Sheamus and Rusev (w/Summer Rae). Late, Orton dodged Sheamus’ attempt at a Brogue Kick and hit the RKO to win. Afterward, Rusev yelled at Sheamus on the mic, saying he could have won the match alone. He called Sheamus “as useless as Lana.” Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on him and told Rusev to kiss his ass.
The fans liked Orton a lot, and he played to them. Rusev is so misused.
Renee Young interviewed Corporate Kane, who was on crutches. He says Rollins has his hands full with Cena tonight and that demon guy who is chasing him.
Match #2 – Neville def. Stardust. A good routine match with a clean finish, but I can’t help but feel that Stardust will get his win back on WWE television this week somewhere in that even-steven booking.
Renee Young interviewed Paul Heyman, who put over how MSG is special. He talked about how Big Show feels he can walk into MSG like he’s the Celtics. He says the home team will not be on defense tonight, but instead on offense. He says that MSG will become Suplex City.
They aired an ad for WWE 24, going behind the scenes at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn. They then went to the announcers, who talked about MSG being the house that Bruno Sammartino built. They moved on to talk about the Divas angle from Raw.
Match #3 – Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox def. Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Paige. Late in this one, Paige sold but tried for a tag. Becky and Charlotte dropped from the apron, which let Nikki load the Rack Attack to win. Afterward, Paige said she can’t believe her teammates would do this to her. She says she doesn’t know if she can forgive them and drops the mic.
This should be on Raw, because Charlotte and Becky continuing to team with Paige makes them look stupid.
They aired footage of Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt from Raw, setting up their match at Hell in a Cell.
Chris Jericho made his entrance to a good reaction. He cut a promo first, talking about how he worked his first match 25 years ago today. He pointed out Lance Storm, Don Callis, and Len Olsen.
I wish WWE would have advertised this on weekly television, but they chose not to for whatever reason. Cool moment for Jericho to get his anniversary match at MSG.
Match #4 – Kevin Owens def. Chris Jericho to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Owens tried for a pop-up powerbomb late, but Jericho dodged it. He tried for the Walls of Jericho, but Owens reached up and poked Jericho in the eye and locked a small cradle for the win.
This was fun, but they needed to have more time to really make it meaningful. Cool seeing the two of them work together though, and cool to see the acknowledgement of Jericho’s 25 years in the business.
They showed Big Show sulking backstage and hyped the main event. Then they fed it into a video package highlighting the feud between New Day and the Dudley Boyz
Match #5 – The Dudley Boyz def. New Day (c, Big E and Kofi Kingston w/Xavier Woods) by disqualification, New Day retains the WWE Tag Team Championship. New Day cut their typical promo coming to the ring, talking about how the Dudleys wear glasses with no lenses and live in the ’90’s. They ended with a “save the tables” chant. The Dudleys got a good reaction coming out to the ring.
Late in this one, the Dudleys hit the 3D on Kingston. Devon has the cover, but Xavier Woods rushed the ring to break the cover up and cause the DQ. New Day beat the Dudleys down and set a table up. Woods played Taps as they set up Devon for a move through the table but Bubba shoved him off the ropes. The Dudleys hit 3D on Woods through the table.
That was not a good finish given that we’ve seen it before, but it could be that they’re leading to something with it too. Maybe adding a third man, or taking on all three men of New Day? I was feeling like they might move the titles to give a more exciting “anything can happen” feel to the show, but they elected not to.
They showed Jon Stewart in the crowd with his son. They moved on to hype Brock vs. Big Show, which is next.
Match #6 – Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) def. Big Show. Lesnar shot in for a double leg takedown, but Show stood up to him, dumping Lesnar to ringside. Heyman and Lesnar laughed it off. Show hit three straight chokeslams but Lesnar stood up to it. The mayor of Suplex City checked in, hitting several German suplexes on Show. Lesnar loaded and hit the F5 for the victory. Lesnar exited, then came back and hit an overhead belly to belly before hitting the F5 a second time.
Wow, I figured Show got all sorts of momentum after getting some rushed meaningless wins too! Anyhow, this helps Lesnar look strong going into his showdown with Undertaker at Hell in a Cell. Makes total sense for Lesnar to destroy the competition here, though we could have used a strong Lesnar vs. Show match like we had seen in the past.
The ominous cage match music played and they lowered the cage for the match between Rollins and Cena. They recapped Cena losing then regaining the US Championship.
Match #7 – John Cena (c) def. Seth Rollins (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) to retain United States Championship. Late in this one, Rollins hit Cena with a low blow. He scaled the cage, and Kane’s music hit. Kane made his way to ringside and Rollins was stuck at the top of the cage. He decided to make a leap, and tried to splash a prone Cena but Cena rolled out of the way. Cena came back and quickly hit the AA for the victory.
Afterward, Kane got in the cage and shut the door. Rollins fought him off initially, but Kane hit a chokeslam on Rollins, followed by the Tombstone piledriver. Kane posed with the WWE Championship belt, then laid it across a prone Rollins. The announcers put a final hype on the 19,000 attendance and closed the show.
Cena and Rollins put on another good effort as always but Cena has won three times in two weeks. Hard to get excited about that one no matter how you slice it. And it’s really odd that the winner in those three matches is the guy holding the SECONDARY championship…not the main one.
Not much to write home about on this special, really – hence the limited coverage. The main event has been overexposed, though good. Lesnar vs. Show was nothing like what the men have put on in the past. I get why they went that way with it – they want Lesnar looking dominant going into his match with Undertaker, but it doesn’t help the event tonight. I also get that WWE aired one of their “house shows” in this case too – so don’t get on me too much about it. Still, Beast in the East felt more newsworthy and entertaining than this.
Gotta admit, looking forward to the NXT special on Wednesday more than anything else WWE is putting on right now. Thanks for checking in on the results!