WWE WWW Review Archive (December 2015-July 2017)

WWE Live Road to WrestleMania: Hershey, PA Review (3/13/16)

The day is finally upon us. #WWEHershey. Truth be told, I had no clue a WWE show was going to be near me until I saw a commercial about it on Monday Night Raw. So, I rushed to get tickets, thinking it would be cheap seats. Luckily, I got second row. For the first time ever, I was on the floor for a WWE show. The hype was real.

Dolph Ziggler & The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz & The Miz

On paper, I didn’t think this match would be good. But, I was dead wrong. The heels did such a great job at being the bad guys. Yelling at kids, cheating to get the advantage, and the whole nine yards. The faces on the other hand did a fantastic job at getting the crowd into this match. The crowd was so loud I could barely hear myself thinking. The Usos & Miz have improved so much in the ring, it’s incredible. Read this week’s Superstars review for more on that. This match was a hard one to beat, setting the bar high for the rest of the night. In the end, Miz took two superkicks and a Zig Zag giving Ziggler & The Usos the victory.

Rusev vs. Sin Cara

To be completely honest, I was staring at Lana for half of the match. She’s more beautiful in person than I imagined, plus she played to the crowd a little bit which kept the attention on her. She tried to get involved, but Charles Robinson bantered the hell out of her and told her to “Shut Up” for a big pop. Sin Cara did a few dives, but Rusev dominated most of the match. At one point Sin Cara went for a springboard dive but Rusev superkicked him in the process of such and it was awesome. Rusev made Sin Cara tap for the finish.

Bo Dallas & Heath Slater (w/Curtis Axel) vs. Damien Sandow & Neville

At first, it seemed like the crowd wanted to cheer the Social Outcasts, but once Sandow & Neville came out, they completely turned on them. Axel did a good job at playing to the crowd throughout the match, and there was a few comedy spots. Other than that, the match was decent. Neville outshined everyone and won the match with the Red Arrow.

Tyler Breeze vs. Ryback

This was a short back and forth match. A few funny little spots like Ryback calling Tyler “stupid” multiple times, and then chasing Breeze around the ring made the crowd react. Not much else happened and Ryback picked up the win.

(United States Championship) Kalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio

This match was very, very competitive and really brought the crowd to their feet. Kalisto is one of the best live performers I’ve seen, and I’ve been to a lot of wrestling shows. Del Rio was doing a great job at being as nasty as he could, like taking the turnbuckle pads off, cheap shotting Kalisto, and before the match he even tied his scarf around Chimmel’s mouth so he couldn’t introduce Kalisto. Kalisto retained the United States Championship after a Salida Del Sol. After the match I freaked out because Kalisto shook my hand, and as mostly everyone knows, he’s my absolute favorite. A great moment.

(Special Guest Referee: Paige) Naomi & Tamina vs. Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch

High praise for Paige here. She really did a great job getting into the match. Yelling at them to get in the corner, telling them she forgot her glasses so she couldn’t see the pin, and multiple other remarks that had the crowd laughing. Becky Lynch was killing it and had the best performance out of the divas. Sasha was a close second. The fans loved Sasha Banks and when she got the hot tag at the end they went crazy. Solid match that went back and forth, ending with a modified Bank Statement. Instead of doing the backbreaker first, she did a bulldog, then locked in the crossface to make Tamina tap.

(Intercontinental Championship) Kevin Owens (c) vs. AJ Styles

I was most excited for this match. But, to be completely honest, I excepted match of the night and that’s not what we got. First off, it was billed as a Street Fight and it was just a normal match. It felt like a solid Raw match and nothing more. We didn’t see a Pop Up Powerbomb nor a Styles Clash. AJ won the match via DQ after Owens beat him down in the corner for the five count. After the match, Owens cut a promo about how he was the best in the world. Styles hit him with a springboard forearm to end the segment. Side note: during the match, Owens threw up the two fingers and said “KEVIN OWENS BAYBAY!” which popped the marks.

(Tornado Tag Team Street Fight) Braun Strowman & Erick Rowan vs. Kane & Big Show

This match was better than Styles vs. Owens. They fought all around ringside and up the stage, we saw kendo sticks, chairs, and tables which made this match ten times better. Kane pulled out a few dropkicks which surprised me, and Big Show was majorly over. After one hell of a war, Rowan took a double chokeslam through a table, giving Show and Kane the win.

Post-match, Kane and Big Show left immediately. I expected them to celebrate with the crowd but they didn’t. Instead, we saw Braun trying to give Rowan CPR while he bitched at him which was hilarious.

Overall, this was a great show. Probably one of the best live shows I’ve ever been to. Mostly because the action was non-stop, I could touch and hear the guys, Sasha twerked right in front of me and I nearly passed out, and the fact I marked out over Kalisto and Charles Robinson bringing the banter. If you’ve never been to a live show, you should try to go because they’re honestly much better than Raw or SmackDown. The wrestlers actually interact with the crowd which makes it a whole lot better. I’m so happy I decided to go to this show on short notice. Also, shout-out to the Usos, Ziggler, and Lucha Dragons for taking the time to go around the ring to greet the fans. Thanks for reading.


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