The show was about 2/3 full. They had a lot of the upper deck tarped off, but it was still a lot of people for such a small market.
Tons of Funk v. Primetime Players
The opening match was Tons of Funk vs. The Primetime Players. Pretty decent reaction for Tons of Funk as the crowd got warmed up. Sweet T took most of the abuse until hitting the hot tag to Brodus-saurus, and eventually finishing them off with their double-team running-splash finisher.
Winners: Tons of Funk
Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls danced with a few kids in the crowd and celebrated, until they were interrupted by an "EXCUSE ME!" from Vickie Guerrerro. She came to the ring to a whole lot of boos and heat. Enough so that I couldn't hear most of what she said. But she seemed to excuse Tensai and Clay from the ring, and told Naomi she had an opponent for the night: Brie Bella.
Brie Bella v. Naomi
Before the match got started, Vickie announced that, since Nikki wasn't presented, it was only fair that Cameron should be expelled. That got a lot of heat from the crowd, and Cameron went backstage.
Lots of back and forth to good crowd reaction. Brie played the heel, but still got some cheers at times. Vickie jumped up on the ring apron to break up a pin, and Naomi went over to argue with her. Brie tried to hit Naomi from behind, but she ducked, and Brie hit Vickie. And Naomi finished her off with a spinning kick.
Yoshi Tatsu v. Drew McIntyre
Yoshi got a huge reaction from the crowd, during his entrance and throughout the match. Numerous "Yoshi! Yoshi!" chants broke out during the match. If you didn't know, Bismarck, N.D., is apparently Yoshi country. Yoshi rolled up Drew during Drew's attempt at the Future Shock DDT.
Winner: Yoshi Tatsu
Lot of great action, involving the use of kendo sticks and a number of steel chairs. Zack Ryder did the Sandman's Russian Leg Sweep with kendo stick. Eventually Ambrose removed the top turnbuckle pad in one corner, and tried and failed a couple of times to throw Ryder into the exposed cable. Zack took control with the Broski Boot, and went for the Ruff Ryder (which would have been fitting, as N.D. is the Roughrider State -- look it up), but Ambrose propelled him over his shoulders and into the exposed turnbuckle. Followed up with his front-face DDT finisher, and it was over.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
The Shield returned to the ring to take apart Ryder. Before they could hit the triple-team power bomb, though, Daniel Bryan's music hits, and out come Bryan and Christian, running to save the day.
After the good guys clear the ring, the next match is announced.
Huge reaction for Bryan throughout this match. Lots of "YES!" chants, and "Let's go, Bryan!" Christian got good cheers, too, but mostly played the face in peril. Bryan would tag in, take control, Christian and Reigns ended up outside of the ring, and Bryan got Rollins in the No Lock. Before he could tap out, though, Reigns broke it up with a chair, I believe. And D-Bry/Christian win by DQ.
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