WWE Live Event Results From Portland, OR (8/16): Daniel Bryan Gets Title Shot, CM Punk, More
The arena was about 75-80% sold out. The floor seats and most of the lower bleachers were full, but there were some mostly empty sections near the top of the middle bleachers. The top balcony was curtained off, as was the back 1/4th or so of the arena behind the entry ramp.
I sat in the fourth row, two seats over from the entry ramp, and had a great view of the ring and the ramp, but had to crane my neck up to see the big screen suspended in the air above the ring. The crowd was very excited before the show, with chants of "Yes!", "RVD!" "CM Punk!", "Woooo!" and "Let's go Cena!/Cena sucks!" sporadically breaking out as the arena filled up. Before the show started, a commercial was shown announcing that Smackdown will be taping at the Rose Garden (soon to be renamed the Moda Center) on December 10th, and that the presale password will be PORTLANDWWE.
After the national anthem was played, our ring announcer, Brad Maddox, entered to pretty solid booing, and cut a promo which was mostly booed (aside from some cheers when he talked about how great Portland is). He announced that John Cena would not be appearing as advertised due to his elbow injury and that refunds would be available for anyone who wanted to leave until the end of the second match. Since Cena was scheduled to face Alberto Del Rio in the main event, Maddox announces that the show will start with an eleven-man battle royale to determine who gets a title shot against Del Rio instead.
The competitors enter together along the ramp and step into the ring. Once the bell rings, most of them pair off and begin fighting one-on-one, except for the Shield who work as a unit and go 3-on-1 against Mark Henry, lifting him up together and eliminating him, followed by R-Truth and RVD. The Shield then toss Christian over the ropes - but he hangs on, grabs Ambrose, and takes him out eliminating him shortly before Ambrose and Reigns knock him back to the floor. Daniel Bryan eliminates Reigns shortly after, leaving Bryan, Ziggler, Rollins, and Ryback staring each other down. Rollins whispers something to Ryback, after which they high-five and team up to take on the other two. The alliance is short-lived, however, as Ryback soon throws both Rollins and Ziggler out of the ring almost at once. Ryback goes for a clothesline on Bryan and knocks him over the top rope, but Bryan takes Ryback with him, and they both end up on the apron holding on for dear life. Bryan finds his footing, kicks Ryback's hand until he lets go, and eliminates him.
WINNER: Daniel Bryan in 6:59
Kane vs. Luke Harper (w/ Bray Wyatt and Eric Rowan)
Kane enters to a pretty solid pop. The lights go out and the Wyatt family does its entrance to a pretty neutral crowd reaction. Wyatt sits in his rocking chair on the ramp and Rowan waits by his side with his sheep mask on. As soon as the bell rings, Kane attempts to jump out of the ring and charge at Wyatt, but Harper pulls him back into the ring and they brawl. Kane and Harper go back and forth for a few minutes before Wyatt stands up and gets Kane's attention, shouting "Is this what you want?" Wyatt jumps on the apron and Kane comes at him, allowing Rowan to attack him from behind and the ref calls for the bell.