WWE Live Event Results From Portland, OR (8/16): Daniel Bryan Gets Title Shot, CM Punk, More
WINNER: CM Punk in 16:11
Punk runs to the apron and begins choking Heyman out - Axel attacks Punk from behind and Punk hits him with a GTS as Heyman takes off running down the ramp. After Axel leaves the ring, Punk takes the microphone and proclaims - "Paul Heyman, I hate you. And on Sunday, I'm coming for you."
Del Rio enters to a mixed reaction, and takes and holds up an audience member's Del Rio sign. Bryan enters to a huge pop, with almost the entire audience chanting "Yes!" Bryan throws his shirt and towel into the crowd. Del Rio gestures as if to do the same, but instead just drops his shirt in Maddox's lap. The two go back and forth, with Bryan applying a surfboard to Del Rio before taking the fight outside and getting thrown into a steel post. Bryan and Del Rio trade blows in the center of the ring with the audience shouting "Yes!" and "No!" with each blow, and a few people shouting "Si!" Bryan goes for a missile dropkick but misses, and Del Rio follows up with two backstabbers and several 2-counts. Del Rio grabs the microphone and cuts a promo mid-match, declaring that he's the champion and he's the best there is. Del Rio rolls down his kneepad and tries to hit Bryan in the face with its sheer edge, but Bryan dodges and rolls him up for a 2-count. Del Rio delivers a few more backstabbers and goes for the cross armbreaker, but Bryan counters and puts him in the Yes Lock. Del Rio inches towards the ropes, but instead of going for a rope break he grabs the microphone and bashes Bryan in the face with it, and the referee calls for the bell.
WINNER: Daniel Bryan (by DQ) in 14:08
Del Rio takes the microphone and stands over Bryan, declaring himself the winner and still world champion. Bryan grabs him and forces him back into a Yes-Lock, and Del Rio taps almost immediately. As Del Rio leaves the ring, Bryan takes the microphone and cuts a short promo, telling the audience that he grew up about 2 1/2 hours away from here in Aberdeen, WA, and that the next time he visits home he'll be doing so as WWE champion. Bryan's theme music plays and the crowd cheers as he makes his way along ringside and along both sides of the entry ramp high-fiving everyone (including me!) As the lights come back on, the audience is wished a good night and Fandango's theme song plays as the crowd files out.
OVERALL OPINION: 3.75 stars out of 5. WWE only does one or two shows a year in the Pacific Northwest, and they really pulled out all the stops for this one, with an all-star lineup and some really great matches. Cena's absence was a bit of a disappointment, but the battle royale and the main event made up for it. The six-man tag match stole the show and the ending took me by surprise, since the Shield lose so rarely and Reigns' spear is almost always the death blow in every match he appears in. The R-Truth/Ryback match was basically filler, and the Kaitlyn/AJ match, despite some impressive acrobatics, was basically the same match they've had on TV three or four times now. Kaitlyn's appearance was a welcome surprise, though, since she wasn't advertised for the show. (Antonio Cesaro, on the other hand, was advertised but did not appear, unless you count the Cesaro shirt Ziggler wore during the battle royale.) The crowd was very into the performance and cheered and booed enthusiastically, and even Brad Maddox wasn't half bad as ring announcer. In the end, it was a great three hours and well worth the price of ringside seats.
1) Daniel Bryan
2) CM Punk
3) Rob Van Dam
1) Paul Heyman
2) The Shield
3) Curtis Axel