Below are the results from the WWE Live event results from Raleigh, North Carolina.
Apollo Crews def. The Miz (w/ Maryse)
Miz out first to some solid heat and cuts a "heel 101" promo running down the crowd. Apollo Crews out to a fairly noisy pop in his own right. Miz played up the coward angle early on by ducking under the ropes and taking breathers at ringside. Upon interfering, Maryse gets sent to the back. Crews mounted a good deal of extremely athletic offense and showed off more of his repertoire than in most of his TV matches. Miz tries to leave the ring for a count out loss, but Dolph Ziggler comes out to chase him back in. Upon Miz's return, Crews hits his toss power bomb for the non-title win. Interesting to note that Miz used several of Daniel Bryan's moves in the match such as the surfboard and corner drop kicks.
Nikki Bella def. Carmella
Typical back and forth women's match. Carmella is improving, but still a bit green in a singles match environment. Nikki Bella busted out a spear in the latter part of the match and Carmella used the Bella Buster to no avail. Nikki picks of the win with her new fireman's carry toss cutter.
Heath Slater, Rhyno, Jason Jordan, and Hype Bros. def. The Ascension, The Vaudevillains, and Baron Corbin
The wrestlers weren't the only ones using this match to get a rest for the upcoming PPV. The crowd used this as a quick restroom or merchandise table break. What was left of the crowd was solidly behind the face team for most of the match. Lots of heel domination leading to separate hot tags from Heath Slater and Rhyno. It's like someone flipped a switch and the match turned into a festival of finishers that culminated with Rhyno hitting a Gore on Aiden English for the win.
Kane def. Bray Wyatt (w/ Erick Rowan)
Bray Wyatt's entrance is still over, as the "fireflies" were out in droves. That was about the highlight of this methodically paced match until the finishing sequence. Typical slow back and forth match that saw Wyatt throw a DX chop to a fan before a pin attempt. Wyatt did his spider walk, which was countered by Kane sitting up. Kane counters Sister Abigail into a Choke Slam for the pin.
The Usos def. Breezango
Fun tag match with action of some sort from start to finish. Crowd must not have watched SmackDown since they cheered on the Uso's for the first few minutes. In a good move, the Uso's grabbed the mic mid-match and told the fans to stop chanting their name, which led to a new "U-Suck" chant. Breeze and Fandango worked well as faces and could spell good fortune for them in the future. Uso's win with a roll-up assisted by the ropes.
Another fairly fun match with a few added comedy spots. Becky with one of the biggest pops of the night. Naomi's new entrance is getting over nicely as well. Becky acting her typical goofball self attempting to dance with Naomi's entrance. Lynch picks up the win with the Disarm-Her on Alexa Bliss.
Dean Ambrose def. A.J. Styles & Dolph Ziggler (WWE World Championship Match)
All three men got a mostly positive reaction on their entrances, with boo's sprinkled in for each. As expected with these three, it was a good match, but could also tell they were taking it a bit slow at times. As most triple threats go, this one saw a lot of one-on-one action with the third man on the outside. Final sequence saw Styles apply the Calf Crusher on Ambrose, who made it to the ropes. AJ attempted a Styles Clash on Ziggler, but Ziggler fights out. Ambrose ducked a Phenomenal Forearm from Styles. Tower of doom with Styles as the base. As they regather themselves, Ziggler nails Styles with a Super Kick which sends Styles out of the ring. Ziggler tries a roll-up on Ambrose with a handful of tights for a two. Ambrose then hits Dirty Deeds on Ziggler for the three and clean win.
Ambrose celebrated with fans at ringside for several minutes before heading to the back.
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