WWE Live from Madison Square Garden Results
October 3, 2015
New York City, New York
Commentary: Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton, JBL
Report by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.com
Video package opens highlighting the big matches on tonight’s show. Commentary welcomes us to the show and we go to the opening match.
Sheamus & Rusev w/Summer Rae vs. Dolph Ziggler & Randy Orton
Sheamus & Orton start. “You look stupid” chants by the crowd for Sheamus. Sheamus on the attack early. Orton fires back, gets control on Sheamus. Dropkick, Rusev tags in, Sheamus scurries outside. “USA” chants by the crowd as Rusev goes on the offensive. Orton goes to the eyes, Ziggler in, dropkick to Rusev. Avalanche, neckbreaker by Ziggler. Hip swivel action to Summer, big elbow drop gets 2. Rusev avoids the Fame-Asser, Sheamus causes distraction, spinning side slam by Rusev for 2.
Sheamus in, standing suplex slam to Ziggler. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Ziggler. Ziggler fights back, but Sheamus shoos off a dropkick, Irish Hammer. Rusev in, leaping headbutt for 2. Nerve Hold applied, crowd again wills on Ziggler. Ziggler fights out, Rusev catches a dropkick, catapults Ziggler into the turnbuckles. Big slam by Rusev, Sheamus tags in. Sheamus taunts Orton, stops Ziggler from making a tag. Another slam, more “you look stupid” chants by the crowd as Sheamus unloads on Ziggler. Rusev in, puts the badmouth on Ziggler. Ziggler again fights back, Rusev counters the Fame-Asser, Snake Eyes Ziggler on the turnbuckles. Another slam, Rusev taunts the crowd. Sheamus in, Ziggler gets out of another slam, slams Sheamus. Rusev quickly in, Ziggler gets out of another slam, this time slams Rusev, both men down.
Orton & Sheamus get the tags. Two clotheslines, Sheamus misses one, snap slam by Orton. IED-DDT to Sheamus! Orton is going to that dark place in his mind, setting up the RKO, but he sends Rusev onto the apron. Superkick by Ziggler to Rusev on the apron! Sheamus with Irish Hammers to Orton & Ziggler! Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick, Orton avoids it.
Superkick by Ziggler, RKO by Orton for the win.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler & Randy Orton by pinfall (RKO)
Ziggler & Orton celebrate their win afterward.
Rusev gets the mic and rips on Sheamus for losing, saying he’s more useless than Lana. Rusev goes to rip on Lana, but Sheamus nails him with the Brogue Kick! Sheamus has the mic, tells Rusev to kiss his arse! Sheamus leaves the fallen Rusev in the ring.
THOUGHTS: Fun tag opener. Interesting development in the post-match angle. Possible Sheamus babyface turn, or heel vs. heel feud upcoming with Rusev? We shall see. Nice way to kick off the special.
We see video from RAW highlighting the Seth Rollins-Kane rivalry.
Backstage, Renee Young interviews Corporate Kane. Kane says his leg is feeling good and he came here tonight for one reason, Seth Rollins. Rollins has an opportunity to win back the US Title against Cena in a cage and I wasn’t gonna allow an injury to keep me from seeing this match tonight. I just saw Seth and even though he was afraid of me, I assured him that if this Demon whose been terrorizing him came out tonight, I’d come running, or hobbling, to help him. Should be a great show.
Stardust vs. Neville
Stardust with a quick shoulder tackle early and a cartwheel, taunting Neville. “Cody” chants by the crowd. Stardust trips up Neville, Neville with a leg sweep, then does his own cartwheel and dance to mock Stardust. Leg kick, Neville goes up & over, 2nd Rope Crossbody and a running rana. Neville to the apron, Stardust knocks him down with the Disaster Kick.
Stardust stomps away, then grabs Neville’s entrance cape, but Neville rolls him up for 2. Stardust turns Neville inside out with a clothesline for 2. Cravate applied, crowd wills on Neville. Neville fights back, but Stardust drives him down. More stomps, chinlock applied, crowd again wills on Neville. Neville fights out, but Stardust with a Blind-Side Flying Forearm. Stardust taunts the crowd, then puts the badmouth on Neville, removing one of his gloves. Neville comes back with a jawbreaker, but Stardust grabs his leg from outside. Neville then uses his legs to send Stardust off the ringpost. Stardust goes for another Disaster Kick, but Neville avoids it.
2 front kicks, spinning back kick, running dropkick by Neville sends Stardust outside. Neville to the apron, Asai Moonsault wipes out Stardust! Back in, Neville heads up top, but goes off the ropes when Stardust gets up. Stardust avoids a head kick, Side Effect for 2. Stardust grabs Neville’s cape again and puts it on, mocking Neville. Stardust heads up top with the cape still on, thinking about doing Neville’s Red Arrow, but Neville nails him downstairs. Superkick by Neville, then he heads back up top.
Red Arrow by Neville for the win.
Winner: Neville by pinfall (Red Arrow)
Neville puts his cape back on afterward and celebrates his win as we see replay of the Asai Moonsault and the Red Arrow.
THOUGHTS: Solid match between Neville & Stardust with some nice comedy stuff involving Neville’s cape and cartwheels.
Backstage, Renee Young interviews Paul Heyman. Heyman hypes up the specialness of MSG, then compares Big Show to the Boston Celtics. Heyman says his home team won’t be on defense tonight, Brock Lesnar will be on offense. MSG becomes City Hall to Suplex City. Big Show, you had a wonderful time leading up to this, Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat, thanks to BROCKKKKKKKK LESNARRRRRRRR!!!
Video hypes up the next WWE 24 special on the Network airing after this Monday’s RAW about NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.
We see video highlighting the problems between Team PCB.
Team Bella (The Bella Twins & Alicia Fox) vs. Team PCB (WWE Divas Champion Charlotte, Paige & Becky Lynch)
Team PCB gets separate entrances for this match. Lynch & Fox start. Fox with the quick advantage. Lynch responds, dropkick to Fox. Slam, series of leg drops, Paige blind tags in. Knee strike to Fox. Running corner knee strike, followed by more knee strikes by Paige. Savate kick by Paige for 2. Fox with a big slap, Paige tags in Lynch. Uppercuts by Fox, Brie tags in. Lynch catches a kick, T-Bone to Brie. Lynch gives chase to Brie, but Nikki cuts her off back in and is now legal.
Nikki taunts Charlotte, drives Lynch into the corner. Series of shoulders by Nikki, Fox tags in. Double suplex by Nikki & Fox for 2. Seated surfboard applied, crowd wills on Lynch. Fox drives Lynch back down, Brie tags in. Brie takes down Lynch for 2. Series of chest clubs by Brie, abdominal stretch with a facelock applied, crowd again wills on Lynch. Lynch fights back, but Brie drives her back down. Brie with the double knees against the ropes to Lynch for 2. Nikki in, rolling neck snap to Lynch, cheap shot to Charlotte. Lynch surprises Nikki with a roll-up for 2.
Charlotte in, series of chops to Nikki. Hangman’s Neckbreaker and the Spear by Charlotte. Charlotte goes for the Figure 8, but Paige tags herself in. Paige & Charlotte have words, but it allows Nikki to hit the Bionic Forearm. Brie in, gets 2 on Paige. Fox in, Northern Lights to Paige for 2. Chinlock applied, Nikki tags in, back elbow to Paige for 2. Back to the chinlock. Nikki switches to a front chancery, Paige fights out, double clothesline, both women down. Paige goes for a tag, but Lynch & Charlotte hop off the apron.
Nikki comes up from behind, Rack Attack to Paige for the win.
Winners: Team Bella by pinfall (Rack Attack)
Team Bella celebrate their win afterward while Charlotte & Lynch look at the fallen Paige in the ring and leave.
Paige gets on the mic and begins whining that she can’t believe her teammates would do that to her. I’m their best friends and I wouldn’t do anything to them like that. I don’t know if I can forgive them. Paige walks off.
THOUGHTS: Solid 6-Women tag with more continuation in the implosion of Team PCB. Fine for what it was.
We see video of the big brawl between Roman Reigns & Bray Wyatt at the end of this past Monday’s RAW and the Hell in a Cell match announcement on Smackdown.
WWE Intercontinental Title: Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Owens (c)
Jericho gets the mic before the match and welcomes us to MSG is Jericho. Jericho says tonight is the 25th anniversary of his debut match in Ontario against Lance Storm, who is shown in the front row. Jericho puts over his other friends in the front row for tonight, then thanks the fans and brings up that he can become the Intercontinental Champion for a record 10th time tonight. When I am done, all of you will never, EVER be the same again!
Owens goes right after Jericho early with shots in the corner, then taunts the crowd. Jericho responds with a dropkick. Owens to the apron, Triangle Dropkick by Jericho sends Owens outside. Jericho goes out after Owens, sends him off the announce table. Back in, Owens stops Jericho coming in, running boot for 2.
Owens says “happy anniversary” to Jericho, more right hands and a knee strike. Jericho fights back, Owens avoids a dropkick, running back senton for 2. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Jericho. Jericho fights back, but Owens cuts him off and mocks the crowd chants for Jericho. Owens sends Jericho to the apron, but Jericho heads up top and hits a double sledge.
Owens slips out of the Walls of Jericho, but Jericho with a Step-Up Enziguri for 2. More chops by Jericho in the corner, but Owens blocks a whip. Jericho up & over, but Owens catches him with a clothesline for 2. Owens calls for the end and goes for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Jericho slips out. Owens blocks the Codebreaker, Package Buster for 2. “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Jericho comes back with a bulldog, but Owens gets the knees up off the Lionsault! Cannonball in the corner, then Owens heads up top. Owens goes for a Swanton, but now its Jericho who gets the knees up! Jericho takes down Owens and this time locks him in the Walls of Jericho! Owens crawls to the ropes and is able to reach them to force a break.
Jericho charges, but Owens sends him shoulder-first into the ringpost. Roll-up with the tights by Owens for a close 2. Codebreaker by Jericho! 1-2….Owens gets his hand on the bottom rope before the count of 3! Jericho unloads with shots, but then runs into a superkick by Owens. Owens goes again for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Jericho rolls through it.
Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho again, but Owens counters it with an inside cradle to retain the title.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Kevin Owens by pinfall (Inside Cradle)
Owens celebrates his title retention afterwards as we see that on replay, Owens raked the eyes of Jericho before countering the Walls to get the win.
THOUGHTS: Very good match. Owens slipping out the backdoor and using the eye rake again to lead to victory was a nice touch for the finish. Good stuff, best thing on the show thus far.
We see video highlighting the upcoming Breaking Ground series on the Network.
We see Big Show backstage, focused on his match with Brock Lesnar tonight.
We see video on the rivalry between the New Day and the Dudley Boyz.
WWE Tag Team Titles: The New Day (c’s) w/Xavier Woods vs. The Dudley Boyz
Before the match, New Day says that tonight is the final night of the 2015 Dudley Boyz “Goodbye Forever” tour. We’ve seen their greatest hits, like Bubba shoving D-Von for no reason and the random obscure ’90s TV reference, WHASSUP!!! But, these legends, these future HOFers have shown you a non-sensical side, like wearing glasses with no lenses. But, they’ve also shown you a despicable side as well. Xavier Woods is a humble man and they put him through a table! For shame, not only did they bring pain and suffering to this perfect human being, but also to a perfectly crafted table. So, say goodbye forever to the Dudley Boyz, because tonight, the New Day saves the tables!
D-Von & Kofi start as Xavier already starts playing the trombone outside. Chain wrestling, “New Day Sucks” chants by the crowd. Shoulder tackle by D-Von, followed by a flying back elbow. Big E in, flying shoulder tackle by D-Von. Bubba in, double shoulder tackle and a double elbow drop by the Dudleys. Back suplex by Bubba to Big E. Kofi in, Bubba with a hiptoss to him. Avalanche, D-Von tags in. Big boot by Bubba, leaping headbutt by D-Von for 2. Bubba in, but Kofi gets a shot in. Big E in, slam to Bubba. Big E off the ropes, but Bubba with a slam. D-Von heads up top, but Xavier distracts the ref, allowing Kofi to knock him off. E Train by Big E to Bubba.
New Day begin making frequent tags, stomping away at Bubba in the corner. Running basement corner dropkick by Kofi to Bubba. Kofi chokes Bubba in the corner as Xavier taunts the crowd. Bubba fights back, Big E in, another shot to Bubba. Chinlock applied, crowd wills on Bubba. Bubba fights out, but Big E with a back elbow for 2 as Xavier yells out “Tricep Meat.” More “New Day Sucks” chants by the crowd as Bubba avoids the Big E running leaping splash.
Kofi & D-Von get the tags in. Clothesline, back elbow, flying shoulder tackle by D-Von. Big E & Xavier knocked off the apron. D-Von stops Kofi on the ropes, clothesline to Big E.
D-Von avoids a springboard, 3D to Kofi, but Xavier runs in to break it up for the DQ.
Winners: The Dudley Boyz by DQ (New Day retains the WWE Tag Team Titles)
New Day attack the Dudleys afterward. Xavier brings in a table, New Day sets it up while they continue to attack the Dudleys. Kofi gets the mic and announces New Day as still WWE Team Champions. Xavier plays the trombone on the ropes as Big E lifts up D-Von while Kofi heads up top, but Bubba knocks him off. Big E sent outside, Xavier left all alone. Xavier rolls outside, but Bubba cuts him off and throws him back in. 3D by the Dudleys to Xavier through the table! Dudleys hold up the WWE Tag Team title belts and leave the fallen Xavier in the ring.
THOUGHTS: Good tag match, finish sets up a probable table match blow-off to this feud at Hell in a Cell. Decent for what it was.
We see video on the rivalry between Brock Lesnar and The Big Show over the last decade plus.
The Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman
Show yells during his entrance that he isn’t going to Suplex City. Lesnar quickly goes for clotheslines on Show, but Show does not go down. Lesnar tries to double-leg Show, but Show just dumps Lesnar all the way outside! Lesnar has a smile on his face from that. Back in, they stare each other down, “Suplex City” chants for Lesnar. Lesnar backs Show into the ropes again, but Show with gut shots in the corner. Lesnar avoids a hip attack, shoulders to the ribs. Show blocks a German with elbows, Chokeslam to Lesnar, but Lesnar pops right up! Another Chokeslam, Lesnar pops right up AGAIN!! THIRD CHOKESLAM BY SHOW!!! 1-2…LESNAR KICKS OUT!! Show calls for the WMD, Lesnar avoids it, GERMAN TO SHOW!! GERMAN #2!! GERMAN #3!! Lesnar fires up! Lesnar lifts up Show, but just dumps him down. GERMAN #4!!
Lesnar lifts up Show again, F-5!! 1-2-3! WOW!
Winner: Brock Lesnar by pinfall (F-5)
Lesnar & Heyman celebrate his win afterward. Lesnar leaves, Show gets out of the ring, but Lesnar comes back to the ring and Show gets back in. Show dares Lesnar to bring it, Lesnar gets back in. BELLY-TO-BELLY OVERHEAD by Lesnar to Show, SUPLEX #5! Lesnar lifts up Show again, ANOTHER F-5!! We see replay of the Belly-to-Belly and the second F-5 as Lesnar & Heyman leave to the back. Show leaves to the back as the ring announcer asks the crowd to give him an ovation, they instead do the “Goodbye Song” to him.
THOUGHTS: Extremely fun match, somewhat truncated version of their Survivor Series 2002 match that was also here in MSG. Very fun stuff.
Hype video for NXT TakeOver: Respect and the NXT Women’s Title Iron Woman match main event between Bayley & Sasha Banks.
The steel cage begins to get lowered for the main event.
Main Event in a Steel Cage Match for the WWE United States Title: WWE World Champion Seth Rollins vs. John Cena (c)
Before the match, Cena embraces the widow of WWE Hall of Famer Arnold Skalland in the front row, then shoots a glare at Jon Stewart, who is also seated front row. Pinfall, submission or escape the cage are the ways to win this match. Pre-match intros for this one. Dueling chants by the crowd. Chain wrestling early, Rollins quickly sends Cena off the cage multiple times. Right hands by Rollins, running corner forearm for 2. Rollins asks for the door to be opened and goes to leave, but Cena stops him. Cena fights back, but Rollins sidesteps a backdrop. Rollins climbs the cage, but Cena goes up after him, pulling Rollins down. They fight on the top rope, Super Bulldog by Cena for 2. Cena climbs the cage, but Rollins goes up to stop him. They again fight on the top rope, Rollins knocks Cena off. Top Rope Knee Strike by Rollins for 2. Rollins climbs back up the cage, but sees Cena trying to leave through the door and stops him. Cena comes back with a dropkick. Cena climbs back up the cage, but Rollins pulls him down and hits a Slingblade for 2. Rollins rubs Cena’s face against the cage, putting the badmouth on him, then taunts the crowd. Rollins climbs back up the cage, but Cena grabs him from underneath and hits an Electric Chair Sit-Out Facebuster for 2. Cena heads up top, but Rollins stops him. Rollins heads up with Cena, stomps at him. Cena fights back, sends Rollins off the cage repeatedly, knocking him off. Cena leaps off, but Rollins catches him in mid-air with a Sit-Out Powerbomb for 2. Rollins yells that this is his time and continues to put the badmouth on Cena. Rollins sends Cena off the cage again and continues to taunt the crowd. Rollins goes to do it again, but Cena reverses and Rollins is sent off the cage, both men down.
Two Flying Shoulder Tackles, Protoplex by Cena. Rollins comes back with an underneath kick, then goes to leave through the door, but Cena stops him. Rollins gets to his feet, enziguri to Cena for 2. Rollins mocks Cena with the “You Can’t See Me”, but now its Cena with an underneath kick. Another Protoplex, then Cena finally hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena lifts up Rollins, but Rollins begins climbing the cage. Rollins kicks Cena off, but Cena avoids a leap off the ropes, STF applied. Door is open, Rollins begins crawling to the door. Rollins gets free, Cena stops him before he can leave. Rollins stops Cena, Cena stops Rollins again, but then Rollins swings the cage door back into Cena’s face for a close 2. Rollins goes for the Pedigree, but Cena takes him down and catapults Rollins, but Rollins leaps on the ropes and begins climbing the cage. Rollins is almost at the top, but Cena pulls him down, then sends him off the cage and crashing down. Cena gets over the top, but Rollins grabs him at the last second and brings him back in. Top Rope Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo by Rollins for another close 2. “This is awesome” chants by the crowd. Rollins climbs back up the cage and gets over the top, but Cena runs up and grabs him by the hair at the last second as Rollins is dangling. They both seat at the top of the cage and exchange strikes. They head back in, Cena pulls Rollins off the top, then leaps off, Tornado DDT to Rollins for a close 2 as the lights go dim for a quick second in MSG, then come back down. Cena shakes off the referee from opening the cage door. Rollins leaps over Cena and gets over the top of the cage, then uses his feet to again swing the cage door back in Cena’s face. Rollins starts to head down the cage, but Cena grabs his feet from the open cage door and lifts him up for the AA, but then Rollins slips out and hits Avada Kedvara for another close 2. Rollins goes again for the Pedigree, but Cena takes him down and locks him back in the STF. Rollins counters out and locks Cena in a Crossface. Cena gets Rollins on his shoulders and gets to his feet, but Rollins slips out and hits a low blow as the lights go dim again in MSG for a quick second. Rollins climbs back up the cage and starts to go over the top, but Demon Kane’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Rollins starts to go down the cage, but Demon Kane stands in his path. Rollins tries to figure out what to do, then he stands on the top of the cage and goes for a Frog Splash off the top of the cage, but Cena moves out of the way!
Winner and STILL WWE United States Champion: John Cena by pinfall (AA)
Cena celebrates his title retention afterward and leaves. Demon Kane gets in the ring and closes the cage door as Rollins is left all alone with him. Rollins tries to leave, but Demon Kane goozles him. Rollins gets free, but Demon Kane grabs him again and this time hits the Chokeslam. Demon Kane calls for the Tombstone, lifts up Rollins and hits him with it. Demon Kane holds up the WWE Title belt, then drops it down on the fallen Rollins and leaves as the show closes.
THOUGHTS: Very good main event between Cena and Rollins. Finish with Demon Kane was fine to protect Rollins in defeat and do another beatdown in the post-match to continue the build to Rollins-Kane for the WWE Title at Hell in a Cell.
Overall, while this was a solid show, it was indeed a fact a WWE house show, despite Brock Lesnar’s appearance and did not hold even the slightest candle to Beast in the East or any of the NXT TakeOver specials on the Network. This company is as stale as week-old bread creatively right now and will continue to be that way as long as the audience that has still stuck around through these record-low viewer numbers recently, continue their abject blind complacency towards this product and act like nothing is wrong, getting their jollies off to small little morsels of fun on a weekly 3-hour broadcast of RAW and allowing this company to continue their “business as usual” mindset week after week. Its a sad state of affairs right now and I feel very sorry for that big portion of the WWE audience who has that blind complacency.
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