By Kyle Poissonnier
Really, really good crowd. Been to a few New England events living in Portland, ME, and this was by far the best crowd.
Mark Henry vs. I-C Champion Ryback
Henry got a good reaction. Good reaction for Ryback. Slow match, good support for Ryback. Henry messed up the ending failing to get in place for Ryback’s splash so Ryback readjusted in mid air for a splash and win. No shell shock.
Neville vs. Kofi Kingston
Great heel heat on Kofi. Really knows how to work the crowd. Neville got a good reaction. Some really great fast paced action in this one. 10 min match with Neville scoring a red arrow for a win.
Heath Slater and Luke Harper vs. Axelmania and Macho Mandow
Honestly a terrible match. Axelmania and Macho Mandow are not that over and actually got booed a few times. Forgettable match with Axelmania and Macho Mandow picking up a pinfall victory.
Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler vs. King Barrett and Sheamus
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Great response for Ziggler and Jericho got a huge returning pop. Some Mic time for all before the match with Jericho and Ziggler making fun of Sheamus. Good match, good back and forth with Jericho hitting the codebreaker on Barrett for the win.
U.S. Champion John Cena vs. NXT Champion Kevin Owens
Owens has that heel cool factor as the crowd popped for him. He taunted Cena’s dad in the front row. Cena got a big hometown reaction. This was literally a replay of their 2nd match at money in the bank. Great spots, tons of false finishes. Match went almost 20 minutes until Owens Low-blowed Cena for a DQ, he rolled back in and got an AA to make the crowd happy. Best match of the night. Chants of “this is awesome” a lot during this match.
– Bo Dallas came out and basically ran down Boston for five minutes and how bad it’s sports teams have become and trashed Tom Brady. He started singing which seemed to go on for wayyyy too long. The Rock’s music hit and at first I think most people thought it was a joke. He promptly walked out and got an enormous pop. The last time I was in the garden in 2001 was one of the last times the Rock appeared at a house show. Lots of shock and cheers. Rock got in the ring and mocked Bo for a while and stuck up for Boston, told Bo to take a victory lap before hitting him with a rock bottom and people’s elbow. Posed for the crowd and left everyone in the crowd happy.
Naomi VS Paige vs. Divas Champion Nikki Bella
Honestly the crowd was so shocked from the Rock most people had their heads down in the phones on social media in shock. No energy, slow match, there was a fan vote stipulation I cant remember. Nikki took the pin for the win. Most people stayed on phones or took a bathroom break.
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
Wyatt got a good reaction. Crowd loved his entrance. Reigns came out to about 80% cheers and support. Still a much better reaction than he gets on TV. Pretty slow match, ended after about 6 minutes with a double count out- which obv they had to do not wanting to a give a victory to either man before they meet at Battleground. Fans booed the finish quite a bit. Cheered Reigns though as he left.
WWE Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Show went well over 3 hours at this point, so crowd was really drained at this point a little even though they gave Ambrose a great pop. Good back and forth and Ambrose had some really good near falls that got the crowd back into it. Bray Wyatt came down and slammed the door on Ambrose’s head allowing Rollins to climb out and win. After the match, Reigns came down to help Ambrose spearing Wyatt and clearing the ring Ambrose and Reigns stayed and celebrated with the crowd sending them home happy.