10/21 WWE Raw in Hartford, CT: CM Punk vs. Ryback for the WWE Championship, Antonio Cesaro vs. Sin Cara for the US Championship, Team Hell No vs. Primo and Epico
Dot Net member Zim attended the WWE House show in Hartford, CT and sent along the following report.
The main event was setup by AJ in an exchange with CM Punk. Punk will defend against Ryback (though it was advertised locally as Last Man standing, no mention was made, we'll see what happens)
1. Brodus Clay defeated Jack Swagger. Swagger had slightly longer hair slicked back, better than that goofball cut he had before he "left." Same gimmick and everything though
2. Damian Sandow defeated (the surprisingly still employed) JTG.
3. Eve defeated Layla to retain the Divas Championship. Better than anything we get on TV from the divas
David Otunga came out and as he prepared to do a narcissist/masterpiece-esque pose sequence, Michael McGuillicutty interrupted and cut a babyface promo on him.
4. Michael McGuillicutty defeated David Otunga. The match lasted about 2 minutes.
5. Team Hell No defeated Epico and Primo. Rosa was banned from ringside per the crowd vote. Boo. Typical entertaining stuff from Hell No, arguments and hugs galore, even got referee Jack Doane in on a hug with Kane, Primo, and Epico while Bryan protested "NO!" Funny.
6. Santino Marella defeated Tensai. Santino won with the cobra. Ugh, Tensai deserves better.
7. Antonio Cesaro defeated Sin Cara to retain the US Championship. Match of the night so far. Cesaro turned some of the crowd in his favor by the finish. Kids hot for Sin Cara though.
8. Ryback defeated WWE Champion CM Punk by DQ when Paul Heyman ran in and broke up a Ryback pinfall attempt. Funny spot where Punk had Ryback up on his shoulders for the GTS and did Ryback's march. Post-match, Ryback hit the Shellshock on Heyman and then Punk to send the crowd home happy. Heyman sold the slam after the match, being attended to by doctors and falling over several times on his way up the ramp.
Punk had offense for 75% of the match, which allowed me to see Ryback sell. After this match, my expectations for Hell in a Cell have been raised; should be a better than expected match from these two.
Best reactions of the night were for Ryback and Daniel Bryan who continues to be crazy.
Heat magnets tonight were Punk and Damian Sandow.
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