3/16 WWE Raw in Providence results: The Shield vs. Ryback, John Cena, and Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho, Antonio Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz for the U.S. Title
WWE Raw live event
Report by Dot Net contributor Zack Zimmerman
Fantastic crowd. The Dunk was completely full, I'd say atleast 10,000 fans in attendance. As usual with house shows, mostly families and casual fans.
1. Brodus Clay and Sweet T beat Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre (w/ Jinder Mahal) in about 12 minutes. Color me surprised, Tensai was really over and had a fun time with the crowd, soaking up multiple "Tensai" chants. He hit a monkey flip at one point, very impressive. Late in the match, Naomi snuck in the ring and hit a hurricanrana on McIntyre. The babyfaces hit a double splash and got the win.
2. Zack Ryder beat Darren Young in about 10 minutes. Young looked good, usual stuff from Ryder. He hit the Rough Ryder for the win. Post-match, the Shield entered the ring and hit the triple powerbomb on Ryder. They cut a promo on bringing justice to Providence.
Vickie Guerrero came out to immense heat. She announced a Divas title match and introduced Tamina Snuka.
3. Kaitlin beat Tamina Snuka to retain the Divas Championship in about 8 minutes. Vickie Guerrero tried to interfere for Tamina, but it backfired and Kaitlin hit a spear for the win.
A short Ryback promo aired on the screen.
4. Dolph Ziggler vs. Chris Jericho in a fans choice No-DQ match. The fans chanted "AJ's crazy" so Ziggler wanted to leave. "We're outta here, marks!" He yelled, before Jericho rushed to the ramp to attack Ziggler, and the match was underway. AJ got ejected for hanging onto Jericho's leg. In the end, Langston interfered but Jericho hit Ziggler with the MITB case and got the Codebreaker for the win. Very good match, but they used the match stip to waste time and work a house show style. Action picked up down the stretch, but everyone is in Wrestlemania preservation mode.
Intermission. I took a walk and had a chat with PWTorch's Sean Radican and a Twitter friend, Manny, before heading back in for the second half.
5. R-Truth beat Titus O'Neil with a rollup in about 8 minutes. Standard fare. Titus got himself good heat after coming out to silence.
6. Antonio Cesaro defeated Miz and Kofi Kingston in a Triple Threat for the U.S. Championship. Cesaro broke out the Alpamare Waterslide from his indie days, cool to see. Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Kofi, but Cesaro threw Miz out of the ring and stole the pinfall. Good match. After the match, Cesaro went after Miz, but Kofi hit TIP and Miz hit the SCF to let the babyfaces go out on top.
7. Ryback, Sheamus, and John Cena defeated The Shield by DQ in a six-man tag that went about 30 minutes. Rollins and Ambrose handled most of the work for Shield, but Reigns is really effective, believable, and impressive in his role. DQ finish when Rollins brought in a chair. After the match, Shield beat down Sheamus and Ryback. They set up for a triple powerbomb onto the chair, but Cena made the save and all three babyfaces hit their finishers in tandem to send everyone home happy.
Notes: Overall, a fun show that was amplified by a very impressive looking and hot crowd. Lots of kids, but that makes for a fun environment. I made the drive to see Ziggler/Jericho, and was a little disappointed that they used the no-DQ stip to not work the match I hoped for. I fully understand the logic behind it though. Also, slightly disappointing that CM Punk didn't appear or get mentioned, despite being advertised. He deserves time off, but the star-power he brings was missed on this show.
Throw any comments, questions, criticisms, or corrections @zzimm22; always happy to discuss. Thanks for reading!
RECOMMEND THIS ARTICLE:
READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A MONTH (or less with a year-long sub) - GET THE FIRST LOOK AT EXCLUSIVE INSIDER DOT NET NEWS, TONS OF EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CONTENT, MEMBER MESSAGE BOARD ACCESS, START YOUR OWN BLOG, AND VIEW THE SITE WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISING: SIGN ME UP (or MORE INFO)
RELATED ARTICLES FROM MGID AFFILIATE SITES...
WWE Live Events • Latest Five Articles
|3/29 WWE in Charlottesville results: No John Cena leads to refund offer, The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family, Daniel Bryan vs. Kane, Dolph Ziggler and Emma vs. Fandango and Summer Rae, Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow, Big Show
|3/28 WWE in Raleigh results: Jonny Fairplay’s live perspective, Bray Wyatt's different look (photo included), John Cena, Goldust, and Cody Rhodes vs. The Wyatt Family, Big E vs. The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston for the IC Title
|3/21 WWE in Bridgeport results: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family, Randy Orton vs. John Cena in a cage match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus, Alicia Fox vs. Aksana
|3/16 WWE in Corpus Christi results: "Daniel Bryan alone couldn't save this from being the most boring card I have ever been to in 25-plus years" - Big Show vs. Christian, Big E vs. The Miz for the IC Title, Great Khali vs. Brodus Clay
|3/15 WWE in Austin results: Mark Henry talks retirement, Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio in the best match of the night, Randy Orton vs. John Cena in a cage match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
|3/9 WWE in Jonesboro results: Batista and John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton, The Uso Brothers vs. Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel for the WWE Tag Team Championship