The John Report: WWE Live Event Results & Reaction July 10 London, ONT (Ambrose v Styles vs Rollins)

I attended the WWE live event in London, Ontario earlier tonight. They were in Toronto on Saturday and headed to Detroit for Raw on Monday. London is right in between both cities, which are about two hours away in opposite directions. The crowd was about 6,000 people if I had to guess. Loud all night.

We sat first row in the middle of the ring. Here’s a view of that spot. Good friends lead to better seats. That’s all I can say.

New Day (Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston w/Big E) defeated Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman to retain the Tag Team Titles

Fun match with the crowd getting behind the Tag Team Champions. No pre-match promo from New Day. Kofi and Xavier worked with Big E on the apron. Basic tag match with Kingston getting the win for his team with the Trouble in Paradise kick.

Sheamus defeated Sin Cara

There wasn’t much of a reaction for Sin Cara. Sheamus won clean with a Brogue Kick in a relatively short match.

Post match, Sheamus asked for better competition.

Apollo Crews defeated Sheamus

Shortest match of the night that only went about three minutes. Crews won within a few minutes. Sheamus did a good job of getting the crowd mad.

Titus O’Neil & Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas

The heels worked over O’Neil for most of it. Cesaro got the hot tag and won with the Sharpshooter. Funny line from Bo Dallas: “Curt, let me know if you’re okay.” After he heard nothing he said: “Speak up, so I can hear you buddy.” It was clever. I would have liked to see more of Cesaro than in just a tag where he got the hot tag, but it was fine for what it was designed to be.

Darren Young defeated The Miz (w/Maryse) by disqualification (Miz keeps Intercontinental Title)

Miz did a good pre-match promo about being the best technical wrestler in WWE because he’s the IC Champ and rattled off names of past champions like Mr. Perfect and Shawn Michaels. Young did a good job of fighting back after Miz was in control early. Young hit his Gutbuster finish, Maryse grabbed his leg and the ref called for the disqualification. Post match, Young held up the title and the crowd seemed receptive to the idea of him holding it one day. I thought they did well.

Sami Zayn defeated Kevin Owens

Both guys were loved by the Canadian crowd, so Owens did a mid-match promo about how bad London, Ontario is. Zayn hit a few of his signature spots and won clean with a Helluva Kick. Funny KO moment after three straight two counts: “That was six!” Valid point. This was similar to a TV match for them. Crowd did boo Owens by the end and loved Zayn as much as anybody on the show.


Charlotte defeated Natalya to retain the Women’s Title

Even though Natalya turned heel on television, she’s a face with the Canadian fans. She did a good job of starting up a “Charlotte sucks” chant. Natalya nearly won with the Sharpshooter. Charlotte came back with a rollup with her feet on the ropes for the pinfall. Crowd gave Natalya a big ovation post match.

The Usos defeated Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

The crowd reaction for The Usos isn’t at the level it was for other live events I’ve been to. Kids used to go wild for them. This time it just wasn’t the same obviously because their lack of TV time. Anderson talks a lot of trash, which is enjoyable at ringside. Usos won with one of them (I think Jey) hitting a top rope splash.

Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins & AJ Styles to retain the WWE Title

Best match of the night. I was impressed by the ovation that Ambrose received. Styles and Rollins were cheered quite a bit even though they are heels because the crowd knows how great they are. Lots of nearfalls with plenty of moments where two guys would be in the ring while the third guy was on the floor. Ambrose won clean with the Dirty Deeds on Styles. It felt like the longest match of the night in the 15-20 minute range. Not PPV quality, but close to that.

Post match, Ambrose slapped the hands of the fans at ringside and took pics with a lot of them.

I’m a little surprised that there were no matches with weapons. Normally that has happened at every live event I’ve attended in the same building in the last decade. Nothing wrong with playing it safe, though.

I had a great time. One of the best live events I’ve ever attended and I’ve been to many of them.

Biggest Pops

  1. Dean Ambrose
  2. Sami Zayn
  3. Natalya

Most boos

  1. The Miz
  2. Sheamus
  3. Charlotte

No return date announced.