Trent Van Drisse attended the WWE SmackDown! live event last night in Louisville, Kentucky and sent in the following report from the live event. The results are courtesy of PWInsider.com:
I attended the July 30th WWE Smackdown World Tour house show at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky. Not sure on the attendance, but I’d guess 4 to 5,000. The place was maybe 70 percent full.
1. Heath Slater won a battle royal to earn a shot at the WWE Intercontinental title later in the night, currently held by Ezekiel Jackson.
Cody Rhodes was in it, but told us that Louisville didn’t deserve to see his face, and left before the match started. It came down to Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry, and Heath Slater, with Slater getting an unexpected, at least to me, victory. This was ok as crappy battle royals go.
2. Natalya & A.J. beat Rosa Mendes & Alicia Fox by submission in a Divas tag match.
Natayla forced Mendes to tap out to the Sharpshooter. This was OK as crappy WWE Divas matches go.
3. Jinder Mahal beat Tyson Kidd.
Mahal got the win with a full nelson slam. This match went awhile, and it was decent.
4. Ekekiel Jackson beat Heath Slater by submission to retain the Intercontinental title.
Jackson with a series of bodyslams, and then won it by submission with the old Torture Rack. This went awhile and basically sucked. They lost the crowd a bit here. Slater plays with his hair more than most women, it’s annoying.
5. Daniel Bryan beat Wade Barrett by submission.
Back and forth match that went awhile. Hard to pick who was gonna win this one, but Bryan finally got the win by submission with the LeBell Lock. Pretty good match.
Kaitlyn gave away some t-shirts, then intermission.
6. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) beat Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase.
Rhodes said he was wrong earlier, that Louisville did deserve to see his face. Dusty was right, he DID raise some weird kids. This went awhile, and wasn’t very good. The finish saw DiBiase get pinned after Rhodes accidentally kicked him in the face.
7. Sheamus beat Mark Henry by DQ.
Nobody came out to face Henry upon first introduction, but Sheamus finally did. A slow, plodding match, These two aren’t a good marriage in the ring, they don’t bring out the best in each other. Henry finally just out of the blue hit Sheamus on the outside with a chair for a cheap DQ. Post match saw Sheamus hit Henry with the Brogue kick.
8. Christian beat Randy Orton to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Tony Chimel informed us this was a fans choose the stips match. The choices were two out of three falls, or a Louisville street fight. The fans chose the Louisville street fight. What a shocker. What’s a Louisville street fight? Nobody seemed to know, but it involved several shots from both guys with a Kendo stick, other than that, it was just a regular match. I didn’t know Kendo sticks were popular in Louisville, learn something new everyday. Christian with a bunch of pre-match cheap heat mic work. I was impressed with Orton as a face here, he was effective at it in person. Orton went for the RKO several times, but couldn’t get it. Christian hit the Killswitch, but Orton kicked out. Orton looked poised to win the title, but Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes ran down and distracted him, allowing Christian to hit a spear on Orton for the win, and retain the title. I guess bad blood from years ago in Legacy lives on? The post match saw Orton give Rhodes, DiBiase, and eventually Christian the RKO to send the crowd home happy. Not a great match, but it was good, and both guys worked pretty hard here. Thumbs in the middle event overall, the main event saved what had been a dreary second half of the show.