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7/7 WWE in El Paso, Tex.: Second detailed results - Sheamus vs. Del Rio, A.J. ref & involved in main event, three title matches

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WWE Smackdown house show results
July 7, 2012
El Paso, Texas
Report by Khristopher Watkins, PWTorch reader


This is my fifth report, this time from El Paso after moving for the U.S. Army. This is my second Smackdown house show (the other being in Nuremberg, Germany), and this time I brought my daughters to their first live event. The parking lot of the El Paso Coliseum was packed and the maracas were out in force! At the start of the event, I estimated at least 7,000 people packed into the Coliseum.

(1) Sin Cara beat Hunico (w/Camacho). This match was actually pretty good with both men getting in their offense. Sin Cara won with a nice flip powerbomb after a solid ten minutes.

(2) Vickie Guerrero beat Kaitlyn with A.J. as the special guest referee. Comedy from Vickie to start the match – she is from El Paso! – but after they locked up, Vickie surprisingly took a couple of bumps (powerslam) before using dastardly tactics to pull out the win in about six minutes.

(3) Ryback beat Drew McIntyre. A back and forth slugfest that Ryback won with a spinning Samoa Drop after about ten minutes.

(4) IC champion Christian beat Cody Rhodes to retain the Intercontinental Title. A lot of comedy to start the match from Christian (hamming to the pro-Peeps crowd), but after they locked up, a very good back and forth match. Rhodes won with his feet on the ropes, but Teddy Long came out and re-started the match. A few minutes and a Spear later, Christian retained in about 15 minutes.
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(5) World Hvt. champion Sheamus beat Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Hvt. Title. I digress to say that Alberto got one of the biggest pops of the night (rightly so), but Sheamus, for whom my 5-year-old made a sign for, got a massive pop! Del Rio started by calling the crowd a bunch of commoners since he is the only true “Mexican” here. This was a back and forth match the Ricardo got involved in, but Sheamus ended it with a massive Brogue Kick to retain in about 15 minutes.

[Intermission]

(6) Great Khali beat Jinder Mahal. What can I say? Typical Khali match that he ended with a chokeslam after about eight minutes.

(7) Kane beat Chris Jericho. Surprise of the night was Jericho on the show. This was a basic match with Jericho egging on the crowd at the start. No real high-flying moves until Jericho came off the top rope into a Kane chokeslam for the win in about 12 minutes.

(8) WWE champion C.M. Punk beat Daniel Bryan in a Street Fight to retain the WWE Title. One word – awesome. Punk came out the biggest pop of the evening. Needless to say there was nothing wrong with this match. It mainly stayed in the ring and the only weapons used were a kendo stick and a chair. I’ve seen both these guys wrestle in ROH, so, to watch them live in the main event of a WWE event was awesome. Punk hit the GTS after A.J. came out and skipped around the ring.

Great event and great attendance! I hope WWE comes here again soon, maybe for Raw.

[Torch art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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