The Vector Arena in New Zealand’s biggest city.
- Apollo Crews def. Sheamus
- Braun Strowman def. Jey Uso
- The New Day def. The Club to retain their tag team championship
- Finn Bálor def. Chris Jericho
- Rusev def. Titus O’Neil to retain the United States championship
- John Cena def. AJ Styles
- Sasha Banks def. Charlotte to retain the Women’s title
- Sami Zayn def. Kevin Owens
- Roman Reigns def. Seth Rollins
What caught our eye?
This got the already pumped sellout crowd excited from the jump:
NXT IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA SHIT pic.twitter.com/Pgq6XgBIHM— Des (@rabbitohslover) August 10, 2016
New house show jobber Sheamus cut a promo on Kiwis before getting rolled up by Crews, and Strowman’s win wasn’t a squash - afterwards both Usos superkicked Strowman & celebrated with fans - so we were in full crowd-pleasing mode early.
A couple of guys born for live events made waves. Y2J told the audience it was his first time in New Zealand, and after walking the streets for a few hours, he’s already decided he’s never coming back... etc, etc, Gift of Jericho. Finn responded with a pretty great impersonation even before picking up the win:
Omg!!! @FinnBalor hahahahaha #WWEAuckland pic.twitter.com/YTPQ8hsTHe— binkzillah (@binkzillah) August 10, 2016
The Club unsuccessfully interfered in Styles/Cena and Owens & Zayn reportedly had the match of the night... what else is new?
The Big Dog got his share of cheers and jeers (also as usual), and stayed around to sign autographs and pose for pictures with the Empire after his win.
#WWEAuckland @WWEAustralia @TEGDAINTY Best night ever! Thank You @WWE pic.twitter.com/A0lgFpzuvp— #theELITE (@TheEliteNZ) August 10, 2016
This group heads to Australia for three dates.