IN PHOTOS: Strong fan interest drives WWE Live Manila to success
MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in 3 years, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) returned to Manila with yet another star-studded card, and it did not disappoint.
Thousands of wrestling fans from all corners of the country flocked to Araneta Coliseum and forked over a pretty penny to cheer for their favorite WWE superstars. By then, all WWE had to do was deliver a great show, which it expectedly did.
Kofi Kingston (c) def. “The New” Daniel Bryan – WWE Championship
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston had to pull out all the stops in his nerve-wracking main event title bout against former world champion “The New” Daniel Bryan.
In their WrestleMania 35 rematch, both stars read each other’s moves and wrestled to a stalemate multiple times. However, Bryan eventually got the upper hand late into the contest with a barrage of his patented kicks, reminiscent of his “Yes! Movement” days which steered him to his first WWE Championship.
But Bryan got too greedy with his running knee strikes at the turnbuckle, which ultimately proved to be his downfall. After two connecting strikes, Kingston recovered and hit Bryan with a lightning-quick Trouble in Paradise head kick for the pinfall win as the latter was going for a third-straight knee.
After the match, Kingston still found the time to pose for photos and sign autographs as the show closed.
The Revival (c) def. The New Day – WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships
While Kingston brought home the win, the same could not be said for his New Day brothers Big E and Xavier Woods as they lost their WWE SmackDown Tag Team Title shot against the no-nonsense Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder of The Revival.
Complete with their trademark hype-up entrance, The New Day charged into the match full of confidence, as expected from the 6-time tag champs.
However, Big E and Woods apparently thought too lowly of their opposition, as they upped the shenanigans to distract the current champs.
This proved costly for the goofy pair as Dawson ultimately stunned Big E with a roll-up pin after a turnbuckle hit to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
Bayley (c) def. Charlotte Flair – WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Street Fight
While the men of WWE brought the house down with their power and athleticism, the women – or should we say Horsewomen – had their own share of action as well.
WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley barely retained her title after escaping relentless Charlotte Flair in a tense Street Fight.
As all Street Fights go, the action quickly spilled to the crowd of the packed Araneta Coliseum with Flair hitting Bayley with a series of stiff chops to the chest.
After seeing the two former friends smashing each other with kendo sticks and steel chairs, the crowd then demanded for more with a “We want tables!” chant.
Before the table could even be used, Bayley quickly escaped with the win after pushing Flair to a wedged chair between the turnbuckles which transitioned to the roll-up pin.
Apparently wanting more action, the champ tried to hit her downed challenger with more shots after the match. However, this proved disastrous for Bayley as Flair countered her with a sunset flip and a powerbomb through the table, much to the delight of the crowd.
Other matches included Shinsuke Nakamura retaining his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Ali, Roman Reigns defeating Sami Zayn in an open challenge, Carmella beating Mandy Rose, Chad Gable submitting EC3, and Kevin Owens overpowering Andrade.
Two title changes occurred as well within the night as EC3 surprised special guest ring announcer R-Truth with a roll-up pin after his loss to win the WWE 24/7 Championship, a title that must be defended and can be won anywhere at any time provided there is a referee around.
However, Chad Gable did well on his promise to watch Truth’s back as he helped him win back his title over the sly EC3 just a minute later.
The SmackDown stars then performed two more times in Shanghai and Hawaii before returning to weekly programming across the United States. – Rappler.com