WWE slams into Syracuse

WWE Slams into Syracuse

Local wrestling fans nearly sell out War Memorial to see Braun Strowman, The Miz, Bayley and more.
Published: March 3, 2020 | Updated: March 4th, 2020 at 11:46 pm
WWE Comes to Upstate New York
WWE's Cesaro flies off the top turnbuckle toward intercontinental champion Braun Strowman.

When WWE came to Syracuse, the crowd let them know that they appreciated the action that the superstars of professional wrestling provided. In the War Memorial Arena, in front of a nearly soldout crowd, champions Braun Strowman, The Miz, John Morrison, Bayley, and a whole host of others put on some high-flying action.

The biggest pop on the night came in the main event came when Roman Reigns joined Jimmy and Jey Uso to square off with the tag team of Glorious Bobby Roode, King Corbin and Sheamus. In a match that got off to a slow start, the Uso’s spent their time battling the trio of heels while the crowd grew impatient.

WWE Comes to Upstate New York
"The Lady of WWE" Lacey Evans salutes the crowd at the end of her match with superstar Bayley.

Chants rained down and before long the crowd favorite got in and went to work, ultimately got the pin over Roode.

In the co-main event, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley tangled with The Lady of WWE, Lacey Evans. Earlier in the evening, Bayley had come out and attacked Evans on her way to the ring, postponing the match until the penultimate moment. The match was a back and forth affair. Evans was the more dominant wrestler, but Bayley used sneaky tactics to eventually get the pin. After the match though, the crowd got what it wanted. Evans knocked Bayley stiff with a solid punch.

Other highlights from the night included Elias serenading the audience before defeating Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn. Zayn, a heel over the course of the night, ended up getting out of the ring while Nakamura ended up getting the brunt of the attack. Still, the song ‘You Got a Friend in Me’ never sounded more…gruff?

In a three-way tag team match between New Day members Kofi Kingston and Big E, The Revival, and The Miz and John Morrison. In a topsy turvy, wild affair, various combinations of the three teams, The Miz and John Morrison ended up on top and got the pin. Afterward, that duo and The Revival ended up beating up on New Day. However, Kofi Kingston and Big E turned the tables, knocked them out of the ring, and had the crowd sing, “Happy Birthday” for Big E.

Shorty G and Drew Gulak came out and got the show started. Shorty G got the only tap out on the card when he locked up a toe hold at the end of the match to earn the win.

The curtain jerker was between intercontinental champion Braun Strowman and Swiss-born Cesaro. Cesaro, flanked by Zayn, attempted to unseat the champion and nearly succeeded but was ultimately body slammed into oblivion. Strauman retained his title.

WWE Comes to Upstate New York
Wrestler Shorty G celebrates pinning his opponent on Sunday night during WWE's "Live Road to WrestleMania" event in Syracuse.

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