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WWE Atlantic City, NJ, live results: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens Ironman match


Submitted by Adam Hoag

They showed clips of Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels at WM25 before the show started. No dark matches. As for the house, it was pretty good. Just the top tier of the Boardwalk Hall and a bit near the Titantron was unoccupied.

- Dolph Ziggler and The Usos vs Miz and the Dudley Boys

The faces win via pin with a triple superkick on the miz. 15 mins, fun spirited little opener.

- Kevin Owens promo to remind the fans about the 30 min Ironman match for the title. He calls AJ a rookie, and vows to make AJ disappear without him ever getting to pin KO.

- Sin Cara vs Rusev w/ Lana

Lana cuts a pre-match promo on AC, calling it a knockoff of Vegas. USA chants for Bulgarian Rusev and Mexican Sin Cara. Rusev dominates most of the match and wins with the Accolade in 7 mins.

- Social Outcasts (Slate & Axel) vs Damien Sandow and Neville

Social Outcasts cut a promo before match. Bo is ringside but there's no Adam Rose tonight. Comedy match for the most part.  Neville pins Axel with Red Arrow in about 10 mins.

- Tyler Breeze vs Ryback

Ryback was a babyface in this match, which solidifies Breeze as an unloved jobber. Ryback pins Breeze with a Shellshock in a 7 minute squash match.

- Alberto Del Rio vs. U.S. Champion Kalisto

Kalisto retains with a Salida Del Sol after rana'ing ADR into an exposed turnbuckle that ADR undid himself in 10 mins.

- A short video package for WM 32 aired featuring the Rock. Chimel announced an intermission.

- Naomi and Tamina Snuka vs Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks

Paige was special guest referee. Tamina tapped to the Banks Statement in 9 mins.

- Braun Strowman and Erick Rowan vs. Big Show and Kane

No pyro. Big Show with probably the biggest face reactions of the night up to this point when he tagged in 2 mins into the march. House shows are weird. Slow big man match. Big Show was so seriously over that it weirded me out. Hot tag to Big Show and Show runs wild. Double chokeslam to Rowan by Kane and Show for the pin in 10 minutes.

- Short video thanking the fans before the final match of the evening.

- AJ Styles vs WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens in a 30 minute Ironman match

Nearly three minutes were spent on Owens stalling outside until AJ plancha'd KO. The next five or so minutes were spent on chinlocks and chinlock-counters. Lots of these throughout the match.

  • First fall: KO via countout when AJ got superkicked ringside with 13:20 left.
  • Second fall: KO via pinfall with the Pop-up Powerbomb with 12:50 left.
  • Third fall: AJ applies an Oklahoma roll pin with 11:20 left.
  • Fourth fall: KO counters the rolling pin attempt by AJ with a straddling pin of his own (like Bulldog over Bret at Summerslam 92) but while grabbing the ropes for another pinfall with 9:24 left.
  • Fifth fall: AJ counters pop-up Powerbomb with a rana pin with 7:30 left.
  • AJ applies the calf crusher with a minute left but KO does not tap. KO wins 3-2.

Overall, a good house show, but it was a house show so although there was a lot of good action, there also was a lot of stalling and showboating in every match. After the show ended, KO puts over AJ on the mic post-match and then put himself over as the greatest IC champ of all time until AJ returns and hits the springboard forearm on KO to close the show and send the people home happy. I did not consider the B-show to be that much inferior to Roadblock, and the talent that appeared and the matches themselves were quite good.