Hershey, Pennsylvania bills itself as “The Sweetest Place on Earth” and it is, unless you are WWE superstar Elias. Hershey may have left a bitter taste in his mouth Sunday night, as WWE stopped in Chocolatetown, USA for a house show.
Elias was interrupted several times trying to perform for the raucous crowd, first by Kofi Kingston and the rest of the New Day and then later in the show by Becky Lynch. Elias then went on to lose in the night’s main event to Kofi Kingston. Plus he also cut a promo on Hershey’s chocolate.
Elias was pushing the narrative that Kofi is just a B+ player, so Kofi decided to prove him wrong. Big E and Xavier Woods were at ringside, only to get ordered to the back after Elias feigned getting hit by Big E with a guitar. It didn’t matter, as Kofi connected with Trouble in Paradise and got the pin.
Speaking of Becky Lynch, she got a bigger reaction than the time peanut butter met up with milk chocolate. Seriously, the fans popped harder than if they were told everyone was getting free Reese’s cups for the year. Becky ran Elias off from his performance before facing Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women’s Title. It wasn’t all hugs and (chocolate) kisses for the Lass Kicker, though. She lost, as Charlotte used the ropes to leverage her pin.
Becky was able to get some sweet revenge, though, as Asuka (#JusticeforAsuka) attacked Flair on the ramp and tossed her back into the ring. Becky took out her frustration on the champ. You have to love house shows, even when the faces lose, they still find a way to come out on top.
In a Hershey’s Special Dark kind of way (bittersweet), the Hershey crowd may have seen Dean Ambrose’s last match. WWE TV has been mentioning for weeks that Ambrose’s contract is up shortly and he has not resigned. To make matters worse, Ambrose ate a Claymore Kick from Drew McIntyre. He was pinned, losing the match for partner Seth Rollins, who was hotter than cocoa on a cold winter’s night with the Hershey crowd.
Baron Corbin teamed with McIntyre for the match, still dressed like he was parking cars at the Hotel Hershey. If you are headed to a live show and need some sign ideas feel free to use “Baron Corbin scratched my car” or “Baron Corbin swipes loose change.”
Finn Balor faced Bobby Lashley for the Intercontinental title, but battled to a double count out. One fan exclaimed “Give me a break!” and I don’t think he was asking for a Kit Kat bar.
In other news: Naomi and Asuka defeated Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. The Usos retained their Smackdown Tag Team titles against Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev. Samoa Joe successfully defended the United States Title against Cesaro and AJ Styles in a triple threat match. And finally, fellow SLAM! Wrestling contributor Nick Tylwalk saw his daughter catch a pancake thrown by Kofi Kingston. If you don’t believe me, Nick has the photo evidence on his Twitter feed @Nick_Tylwalk.