WWE got their Madison Square Garden event just right - here's why

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Heading into WWE's live event special at Madison Square Garden this past Saturday night, fans had good reason to be sceptical about how good the night would be.

As previously mentioned, WWE had wasted a number of opportunities with the match card they had proposed ahead of the event, with several filler matches involving repetitive story lines being apparent.

In addition, wasted opponent for Brock Lesnar in the Big Show meant this hyped-up WWE special could be one that would soon be forgotten, with the effect of the matches proving to be very little.


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Impressive event 

Those who tuned into the WWE Network on October 3 will however have been pleasantly surprised at the event as it unfolded throughout the night.

A series of impressive moves combined with several meaningful segments and late additions to the card meant that the Madison Square Garden special WWE put on was certainly one to remember.

The first change to the night was undoubtedly a welcomed one as the company decided to pair up Sheamus and Rusev to take on their respective enemies; Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler, in a tag team match.

With the two singles matches which were originally scheduled being frowned upon by the WWE Universe having been seen so regularly of late, this simple change was more than effective.

A comfortable win for Orton and Ziggler, with the former receiving a mammoth reception from the crowd in attendance, was cemented further by the action after the bell.

Rusev was visibly upset as Sheamus ultimately cost their side the match and said he would have been better off alone, to which Sheamus retaliated with a firm Brogue Kick to Rusev's face.

Different card 

Two matches which were added to the card saw Neville overcome Stardust in an average singles match as well as Team Bella gaining a victory over Team PCB.

WWE did right by including a divas match on the card even if it was a late decision. The highlight of the match was undoubtedly when Becky Lynch and Charlotte turned on Paige by jumping off the ring apron so the Brit was unable to tag and was instead eventually covered for the pin.

As well as this, a moving promo segment by Chris Jericho as he was celebrating 25 years in the ring ahead of his Intercontinental Title match with Kevin Owens was another high point of the show.

A solid match by this pair only increased the momentum for the night which was also apparent in the Tag Team Championship match which saw The Dudley Boyz take on The New Day once again.

Although seemingly a little repetitive of their match at the Night of Champions pay-per-view event, this bout was enjoyable nonetheless and fitted in well with the card on the night.

Brock Lesnar's match with Big Show was just as it needed to be; short and sweet. It was long enough that The Beast was able to remind the WWE Universe of his worth but also short enough that Big Show took as much time in 'Suplex City' as he needed to.

This live event could not have had a more impressive final match to end on in Seth Rollins facing John Cena for the United States Championship in a steel cage match.

These two big names of WWE battled it out for over 20 minutes inside the impressive structure and put on a display that will surely go down as one of the best steel cage matches in recent time.

A number of near falls, as well as a number of frustrating incidents, meant this match was as exciting as it could be and doubtlessly lived up to its huge potential.

Overall, WWE got near enough everything right with this special live event, given it was just that. Fans were not expecting pay-per-view level action, but they definitely got it as the company delivered in impressive style. 

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