The Road to WrestleMania ran through Hershey, Pennsylvania Sunday night as the Superstars and Divas of World Wrestling Entertainment performed at an non-televised live event. In a co-main event, AJ Styles challenged Kevin Owens for the WWE Intercontinental Championship while Kane and Big Show battled The Wyatt Family's Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman in a Tornado Rules Hershey Street Fight. Yours truly was in attendance to witness those two bouts, as well as the rest of the action WWE unleashed on the Sweetest Place on Earth. A show so close to WrestleMania, I could not wait to see what the reaction would be for some of the company's biggest stars and the stories they would tell. Needless to say, I was surprised by what I encountered. What were the fans in attendance like? How were the performances of the men and women after a long weekend of work and travel? And how did Braun Strowman look as he participated in a main event tag match without the safety net of Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper to help make him look good? I found the answers to those questions, and more, on March 13. Now, you can relive the live event experience with these 10 observations from WWE's latest stop in Hershey, just 21 days away from its grandest event of the year.
With the A-show roster up north in Eerie, WWE assembled a roster of incredibly talented wrestlers for this weekend's B-show tour. The headliners ranged from young show-stealers like Kevin Owens and AJ Styles to grizzled veterans like Kane and The Big Show. The event featured a seemingly rare appearance from The Intellectual Savior of the Unwashed Masses, Damien Sandow, and Divas action from No. 1 contenders Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. A fun show with hard work and tremendous fun from all involved, it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon some three weeks from WrestleMania 32. Dolph Ziggler and The Usos defeated The Miz and The Dudley Boyz Rusev defeated Sin Cara Damien Sandow and Neville defeated The Social Outcasts' Heath Slater and Bo Dallas Ryback defeated Tyler Breeze United States champion Kalisto defeated Alberto Del Rio Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks defeated Naomi and Tamina (Paige was guest referee) AJ Styles defeated Intercontinental champion Kevin Owens via disqualification Kane and The Big Show defeated Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman in a Tornado Rules Hershey Street Fight Now let's get to it...
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Erik Beaston is a freelance pro wrestling writer who likes long walks in the park, dandelions and has not quite figured out that this introduction is not for Match.com. He resides in Parts Unknown, where he hosts weekly cookouts with Kane, The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Boogeyman. Be jealous.