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WWE in Sheffield Arena
Thomas Feaheny, Boxing Correspondent
The WWE made a return to Yorkshire with the Smackdown part of the roster performing at the Sheffield Arena.

The brand who perform next Sunday on PPV with Backlash taking place saw three championship defended during the evening.

The main event saw the WWE Champion Randy Orton retain his title over AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal in a Triple Threat match.

Both Orton and Styles were well received by the audience with the venue a near sell-out. Orton was able to leave the arena with his title after defeating Mahal with an RKO, in this back and forth contest.

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Elsewhere Shinsuke Nakamura who was fighting is on his first UK tour since being called up to the division defeated Dolph Ziggler with Kinshasa out of nowhere.

Tye Dillinger and Breezango defeated The Ascension and Aiden English. The contest had several comedy shots with Dillinger's perfect 10 gimmick once again being put over strongly by the crowd, while English's singing gimmick gained a bit of heat.

Luke Harper defeated the person he once tagged with Erick Rowan with the discus clothesline. The two men tried some different moves in the ring and afterwards Harper hit a Ric Flair style on Rowan's mask.

Before the interval the WWE United States Championship was on the line. Long time friends turned rivals Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were in action. Owens who is renowned for the way he talks made several comments that ensured the crowd were booing him, he won with a pop-up powerbomb. But Sami was able to hit a Helluva kick afterwards to ensure they went into the break happy.

Once the action got back underway it was UK Championship six man tag match, the current champion Tyler Bate saw his team that included Trent Seven & Sam Gradwell beat Pete Dunne's team. This was an entertaining match with the UK style of wrestling going over with the fans who enjoyed the contest.

There were also wins for SmackDown Women's Champion Naomi, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair who defeated Carmella, Tamina Snuka and Natalya. James Ellsworth. Baron Corbin quickly defeated Mojo Rawley with End of Days. While the SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos retained over The Colons and American Alpha.

The WWE will return to Yorkshire with an NXT show taking place in Leeds in June.
WWE in Sheffield Arena, 12th May 2017, 16:32 PM