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Harper’s Return Highlights Day 1 of Worlds Collide

The return of former Bray Wyatt Family stablemate Harper garnered the biggest reaction from the crowd during the Worlds Collide matches from WrestleMania on Day 1 of WrestleMania Access at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

Fans roared for Harper throughout his victory over Christopher Dijakovic. He easily received the biggest pop of all the matches put on throughout the day. Harper did make his return at a house show on March 10 in Rochester, NY, but hasn’t been on TV since undergoing wrist surgery in October. I believe his match will likely be one of the ones that will make it on the WWE Network. As someone who had never been to a WWE pay-per-view previously, I have to say that if you do nothing but watch the matches from the Axxess Arena all day then it is well worth the price of admission, even if you don’t get a single picture or autograph from the Superstars available throughout the exhibits.

In another match that got a strong reaction, WWE RAW Superstar Tyler Breeze defeated Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong. It’s still taking some getting used to seeing Breeze with the new-look shorter haircut. Speaking of The Undisputed Era, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish faced the SmackDown stable Sanity and came out on top.

The first match of the night saw NXT Superstars Candice LaRae and Mia Yim defeat Aaliyah and Vanessa Bourne in a highly competitive match. Also, former indie star Punishment Martinez, who is now with NXT, knocked off Kona Reeves.

In other action with main roster stars, RAW Superstar No Way Jose, whose infectious entrance music had a lot of fans chanting and dancing along with it, defeated the NXT Superstar known for his air guitar work, Eric Bugenhagen. That was a fun match between guys with similar gimmicks. Also, a dark horse to possibly win the WrestleMania Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, RAW Superstar Apollo Crews, earned a victory over Fabian Aichner. Chicago’s own, SmackDown Superstar Aiden English, also took on Kassius Ohno. I believe Ohno won, but I was obscured from seeing the ending of the match because I was taken away by something else at Axxess for the moment.

Some of the other highlights of Axxess include photo opportunities. Fans can take a picture on the Degeneration X tank which is pretty cool. The WWE also unveiled its new Hall of Fame statue and it memorializes “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. So if you’re fresh out of bubble gum, then you know what to do if you ever get to take a picture with the Piper statue.

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By Joseph Spencer

I'm a former newspaper sports journalist and avid pro wrestling follower. Huge fan of The Man, Becky Lynch. Personally, a survivor of stage 2 colon cancer who is now in remission and currently works full time as an emergency 9-1-1 police, fire and ambulance dispatcher in central Illinois. Proud graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.