What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes and last night, I attended my first ever WWE house show.
Now, I've been to many TV tapings, SummerSlams, and WrestleManias in the past, but I've never actually been to a house show, so this was a new experience for me.
I sat in the second row of section 1 so I saw all of the in-ring action up close. I have to say that I had a great time, and it was one of the best WWE shows I've seen live. So without further ado, here's how the show went:
Match One: Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga
This was a solid opener and they actually got about eight minutes, which is much more than Brodus' squash matches on TV. Brodus was really over with the crowd and there were lots of "Let's Go Brodus" chants while lots of "You Suck" and "You Can't Wrestle" chants towards David Otunga.
Otunga beat down Brodus for most of the match before Brodus got up, took him down with a suplex, and hit a running splash to win the match with just two moves. Afterwards, Brodus danced with Cameron Lynn (Naomi wasn't there) and high fived everyone at ringside and signed some autographs.
For the most part, I was surprised with a lot of the wrestlers' statures, because they looked a lot smaller in person than they do on TV. However, I can't say that for Brodus because he is one huge dude.
Winner: Brodus Clay
Match Two: Alex Riley vs. Ryback
For those that don't know, Ryback is Skip Sheffield's new gimmick. Apparently, it's a Terminator-like gimmick. I guess he was supposed to be a heel because he had a beard and was wearing a black leather jacket but the crowd was split 50-50 between these two.
I was cheering for Ryback. He's a big guy who can also wrestle and cut decent promos. This was the shortest match of the night, going about five minutes.
Sheffield easily won after he got angry when Riley slapped him, hit a running lariat, and finished him off with the Over-the-Shoulder-Boulder-Holder (don't know what they're calling the move now).
After this match, we saw a video package on Eve saying that she used John Cena and then John Cena calling her a "Hoski" and "Skankopotomus."
Afterwards, Eve came out looking fantastic in a black dress and damn, did she get heat. I was in the second row and I could barely hear what she was saying. There was a loud "Hoski" chant.
All I could make out from her promo was that she said that she doesn't deserve this, especially not from "people like you," "you all would've done the same exact thing if you were in my shoes," and "you don't deserve me." I think this is the same promo she'll cut on RAW on Monday.
Match Three: Beth Phoenix vs. Brie Bella (Diva's Championship Match)
What shocked me about this match was that it was an actual wrestling match, not just two random moves and the match is over.
Before it started, a smark sitting a few rows behind me yelled "You've got 60 seconds, go!" I thought that's how the match would really go, but they actually got about 7-8 minutes with actual wrestling.
There were two instances where Brie managed to counter the Glam Slam, before ultimately getting beat with one.
Two other things to note are that Beth worked as a face here yelling, "These people want to see some action!" when Brie tried to escape, which got a nice pop from the crowd. Also, The Bellas are extremely hot in real life. Much more so than on TV.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
Match Four: Jack Swagger vs. The Miz vs. R-Truth (U.S. Championship Match)
This started with Miz coming out and cutting a promo about how he isn't in the world title picture anymore, so he'll enter WrestleMania as the U.S. Champion.
My boy R-Truth came out rapping "What's Up?" (hopefully, that was a one-time thing) and cut a promo on how Miz's breath smells. As Jack Swagger made his entrance, Miz grabbed some gum from someone in the front row and started chewing. That was pretty funny.
The match was solid, though it was mostly R-Truth vs. Jack Swagger. Miz kept getting knocked out of the ring. I thought he'd eventually sneak back in and try to win but that didn't really happen.
It ended with Truth hitting his finisher on The Miz and pinning him near the ropes. Jack Swagger (who was outside the ring) grabbed Truth's foot, rolled into the ring, and got him in the Ankle Lock for the win. Strong 12 minute match.
Post-match, Swagger wanted to shake Truth's hand but pulled his hand back at the last second. Truth got angry and hit his finisher, then high fived everyone at ringside as his music played.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Match Five: Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston
There were some technical difficulties during Jericho's entrance. I think the lights were supposed to go out but it didn't work so instead, his old music with the countdown played. Then when he came out, the music cut off and then started again.
Anyway, he started cutting a promo about how everybody in the crowd was a wannabe. I'd say about 95% of the people booed him. I cheered for him throughout the whole thing.
There was an angry 30-year-old lady sitting behind me who was yelling like crazy the whole night. She threw a roll of toilet paper at Jericho. He threw it back. That was the highlight of the night for me.
After Kofi came out and the bell rang, Jericho spent a while getting in and out of the ring and walking around ringside. I thought he'd troll us and get counted out. Nope.
He eventually got in and these two worked their asses off for 15+ minutes. There were lots of great counter holds but Jericho eventually won with a Codebreaker. This was a great match. It's a shame that we don't often see matches like this on RAW.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Match Six: Primo & Epico vs. Santino Marella & Mason Ryan (WWE Tag Team Championship Match)
This was a fun match with the heels working on Santino the whole match before he finally got the hot tag to Mason Ryan. Ryan was distracted by Epico so Primo hit him with a Backstabber for the win.
Winners: Primo & Epico
Match Seven: John Cena vs. Kane (Last Man Standing Match)
John Cena got the loudest pop of the night here. This match was a little less than 15 minutes, which is pretty short for a Last Man Standing match but it was pretty fun nonetheless.
They used the steel steps and a steel chair a lot. It ended with Cena hitting Kane in the head with a chair while he was lying on the steps and then hitting the AA for the 10-count. He kind of messed up the spot with the chair because from where I was sitting, you could see that he hit the steps and didn't even touch Kane.
It might've looked better from the other side, though. Also, there was a huge John Cena fan sitting next to me, dressed up in all of his gear. He made eye contact with Cena and Cena tossed him his arm band. He caught it but the same chick who threw toilet paper at Jericho, snatched it out of his hands. Some people are just insane.
Winner: John Cena
Match Eight: CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Chris Jericho as Special Outside Enforcer (WWE Championship Match)
To start this thing, David Otunga came out and announced that Chris Jericho would be the special outside enforcer. Dolph Ziggler came out and then CM Punk followed to the second biggest pop of the night, after John Cena.
When the match started, there was a "Chris Brown Sucks" chants, which made CM Punk laugh. That soon turned into a "Fozzie Sucks" chant, which Jericho ignored.
This was the longest match of the night at about 20 minutes. By the end of it, CM Punk was soaking wet with sweat, looking like he just went swimming. That should show how hard these guys worked.
Towards the end, Dolph Ziggler untied a turnbuckle pad so Jericho gave him a chair to use while the referee tied it back. This led to a ref bump which took the ref out of the match. Punk got Ziggler in the Anaconda Vice and Ziggler tapped but Jericho pretended not to see it.
Jericho then got into the ring, hit a Codebreaker on Punk, and put Ziggler on top of him. He then counted but Punk kicked out at two. Punk then kicked him out of the ring and hit a GTS on Ziggler for the win. Post-match, he celebrated with the crowd for a while to end the show.
Winner: CM Punk
Overall, here are some notes from the show:
1. John Cena
2. CM Punk
4. Brodus Clay
1. Eve Torres
2. Chris Jericho
There were no pyros at all. There weren't any to start the show and neither Kane nor Brodus Clay entered to pyros. I guess they're cutting down on costs.
A good portion of the arena near the stage was completely empty but there was a line in the merchandise stands for the entire shows. I'm sure that whatever money was lost in ticket sales was made up for in merchandise sales.
Overall, I have to say that this was one of the best shows I've been to yet. It is completely different from a TV taping as there is a lot more crowd interaction and there is more in-ring wrestling than promos.
I payed $125 (originally $75) for my seat in the second row and I feel that I more than got my money's worth. If WWE comes back to my area with a house show any time soon, I won't think twice about going.
Thanks for reading, guys. Until next time, I'm out!
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