When it comes to wrestling, it is always completely different watching it live and in person than it is watching it at home.
So when the WWE decided to roll back around to Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York, I just had to go.
Here are just some of my thoughts and reflections as the show went on.
Note: there will be Superstars spoilers.
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Kincade
Ambrose won this relatively short match up. He was able to build up some heat going into the match, talking about how we should show him respect. He won with a submission move. It was pretty much a squash match that ended in five minutes. Nothing really special.
Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd vs. Kurt Hawkins and Tyler Reks
This was a average match. I didn't realize Reks was that big of a man. Gabriel and Kidd are pretty good high flyer types, and they worked well together in this match. Hawkins and Reks also work well together, but weren't able to come up with the win. Gabriel and Kidd would get the win with a tag team move, Gabriel holding up Hawkins while Kidd jumped off the top rope and drove Hawkins into the mat. Average match and nothing really more.
Zack Ryder vs Drew Mcintyre
Crowd went nuts for Ryder. It is his home turf after all. This was a pretty good match, but it still bothered me none the less. I was bothered by the fact that they had Ryder on Superstars. At this point, isn't he big enough to be put on RAW? Especially when in his hometown? Regardless, Ryder and Mcintyre are two of my favorite wrestlers. Ryder would get the win by delivering a Ruff Ryder from the top of the turnbuckle.
RAW opened up with Mick Foley coming out. Crowd went nuts. Almost everyone around me was on their feet cheering. He came out and cut his promo of sorts, mentioning how he would be hosting both RAW and SmackDown this week and also announced the opening match for the night.
Laurinaitis would come out, looking ridiculous with his neck brace and crutch, and would get booed heavily. He wouldn’t really say much besides for announcing the main event of that night.
Sheamus and CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan and Kane
Fans reacted big for Punk and Sheamus when they came out. It’s starting to surprise me how much people love CM Punk. The place went nuts for him. It seems that no matter the age group, fans universally cheer for Punk.
Kane's pyro went off, scared the hell out of me. It always does at live events. aniel Bryan comes out and the place also goes crazy. Tons of YES! chants. Isn't he supposed to be a heel? I always love how there is some things the WWE can't control, how the fans react to Daniel Bryan is just one of them. Anyway the match was probably the best of the night.
When AJ's music hit, I wasn't sure what to expect. Every time I find myself getting sick of the AJ angle, they do something different and make it good again. It was great to see her come out in the Kane outfit, and was also pretty funny.
Punk and Sheamus would get the win when Kane chased off after AJ, and a GTS and Boot were delivered to D Bry.
Ziggler vs. Swagger
Opening promo leaves me hoping that Ziggler will finally get rid of both Swagger and Vickie.
Match starts and Ziggler gets a solid reaction from the crowd. A lot of people like Ziggler and they should, he is a fantastic wrestler. No real reaction to Swagger. I think that's always been his biggest problem. Fans just don't know what to make of him.
Match starts and Ziggler flips over Swagger at one point and lands on his feet. Can't tell if he really hurt himself or not, that's part of what makes Ziggler so good. An injured Ziggler would get the win over Swagger in a average match. Vickie kissing Ziggler was not expected or wanted for that matter.
Paul Heyman and Triple H
Brock Lesnar's music hits and the crowd goes wild. It would have been awesome to see Lesnar, but I knew it was going to be Heyman coming out. ECW chants start as Heyman makes his way to the ring.
He starts going on about how there will be no fight at SummerSlam and how the law suits are still on. Triple H's music hits and the crowd goes nuts again. Triple H knows there will be a fight, and they argue back and forth until Triple H punches Heyman in the face. It was nice to see Triple H, but this was kind of boring.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Santino Marella
Captain injury prone vs the village idiot. Anyone could have seen that this was going to be a squash match, and it basically was. Santino had little offense and would lose by submission. Boring match is boring.
Layle and Cindy Lauper
Layla comes out, is that a new theme song? I might be wrong on that; I tend to skip divas matches. Anyway Cyndi Lauper and Wendi Richter come out, but no one really cares. This was another pointless segment. Lauper hasn't been in a ring in 27 years. That’s about how long she hasn't been relative to pop culture.
Heath Slater comes out and mentions how they look like a train wreck. He is kind of right. Heath starts to sing, he sucks of course. Piper's music hits and the crowd goes wild. It was good to see Piper, but I feel like the WWE over use him for silly things such as this. He gives Lauper a gold record and she ends up smashing it over Heath Slater's head. Poor Heath. No one really cared about Cyndi Lauper. People were chanting we want Ryder. She still had time to promote her new CD on Itunes that will sell five copies.
Primo and Epico vs. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young
Boring match. Some small glimmer or hopes though show improvement in the WWE tag team division. I always thought it was good to see tag teams doing moves to opponents together, and Young and O'neil did just that. Still it was a boring match that left people chanting this is boring.
John Laurinaitis, David Otunga, and Big Show vs. Cena
Big Johnny comes out calling people losers at first. Than Otunga and Show come out. Show tells Johnny how he isn't going to deal with this and leaves Otunga and Laurinaitis in the ring. Teddy Long comes out at some point to some cheers. Cena comes out to cheers and boos, a lot more cheers than I expected.
Eventually the "Let's go, Cena" and "Cena sucks" chants start. It sounds like 12-year-olds and women vs anyone who hit puberty.
Match starts, Cena in control. Otunga gets control over Cena and tags in Laurinaitis. When Big Johnny goes to tag in Otunga, he walks away and the crowd cheers. Cena beats up Johnny Ace, three AA's and his submission move STF. This match was another lets beat the hell out of Laurinaitis match. While I never mind seeing Big Johnny take a big beating it really wasn't that good of a match.
Big Show walks back to the ring, starts fighting with Cena. Cena eventually gets the upper hand and gives show an AA. Once Show recovers, he leaves the ring and walks over to Laurinaitis who is still leaving as well. He puts him against the guard rail and gives him two big chops on the chest. He then asks the fans if they want another, people cheer and Show walks away.
Cena starts to talk about how RAW shouldn't end like that and Ryder's music hits and the crowd explodes. He brings Laurinaitis back into the ring where Cena delivers more chops and Ryder gives him the Broski Boot.
Triple H comes out as well mentions how Big Johnny's chest is all red so his back has to match too. More chops from the game and one from Ryder ensue, and eventually Laurinaitis gets the Pedigree as fans cheer and chant for it.
We say goodbye to Laurinaitis with heavy boos one last time, as Ryder, Cena, and Triple H head back stage. When they reach the top of the stage all three deliver Ryder's fist pumps and they go back stage.
Laurinaitis eventually makes it to the top of the stage, only to be met by Vince who comes out to cheers. He gives Johnny Ace a swift kick in the buttocks, and goes backstage as well.
Overall I had a good time and always enjoy going to see WWE events live. The way the fans react to things makes it interesting to go to live shows. It's also fun to see what they do when RAW goes off the air.
Alas I have no pictures, as the ones I took are on my fiancee camera and I don't have the wire for it. Sigh.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, don't forget to comment below and share your experiences at live events.