Okay, quick house show report:
- When I first arrived at the Capital arena, I popped to the café and had a quick drink. On all the tables there were flyers advertising Hulk Hogan's speaking tour in Sheffield. Well, word must've gotten out quick, because within minutes someone from the WWE's response team (that's what it said on their jacket) swept round all the tables and removed the flyers post-haste. Guess WWE doesn't want anything Hogan-related even in the same arena.
- House was full, LOADS of kids with Cena merch. Whilst he may be as stale as year-old bread, I can totally understand why WWE keep him around - they must make an utter killing from him. I don't just mean t-shirts either, they all had caps, sweatbands, even that little towel thing. I saw quite a lot of Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose stuff too, everyone else was sort of take your pick.
- Opening match was Neville vs Stardust. Crowd was hot to start, partly because they were eager to see the action, and partly because Neville was the British hero. He got cheered very loud, Stardust was great mocking the crowd and generally being wacky (I loves ya, Cody!). Neville won with the Red Arrow to great acclaim.
- Two odd things about the show. Firstly, although the crowd was loud, it didn't feel like there was much genuine emotion in the place. This may have been because there were lots of children there, or partly because nobody was really mega over (with a couple of exceptions) but it kind of felt like a pantomime more than a fight. In fact, a bit like a panto, the audience cheered, booed and clapped along where they were expected to, but were mostly quiet and respectful during the actual action. Attitude era crowds this wasn't.
- The other odd thing was how they presented The Authority as major faces. Triple H started the show with his DX "Are you ready?" schtick, the main event was made a no-holds barred match as a "present" from The Authority (with a "I guess The Authority isn't so bad, huh?" from the announcer), and they kept playing up Hunter and Steph's charity work. So either a face turn is imminent, or this is major mixed signals.
- The only people who were truly over were Neville, Wade Barrett and Roman Reigns. Barrett especially was booed beyond belief, I could hardly hear him making fun of Nottingham Forest it was so loud! Reigns did get mega cheers when he came out too, no mixed reaction here whatsoever. The matches themselves weren't stellar, all between 2 and 3 stars, but they were given lots of time and everyone played their roles well. Ryback was really good at getting the crowd to chant stuff, he and the Usos probably had the best match of the night against the Wyatt Family, which only fell flat because it ended with a sodding bearhug in 2015! Only person who looked like they couldn't give two eton mess was Del Rio, who may as well have sleepwalked through his match bar the last two spots (he didn't even break up counts when his bloody title was on the line!)
- Overall, I had a good time at this show. If you are willing to get into it, clap and cheer along, and basically not take it too seriously, you'll enjoy yourself. Any kids you can bring along will love it!
Dig Dug wrote:Highlight nailed that.