By Ryan Clark on November 6, 2012
Credit: Tony Cottam & PW Torch
The show kicked off at 7:30 p.m., following video promos and ads on the big screen. Our seats were so far to the side that we couldn’t see the screen; great view of the ring, though, so no complaints. The arena looked to be totally full, and about 60 percent kids.
(1) Santino Marella & Brodus Clay beat Epico & Primo. Sadly, no Rosa Mendes. Santino did his topple-over-the-top-rope-spot as per the other U,K, house shows, and played off it all through the match by being scared of the ropes beyond the first one. Solid enough comedy match, and Santino works the crowd like a master. Everyone in the arena was watching to see what he would do next. Vastly under-rated performer, in my humble opinion. Santino and Brodus took the win after some Cobra/Splash shenanigans, and then kids entered the ring to dance.
(2) Michael McGillicutty beat Tensai. Strange kind of nothing match, although a “Let’s Go Mikey!” chant seemed to amuse McGillicutty. He looked sharp, and played the face quite well. Tensai looked like a man going through the motions for a paycheque, nothing more. McGillicutty won after a roll-up.
(3) Divas champion Eve Torres beat Layla and A.J. Lee to retain the Divas Title. A.J. was by far the most over woman in this match. Pretty solid action, with more time allowed than on TV. They pulled the A.J. win and Vickie Guerrero reversal spot here, too. The arena went absolutely INSANE when it looked like A.J. had won. Eve took the win in the end and left with her title intact.
(4) John Cena beat Dolph Ziggler. A video promo aired earlier in the night with Dolph talking about how he was going to beat Cena all over Europe, which built into the match nicely. As has been mentioned before, these two have great chemistry together. Dolph looked every inch the main-eventer, and Cena? If your voice hasn’t broken yet, then you loved him. Otherwise, you were against him. I might not like Cena, but damn, he can connect with the crowd and truly looks like he enjoys what he does. He even broke out a Gangnam Style dance at one point… Vickie was sent to the back during the match for interference, and after a ref bump, she returned to attack Cena, but was stopped by A.J. Cena threw A.J. over his knee and teased a kiss, to a massive reaction from the crowd, but A.J. popped up and smacked Ziggler with his briefcase to help Cena take the win. Great 15-minute match.
(5) U.S. champion Antonio Cesaro beat Zack Ryder to retain the U.S. Title. This match surprised me – Cesaro looked as smooth and as controlled as anyone on the card tonight and Zack Ryder, for all he’s king of Social Media, he just didn’t connect well with the fans tonight. Maybe it was an off-night, but he just didn’t click. Cesaro dominated, working over Ryder’s knee impressively, and took the win after the Neutralizer. Good performance from Cesaro, and good heel work, too.
(6) WWE tag champions Kane & Daniel Bryan beat Team Rhodes Scholars to retain the Tag Titles. Absolutely huge reaction for Daniel Bryan, by far the most over man of the night. Kane got a big pop, too, and Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow had huge heat, especially Sandow with the most girly screams in existence when he was running away from Kane… It was the usual solid match in the ring from Bryan, everything clicked, and the crowd was all over this one. The match had a teased fight between Kane & Bryan, the aborted hug segment, and Bryan eventually took the win with the Yes/No/LeBelle Lock.
After the match, Kane & Bryan just ate up the crowd reaction with an “I am the Tag Team Champions” showdown that ended in a hug and Bryan running off with the belts. Fantastic stuff.
Next was Punk vs. Ryback in the main event. Punk was over as a face with a smattering of boos, but changed that by addressing the crowd as “Thank You, Dublin!” and throwing his shirt to Paul Heyman, who celebrated like he’d won the Super Bowl. Ryback was hugely over, perhaps behind only Cena and Bryan.
(7) Ryback beat WWE champion C.M. Punk via DQ; Punk retained the WWE Title. I really enjoyed this match – Punk was your typical cowardly heel, and Ryback worked really well with him. The DQ ending came when Heyman summoned every heel from the back to attack Ryback, who fought most of them off until Kane and Cena arrived to lend a hand. Ryback Shell-shocked Punk after the match, then Cena and Ryback faced off, teasing a showdown (Cena tried to hug it out at one point, which horrified Ryback), but ended with a handshake.
To close the show, Justin Roberts and John Cena thanked the crowd and promised to come back, and that was that. Overall, a solid two-and-a-half-hour show, great entertainment, and highly recommended. Oh, and on a side note, a kid fell over the barrier trying to get one of John Cena’s wristbands and landed badly on his head. WWE staff were quickly to him, and Cena came over and sat with him, hugged him, and posed for photos for a bit until he was sure he was okay. Classy stuff from all involved.
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