RAW visited Nottingham once again on Tuesday 23rd April for the WrestleMania Revenge Tour. The night was full of fun and some really good matches, and sent everyone from the little kids to the dragged-along parents home happy.
The night started off on a disappointing note with a severe lack of merchandise to choose from. This may not seem like a major point but a lot of fans like to start the night by buying their favourite wrestler’s shirt to wear in support. Here, though, there was not much choice at all. There were plenty of Cena varieties to pick from, but outside of that there was just Ryback, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio and Miz shirts.
I picked myself up a Ryback t-shirt and a Zack Ryder headband, just for fun.
The show began with a comedy match between Heath Slater and R-Truth to warm up the crowd. It was nothing special but R-Truth got the crowd excited with his rapping and everyone hates Heath Slater, so it was a good start.
We then were treated to a Michael McGillicutty appearance. McGillicutty is the son of the late Mr Perfect and is heralded by many inside the WWE as a technically gifted wrestler. However, we didn’t get to see any of that because McGillicutty picked up the win over Brad Maddox in a matter of seconds as MAddox was taking off his tracksuit bottoms.
One for the Dads in attendance, the Divas were up next. Kaitlyn vs Tamina Snuka for the Divas Title. Now, championships don’t normally change hands at live shows so everyone pretty much knew where this was going and it was an average WWE Divas match- short, off-beat at times and below average.
Then, the arena went crazy. Dolph Ziggler, the new World Heavyweight Champion, and his heavy Big E Langston emerged to take on the team of Daniel Bryan and Kane for the Tag Team Championships. Again, the result was pretty much guaranteed but Ziggler and Bryan had a lot of fun with pre and post match shenanigans in and out of the ring. Filled with a lot of good spots and a lot of comedy, this match really ignited the crowd… Only for that fire to be put out by the intermission which followed.
After the intermission, the crowd was a little dead when Zack Ryder and Antonio Cesaro put on the best match of the night. It was technical, lengthy and told a great story – everything you’d want from a wrestling match. Zack Ryder even got the win to the surprise of many (including myself.)
The penultimate match of the night was Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Sweet T) vs Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow.) Again, a match sprinkled with comedy with the faces Tons of Funk getting the victory but what will remain in the memories of most fans will be Damien Sandow’s high-pitched shrieking as he was running away from his monstrous opponents.
The main event saw John Cena face Ryback in a tables match for the WWE Championship. Again, the result could pretty much be guaranteed but these two still put on an entertaining match with Ryback going crazy at every opportunity to destroy Cena. The crowd were loud during this one, going back and forth with “Let’s go Cena!”/”Cena Sucks!” chants throughout the match.
To end the show the locker room came out to celebrate John Cena’s birthday. Led by Sweet T, the arena sang a hearty rendition of happy birthday to John, who ended the night by placing Team Rhodes Scholars’ faces firmly in his birthday cake. Oh the hilarity!
At around two and a half hours in length the show fit in a lot of entertainment, making up the price of admission. WWE always put on great live shows, and they are set to do it again when WWE Live returns to the Capital FM Arena on Wednesday 13th November 2013.