Ok here we go for WWE Live in Birmingham, England! We were row three centre ring so had a great view.
Byron Saxton is the ring announcer this evening.
* Match 1 – The Miz w/Damien Mizdow vs. Sheamus
The Miz did a promo saying he loved the city, but hated the Birmingham people. Of course he was booed. Sandow received huge pops. Sheamus came out to a massive reception.
The bell went and Miz begged off, eventually making his way around the ring tripping on the apron. The crowd gave him a massive “You Fell Over!” chant, and he grabbed the mic and said “I meant to do that!” More boos.
Miz got the upper hand and eventually asked the crowd who they liked. Everyone said Sandow so he told him to go to the back which got more boos. A bit more Miz with a Figure 4 followed by a Sheamus Brogue Kick and the 1 2 3.
They then played the Vince network video which was booed by the adults and ignored by the children.
* Match 2 – Mark Henry vs Xavier Woods
Henry came out smiling, Xavier came out as his old gimmick. Henry put his arm around Wood and said that he was a great talent and a friend, but that he’s upset he’s supposedly changed. He gave him the choice to either leave now or take a beating. Woods stayed, and got blindsided by Henry. A Worlds Strongest Slam later and Henry is your winner. He gave Woods another slam before leaving, and Woods was applauded out of the building.
* Match 3 – Los Matadores and El Torito vs SlaterGator and Hornswoggle.
This was the fan vote match – a tag team match or a dance off voted for by the crowd. 57-43 in favour of a match and DING DING DING!
Torito and Hornswoggle to start and Hornswoggle got the upper hand before the action went back and forth. Titus O’Neill eventually got in but was knocked down, before everyone got involved.
The legal men ended up being the bull and the gator, of which the former pulled off a top rope flip for pin to give the win to Los Matadores.
They showed a Seth Rollins promo video before the Divas match.
* Match 4 – Paige and Nikki Bella vs AJ Lee
Brie Bella was scheduled to be AJ’s tag partner but Nikki decided she should manage her tonight, making this a handicap match.
Paige started off against AJ and was cheered very loudly as she dominated the action, then Nikki Bella self tagged and then dominated AJ.
Paige kept asking for the tag but didn’t receive it, and eventually jumped off the apron and walked out.
Brie got onto the apron and started a ‘Yes’ chant to allow AJ to get the roll up on Nikki for the pin.
Nikki berated Brie in the ring, slapped her, and asked her to hold the ropes open as they left.
* Match 5 – Rusev vs. Big Show
Lana cut a promo against the UK before showing Putins mughot. The video screen from my point showed Putin with half his face cut off which was funny. Big Show came out to a massive reaction.
The match started and was quite even until Big Show took an eye poke during his corner slaps spot.
The action spilled outside where Rusev used a chair causing the DQ. He put Big Show in the Accolade, which caused Mark Henry to come down to pick at the remains. He knocked Big Show down, but Show knocked Henry OUT and had to be carried out to the back.
Byron Saxton shilled and did a giveaway before going to intermission.
* Match 6 – Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter vs. Damien Mizdow
Double duty for Mizdow as he took the lead against Swagger. They did a hair pull spot with the ref where Mizdow kept faking pull downs and eventually faked a punch to himself. It was mainly Mizdow until a false finish with a Swagger Bomb.
Mizdow attempted the Skullcrushing Finale, but Swagger rolled it into a Patriot Lock for the tap out.
After the match Colter cut a promo stating it was good to be back in Alabama!
* Match 7 – Kofi Kingston and Big E vs. Like Harper and Erick Rowan
Kofi got a massive pop from the crowd, and Big E came out doing the NXT ‘5’ stuff. Harper and Rowan got massive cheers and the phone torches were on display.
It was Harper and Kofi to start and Ladies and Gentlemen Kofi Kingston became YOUR Babyface In Peril.
The hot tag was made and Big E did a double splash before Kofi flew over the top rope. Rowan took a top rope 3D to give Kofi and Big E the win. A good match overall.
Bryson announced WWE will return on April 11 2015, and led into the main event of the evening.
* Match 8 – Seth Rollins vs. John Cena in a Birmingham Street Fight
Seth looked to do a promo but John Cena made his entrance. Don’t be fooled, Cena was cheered by EVERYONE. The Cena Sucks chants were all for show.
They start with Seth trying to use the case which caused Cena to grab a chair. Lots of Cena, who also grabbed the most of the weaponry.
Seth made a comeback and cut a promo on a downed Cena. Rollins had tons of heat.
A table was set up and it looked like Cena would AA Seth through it, but he shoved it out the way. The table was set up in the corner as they carried on the fight.
There were a number of spots where Seth went through the corner table, Cena went into the steps, Cena escaped from a Superplex, and Cena threw the steps which missed Seth and went into the aisle.
Seth eventually set up another table and went to Curb Stomp Cena through it, but Cena finally hit the AA through the table for the 123.
He made no speech and Byron thanked us for coming.
I was surprised at first that they used an 18ft ring but then Id never been to a WWE hose show. There were no bad matches, though people were flat for the six man tag and the Swagger-Mizdow match.
Cena got huge pops, so did Sheamus and Paige, and I have to say that Mizdow was not far behind. I never realised how much the kids love Big Show!
Credit: Tom Rankin