So here it is - my mini review thing!
Please bear with me with this as this is the first time I have done one of these.
We went off at 6pm last night, the arena was getting busy by then as is the norm - one thing I did notice, that there were more adults than kids going to the show.
We had the executive suite tickets so we waiting at Entrance B - doors opened at 6.30 and we trooped off to the lift upto the suite.
Boring part first:
If you want a good view of the wrestling, its great in a suite - the bad part, which they bare faced lied to us about was a: private bar - there was none b: catering - no food was on the table which we were told there would be and c: our own waitress, which we were told wouldnt be happening until we complained and they said they would bring us things from the concourse which was good.
Did get our own private bathroom though which is a godsend at the arena.
We nearly missed the start of the show getting hotdogs and such because it was that packed - but we got back to see the small version of the pyro kicking the show off.
Carlito vs Cody Rhodes
Not a bad match from both - Carlito getting a nice bit of heat from the crowd and a decent small pop for Cody
Cody won clean over Carlito - who complained about the state of 'english' apples at the start which got a good reaction
Super Crazy vs Snitsky
Walkover for Snitsky in a quite boring match it must be said.
Good pop for SC - Snitsky clean win and afterwards attacks SC.
Hacksaw comes 'running' down to ringside complete with 2x4 - good pop!
Snitsky big boots Duggan and leaves.
Elijah Burke vs Tommy Dreamer
Good match I thought - dreamer won clean with the Dreamer version of the DDT.
Good pop for Tommy!
The Miz vs Balls Mahoney
The Miz got a nice heated reception from the crowd, he came to the ring complete with the blonde and the brunette (take it that is KK and Layla or other??) .... VERY dull match - crowd not interested at all and a lot of empty seats - must be food time!
Miz won clean if I remember right
Harry Smith & William Regal vs Cade & Murdoch for the titles
Big pop for Regal & Smith - what interested me was the fact that not a lot of people knew who Regal was coming down to the ring with, but when Regal announced that he was the Bulldogs son - the crowd gave a big pop!
Good match - Cade & Murdoch running over to the crowd at the start to shut them up - Murdoch 'attempting' to climb into the audience which got a massive pop!!
Regal/Smith won by DQ after getting hit with the belt - Cade/Murdoch attacking both at the end until Regal 'Hulked Up' - and the young smith hitting his dads old Running Powerslam which got a good pop!
Cue - modified bulldog music - good reaction from the audience.
Note from me: Harry Smith looks very very good indeed - needs to bulk up a bit though I thought.
INTERVAL FOR 30 MINS
Candice vs Beth Phoenix - for the womens title
Good match as well - Candice looks bloody skinny in the flesh and Beth does look hellova lot bigger than most Diva's.
Good reaction from the crowd for both - more so for Candice.
Beth won clean though in the end - but kudos for Candice for a good attempt.
Santino vs Hardcore Holly
Big heat for Santino who was on the mic for quite a bit - crowd shouting louder WHATS each time .. very good.
Good pop for Holly - who won clean with the Alabama Slam
Average match though overall.
Kennedy vs Val Venis
For me, 2nd best match of the night - crowd went nuts for Kennedy!
Came to the ring, did the pose for the microphone - no mic came down!!!!
Funniest thing I've seen on WWE for ages - he had to adopt the pose again and Tony Chimel placed MIC in hand... bloody funny indeed!
Both had a 'merch' throwing competition, Val gave his towel to a kid in the audience which got a good round of applause for - Kennedy went to throw his shirt into the crowd and made out to throw it, only to throw it at ringside - good heat there.... Val threw it into the crowd to get another round of applause... good crowd baiting there from both.
Good reaction for Kennedy from the crowd during the match - who won clean via the slam from the middle rope..... Val injured after the match it looked like
Jeff Hardy + Triple H vs Orton & Umaga
Massive pop for Orton it has to be said - not much crowd reaction for Umaga.
Big pop for Jeff and MASSIVE for the Game - who looks not as big in real life.
Good match - best bits of the night, seeing the Swanton done live and the Pedigree took the roof off with the reaction it got.
Jeff/HHH won clean over Orton with the Pedigree - both got a standing ovation and both Jeff/Triple H spent a long time with the crowd which was very nice to see.
Overall - brilliant entertainment.
Apart from the lack of a private bar/having to get our own food the first time round/no free catering like we were promised the only bad bit was the price of the programmes.
Now, I heard a lot of people complaining about this - they were £15 each which I think is wrong if you have a lot of kids - £8/10 would be a lot better - we bought one anyway and found it slightly out of date with what is in it.
A few wrestlers have departed the WWE now and are still in the programme.
ALSO (just thought of this) the people sitting at ringside were told to stay in their seats during the match and kept sat down - when a match was won - everyone rushes to the side of the aisle they had which if you are a minor, you may get crushed in the stampede.... then, the arena security stopped people from overly shaking hands/hand slapping the wrestlers last night which I thought was wrong, the only time they stopped doing it was at the end of the night when Jeff/Trips were going around the crowds for a long time.
Didnt see how much the merch was though as the crowd round the merch tables were massive - did want an Orton shirt as well.
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole event, and cant wait for April until Smackdown comes to Sheffield.