Saturday, March 24, 2012

Road to Wrestlemania

So tonight I had the pleasure of attending a WWE House Show.  I tried to get some of you to go, but you all had mostly legit excuses, so I don't blame you.  I won tickets and a swag bag from a radio station promo so I had 5 extra tickets total; one next to me and 4 halfway up Section 221.  I expected this arena to be the size of the Sun Dome maybe, so I thought the 221's were gonna suck.  However, those who saw my twitpic earlier, can tell that the arena was about the size of a high school gym... so those tickets weren't bad at all.  Luckily, I knew some coworkers that were going, and they graciously allowed me to sit with them two rows down (which you can see in the twitpic), so I wasn't forever alone at this thing.  So, it's a shame you guys had to miss it, but I'll briefly (those who read my other posts know I mean briefly) go over the matches tonight.  Overall it was a good show, and I'm glad I went.  Especially since this is probably the only way I'll ever be on the floor for a WWE show.  I was expecting a little more variety out of the matches, but still, overall not bad.

Match #1 - Santino Marella vs. Jack Swagger for the US Title

Most wrestling fans know who's gonna win a title match at a house show.  Santino hasn't failed the wellness policy, so he won.  Good match overall, with the goofiness you'd expect from Santino, but it was over when the COBRA struck.

Match #2 - Leo Kruger vs. Zack Ryder

Leo Kruger, a talent from the FCW, came out explaining how he's not just a Superstar, but a Megastar in the WWE.  Big talk for someone who doesn't have an entrance video... Anyway he issues an open challenge, which Zack Ryder answers.  I had hopes that Ryder would be there, since he wrestled on RAW this week, so this was great for me.  Broski Boot to the Rough Ryder and this match is over; Ryder wins.

Match #3 - Eve vs. Kelly Kelly

Eve came out first, explaining herself as usual.  Commence the hoeski chants... Anyway, this was a Divas match, so not much to say here.  Honestly though, for a Divas match, it wasn't too bad, the highlight being a pretty sweet huricanrana by Kelly Kelly.  Eve wins though, by using the ropes as leverage.

Match #4 - Alex Riley vs. Ryback

Some of you (not me) might remember Ryback as Skip Sheffield from the original incarnation of The Nexus, until he broke his ankle.  Well he's back and fighting Alex Riley at house shows!  Decent match overall with a lot of hard slams.  Ryback, the obvious heel in this, wins.

Match #5 - R-Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. Primo and Epico

This match was originally for the Tag Titles, but according to an announcement, the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations Mr. John Laurinaitis wasn't having that so it was non-title.  This meant to me that Truth Boom had a chance to win tonight, which after a nice lengthy match, they did.

Match #6 - The Miz vs. "The Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay

The Miz comes out with his spiel about how he should be in Wrestlemania, yadda yadda.  Then somebody call his momma!  As much as I don't care for the Funkasaurus gimmick, I'll root for him over The Miz.  This match was also an actual match, as opposed to the squashes that we're used to Brodus giving us.  Needless to say, I still have yet to see the Funkasaurus lose, and that didn't change tonight.

Match #7 - John Cena vs. Kane in a Last Man Standing Match

Never witnessing in person a Last Man Standing match, this was something I was looking forward to, and surprised that it wasn't the main event for the reason.  It really only lasted about a standard match length.  Kane sent Cena through a table earlier in the match, but Cena won by giving Kane the AA through a table.  Cena also probably got the biggest pop of the night.

Main Event - CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Championship

This match had to be the longest of the night, at probably about 20 minutes (or at least it seemed that way).  CM Punk is one of my favorites, but the first half of this match just seemed to drag on.  The last half was better with both Punk and Ziggler showing their respective skills.  But we know this is a house show and CM Punk probably didn't fail the wellness policy, so Punk wins.


  1. Looked like a lot of fun. (I missed the Funkasauris!?) Too bad I was at work till after the show started. I'm looking forward to seeing some of this new blood come up after Wrestlemania.

    How's the pacing of a house show compared to the RAW we went to?

    1. Pacing was pretty fast. Literally a couple of minutes after a match was over, the next one began. There was about a 10 minute intermission after the R-Truth/Kofi match. Also, I didn't know house shows did this much if at all, but there was even a bit of talking before matches (Leo Kruger, Eve, and The Miz), and even Kane and R-Truth had short backstage segments.