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Review – Money In The Bank (2017)

Money In The Bank did not disappoint, it was a solid show from start to finish with some excellent wrestling at times and a few surprising moments. Controversy in the first ever Women’s MITB ladder match, a shocking debut and hopefully a few teases of things to come.

It’s vary rare for me to walk away from a WWE main roster PPV with a good overall opinion of it, but I was very happy with what happened. I see potential in all story lines and even though my favourite wrestlers didn’t win. I am content.

Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Winner: Carmella

054_mitb_06182017jg_0611-caa06542d3384264da149ee1e3b35a8cStraight in with the controversy! Oh the internet seems to be massively divided on this on. Some people despise the ending other people love it. I personally loved it.

In case you are unaware the finish of the match saw James Ellsworth tip Becky Lynch from the top of the ladder, proceed to climb the ladder, retrieve the briefcase and then drop it into Carmella’s waiting open arms. It was a complete mockery off a finish, showing complete disrespect to all of the women involved. This was their moment to show the world they could do it just as well as the men and it was ruined.

It was the PERFECT heel move. Absolutely brilliant! I mean, what a disgusting thing to do. To ruin the inaugural Women’s MITB ladder match by having a man decide the finish. The heat Carmella should receive from this is unreal. This is where a lot of people seem to be getting confused again. You didn’t like what the heel did? You aren’t meant to. It’s meant to rile you up!

The only problem I had with it was the confusing referee discussion after the bell rang. It made it seem like Shane McMahon or Daniel Bryan were going to come out and restart the match but never did. It clearly confused the crowd to who just stood there waiting for something to happen.

As for the match itself, I thought it was unfortunately a little sloppy. Certainly not the high standards we know the women can reach on their day. I certainly thought the ‘this is awesome’ chant early on was incredibly generous of the St Louis crowd. Not that anyone is going to remember the match itself its all about the finish.

I’m not entirely sure why the WWE made the creative choice of having all 5 women come out to the ring, then show a 3/4 minute video hyping up the match. Surely it would have made more sense to open the show with that promo package? As for the video itself, even more marketing bullshit promoting the women’s revolution. Stop patting yourselves on the back every chance WWE, it makes everything seem so much more forced and false.

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Survivor Series [Review]

Well, Survivor Series wasn’t a disaster. It was however a bit of a mess but that’s mainly down to traditional elimination matches, they’ve always been a mess. Over crowded, over booked and under booked at the same time. The Tag Team match was awful.

…and then the main event happened. Good. Lord. What a surprise! Shocking in every sense of the word.

The worst part of Survivor Series, apart from how ultimately pointless most of it was (see Intercontinental and Cruiserweight stipulations for proof of this). Is that because we had so many cross brand promotional matches the commentary teams got mixed up. However, for the most part they chose the worst parts of each team to work together. JBL, Saxton, Otunga and Cole is not a dream team by anyone’s imagination. Why couldn’t we have just had Mauro and Corey Graves do the entire show?!

Also side note: I really enjoy the crowd chanting 10 for every number of a referees count. It’s incredibly stupid, but a lovely reference to Tye Dillinger. Continue reading

WWE Battleground 2016 Review

I really enjoyed the opening promo, it’s not often I say that about WWE these days so I thought I’d make a special mention. I didn’t watch the pre-show, so we’ll skip right past that and into the main show! Surprised yet delighted about Breezango picking up the surprise victory though.

Sasha Banks & Mystery Partner vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke

057_battle_07242016cm_0498-ff48b3e7b1758ff74b458d435e6169bcWell, I’ll be damned it was Bayley! Great to see her on the main roster but I do have some huge concerns for the NXT Women’s division. They just lost…well, everyone! We’ll worry about that another time though, it was a great way to start the PPV and a great addition to the women’s division for the main roster. Although JBL did say it was a ‘one off’. So who knows.

It was a great match to open the show. It really popped the crowd having Bayley and Sasha team up and win. Looking forward to the continued feud between Charlotte and Sasha, hopefully their Summerslam match will be fantastic.

The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family

tumblr_oav5m0itk81s05wxzo1_400Another great promo leading into this match, which was immediately ruined by the New Day being their usual daft selves. I love the New Day, but there’s a time to drop the jokes and be serious. Make The Wyatt’s look like an actual threat you know? It’s was a wasted opportunity to show something different from Big E and crew. Even Xavier looked relaxed and jovial again, despite what the promo was suggesting.
tumblr_oauiissjwc1sj4xr4o1_400It especially doesn’t make sense, when the second the match begins Xavier goes back to being scarred of Bray which is the story for most of the match. It was a good match, I do feel like the odd vibe set it off slightly. Bray was on fire though, the clothesline a chokeslam he did to Kofi Kingston were brutal!

The Wyatt’s pick up the victory, Bray looked great like I say. Still don’t understand the decision to split them up if I’m honest. The last time they did this, it didn’t work out that well for any of them. Hopefully Luke Harper is going to rejoin Wyatt and Rowan on Smackdown soon though when he is recovered from injury. Continue reading

Wrestlemania 32 Predictions

Wrestlemania is almost upon us again and it’s time to make some more predictions. First of all, what are the chances it will live up to the quality of NXT Takeover? Slim I’d say personally, but the opportunities are there. After all, last years Wrestlemania didn’t look that strong heading in but it ended up being a fantastic show. It was a really case of everything going right on the night. WWE are going to need that again on Sunday and then some!

I’m writing these predictions on my flight over to Dallas so let’s not waste anytime getting stuck in.

Pre-Show

We’ve got four matches on the Pre-Show this year and non of them are exciting. The Battle Royal is literally the ‘we didn’t have any actual plans for you’ group. The divas tag match is another pathetic attempt to advertise Total Divas. The Usos are boring, yet over as babyfaces and as for Kalisto verse Ryback. Give me a break.

US Title – Kalisto (c) vs Ryback

Let’s be honest, if we’d all be given the option of a multi-man ladder match or a singles match for either the Intercontinental Championship or the US Title. We’d have all chosen the ladder match for the US Title and focused on a meaningful feud between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Alas, the WWE have got it the wrong way round, unfortunately we don’t even get a meaningful feud this way.

Ryback has recently turned heel returning to his ‘big bully who hates small people’ persona. Which let’s be honest was rubbish the previous time around. Meanwhile Kalisto’s title runs haven’t exactly set the world on fire.

Personally I can’t see the point on Kalisto staying Champion if he isn’t doing anything with it. I also can’t see the point in Ryback being Champion either though. That said, if this heel run is ever going to take off he needs to win big. Simple as that.

Winner: Ryback

Divas Tag Team Match

Once again WWE have forced Total Divas into another Wrestlemania feud. Oh joy. This time around we have Team B.A.D and Blonde vs The Total Divas. I’ll be honest with you. I couldn’t give a monkeys about this match.

There’s only two talking points. Firstly Emma is involved which is great news for her as she’s been doing awesome work as a heel since she returned to NXT. Secondly and probably more importantly. WWE decided to put Eva Marie on the babyface team. That’s right, hated diva Eva Marie. The same woman who generates more heat that anyone else on NXT is supposed to get cheers. Not gonna happen WWE.

Sorry Vince, once again you’re out of touch with how the fans think.

Winners: Total Divas, but who really cares.

The Usos vs The Dudley Boys

Another match that I’m finding it hard to get into. There’s no denying that The Usos are a popular tag team and there’s also no denying that The Dudleys are one of, if not, the best tag teams ever. It just feels like since their return they’ve done very little and keep getting stuck in long, drawn out feuds that never really go anywhere.

I suppose I’m really just waiting for a Bubba Ray singles run ala Bully Ray in TNA. I’m not expecting one however. Long and short of it, The Usos will win in what hopefully will be a decent match. That won’t set the world on fire.

Winner: The Usos

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Completing the pre-show is the Battle Royal. Also known as the Jobbers Battle Royal by those more cynical. In honesty I don’t know who will win this but if I had to put money on it, I’d say it would be one of The Wyatt Family. It doesn’t matter though, it means litereally nothing to win the match. Perhaps however this will be the year that this all changes, maybe this year it will finally be the kick start to someones career.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Main Show

AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho VI

20160303_wm32-keyart_match_ajstylesjericho_1920x1080-254cf568c0871ceb096414387d8d10e6If you’d have told me before the Royal Rumble that we’d be seeing Chris Jericho verses AJ Styles at Wrestlemania I’d have snapped your hand off. If you’d have then have told me it would be their fourth match, I’d have told you to shut your mouth. In recent WWE tradition we’ve seen a good thing too many times, too quickly to get truly excited about it.

It’s similar to how we saw Kevin Owens verses Dolph Ziggler on Raw 8,000,000 times this year. It doesn’t matter though as just like those matches between Owens and Ziggler, this is going to be another good match.

It should be a great match and I’ve got faith both men can deliver. At the very least if we don’t see a great match it’ll be a good match but more importantly it will help put AJ Styles on the WWE map.

Winner: AJ Styles Continue reading

WWE Roadblock Review

WWE Roadblock was a rather good show, for a ‘glorified house show’ I would argue that it was a lot better than WWE Fastlane. An actual PPV. Mayb e it’s just that this time around I didn’t really expect any title title changes or real storyline developments. What I expect was a fun show to watch with some good wrestling. That’s what we got.

When I made my predictions, there were only 4 matches on the card. Needless to say, several more were added to the card. A few of these did have the ‘house show’ feel, rather pointless and at times the crowd did go to sleep for predictable outcomes. That said, they did come to life for other matches, with equally predictable outcomes. It’s all in the telling I suppose.

I really wish they’d put Mauro Ranallo the commentary team it would have been nice to hear him call this. Cole and JBL just make every seem so lack luster, which doesn’t help at all during some points of the show.

Before we get to the main review, let’s have a really quick talk. Just me and you Toronto (although this applies to crowds in general). Stop chanting for CM Punk. Just stop it. I was a huge Punk fan, but he’s gone. Accept it, stop chanting for him during other peoples matches. Especially during people like Dean Ambrose’s matches. It only hurts them, your favourites! Vince will see it as them failing to get over and push Reigns even harder!

WWE Tag Titles: New Day (c) V League of Nations

Roadblock kicked off with a New Day promo. It was a great way to start the show, the crowd dug it. I dug it. New Day are slowly turning face, which they unofficially have been for months in honesty. However, the commentators have started showing signs of being warmer to them. Which is a real indication of change. After all, Roman Reigns is booed every week, but the commentary team say he’s a good guy. So he is.

I said in my predictions that I really like the idea of Barrett and Sheamus being a tag team even after the League of Nations are over. They seem to fit well together. Michael Cole however needs to stop bringing up that Barrett won last years King in the Ring, it’s a laughable, meaningless achievement. It’s an accolade that actually does more damage.

It was a good match, Toronto were hot for the New Day and it was the right decision in the end to keep the Titles on them. This was the only Title I thought could change hands on the show, but it wasn’t surprising that it didn’t.

Let’s be honest, Kofi should have tapped to Sheamus’ Cloverleaf submission, he was in it for ages! Also towards the end there was an ugly fall for Kofi, but he seemed okay. Looked painful though! Finally we had a hilarious spot with Barrett counting his own pin while Xaiver distracted the referee. Good lord referees are stupid sometimes. Continue reading

Raw Talk [25/01/16]

On the back of an awesome Royal Rumble PPV comes Monday Night Raw live from Miami, Florida. It’s weird as a wrestling fan these days to be looking forward to a show rather than the skepticism and regret. You can argue that WWE television has slowly been improving over the last month or two anyway, but now that it’s officially Wrestlemania session I expect WWE to up their game and give it their all.

150_raw_01252016ca_1951-2256842185Normally when I review Raw I discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, however I’m going to switch it up this week. Stay positive, Think happy thoughts and focus on The Good.

Sure, I could go on and on about The Authority opening the show (yawn) or how annoying it is seeing Kevin Owens Vs Dolph Ziggler yet again. I could even go on a rant about how pointless Kane is these days or how sad I am about how far Rusev has fallen in the past year. Yet when you’ve got plus points that include AJ Styles and The Roc, I can forget about those things for a while. So here we are my three favourite things from Monday Night Raw.

The Good

Chris Jericho Vs AJ Styles

tumblr_inline_o1jdc2wpjf1s4kk59_540How can you have a list of good points and not include AJ Styles. It’s still incredibly surreal seeing him inside a WWE ring after all this years, one that it might take a bit of getting use too. I’m just happy to see someone with as much talent as he has finally make it to the ‘big leagues’. More specifically though, I’m delighted he didn’t go back to TNA. Styles gets another big reaction from the crowd on Raw, they even chant his name during The Authority’s opening promo.

069_raw_01252016ca_0991-2326677724His first match on Raw is with Chris Jericho. This is what dreams are made of folks! Jericho is a legend in wrestling, famous around the world, and I know I’ve been frustrated with his recent run but this is a fantasy booking dream match. It must have been pretty special for AJ as well. Styles has wrestled some of the most talented people in the business, but going one on one with Jericho in a WWE ring must have been on his bucket list. It would certainly be on mine. During his entrance AJ shouts that “this is where he belongs”. You’re God damn right it is!

073_raw_01252016rf_0696-354701643One minor criticism, if you can call it that is hearing JBL call AJ Styles a kid, when he actually wrestled for WCW, is really weird. He might be new here, but his a veteran who’s respected around the globe.

It’s starting to look more and more likely that Chris Jericho will be turning heel as well, which is great news. He’s always been at his best as a heel and his current run is certainly lacking. I’m thinking once he does he’ll feud with Dean Ambrose over the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania. Which should be awesome.

Divas Triple Threat?

116_raw_01252016ca_1424-468437524Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch faced off on Raw and it was a pretty solid match until Charlotte interfered and took out both women. Revenge on Sasha for the Royal Rumble and continued decent into her new heel character. One huge plus point this match had was that Sasha Banks came out alone. I hope this means it’s the end of Team B.A.D or at least her involvement with them, she’s good enough to go alone and was only being held back.

Banks has neatly added herself into the best booked feud on the main roster. Which I think is heading towards a Triple Threat match at Wrestlemania or at least Fastlane. Personally I’d save it for ‘Mania though. WWE do need to be careful with Becky Lynch here though, we don’t want her to become the forgotten third person again.

One question though. How is it that the former NXT women can be booked so well (granted it took a while to get the ball rolling) with the best built feud on the roster. Yet the other ‘divas’ are still struggling with throw away three minute tag team matches. Don’t get me wrong I’m glad they’re focusing on them but can you not multitask WWE?

The Rock

The Rock is back! Hell Yeah! The Miami crowd go crazy for the hometown hero. Rocky proceeds to cut an amazing promo. It starts with him interuppting The Miz, upsetting the Big Show, flirting with Lana much to the annoyance of Rusev. Every conversation and confrontation is hilarious. He’s even come up with a new catchphrase “You alright!”.

tumblr_o1jjvfej291saykaxo1_400The fun continues as The Rock makes his entrance to the ring. He talks to some cosplayers, dressed as Macho Man and Hulk Hogan, who just got moved from the hard camera. Vince must be pulling his hair out, but Rock can do what he wants and goes on as long as he wants at this point. In what must be the least PG anything on WWE television Rocky talks about weed and llama penises just to name a few. Again, The Rock can get away with anything. If Adam Rose cut this promo he’d be fired before he got backstage.

tumblr_o1jjvfej291saykaxo2_400New Day join in the fun, which is amazing as well. I love The New Day so much. The Usos get involved too and we get a rock bottom and a peoples elbow. Great stuff and the crowd are very happy.

This was without any doubt the best promo Raw has seen in years. The Rock and The New Day were on point. i’ll even forgive the involvement of The Usos. When Rock is good, he’s untouchable. Past and certainly not present. I wanted this promo to last at least til the end of the show, if not forever. It was so, so good. The downside is that whenever Rocky does come back, it’s bitter sweet as it really shows us what we’re missing these days.

Royal Rumble 2015: What went wrong?

wwe-royal-rumble-2015-bannerWe are days away from the 2016 Royal Rumble PPV. The official start to the road to Wrestlemania. The Rumble itself is one of the biggest PPV’s of the year and most looked forward to matches as well. It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the WWE the last two years though. Firstly in 2014 Batista’s return and victory were booed. It was too predictable, too boring. The fans wanted new stars to cheers for, the fans wanted Daniel Bryan. 2015 came around, they wouldn’t mess it up twice in a row would they? They bloody well did!

For a second year in a row the fans turned on both the match itself and the winner. Two years in a row a supposed good guy pointed towards the Wrestlemania sign to a chorus of boos. How could this have happened again?

So Royal Rumble 2015, what went wrong?

It certainly wasn’t any of the preliminary matches or the WWE World Heavyweight Champion bout that’s for sure. Oddly the first four matches (including the pre show) are all tag team matches. There’s no place on the card for either the Intercontinental or US Titles though, which unfortunately was the style at the time.

Pre show: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro Vs The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E)

rr15_photo_015-1077863671Cesaro was hot even back in January 2015 even after months of doing nothing! Cesaro and Tyson Kidd were only just into their tag team run, but the crowd recognised the talent and made them the firm favourites here, despite being the official heels.  The match itself was an entertaining affair, but with that much talent in the ring it had to be.

The Ascension Vs The New Age Outlaws

rr15_photo_063-3860649733The Ascension had recently been promoted from NXT but from the get go they had not been taken seriously. Saddled with a Legion of Doom style gimmick the duo looked more like wanna-be’s than actual contenders. The commentators laughed at them and insult them. As a result, fans didn’t take them seriously either, but a quick victory over The New Age Outlaws looked like it could be a turning point.

Tag Team Championship: The Usos (c) Vs The Miz and Damien Mizdow

rr15_photo_065-260010544Damien Mizdow was so incredibly over during this period. People loved his shtick and he undeniably works well with The Miz. During the match The Miz refused to tag in Mizdow, jealous over the better reactions he’d been getting. This only made the crowd long for him more, cheering ferociously every time he got involved.

The Bella Twins Vs Paige & Natalya

The Bella Twins picked up the victory after a stiff forearm from Nikki to get the win. The match was okay, nothing really against it but no real reason to get worked up for it either. Weakest match on the card but it did its job.

World Heavyweight Title Triple Threat: Brock Lesnar (c) Vs John Cena Vs Seth Rollins

rr15_photo_132-3987634657When you hear about people talking about a ‘big fight feel’. This match had it. The match felt huge and the crowd loved it. All three competitors gave their all. It was a masterclass in booking and a masterpiece in execution. This was rightly WWE.com’s match of the year, it certainly was mine. It truly was an excellent match.

tgud9ni-0The bout continued Brock Lesnar’s monumental push as a true beast and a freak of nature. John Cena pulled out an incredible performance, something he’d be doing a lot of later in the year. Seth Rollins was the star of the show for me, this is the match in which he proved he could hang with the big dogs. He’s elbow drop from the top rope to the announce table was incredible, the height he got was huge and he even pulled out a Phoenix Splash later in the match for Gods sake!

All good so far then, so what went wrong?!

So everything up until the main event has so far either been good or great. What could go wrong?

Royal Rumble Match

jyqkrtlWhat an excellent start this Royal Rumble match had. The fans are still high from the triple threat match and are ready to continue their fun. We are treated to early surprise return of Bubba Ray Dudley. We had a freak off between Bray Wyatt and The Boogeyman, which was great. A period solo of domination, complete with mid match promo for Bray Wyatt. Before Daniel Bryan enters, a nice nod to their excellent match the previous year. The fans are delighted to see him back. Another surprise entrant at number 14 with Diamond Dallas Page making an appearance. Diamond Cutters for everyone! This is amazing!

tumblr_inline_nitkmxWPmg1sos9txThen everything changed. Out of nowhere the combination of Rusev and Bray Wyatt eliminate Daniel Bryan. The crowd didn’t know how to react, they honestly couldn’t believe it. The fans chanted for Daniel Bryan and began to boo new entrants to show their disapproval. When Roman Reigns entered at number 19 the boos were deafening.

Now the problem here isn’t the elimination of Daniel Bryan itself. It’s just the execution that created a lot of the problems. Firstly, WWE intentionally hyped up the return of Daniel Bryan. He’d recently cut a promo on Raw that heavily teased that he was going to be forced into early retirement. Instead he announced that he would enter the Royal Rumble match and go onto Wrestlemania to recapture that title that he never lost. Naturally fans were excited by this prospect.

eWNh-8akTAF2kj8X4xMDoxOjBzMTt2bJSecondly, during the build up to the event it was apparent that there were only two real choices for who was going to win. Daniel Bryan or Roman Reigns. With Bryan gone so early there was a lot of match left to cover with a now very predictable destination. Predictable, most of the time, is boring. By eliminating Bryan so early they made one of the biggest matches of the year boring.

Finally, the random elimination that didn’t do any favours. Everyone knew Rusev was going to feud with John Cena for the US Title at Wrestlemania, and Bray Wyatt was heavily rumoured to go against The Undertaker. Had Daniel Bryan’s elimination been shown with a storyline element with it, a hint of what would come or a direction to follow, fans would have been kinder. They still wouldn’t have been happy, but it would have appeased some. Instead all they saw was their favourite being thrown aside yet again by WWE.

So why didn’t the fans in Philadelphia and around the world didn’t want Reigns to win. After all, they cheered for him last year to win. What has changed? It’s simple, the previous year Roman Reigns had been booked extremely well. He looked a million dollars. As part of The Shield he was over with the fans. So when he was the last chance for someone other than Batista to win the Royal Rumble he was easy to cheer for.

The problem is that since Seth Rollins turned heel and The Shield disbanded Reigns has been more vulnerable. He’s promo work needed work. It didn’t help that WWE were handing him some of the worst scripts ever written of course either. He was unproven as a singles competitor and in the eyes of many not ready to be a top guy, so for the fans to see a rocket strapped to his back and be positioned for the main event of Wrestlemania was odd. Especially over their favourites like Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro, Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan who had been slogging away for years. It wasn’t so much of a rejection of Roman himself, but everything his push stood for. He was the hand picked golden child of Vince McMahon, instead of him pushing one of their favourites.

rr15_photo_223-2180302447To make matters worse for some reason WWE thought it would be a good idea to have fan favourites like Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt (even though he’s heel, he’s still popular) dumped over the top rope like rag dolls by The Big Show and Kane. In a normal situation this would have been excellent heat generating antics from two heels, but in this situation it represented far more.

Just like the previous year fans began to cheer for the only other remaining superstar. In 2014 it had been Reigns being cheered on instead of Batista. In 2015 it was the anti USA monster Russian heel Rusev. That’s when you know WWE really messed this up. Anywhere else Rusev would be subject to USA chants and a negative reaction. But when the crowd realised he was their last hope from the inevitable they cheered him instead. If that’s not a rejection for Reigns I don’t know what is.

When The Rock came out, he initially received a positive response but the fans even booed him when he raised Roman’s hand in victory. You managed to get fans to cheers The Rock. I didn’t even think that was possible at this point.

Aftermath

cancel_wwe_network-0The night of the Royal Rumble #cancelwwenetwork trended worldwide on twitter. The online cancellation page crashed and subscribers who called WWE to cancel were told to call back as there were too many people attempting to manually cancel.

The day after the Royal Rumble, Dave Meltzer reported that WWE had expected Reigns’ victory would receive some backlash, but not to the level they had experienced. Despite this, WWE would not add Daniel Bryan to the main event at WrestleMania 31 like they had for 30. This is because Vince felt that it would just be a repeat of the previous year, which is actually true. Had they gone down the same route, it would have received half as much traction as it did the first time.

Roman Reigns was received negatively most nights on Raw in the build to Wrestlemania. The feud between Reigns and Lesnar was booked poorly. They under utilised the limited dates they had booked for Brock. WWE fans looked unfavourably at Reigns being chosen to end the domination of a man who a year previously had broken the undefeated streak of The Undertaker. Despite a having a good match against Daniel Bryan at Fastlane, intended to show that he was the real deal, fan favour could not be regained.

Wrestlemania 31

Oddly Wrestlemania 31 turned out to be a much better show than it had any right to be. Despite awful build up for most of the show, in particular the main event, WWE really pulled it out of the bag on the night. It actually turned out to be one of the best ‘Mania’s of all time.

13cd4dffcf411827da4b67ef5bcf9f32_crop_northIt was clear that Lesnar was the crowd favourite from the get go, receiving a huge cheer when his music hit. A stark contrast to the reaction that Roman Reigns got. The match itself was phenomenal, a contender for best of the year. Reigns held his own despite receiving a prison style beating and impressed many with his resiliency. Both Lesnar and Reigns worked stiff during this match, making the whole affair that much more physical and brutal. As the match built towards its crescendo Seth Rollins’ music hit and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to make it a triple threat. Which he then won. Had Reigns won the title the crowd would have turned on the entire event, of that I am sure. Oddly Seth Rollins, a hated heel, stealing the World Title from under Reigns and Lesnar’s noses sent the crowd home happy. Very happy.