This week both WWE Raw and Smackdown hit Liverpool (as did Superstars and Main Event for those who care), England and, as expected, they put on a good show.
Although the current product is questionable, you can always count on a live show to not let you down. I was in attendance for both shows and was impressed with the show WWE put on. After having a couple of days to consider the strong points of the show, I have created a list of the top five things I learnt whilst enjoying the show.
5. The Future is Now
Much of the Smackdown taping was filled with young but brilliant stars who will likely become household names in the future; Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose and even Tyson Kidd never failed to impress me during this show as they each play their characters as brilliantly as they wrestle.
Tyson Kidd has for years now been an underused, unappreciated star just waiting to shine and, with his current 'Nattie's Husband' gimmick, he may finally get the chance.
WWE clearly see Ambrose and Wyatt as future stars as they both headlined the Smackdown event with Kane and Chris Jericho in tag team action. With other fresh young talent such as the criminally mistreated Cesaro, Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn and the new NXT Cliq of Owens (formerly Steen), Hideo Itami (formerly KENTA) and Fin Balor (formerly Prince Devitt) WWE's future is looking very bright indeed.
4. The Big Guy is back
If you were to have told me in 2012 that Ryback would be buried and paired with the talented but charisma-lacking superstar, Curtis Axl, whilst jobbing to various superstars every single week, I would have laughed in your face.
As we all know, that actually happened and, until three weeks ago, the Ryback character was as dead as Katie Vick. Now with a fresh push, his old theme music and pyro, new attire and his old catchphrase of 'Feed Me More!' it would appear as though Big Hungry never left.
On Monday night, Ryback single-handedly left the Authority laying when minutes before they destroyed Sheamus, Big Show and even John Cena. It definitely appears as though WWE has big plans in store for Ryback and I for one hope it works out this time.
3. The UK fans will cheer who they want
The thing I have always loved about the UK fans is their unusual ability to put Superstars over. Indeed, it was the UK fans who put Fandango over at Wrestlemania 29 last year with their cover of his theme song. It was also the UK fans who put Daniel Bryan over at Wrestlemania 28 with their constant 'YES!' chants.
At Raw on Monday night, the UK fans were at it once more as they sang along to Adam Rose's Party Express theme music as well as hilariously chanting along 'John Cena sucks!' in time to John Cena's theme music. Don't be surprised if another talent's theme music gets over at next year's Wrestlemania.
2. WWE confiscate signs... a lot!
I was sat third row from the front during Monday's Raw and the surrounding fans were hilarious although a little bit controversial. Throughout the show, the gentleman sitting beside me raised numerous signs including; a Chris Benoit sign, a sign displaying a certain fan-given nickname of Dean Ambrose (Google it!) and a 'Cena Sucks' sign which I would have imagined before the show would be perfectly acceptable.
All three of the signs mentioned were confiscated as were many more around the arena. I can understand confiscating signs on the lines of Benoit, but a 'Cena Sucks' sign is a little too far. Vince McMahon needs to loosen up a bit it seems. Oh, did somebody say Vince McMahon?
1. Vince is hilarious when angry
Throughout both shows, almost everybody in attendance was chanting 'Where's Our Network?', and understandably so. The WWE Network has been delayed not once, but twice in the UK and there is now no definitive date for its release; there have also been rumours that the UK Network will be along the same lines as the watered down Canadian version.
These rumours have since been squashed, but it is undoubtedly still a possibility. During the Smackdown taping, Vince McMahon came out - clearly ticked off by the onslaught of Network chants - during the commercial break and completely annihilated the fans in Liverpool, as well as Liverpool itself. Vince described the word Liverpool as a 'horrible, skin-killing, Ebola-like disease'. He also went on to trash the famous 'Mersey Sound' by declaring it 'sounds like garbage'.
Many people booed Vince during this seemingly "Shoot" promo, but I applauded it; this was the ultimate heel promo. Anybody who suggests that Vince has gone soft in his old age is as crazy as he is.
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