WWE: Raw in the UK cured post-WrestleMania blues

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Whenever WWE schedules an episode of Monday Night Raw in the UK it seems to go down extremely well with the WWE Universe, and last night's edition was certainly no exception.

In a sold-out O2 arena on the river Thames in London, the followers of WWE in attendance were certainly not disappointed by the three-hour extravaganza that was put on.

Cena's reception

The show began with the face of WWE; John Cena, who, in an attempt to rectify the resounding boos which followed his entrance music, gave his annual speech about how he feels the UK deserves a WrestleMania.

Cena continued to explain that those in charge of the decision have chosen to make the UK fans wait even longer for the incredible prospect of having the biggest WWE event on their home turf, but Cena certainly gained the backing of more fans inside the arena and got the show off to a great start.

Although on the face of it, those watching Monday Night Raw back home will have only seen the patriotic additions of a black taxi, red telephone box and union jack flags as the differences between an American-version of the show, the atmosphere during this episode doubtlessly made it the most exciting Raw since WrestleMania XXXI.

Continued chanting

For near enough every wrestler who entered the ring, the British crowd had a unique chant to greet them with, though this is not to say the words were going to be complimentary.

Homegrown favorites such as Bad News Barrett and WWE Diva Paige had some of the best receptions of the night and Dublin-born Sheamus sold himself extremely well under his recent heel-turn.

Unfortunately for someone who was previously everyone's favourite giant; Big Show became the victim of a number of chants regarding his weight.

These came about during the dark match which saw the tag tea trio of Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan and Dean Ambrose take on Sheamus, Luke Harper and Big Show, with Bryan eventually achieving the win by perfecting his Yes Lock.

Big Show did however reiterate the admirable relationship WWE has with its huge UK fan base by grabbing a mic to retaliate to the echoing words with the simple yet brilliant response: 'I am NOT fat!'

Ultimately WWE ticked every box with its London showcase of Raw last night, and the way the homegrown talent was promoted on the card was excellently executed.

The push WWE gave these wrestlers meant we were able to see the likes of bad guy Wade Barrett smiling at the overwhelming reception he received from the crowd, while Norwich's Paige took to the mic following her Divas Battle Royal win to remind everyone that this was where her emphatic WWE career started.

Lastly, Adrian Neville was also given a rightful push by being pitted against Dolph Ziggler and, despite his loss, the opportunity to face someone as prominent as Ziggler, gave him the platform he needed to prove his incredible wrestling ability, which he did so in memorable style. 

Should WWE do more Raw events overseas? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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