The atmosphere is something I defintely want to mention, as I just read your review of the pay-per-view and what you said about the “boring” chant during Jericho / Kingston. Let me first say that when we got there around 5:30 p.m., the lines to get in were wrapped around the arena. They didn’t open the doors until 6:00 p.m. and we went to get in line a little after that, but tons of people had been standing in line out in the Texas heat for some time and I think that took a toll on the crowd. It just seemed to take a while for the crowd to really get into it tonight. The dark match (Jeff Hardy defeating MVP) didn’t seem as good as it should have been. That, combined with the segment rather than match that was Holly & Rhodes vs. Dibiase (which the crowd didn’t seem to be into), followed by a rant by JBL (which I found hilarious, but I can see how some wouldn’t) and a slow start to Jericho vs. Kingston I think got to the crowd a bit
It continued into Mickie James vs. Katie Lea, as the crowd was pretty much dead for it. Edge vs. Batista got the crowd going though, and seeing Batista press Vickie Guerrero to the outside was great.
As Richard Gray reported in his coverage, the crowd was nuts during Triple H vs. John Cena. It was mostly younger kids and such cheering for Cena. They both recieved mixed reactions when they came out, but the crowd started booing the shit out of Cena as the match got going. A couple times as we booed he just looked out at us and shook his head. I should also interject here that people really didn’t like Cena using that spinning side slam three times. The crowd was definitely on Triple H’s side throughout the match, and the false finishes and the crossface from Triple H drove everyone into a frenzy. The place went nuts when he put Cena down with the Pedigree.
As for biggest pops, Triple H definitely had the biggest at the end of the night. Cena and Vickie Guerrero had the most heat.
Things the TV audience may not have seen include two people who I can only assume to be medical personnel running out to Kane after he had been outside the ring for a minute or two. He stayed out there for a while and waved the two people off and they ran to the back. After the match I believe he was helped out, he exited off the side of the stage rather than going back up the ramp. After the Triple H vs. Cena match, Triple H had his knee brace undone and his knee pad down and was favoring his knee. He was hepled up the ramp and again posed at the top before being helped to the backstage area. I didn’t see any tarped sections in the arena, it looked to be a legit sell out.
Overall, I thought the show as great. We had awesome seats in the first section of risers opposite the hard camera and had perfect views of the ring and stage. There were some things I didn’t care for; myself and everybody in my section thought it was bullsh*t that Kingston was in there with Jericho tonight instead of Shawn Michaels (although it was great to see him with the run in). The Triple H vs. Cena match was really the best though, they gave a great performance. I have 20 seconds of video on my phone of the end of the match (Triple H fighting off of Cena’s back, hitting the Pedrigree, getting the 1-2-3) and the crowd really was just electric at the end of that match. The place erupted when that finish happened.
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