Thanks to Lionel Newman for sending in the following:
First 2 nights in Cape Town South Africa were sold out.
The show was FANTASTIC!!
I was at the 2nd show on Thursday 7th.
From a technical production side it was pretty watered down but the Superstars more than made up for it.
The show opened with SIN CARA VS CODY RHODES.
One of the quicker matches of the night.
Sin Cara didn’t botch too many moves but Cody had to help him out a bit when he did. Sin Cara was over nonetheless.
Sin Cara won.
Next up was JINDER MAHAL VS YOSHI TATSU.
They worked well together.
Mahal was the only one to use the mic on the night. Got some good heat.
Winner Jinder Mahal
3rd match was ALICIA FOX VS NATALYA.
Surprisingly one of the better matches of the night. I feel Natalya often has to hold back to accommodate the other Divas but Alicia really held her own.
Nattie was obviously over cause the Harts are family down here
Another great match was SHEMUS VS KANE.
A mixed reaction for Shemus. A lot of cheers and boos.
Well worked match. Good quality (and lengthy) matchup.
Winner Kane with Tombstone Piledriver
Then probably the match of the night – TED DEBIASE VS DANIEL BRYAN.
These two were fantastic. The match had it all. High flying, grappling, the comedy spots and Ted Debiase really worked the crowd well. He got great heat and really got into it with a guy in the front row dressed as Hogan.
Winner Daniel Bryan
WADE BARRET VS EZEKIELl in a South African Street Fight was good value as well. They got to use chairs and kendo sticks.
Bothched the end a bit. Ezekiel got Barrett up in the torture rack and apparently Barrett immediately tapped. The crowd an ring announcer weren’t really sure if the match had actually ended even after the ref signalled to the timekeeper.
The main event was awesome. JUSTIN GABRIEL, BIG SOW, RANDY ORTON VS MARK HENRY, ALBERTO DEL RIO, CHRISTIAN WITH BRET HART as special guest.
As I mentioned Bret is family down here so he got a great pop.
The heels got some great heat as well.
Justin Gabriel worked much of the fight and he did really well. 450 splash is awesome live!
Some notes: Biggest pop – Randy Orton’s entrance and RKO. (Even got a reaction from Bret and Big Show)
Bret’s entrance was up there too.
Obviously Justin Gabriel as well and even got some PJ Black chants from he smarks.
Biggest heat – Alberto Del Rio
Mark Henry also got a great reaction when he tore up Bret Hart signs in the front row.
The crowd were a little confused with Christian. He only just turned heel this past week on SA tv so there were many Peep signs and Christian t-shirts. He even got very loud cheers for his entrance.
Great night all round.
Just a lot of disappointment from fans in the merchandise. Only T-shirts and programs on sale.