Another Detailed Live Report from WWE in Belfast

Mike Killam

Thanks to Wrestlezone reader Adam Colgan for sending in this detailed live report from the 11/7 WWE live show from Belfast: 

 

Odyssey seemed pretty much packed out for the House Show! Obviously tickets weren't sold for seats behind the entrance as it's a complete blind spot.  Out of the 8 WWE house shows I've been to, this was definitely the most hostile/post 30 male crowd I've show I've been too… Funny considering that fact and the tickets we get is in the most quiet/family/random due who brings girlfriend section. A lot further away from the ring than April where we were beside the entrance. We were a little late in leaving and got caught up in the traffic in Belfast that always accompanies WWE in town and found it very difficult to find a parking space. This meant we missed the babyface entrances for the first match.
 
1. Brodus Clay (w/ Cameron & Naomi) and Santino Marella defeated Epico and Primo (w/ Rosa Mendez)
We were panicking about being late until we got to the arena and saw it was a Santino match. As much as it pains me to say it, he is very over with the kids and even a good majority of the vocal males. Couldn't find much to get excited about in this match, smiles on the faces of parents when Santino did his usual goes to the top rope then middle rope and finally dives off the bottom rope with an axe handle smash… along with his "comedy" getting dizzy and falling out of the ring spots as well. Felt a long beatdown when Epico and Primo were in control  and Rosa dancing her feet off to basically no reaction. Loud Santino chants from the crowd during the beatdown, when he made brief comebacks they basically consisted of armdrags. Brodus got the hot tag and in the only real part of the match that got my attention was Epico selling a clothesline like Billy Gunn would for Bradshaw back in the day. Santino would hit the cobra followed by Brodus' splash finisher (nowhere near as good as hit Fall of Humanity/What the Funk? Crossbody) for the 3 count. Despite not enjoying the match that much, I still think it's very cool that after the match kids get to dance in the ring with Brodus, always nice to see the smiles on their faces.
 
2. Michael McGillicutty defeated Tensai  
Tensai got a lot of heat for his entrance, despite being a glorified jobber he still is quite effective in drawing a reaction for his entrance. Michael Mcgillicutty's awesome music hit to sadly basically no reaction, except for me who jumped up, clapped and marked out. I know he hasn't been on TV much but I have to say I was very disappointed that some of the vocal males didn't react more to him in the match, personally I don't see how chanting 'Albert' in a monotonous tone is good for the business in any way… How about getting behind a lower mid carder who can actual wrestle and comes from a hall of fame family? I vented this frustration during the beatdown of Mcgillicutty while the crowd continued to chant Albert. One funny moment was when the woman behind me asked her husband why they were chanting awkward… Anyway Mcgillicutty would turn the match around and hit a ridiculously awesome powerslam that drew quite a good reaction from the tough crowd. He followed up with a missile dropkick before Albert threw him into the corner and tried to sandwich him, instead eating the turnbuckle before being rolled up by Michael McGillicutty for the win! Nice surprise and quite a good reaction for the pinfall.
 
In between matches 2 & 3 a promo would air with Dolph Ziggler on the screen talking about beating John Cena all over Europe and would defeat him tonight. In the Odyssey there was only one screen which was wick for our section as it was out of our viewing range and anyone near the entrance. You could barely hear what he was saying due to the amount of heat. 
 
3. WWE Divas Champion Eve defeated Layla and AJ to retain her title in a Triple Threat Match.
Not a bad reaction for Eve, Polite applause for Layla (and her awful Tiffany hand me down music) and the best diva pop I've heard in ages for AJ! I was completely surprised as I try not to follow house show results and thought Kaitlyn would be working this match instead. From what I saw with AJ involved in the match up no one wanted to leave to buy t-shirts or the toilet. Eve did the standard heel try to gang up on the babyfaces but didn't work and was drop kicked and then double teamed by the faces in the early going. I'm not going to lie, the bum slaps are very entertaining live. Also a pop for AJ skipping around the ring randomly during the match. Loud AJ chants at intervals but quite quiet through the rest of the match. Despite the lack of reaction I think this was one of the better divas matches I'd saw live and Eve with her Ju-Jitsu background along with AJ's good selling is pretty entertaining. Layla hit a chick kick during the match to AJ and Eve threw Layla out and covered AJ but AJ kicked out… as I put it sometimes her finisher, sometimes just a normal move. Eve would hit her finisher on Layla for what everyone thought was the finish until AJ launched herself into the ring and distracted the ref for a pop, quite similar to Sandow against Rey and Sin Cara on Raw a few weeks back. AJ would roll up Eve for the 3 count, to which there was a large pop and I must admit I don't know why but I was completely fooled, maybe it was the fact I hadn't watched Smackdown or that AJ celebrated for a few minutes while Justin announced but nearly everyone thought there was a title change. Until Vickie came out, this was the first time I'd seen her live and the heat was unreal, I could barely hear what she was saying because of it. She restarted the match to Vickie sucks chants and Eve hit her neckbreaker finisher for the win to retain her title.
 
Once again another promo was shown, this time of Team Hell No, very funny YES/NO, I'm the Tag Team Champions which got a huge reaction from the crowd and were chanting along with Kane and Bryan. Kane would get the last YES to laughter. Shows how much they've revitalized the Tag Team titles and how Kane has constantly made himself relevant. Out of the 8 house shows he's been the wrestler I've seen the most times (about 5) as ECW, World Heavyweight and now Tag Team Champion and multiple dispositions. 
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