I have just come back from the WWE live event in Leeds First Direct Arena and it is a very enjoyable event. First of all, I was in the Leeds Trinity shopping centre where the Prime Time Players were scheduled to appear from 2pm-4pm and you need a wristband from the WWE2k14 game to see them, which I did not have. I arrived at the centre at 2:15 with the WWE2k14 gameplay and played a few matches, but the PTP's had still not arrived. In the middle of playing the game, I heard them being introduced so I walked around the booth and the PTP's were about 1 metre away from me! They went on the stage and did the millions of dollars thing. Security were a bit pushy about where you could stand, but you could easily get a view of them. Some guy also handed Darren Young a comb, haha. Titus kept jokingly pushing people back if they rushed in to meet them when it was their turn. You weren't allowed to see them unless you had a ticket and they had to leave at 4:15, they did seem friendly though.
I got to the arena at 5:30, they let us in at 6:15. I'd say it was between 2/3 full, quite a few empty seats but Leeds Arena only holds 13,000 and it's almost semi-circle shaped compared to a full arena, which is circle shaped. Lots of wooing as we were waiting for the show to start. At 7:40 the show starts with Tony Chimel coming out
The Prime Time Players def. Hunico & Kamacho
Standard tag team match the with PTP's playing the faces, the heels stalling and then the faces getting a hot tag. Titus wins with the sit out spinebuster. There were lots of cheers and chants of "millions of dollars," which reminds me, someone in the autograph signing did the millions of dollars dance with the PTP's but said "millions of pounds." LOL
Ryback def. Gabriel
I was very excited to see Justin Gabriel because I really want to see a 450 splash again, but the second Rybacks music hit I thought, "great, squash match, no 450 for me." It turned out to be a decent match between the two. Gabriel got quite a few hits in such us a springboard moonsault, a flurry of kicks and several crossbodies. Mixed chants for Ryback, with fans chanting "Goldberg" and "Feed Me More." Ryback wins with Shell Shock.
The Bella Twins def. AJ & Tamina
AJ announced before the match that it was a non-title bout. Lots of wolf whistling when the Divas came out. Seriously though, who can blame them?! Very loud pop for AJ and Tamina started the match, some pops for the Bellas, as well as a small "we want tables" chant, very similar to the one on raw. A "we want AJ" chant broke out, which AJ at first didn't acknowledge but when she tagged in, she tagged straight back out and got booed. The same thing happened a couple of minutes later. Great heel tactic by AJ. Brie Bella won with the X Factor after AJ ran at her off the ropes.
A video package was shown about the WWE 2K14 video game, and there was loud boos for John Cena and a huge "Woo!" chant.
Paul Heyman came out with Curtix Axel and Ryback and was complaining to the crowd about his injury. He he started off with "ladies and gentlemen" and instantly got booed. He responded by saying, "you booed me for saying ladies and gentleman?! Okay then, the things that live in Leeds!," which got an even bigger boo. Very smart by Heyman. Some of us were confused about why Ryback came out with Heyman based on what Heyman said about Ryback on RAW. "CM Punk" chants broke out and Heyman was talking about how he was scheduled to face Punk, but there will be no scheduled match. Punk's music hit to a very loud pop. He came out for about 10 seconds, went to the back, then came out with a kendo stick, which got a huge pop. He went on the mic and basically asked Ryback why he was taking sides with the man who said bad things about him on RAW. Ryback said "stupid" to Heyman and left. Punk told Axel and Heyman that they had 10 seconds until he comes into the ring and kicks their ass. Punk ran in with the kendo stick and Axel ran out to the back, leaving Heyman by himself. Heyman got battered with the kendo stick to a load of "yes" chants, until the Wyatts music hit to a loud pop. The Wyatts came in and attacked punk, but then Daniel Bryan came out and made the save and the tag team match was on.
Daniel Bryan & CM Punk def. The Wyatts
Bray wyatt was in his rocking chair, but also lay on the stage and on the steps at various points in the match when he got involved. There were two big hot tags for Punk and Bryan, but the Wyatts must have stalled it for about 15 minutes. Eventually chaos broke loose and Bray came into the ring, and Punk was about to GTS Bray but got stopped by Luke Harper. Luke got hit with Bryan's knee to the face, and Punk hit the GTS on Erick Rowan for the win to a huge pop. Punk stayed on the ground on his knees after the pin with his head on the floor. The ref attended to him and Bryan also got down and checked on punk. It seemed like a minor injury and he seemed okay walking back, but he did leave the stage about two minutes before Bryan while Bryan was high fiving everyone.
15 minute break
The Usos def. 3MB (Drew McIntyre & Heath Slater)
Once again a standard tag team match, with Heath playing around to the crowd doing his 3MB taunt and one of the Usos did it back to him, haha. Usos won after a super kick and a double samoan slam. Lots of loud "U-SO" chants.
Curtis Axel def. R-Truth (Intercontinental Championship Match)
R-Truth came out to some heavy cheers, although when he chanted "What's up," a few people in my row as well as myself were chanting, "you suck!" Back and forth action with Axel stalling at the start. Axel wins with an exposed turnbuckle and his finisher.
John Cena def. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship)
Del Rio came out to heavy cheers by the people I went with, haha. Cena came out to heavy boo's with the standard "lets go Cena" / "Cena sucks" chants. Cena was getting heckled by three people dressed as the Wyatts. Cena went out of the ring and went to their side of the ring as they were chanting "Cena killed wrestling." Cena asked them what moves they wanted him to do, and they replied, "anything but your shoulder tackle!"
Cena went back in and wrestled. Early on, Cena irish whipped Del Rio to the corner and seemed to injure his ankle, it seemed like his Achilles heel. I have seen thousands of matches and Cena kept rolling out of the ring while Del Rio was stalling for time by pandering to the fans and actually acknowledging the fans that cheered him. Del Rio attacked the leg, but rarely went for the ankle and targeted the shin. Cena tried a very quick AA about five minutes mins in the match but Del Rio countered. Cena tried the 5 moves of doom, but fell after running to do the shoulder block. Cena rolled in the corner and the ref called the X and the doctor came in. Del Rio grabbed the world title and went on the turnbuckle with it. The match continued for about 10 minutes with Cena even going to the top rope and doing some signature moves, but he was keeping his weight off the ankle. One attempt at the AA seemed to be aborted as his ankle gave way. Cena won with the AA after many counters. TYPICAL, Del Rio should have had the world title as the ref called the x, even though it was a house show, lol!
Anyways, one of the fans dressed as the Wyatts threw his hat at Cena, which came near him and he got kicked by security for it. Cena picked it up then got a mic and cut a promo and said, "do people see this hat? what I see is the wyatt family..." Then he started naming people dressed up in the crowd, the Goldust guy, IRS, Superman, etc. Cena talked about how enthusiastic and passionate we all were, etc. Very good promo, seemed to have everyone pro-Cena by the end of it. Cena walked out fine after the match.
All in all, good show!