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WWE House Show Report 5.18.14 - Birmingham, England
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.18.2014



Credit: Darren Gutteridge & PW.net

1. Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio to retain the U.S. Title. Sheamus is crazy over in the UK. I'd say, behind Cena and maybe Bryan, his shirts were the most popular. The match was nicely paced for a house show, but my disinterest in both acts meant my attention waned occasionally. Sheamus retained with a Brogue Kick.

2. Sami Zayn defeated Damien Sandow. Sandow was in heat mode from the second he walked out, grabbing a mic to demand a better reception on his second entrance. Zayn was met by crickets (and the occasional quiet "Ole" chant), but won over the crowd with flashy offence. Sandow also helped the cause with numerous stalling tactics. Zayn won out a nice back and forth with the Helluva Kick.

3. The Bella Twins defeated Alicia Fox and Aksana. Not the worst Divas tag match I've ever seen, but the lack of crowd reaction made for quite a dull match. One of the Bellas shoved Aksana's face into her tits at one point. That is not a criticism - just an observation. The finish came when Nikki hit a backbreak rack on Fox (I think) while Brie hit a facebuster on Aksana. Both ladies pinned their opponent and the ref counted the three for whoever was legal.

4. Cesaro defeated Dolph Ziggler. Dolph got a surprisingly good reaction, but Cesaro's walk down was met with apparent apathy. I still don't think people know how to react to him without Heyman. He got a massive pop for the Cesaro swing though, which came at the end of a good final stretch started by a beautiful hurricanrana into a sleeper hold from Dolph. The Neutraliser saw off Ziggler.

5. The Usos defeated The Rhodes Brothers and Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles. Harper whistled on his way to the ring (in lieu of entrance music). I couldn't make out if he was whistling the Wyatt tune or "Whole World in His Hands". A dance-off between an Uso and Cody broke out half way through the match, and Rowan ended up being egged on to join in. Before he could, Harper dragged him out of the ring. They worked a nice pace throughout, and after an Uso, Cody and Harper had all performed dives to the outside, the legal Uso scored a roll-up pin on Rowan to retain.

Intermission (the guy behind me informed someone else that the main event would be "Daniel Radcliffe vs. some Randy guy." Harry Potter vs. a horny dude? Whatever floats your boat.)

6. Los Matadores and El Torito defeated Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Hornswoggle. This was all midget baiting. They made everyone wait about 5 minutes before we got Swoggle vs. Torito, but the crowd ate up every one of Torito's moves. Big pop for the finish when Torito pinned Slater off of a springboard moonsault.

7. Brodus Clay defeated Jinder Mahal. Mahal stayed in the ring following the previous match, and said he had been training hard, so wanted someone to come out and face him. Clay came down to his old music, dancing it up as the Funkasaurus once more. It was a quick squash match, with Brodus hitting Mahal with a diving splash for the win.

8. John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt (w/ Harper and Rowan). The large number of kids in attendance meant Cena was met with a big pop, with only a small amount of boos. The duelling chants that eventually developed, coupled with the smark love for Wyatt, made for a very enjoyable match, which I'd say was the best of the night. After each man hit their finishers for good false finishes, a ref bump took place, which lead to Wyatt grabbing a chair as Harper and Rowan beat up Cena. Cena managed to recover in time to duck Wyatt's chair shot (which took out Rowan), before taking out Harper and finishing off Bray with a second AA.

Notes: With the LG Arena playing host to Nine Inch Nails tonight, WWE had to go to Birmingham's second best arena for a change. I've never been to the NIA for wrestling before, but the slightly aging arena made for a nice change of scenery, even if the seats were slightly uncomfortable. The place was nicely filled out, with only a smattering of empty seats on the floor, and one or two empty sections in the upper tier.

This was a better house than the one I attended in November, with a really strong overall card and a fairly hot crowd. My only slight criticism was the placement of the 3MB matches before the main event, as I think the tag match or Cesaro vs. Ziggler would have worked better there. I'm also aggrieved that all the of the English talent was on the Cardiff show that was also ran tonight, as it seems like a no-brainer that you'd want them on all of the shows in their home country. The show's overall quality means I'm already making plans for the next tour in November, which will be back at the LG Arena for a house show on the seventh.





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