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WWE House Show Results 5.21.14: Belfast, Ireland
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.21.2014

Credit: John Service and Prowrestling.net

1. Cesaro defeated Dolph Ziggler. Solid opening match which Cesaro won using the Neutralizer. Despite having been poorly booked the past 12 months or so, the live crowd were giving Ziggler a strong babyface reaction, while Cesaro was met with a mixture of cheers and boos. The Cesaro Swing was very popular with the fans which saw them chanting along to a count of 11.

2. The Bella Twins defeated Aksana & Alicia Fox in a Divas Tag Match. Typical Divas match with the crowd not really interested in the match. One of the Bella's won the match using their X-Factor finisher before pinning Alicia. After the match had concluded, there was an angle where Fox threw a tantrum in the ring.

3. Sami Zayn defeated Damien Sandow. Zayn initially received little to no reaction from the more "casual" wrestling audience, although he did get over due to his high-flying babyface moveset and also from several "Ole" chants that were started by fans aware of his work in the Indies. On a side note, Zayn's new music is terrible though and sounds like something a jobber Diva would enter the ring to.

4. The Uso defeated The Wyatt Family (Harper & Rowan) to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships. Solid tag match which saw the Wyatts originally win the Championships after using the title belts on the champs while the ref was distracted. However, the decision was reversed after Dave "Fit" Finlay made a surprise appearance and notified the ref of the underhanded tactics. While the match was solid, it seemed like Rowan & Harper were not particularly over with crowd.

5. R-Truth & Xavier Woods defeated 3MB (Drew McIntyre & Heath Slater). Jinder Mahal was at ringside for this match. Like the Divas the crows was not particularly invested in this mid-card match and they were largely silent. Only R-Truth's "What's Up!" chant really got any reaction from the audience.

6. Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio to retain the WWE United States Championship. There was a deafening babyface reaction for Sheamus who was obviously playing up being back in Ireland. The match itself was solid if a little slow-paced, which resulted in some "CM Punk" chants trying to break out. I missed the finish to this match due to several children and adults running up to the barrier and blocking my view.

7. John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt (w/Rowan & Harper). Prior to starting the match Wyatt threatened to leave several times as the Belfast audience refused to cheer him. This match was nearly identical tot he one they put on at WrestleMania (right down to the Five Knuckle Shuffle into the Crab Walk spot). Cena got the usual mix of boos and cheers while Wyatt was heavily booed by the younger fans. Bray also got several "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" chants at different points in the match. Cena won via the Attitude Adjustment although once again my view was blocked by younger fans rushing forward to see the pin.

Overall it was a solid WWE house show. I was at the same live event last year and the crowd was much less rowdy this time, despite being made up of largely the same typical WWE fans. A lack of major stars such as Daniel Bryan or Orton, as well as no Barrett or Paige meant that older fans were probably left a bit disappointed by the house show.

The Odyssey Arena holds roughly 11,000 people and I would estimate the building was 90-95% full. WWE announced they will be coming back to Belfast the start of November, and it will be interesting to see if the likes of Bryan/Paige/Orton make the journey to Northern Ireland.


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