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Monday 06 November 2017

Review: WWE Live @ The Brighton Centre

The WWE bandwagon rolled into Brighton recently to deliver its quality brand of big names and even bigger action.

Chatter before the event centred around the announcement that Triple H (HHH) was a last minute addition to the UK tour. 

The entertainment was set to feature the newly reunited faction, the Shield, but after contracting a viral infection, Roman Reigns was unable to make trip.

The opener was a dream match and featured former New Japan regular, and inaugural WWE Universal champion Finn Balor, facing off against the longest reigning Ring of Honor champion Samoa Joe. 

It was a suitable opener with Joe's apathy for the crowd shining through. Balor won with a Coup de grace. Finn gave a nice speech about returning to the UK after the match!

Asuka, who only recently made her main roster debut, took on veteran Mickie James in the next bout. 

It was a crisp performance that made Asuka sparkle. It's easy to imagine that one day she will be a worthy challenger for the Raw Women's Championship.

In one of the most entertaining parts of the show, Elias came out to sing a song to Brighton; backed by Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows and Bo Dallas. 

He sang the first verse of Wonderwall before changing the words to insult the fans in attendance. 

An interruption by Goldust was welcomed loudly by the crowd; and Rhyno, Heath Slater and Jason Jordan came out to make it an eight man tag. It was an action packed match with all participants getting their chance to shine. 

Enzo Amore arrived to loud cheers and worked hard to get the crowd against him. He defended his Cruiserweight Championship against former champion Kalisto. The match had some flashy offence and Enzo managed to pull out the win.

Next up was a tag team encounter, which did little to hold the crowd's attention. 

The bout  featured four UK performers that have had minimal exposure on WWE TV and, as a result, it was hard to engage with the action. 

Dan Moloney, Mark Andrews, Joseph Connors and Tyson T-Bone did work hard and I especially enjoyed the interaction between Connors and fans at ringside. Mark Andrews got the win for his team with a shooting star press. 

Another veteran to make an appearance was the seven foot monster Kane, who featured in battle of the Titans against Brawn Strowman. 

Proceedings soon got out of hand when Kane went on the attack attack with a steel chair, and was disqualified. Strowman got revenge by slamming Kane through a table. 

It was great to see these two in the ring together but I just wish it could have lasted a little longer.

The final three bouts ran a lot longer and that meant there was more time for the matches to build. 

Bayley and Sasha Banks managed to oust Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax in a crisp tag match. 

They seemed genuinely moved by some of the fan reactions at ringside and stayed out to greet them after the match.

The penultimate match was the best of the night. Intercontinental champion The Miz was the most hated wrestler of the night and happily played up to the jeers. 

He managed to retain his title against Matt Hardy in a back and fourth battle that saw The Miztourage getting ejected ringside only to cause a distraction at the end of the match.

The next bout was also full on and featured the Bar, Sheamus and Cesaro teaming with Bray Wyatt to take on the remaining members of the Shield, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, with HHH. 

Sheamus and Cesaro have been getting better and better as a team over the past year and worked well together. 

It is amazing to think that Cesaro was the only man in this match yet to win a singles world title in WWE, and he was every bit the calibre of the others in the ring. 

HHH got the best reaction of the night from the crowd and worked a lot harder than returning legends I have seen in multi-man tag matches in the past. 

Proceedings concluded with a shield triple powerbomb and HHH joining in with a Shield fist bump to send fans home happy.

Overall, it was another slick event from WWE, but one that could have benefited from having less matches as some of the bouts did feel a little rushed, especially Strowman vs Kane.

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by: Dave Hills

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