Our House loves to be entertained so when the biggest entertainment engine in the world rolled into Manchester this week, we could not resist. The WWE knows how to put on a show. The Our House crew has been to a few WWE events now and I have to say that going to a ‘house’ show is a lot more fun that going to a TV taping such as this. The difference? In a house show it runs as a complete show and there is much more fan interaction. If ever I describe the WWE to my friends, I always say “it’s just a grown up pantomime!”. This weeks taping of Monday Night Raw was a bit stop, start.
The show opened with the fantastic John Cena. Cena has a mixed reaction from fans but in Manchester he was very clearly being booed! I thought that this would be great for Manchester’s own Wade Barrett. Surely if the crowd are booing Cena, they are here to cheer on the homecoming of the current WWE headliner. The crowd certainly had mixed feelings! Poor Michael Cole got the biggest boo of the night as he spoke on behalf of the anonymous general manager to announce a 10 man tag team with guest referee – John Cena.
Raw has suffered recently, CM Punk and Triple H are out with injuries, Shawn Michael’s retired following his defeat at Wrestlemania 26 and legend Chris Jericho has taken a time out to tour with his band. So we are being over run with Nexus. There were 2 Nexus matches this evening, I was disappointed that divas Laycool were not on hand to entertain, instead we were stuck with WWE Diva fail ‘Manchester Derby’ which comprised of Manchester United shirts versus Liverpool!!! Ooops.
The highlight of the night was Santinos tea party, where in an attempt to befriend the Celtic Warrior Sheamus, Santino only made his situation worse by insulting his ginger hair and pale skin. Valdimir Kozlov added fantastically as a comedy sidekick and as hard as Sheamus thinks he is, we could definitely see him holding back his urge to crack up laughing.
The headline match was Team Orton versus Team Nexus. It was so much fun to see all of our favourite superstars in one place. R Truth, Mark Henry, The Miz and Daniel Bryan were on hand to back up the fantastic Randy Orton. It was all going so well for Orton until opportunist and back stabber The Miz planted a skull crushing finale on the viper, handing the victory over to the Nexus.
Overall, the entertainment value was perfect, I had a lot of fun, cheering my favorites but I think that the WWE need to do something drastic to breathe some more life into the show. I heard that DX are reforming this weekend and Triple H has already made a brief appearance. Could this be a sign of things to come?