WWE kicks off with a bang - to the head

2013-07-31 17:26
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Cape Town - WWE wrestlers know how to give a performance. In the second tour since 2011 to South Africa, fans can experience all the best from their favourite superstars, mixed with our own local talent in the form of Justin Gabriel. The line-up looked great, which included two title matches, and the night even included a fan taking on one of the wrestlers in the ring.

The host for the evening was veteran diva Lilian Garcia who managed to get in and out of the ring in a very short dress without flashing all the ring-side spectators, but managed to get the crowd riled up. The first match of the night was between the wacky yet most entertaining R –Truth, who got the crowd on his side with his signature "What’s Up" theme song, and the most annoying flamboyant wrestler to have danced his way on stage – Fandango. Luckily for the crowd his rainbow sequenced-trousers and ringside dancing partner couldn’t save his ass as R-Truth tapped him out.

Divas and a Brit

Next up was the Divas Championship match, which was probably the most boring match, as Kaitlyn tried to win back the title from the devious AJ Lee and despite a lot of hair-flipping back and forth and crazy laughter from AJ, the match was disappointing and the crowd couldn’t wait for it to be over.

Up came Brit Wade Barrett, who goaded the South African audience to the brink of almost getting pummelled by a fan from the crowd, but luckily his mockery was short lived as audience hero multiple champion Rob Van Dam destroyed the cocky Brit with his insane aerial moves.

Homegrown Justin Gabriel

One of the most anticipated matches was the contest between ex-football player Titus O’Neil and homegrown golden boy Justin Gabriel, who automatically had the hearts of his fellow South Africans. The crowd even started singing SA sport anthem ‘Ole!’ to cheer him on, which annoyed the hell out of his opponent. The match started out with a lot of bitch slapping from Gabriel, but The Big Deal got his own back when gave the South African a massive beating.

Ultimately, The Cape Town Darewolf fought back and won the match in his home country. However, after the whistle blew a vengeful Fandango, whom the crowd crucified in his previous match, attacked Gabriel in the ring which got the very Afrikaans response “Kom Boeta, vanaand gaan ons dans!” This has definitely set the tone for the rest of the SA tour.

Another crowd favourite, Randy Orton took on the humongous Big E which led to another boring match, although Randy’s RKO finisher was quite a sight, which ended Big E’s fighting spirit. After Big E left defeated however, a random fan ran into the arena and attacked Randy from behind, which led to almost all of security coming down on the trespasser, holding back Randy as well as a flustered Big E from pommeling the guy. One fan was lucky enough to get the whole thing on video.

Best match of the night

One of the best matches of the night was the tag team match, with Rhodes Scholars plus one of the Bella twins taking on Tons of Funk and one half of the Funkadactyls. Before the match however, elitist snob Damien Sandow announced that him and heart throb Cody Rhodes are no longer tag team mates, which Cody hinted at in his Channel24 interview, and the only reason he is here in South Africa is because of a contract signed two months ago.

An annoyed Cody entered who got more support than his obnoxious counterpart, and this lack of team spirit made it easy for Brodus Clay and Tensai to dominate them, pleasing the crowd by rubbing their backsides in the broken team’s faces. Even the Divas gave an awesome performance, much better than the championship match, and in the end Damien refused to tap out Damien and left the arena before the match was over.

The Celtic Warrior Sheamus went head to head with All-American Jack Swagger, who already lost the favour of the crowd with his American patriotism. Sheamus used Swagger’s flag for wiping his ass and led to a very drawn out match just wouldn’t end. A very disappointing match for such a high profile wrestler.

WHC Title Match

Finally, the last match was the main event. A World Heavyweight Championship match with champion Alberto Del Rio defending his title against former champion Dolph Ziggler. At the beginning of the event, the audience was asked to vote on Twitter what kind of match it should be – 2 out of 3 or non-disqualification match. Unsurprisingly the crowd wanted the latter, which meant that chairs, tables and sticks would be in the mix.

Alberto went the cowardly route and kept evading Ziggler by staying out of the ring. Ziggler finally managed to get the slimy wrestler back into the ring, and got a stick. However, Alberto fought back and gave Ziggler a massive stick beating, and later threw him into a well-placed table that broke into lots of little pieces. Alberto pinned down Ziggler and kept his title, but The Show-Off managed to leave Alberto with a parting gift – his head into another well-placed chair.

An entertaining event even for non-WWE fans, and remember there is still one more show tonight in Cape Town, after which the WWE Superstars will be hitting Durban on Thursday and Johannesburg on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are still available at Big Concerts and Computicket.
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