Wrestling News World reader Robert attended Sunday's WWE live event in Kansas City, Missouri. He filed the following report:
Pre-show Fan vote for Special Divas Match
Choice A: dance off
Choice B: match
Show start - Tony Chimel Announcer
Randy Orton comes out says John Cena was injured in their match last night. He busted Cena's eye and therefore hopes that Cena will never see again. Orton tells the crowd if they want refunds they are giving them up until the second match. Since Cena is not going to be there, Orton says he is going to grabs some divas and some beer and go back to the hotel and watch the Super Bowl.
Side note check out Chris' House Show report from Orlando February 1st
He notes, “There was a point where it looked like Cena took an eye poke and the trainer had to come in and check on him.”
Daniel Bryan comes, out says these fans want to see a championship match and why not do it in a steel cage.
Orton and Bryan exchange blows. Bryan gets the better of Orton. The Main Event Randy Orton v. Daniel Bryan in a steel cage. Biggest news is no John Cena.
Cutis Axel & Ryback v. Big E Langston & Mark Henry
I was surprised to see Mark Henry. He came out with a wrapped elbow. Henry sold the elbow. Good Comedy in this match Big E Started against Curtis Axel. Mark Henry was tagged after a couple of lock ups and Axel immediately tagged in Ryback. Mark Henry roughed up Ryback. Ryback then goes for the tag and Axel jumps for the apron claiming he had a tight hamstring. Later in the match Ryback pulled a extended suplex hold on Big E. Some Goldberg chants. Mark Henry hot tag. Henry slams and pins Axel to go over.
2. Zack Ryder v. Alexander Rusev
Awesome to see Rusev on the house show circuit don't be surprised if he isn't on Raw and Smackdown in the coming weeks. However no Lana which is very disappointing. some viscous headbutts on Ryder. Pretty much a squash match for Ryder. Some USA chants. Rusev goes over with the accolade (camel clutch)
3. Tamina Snuka v. Natalia
The fans voted 53% to 47% for a Divas match over a dance off. Thank God
Tamina comes out and rips up a guys sign at ringside. Tamina had some good heat. She performed real well as a heel and worked the match superbly. She was really into being a heel. Emma was in the crowd at ringside during the match, Tamina grabbed Emma's sign and threw it. Natalia took a solid bump outside the ring. Natalia goes over with sharpshooter. Both Tamina and Natalia worked well together. Hope to see this matchup more often.
4. The Miz v. Bray Wyatt
Miz working Babyface. The Wyatt family originally scheduled to take on Daniel Bryan came out. Bray took on Miz. Nothing special hear usual Bray stuff. He didn't work as well as his past few matches on TV. Miz worked hard, he took some good bumps outside the ring and a shot into the steel steps. Bray goes over with Sister Abigail.Luke and Eric were pretty reserved in this match.
5. Damien Sandow v. Kofi Kingston
Sandow came out to boos. He came out with a mic and requested the crowd to cheer as he went back throught the Curtain and restart his music. He came back out to boos. Big pop for Kofi. Kofi over.
Bad news Barrett came out with some bad news for Kofi roughed him up a bit Kofi goes over with SOS.
6. Wade Barrett v. Kofi Kingston
Super Kofi he beats two men in one day just after going over Randy Orton a couple of weeks ago and his super jump from ringside to the ring at the Rumble.
Six man tag
7. Sheamus & Usos v. The Shield
Sheamus & Roman show down. Seth takes Bro punches. Nothing really special. Usos are over with the kids I would be surprised if they are not champions soon. But as we know that doesn't matter anymore. Nice shield / Uso chant. Adult for the shield and kids for the Usos. Roman did his apron drop kick to one of the Usos. Sheamus gets hot tag. Shit goes crazy. Brogue kick to Ambrose. Sheamus pins Ambrose.
Steel Cage Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title
8. Daniel Bryan v. Randy Orton
Nothing really special. Once again it hard to see a cage match without some color. Orton gave Bryan a Superplex. Bryan got the better of Orton and was heading to the door and Bray Wyatt was waiting at ringside to slam the door in his face. Orton hits the RKO. Pins Bryan for the win. Orton must have the Wyatts in his pocket. The cage raises. The Wyatts start in on Bryan. Sheamus and the Usos come out for the save Bro Kicks come Bryan kicks to Bray and the Wyatts are gone. The Show closes with the Usos, Bryan, and Sheamus trading chants.
The Yes chants weren't that hot, not one CM Punk chant. John Cena's merchandise was over more than anything else. WWE merch stands suck. They were selling Goldberg DVDs for $10 and that was it for the videos and not one action figure. They could make a ton if they had some variety. Just seemed half ass.
The crowd was pretty sparse, but it was 1pm start on Super Bowl Sunday. It maybe a while before we see a major show in Kansas City again.