It was the second day of March, on a cold Sunday night. I went to Bloomington, Illinois for my fourth WWE event. I've seen quite a few wrestlers since going to Raw in St. Louis three years ago heading into WrestleMania 27. I've been to three house shows in Bloomington, Springfield, and now back to Bloomington again.
There weren't many superstars or divas coming out of their vehicles to sign autographs. We got into the arena as the doors opened, allowing us plenty of time to walk around and find our seats. WWE posted tweets on the screen if you used the specific hashtag. Videos of the WWE talent visiting military aired, and of course there were several video packages hyping WrestleMania and the WWE Network. There was also a video package hyping Alexander Rusev.
Tony Chimel was our announcer, and welcomed us to the show right at five. "The following contest is set for one-fall..." I'M HERE TO SHOW THE WORLD! Dolph Ziggler came out to one of the bigger pops of the night. He went over Damien Sandow in a brief opener. This wasn't much different than their matches on TV over the last few months. Ziggler won with the Zig-Zag.
Zack Ryder came out for the next match. As he said in his first Last ReZort video, many people are like Who Who Who? And that's exactly what happened here. I think I was the only one around our section who went with the Woo Woo Woo chants. NXT star Alexander Rusev (I know, just my luck) came out to silence. Obviously if you don't watch NXT or pay attention to his vignettes, people aren't going to know who he is either. There were more people that left their seats during this match than the following divas match. The only two things I remember from this match was Rusev making Ryder tap for the win.
AJ Lee came out with Tamina and said that she doesn't have to defend her title tonight, thanks to Vickie Guerrero. Natalya came out and wasn't too happy about that. These two divas worked well together as they have been, and put on a fine match. This was my first time seeing Natalya live which I was pretty excited about. I've been able to see AJ at all three live events in the last year. The first time was the night before she won the Diva's title, and now she's still champion. Natalya made her submit to the Sharpshooter.
The Uso's and Sheamus teamed up for the last match before intermission. All of them were over and received some of the biggest pops. Their opponents, The Wyatt Family, also got a pop from the crowd. Uce-O chants were started a few seats down from me. One of the brothers responded to them with a big UCE-O and slapped the mask right off of Rowan to start the match. Really fun match to witness live, and there wasn't a slow moment. Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Rowan for the win. After the match, Sheamus and The Uso's all posed taking turns wearing the mask.
After the intermission, R-Truth came out to host a dance-off. Jinder Mahal and Xavier Woods were the participants. Mahal played air guitar while Xavier showed off his moves. Woods won, and Mahal attacked. A match was started. I don't even know what went on during the match as I turned on the camera, got in zoomed in and Woods won via roll-up.
The next match was my favorite. Kofi Kingston and the Big Show made their way to the ring. This was also my first time seeing Big Show in person, and yes he's big. Thanks to Ticketmaster for the Interactive Map, I was able to pick our seats seven rows from the ring, on the end of the row, and right where The Shield enters. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were accompanied to the ring by Dean Ambrose. It was awesome to see some of my favorite guys walk by me just inches away. The match was probably the best of the night. Everyone worked well together. Roman Reigns and Big Show had a big collision moment at one point. Ambrose did a lot of taunting.
At one point, Ambrose grabbed a chair to attack Kofi with and Big Show picked Ambrose up by his head and brought him into the ring. A few more minutes later, Big Show choke-slammed Rollins for the win. Rollins and Reigns argued with Ambrose for a bit before the lights went out and The Wyatt Family came to the ring. I totally didn't see this happening, and neither did anyone else. Both teams stood across from each other like they did on TV, and then brawled. The Shield has Bray cornered in the ring, and Rowan pulled him out.
The steel cage was lowered, and Kane and Daniel Bryan entered. Of course the YES! chants were over and Bryan had the biggest pop of the night. I found it odd that the kids in front of me were really supporting Kane. These two worked hard and delivered a good main event. At one point towards the end, Bryan went for a knee, Kane moved, and Bryan hit the ref. There were a few spots at the top of the cage where they pulled each other down. Bryan got the win with the running knee.
I was satisfied with the event, and was glad I got to go. There were very small CM Punk chants started at the beginning, but know one continued them, thank goodness. Tony Chimel said they would be back to Bloomington in the near future.