WWE Live! Review
What’s up Lake Charles! The iNoob crew has another wrestling review. This time we had WWE bring a show right to our backyard yet again on June 12th at the Lake Charles Civic center. The card was pretty stacked with more focus on the newer talent with a splash of some of the older faces. I’m not going to rate the matches for this event simply because just being in the arena and getting to see the talent preform right in front of you makes it an instant 5 out of 5 for a guy like me. Some things I will be touching on is the incredible upgrade to production quality that we got to see as opposed to last years as well as some fun points from the night overall.
You might be thinking, “Why does production quality get its own section?”. I’ll tell you why. BECAUSE IT WAS INCREDIBLE! When I say incredible I don’t just mean incredible for a live show, I mean we were a table with commentators and pyro away from being on a television broadcast level of production. The Titantron was extremely clear, the transition between matches was almost flawless, and most importantly, they had a set up so people in the further seats could still see what’s going on during the match.
Match 1: Enzo and Big Cass vs The Dudley Boys
So Enzo and Big Cass are going places bottom line. You can always tell when they pit younger talent against legends if it’s going to make or break the younger guys. The Enzo and Big Cass feud with The Dudleys tells me they are going to make it. Anyways, this match was very well done. You had The Dudleys being the old jerks they portray so well and the perfect complement to Enzo and Big Cass effectively just out there to please the crowd and have fun. The match went pretty much as expected with Enzo being in the ring for a decent amount of time against his larger opponents and making them look like fools. He would dodge most swings thrown at him and mock either Bubba or Devon with an Ali Shuffle and a “How you doin” which the crowd assisted with, ourselves included. Eventually Enzo got caught by Devon and was given every ounce of the beating he had avoided in the form of multiple double team maneuvers and raw punches to the face. After managing to squirm over to his corner Enzo finally tags in Big Cass who begins to do what he does best, beat his opponents up single handedly. The Dudleys attempt a comeback but were shut down swiftly by a tag to a recovered Enzo who was then tossed like a sand bag by Big Cass at both Devon and Bubba. This lead to Big Cass tossing Enzo off the top rope for a Mile High Splash on Bubba and getting the win.
Match 2: Fandango vs Goldust
This was a pretty solid singles match. I’m not a huge fan of either of these two, but they still managed to get the crowd behind the match and even got to see Fandango break character a bit when he botched a ring escape. The part about the match that got most people amped up was the interference by Tyler Breeze to assist Fandango. Nobody expected that to happen from what I could tell but I promise as soon as it did everyone in section E (the section we were in) turned to the ramp and started chanting “We want Truth”, almost as if by some type of magical wrestling summon powers R-Truths music hits and we go nuts. Truth hits ringside tossing Tyler Breeze aside and giving enough time for Goldust to get the victory. After the match was over, we were treated to the musical stylings of R-Truth and prompted multiple times to scream “Whats up!” which we did of course. Overall, these two superstars did exactly what the theme of this review is, they entertained us.
Match 3: Rusev w/Lana vs Titus O’Neal
This was the first match of the night to have solid build up on television. Rusev is currently the United States Champion and claims to be the best American in the world. The problem with that is, he’s the bad guy and he’s also from Bulgaria so you can see why people don’t agree with him. Unfortunately for Rusev, one of the people who disagree with him is Titus O’Neal, a very large very gifted athlete. So the match starts exactly how we expected, two titans battling it out with some of the stiffest punches and chops I’ve heard at a live show. The match, for the most part, was pretty back and forth with both men getting strong advantages, but in the end Rusev caught Titus with a super kick to the head and finished him off with The Acolade. After the match, Lana brought Rusev his championship and they celebrated by talking trash about Americans and what not. This of course upsets the fans as well as The Lucha Dragons. Somehow, during The Lucha Dragons rushing the ring to attack Rusev, Cin Cara managed to sneak behind Rusev and springboard in to hit him with a cross body. Titus O’Neal, now on his feet again, teams up with the Luca Dragons and literally kicks Rusev out of the ring. After that, The Dragons and O’Neal celebrated while Lana and Rusev made their way up the ramp highly upset.
Match 4: Big Show and Kane vs Eric Rowan and Braun Stroman (Wyatt Family members)
So first of all when the Wyatts theme hit I lost my mind and struggled to get the flashlight on my phone up to assume my duty of being a Firefly. The amount of Fireflies in the civic center that night was out of control. All the lights were out aside form a spot light on Stroman and Rowen and the arena was still lit up fully. Next, Big Show made his entrance followed by Kane. The match starts with four large men squaring off and some hilarious dialog from Stroman, some of which wasn’t understandable but it was still entertaining. Once the match gets in high gear the power moves and combos come flying. These men are hitting with such force that it almost appears to make the ring move on impact. Eventually, Big Show catches Rowen with a choke slam and finishes the match. While Kane and Big Show stand in victory, Stroman attempts to attack them from behind and gets a double choke slam ending his night. Personally, I was happy to see the Wyatts and slightly annoyed they lost, but the crowd loved the match and I consider that a win for the event.
Match 5: Sasha Banks, Summer Rae, and Becky Lynch vs Eva Marie, Dana Brooke, and Lana
First of all, this match had zero possibility of failure. I mean Eva Marie could have run the entire match to the ground, which she almost did once by forgetting how to be a wrestler. The highlights of this match were Dana Brooke’s ability to trash talk SO much and be comedic about it and the surprise athletic ability of Summer Rae and Lana. At one point, I thought Lana might have kicked Becky’s head off. Please believe I’m not selling any of the other talent short, it’s just Becky and Sasha are proven in the women’s division unlike Lana, Dana, and Summer. As a whole, and I feel like a broken record at this point but it was a decent match. All of the ladies brought their A game and put on a good show for us. The team of Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Summer Rae got the win after Sasha caught Dana Brooke in a Bank Statement submission. On a side note to this match, I can’t speak for all of the iNoob crew but I personally came out of this with a new respect for Dana Brooke as a wrestler. Being able to just make the match fun and still put on a good physical show was so far from what I expected out of her.
Match 6: Zack Ryder vs Viktor of the Asscension
This match gave me a headache. Nothing about it was enjoyable and not just from my personal opinion, but from other people in our section verbalizing their dislike. You have Zack Ryder who we’ve effectively been programmed to count out because the way he’s booked and Viktor who’s only ever been in tag team matches on TV. I honestly feel like this match was given to us so people could get a quick bathroom break in before the main event. I have nothing against either of these guys as a whole, but the booking for them is always terrible and it pushes me to have a negative outlook on their matches. Zack Ryder pulled out the win after an elbow drop from the top rope and then it was time for our main event.
Main Event: Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayne vs Dean Ambrose
I’ll start by saying this, Lake Charles is a Dean Ambrose city. If I only had small hints of it before, it’s a fact now. The amount of cheers this man got as opposed to Zayne and Owens was incredible. Anyways, I digress. The match as a whole was just out of this world. Out of the gate, Kevin Owens rolls out of the ring and refuses to get involved. After a few attempts to get him in the ring Sami Zayne gets rolled up by Ambrose and almost loses the match. While you would expect Owens to take advantage of this and get in the mix, he chooses to remain outside and cheer for Ambrose like the rest of the crowd until Sami starts to get the upper hand. At this point Kevin Owens tries to sneak attack for a victory, but instead we get the full triple threat match we deserve. I’m talking everything from towers of power to double cannonballs. If a move had a chance to hit multiple people, it happened and chances were it would get reversed. For just a house show, it was an incredible match with Dean reversing the Pump Up Bower Bomb into a Dirty Deeds. (I know; I wish we would have gotten a live pump up power bomb too.).
So with all that being said, I love live events and encourage anyone who’s never been to one to get there at the next possible opportunity. WWE does these small shows to reach out to everyone for a chance to see your favorite wrestler live. If you get close enough seats or show up early and you can even get a selfie with them. If you’re a true wrestling fan, you won’t regret a live event. If you’re not a true wrestling fan, you might become one at a live event. Anyways, I’d like to thank everyone who made it this far in my review and thank you double if you read my Extreme Rules review. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you thought about the show or about my reviews.
Also the next review is going to be of Money in the Bank which I have extremely high expectations for so be on the lookout for that. Until next time!