Hi guys, me again, reporting in from the Manchester Arena. It’s nice to be able to leave feedback - as someone from Ireland, by the time I’ve seen Raw or Smackdown, your show is normally long done and dusted.
I’m currently writing this as a distraction during the Buddy Murphy / Mark Andrews match as otherwise I might lose the will to live before the show ends. Murphy has such dynamism and charisma that as he entered, about 10% of the remaining crowd cut their losses, and upped and left. It’s really disappointing that they chose to trot out this main event when they could have at least got a pop for hometown boy Jack Gallagher. I’m one of the few that misses when 205 Live was actually fun to watch and had characters like ‘Powerpoint’ Drew Gulak, and I hate the fact that since Triple H took over, it’s become a cure for narcolepsy.
The crowd, meanwhile, has focussed all of their effort and energy over the last 30 minutes trying to get Nigel to wave at them, and he’s just acquiesced, getting the biggest pop of 205 Live.
Mixed Match Challenge was fun, and actually made me want to check out the show on a more regular basis. As an added bonus, MY MAN Lashley was there, much to my girlfriend’s ongoing chagrin.
As for Smackdown, the crowd loved Joe, Becky, and Bryan. Shane was booed out of the building, as was any mention (in video packages of course) of Crown Jewel. The matches tonight seemed far better than Raw, and the backstage segments with the Miz and Bryan had everyone in stitches. Having Nikki Cross on the show was also a welcome surprise. Overall a better experience than last night, even if I did have to sit through Lucha House Party.
Unfortunately for WWE’s bottom dollar, it seems most people chose to check out Raw, as the building is only just half full tonight.
Right, now it’s time for the dark match of Miz and Orton vs Bryan and AJ. Look forward to your show as always. I tried to get a POST wrestling sign on TV, fingers crossed I was successful!