Last night WWE presented yet another house show at Ricoh Colliusm without key individuals due to injuries and other superstars being at a different house show on the same day in Baltimore. However it exceeded my expectations as I always do I will provide you with my three count as well as the results.
1) The Main Event
It was Alberto Del Rio against John Cena for US Title and these two ever since Del Rio return to the WWE in October at the Hell in a Cell PPV they have had a series of great matches. Last night was no different the crowd was very vocally as expected and they were split between the two. For the majority of the match Del Rio seemed to control Cena and did damage all over his body but he focused on Cena’s head with numerous Super kicks to Cena followed by targeting his arm for Del Rio Arm breaker. Cena did his traditional spots and move sets there was a referee bump therefore Del Rio tried to capitalized by hitting Cena with the US Title.
Then another referee came down to the ring to count but Alberto Del Rio only got a near fall. Then eventually John Cena connected with the AA but he was being greedy and he wanted to finish the match with the STF but Del Rio was able to break the hold. Then both men were fighting for momentum and then ADR gave Cena a low blow therefore Cena won by DQ but Del Rio was able to retain his US title. Then once the match ended Alberto Del Rio brutally assaulted Cena with a multiple steel chair shots to Cena’s stomach and then Cena was able to regain his strength he connected with an AA on Del Rio and then the show ended.
This was the match that I was mostly looking forward to on the card because I knew these two would tear down the house and that’s exactly what they did. In my opinion this should have been the main event instead. Before the match even started Kevin Owens got mad at NXT ring announcer Greg Hamilton told him to reintroduce himself and he stated Marieville Quebec is the best province in Canada its way better than Toronto to truly get significant heat.
I am not surprised at all with the crowd’s reaction despite Owens being a heel the crowd was split between the two. This match was an all-out war both men literally beat each other up and took each other to the limit they even fought on the outside. Both men did their traditional slots the finishing sequence was absolutely insane both countered each other moves then Ambrose hit the Dirty Deeds out of nowhere to retain his Intercontinental title.
3) Women Match opening challenge
After the intermission Charlotte came out with a very festive Christmas outfit she was clearly still in the Christmas. Charlotte has a new found swagger about herself and she put out an open challenge for her Divas title. To nobody surprise it was Becky Lynch she accepted the challenge at first Charlotte was very shocked to say the least. This was another quality match between the two in what is shaping up to be a compelling feud between the two for the next couple of months.
Regardless of the reaction of Becky Lynch that she’s getting on TV but she is clearly over at live events. It looked like Lynch was going to pick up the win via the Dis-Arm-Her but Charlotte find a way to break out of the hold. Then both women took each other to the limit then as soon as Charlotte saw an opening she hit the Natural Section to pick up the victory and retain her Divas Title.
Overall I was very surprised with the house show last night it was surprising very entertaining without Rollins, Cesaro and The New Day. I would give this event a 7.5/10 but the real news is that a WWE Network Special is coming to Ricoh Colliusm on March 12! It’s about time that the WWE gives Toronto a special event because Toronto has been starving for a significant event ever since Unforgiven 2006.
Toronto WWE House Show results
Neville defeated The Miz via Red Arrow
The Hyper Bros and Titus O’Neil defeated Comic Wasteland Stardust and The Ascension via Clash of Titus on Stardust
Big Show defeated Mark Henry via KO Punch
Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens Dirty Deeds
Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch via Natural Section
Goldust and The Usos defeated The Wyatt Family no Bray Wyatt via Uso Splash on Luke Harper
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