September 11, 2011
WWE in Canada - Escape from 'Bizarro-Land'?
By BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling
LONDON, ON - While Canada might be referred to as “Bizarro-land” by WWE due to the fans’ tendencies to cheer the bad guys and boo the heroes, the fans in attendance at Saturday night’s house show in London Ontario must think they’re living on the other side of that fence. The crowd of approximately 3,500 sounded like there were 10 times that many at times, and it was clear that their allegiances lay on the side of the good.
Throughout the night, the baby-faces got immense cheers, starting with John Morrison, who kicked of the night in a US Championship match against Dolph Ziggler. The chemistry these two have together really shone through – the match featured a number of near falls, and was exciting to the point where it seemed at times that the title could switch hands, a rarity for house show events. But it was not to be, as Ziggler got his legs up when JoMo went for the Starship Pain, and a Zig Zag later, the champ had retained his title.
Even lesser known superstars were treated like main-eventers by the enthusiastic London fans. The cheers and boos during the match pitting the rarely seen teams of Tyler Rex and Curt Hawkins against Primo and Yoshi Tatsu. When Rex and Hawkins won after a nifty powerslam-neckbreaker combo double team move, the crowd was audibly upset.
It was the duo of the Miz and R-Truth that really got the fans’ blood boiling, though. Before their Tag Team Championship match against Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne, or Air Boom as they’re known, Miz and Truth cut a tremendous promo berating the Little Jimmy’s in the crowd. At one point, they were literally using the mics like a conductor at a symphony, getting the crowd to boo in unison. It got so loud in there, that they were even drowned out when it was time for them to say their respective catchphrases. The cheers when Bourne hit Truth with the Shooting Star Press for the win were equally deafening.
The only sign that some people may have come in from Bizarro-land was during John Cena’s match. Though the kids in the crowd loudly supported him during his WWE Championship match against Alberto Del Rio, the older males in the audience broke out the “Cena sucks!” chants for this one. It was all for naught, though, as Cena won the match by disqualification when Ricardo Rodriguez interfered on Del Rio’s behalf. After the match, Cena hit Del Rio with an Attitude Adjustment before walking around the ringside barrier to slap hands with the Cenation faithful.
In other action, Zach Ryder beat Drew McIntyre, WWE Diva Champion Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres defeated the Bella Twins, and Ryan Mason beat Jack Swagger.
Bob Kapur misses going to the London Western Fair – and may go there next Friday for the big Monster Truck Show! He loves them Monster Trucks. E-mail him your best redneck joke at firstname.lastname@example.org.