Jam packed crowd of over 8,000 fans at the 02 arena in Dublin, Ireland for the Smackdown House Show last night.
The first match saw The Great Khali defeat Jinder Mahal. The kids were excited to see Khali. One sided match, Khali won with the Punjabi Plunge.
Alberto Del Rio defeated Yoshi Tatsu via submission in under a minute. Ricardo Rodriguez did a great introduction for Del Rio. Before the match, Del Rio cut a promo saying that he hated being in England.
After the match, Del Rio took the mic and got cheap heat for mixing up Ireland and England. He handed the mic back to Ricardo who informed us that Del Rio has no challengers left which then lead to Ezekiel coming out to the delight of no one. Much like Tatsu, nobody knew who he was. Jackson then challenged Del Rio to a match.
Albert Del Rio defeated Ezekiel Jackson via submission. Another boring match with Del Rio making Zeke tap in four minutes.
Next was a tag match, William Regal and Tyson Kidd defeated Hunico and Camacho. Before the match, Regal took the mic but "Regal" chants broke out before he could speak. Regal said he wasn't expecting to be wrestling here again and that normally he would try to make you hate him, but this time was different. This was a good match. Regal worked as a dirty baby face where he would he talk to the ref and then deliver cheap shots to Hunico behind his back. Kidd won the crowd over with some flashy cool moves and Regal entertained us with some cheating behind the ref's back. Kidd got the tag to Regal who cleaned house. Regal picked up the win after a knee to Hunico's face.
Big Show defeated Cody Rhodes to retain the Intercontinental Championship. Cody was talking on the mic before the match saying he is the future of the industry. Rhodes ran into the crowed when Big Show came out. Good enough match, Big show got two beautiful disaster kicks to the face but got caught Cody with the knockout punch for the win. Everyone loved Big Show.
After the 20 minute break, Lilian was back to introduce Hornswoggle as the special referee for the next match. The kids loved Hornswoggle.
AJ Lee defeated Natalya with a roll up. Lots of Yes chants for AJ. Natalya was working as a heel. AJ won after she crawled behind Natalya and Hornswoggle pushed her over for the three count.
Next was Randy Orton vs Mark Henry in a Street Fight. Henry talked briefly before the match, usual Hall of Pain stuff. Good back and forth match with Orton winning with the RKO after Henry ran into a chair that was set up in the corner. Orton celebrated with fans for a good amount of time after the match.
Then was main event time, Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship! They did the introductions while both men were in the ring. Crowd were really behind Sheamus, who got the biggest pop of the night. Strong reaction for Bryan as well with multiple Yes! chants. Sheamus was clearly emotional and overwhelmed by the atmosphere.
Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Longest match of the night, At the start of the match Bryan nearly turned around into a Brogue Kick as soon as the bell rang like at WrestleMaina, but thankfully he avoided it. Big chants throughout of "Ole, Ole," which is a Popular Irish Chant. Also chants of "18 seconds" which Bryan sold anger at very well. Great match at the end Sheamus broke out of the LaBell Lock and hit the Brogue Kick for the win. Huge crowd reaction.
After the match, Sheamus got on the mic and talked about the pride he felt being back home to Dublin as World Champion. Great moment for Irish Wrestling Fans. Before the main event, Lillian announced that Raw will be back in Dublin for a show in November.
All in all pretty good show, even with the very weak card of Superstars.
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