|By Raj Giri||December 27, 2012 | Comments|
Matt Striker was the announcer for the evening, arena was pushing a good 80% full, only the last few rows of the upper section were empty.
First match was a battle royal for an Intercontinental Championship match later in the evening, making it a three way match Kofi vs Wade vs whomever won. Participants to my memory were: Jinder Mahal, Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, Fandango, Michael McGillicutty, Primo, Epico, Alex Riley, and Alberto Del Rio. I brought one of two signs that night and found out Chicago hates 3MB but they appreciated my "3MB Brand Air Guitar Picks" sign and so did the three of them. McGillicutty gave me flack for the sign. It came down to Heath Slater and Del Rio.
Winner: Del Rio
Divas tag match of Layla and Alicia Fox versus Tamina and Aksana. People were majorly behind Layla in this match despite her little time in the ring. Tamina and Aksana were barely getting a reaction so in order to pull heat Tamina took a 'I <3 Layla' sign and ripped it up. Layla later went to the fan and hugged him and did a photo opt. Match was solid with the exception of a double dropkick spot where it appeared Alicia collided with Layla's knee. Layla pinned for the win.
Winners: Layla and Alicia Fox
We were asked to look at the nearest monitor and Wade Barrett proceeded to cut a promo.
Next up was Ted DiBiase against Fandango. No one liked the new version of Johnny Curtis. Ted was the saving grace of the match by mimicking Fandango's gimmick. He would periodically stop and dance after performing a move, he knew the Gangnam style dance. Apparently so did the referee. Fandango got the win and Ted was helped into the back, he landed wrong on a spot and must have tweaked something in his leg.
Matt got on the microphone to say one of the tag matches tonight would have a special holiday stipulation, losers would have to sing a song from whatever we voted. Choices were Jingle Bells or Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer. We were asked to tweet or text our vote.
Not even going to lie on this one. Alex Riley and McGillicutty and I sat on twitter the entire match. They are trying hard to push Riley as a face and he ended up winning. Sorry for A-Ry fans I don't have a detailed report on this match.
Winner: Alex Riley
There was a 15 minute intermission
We were given a bonus match. 3MB members Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal with Drew McIntyre against Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel. Drew kept interfering and Justin got the brunt end of 3MB in the ring. Entertaining match on both sides and it really made me question why neither team was in the running for tag team championship titles. I think it boils down to how out of the five men out there Heath Slater is the only one who can have work a microphone and that's saying something. Justin set up Tyson for the win.
Winners: Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel
The special holiday stipulation match was announced losers would have to sing. The Great Khali and Hornswoggle with Natalya escorting them and their opponents was Primo and Epico with Rosa ringside. Comedy act ensued with Primo and Epico refusing to get in the ring with Khali, Hornswoggle was tagged in at one point and was tossed around. Rosa attempted to distract Khali but Natalya yanked her off the apron with a catfight starting. Khali did his finisher then dragged the dead weight for Hornswoggle to perform the tadpole splash for the win.
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