|By Raj Giri||December 27, 2012 | Comments|
Winners: The Great Khali and Hornswoggle
Children were picked from the crowd to dance in the ring, the losers tried to escape but were stopped and coaxed back to the ring to sing. Rosa got on the microphone to start singing the winning song "Rudolph," Primo and Epico joined but forgot the words and busted into "Feliz Navidad" instead. The crowd knew it and sang with them.
Triple threat match for the Intercontinental was up. Wade Barrett, Kofi Kingston and Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo ringside. Sorry to go off on a tangent but this was the highlight of my evening with my second sign being noticed. I'm guessing since it was a house show they were lenient on the PG rating. I would like you remind you this was a bet that I wouldn't make it and bring it to the show by my best friend. I am a solid Wade Barrett fan and since the poor guy has fans few and far between I held it up with pride as I wore my Barrett Barrage shirt. I will share what it was since Wade stopped to read it and then proceeded to get wide eyed and be rendered speechless. The sign said "All I want for Christmas is a taste of England", take it as you will. Wade ended up being the ping pong in this match having Kofi and Del Rio provide a majority of the offense throughout the match. Del Rio locked the armbar in twice, once on the canvas and once on the ropes to Barrett. When Wade would try for the finisher Kofi would counter with the Trouble in Paradise. Kofi got the pin on Wade.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Our main event was Big Show and Sheamus in a steel cage for the World Heavyweight Championship. The production crew started to come out and assembled the cage but Wade stormed back out and yelled at them all go take the damn thing away. Cutting another solid promo, he ranted and raved on the mic demanding a rematch and he got it. It was short lived and Kofi won. Wade laid out on the mat for few minutes and people thought he was injured, he was in fact stalling and talking to the ref. Wade once again got on the microphone and issued an open challenge to anyone with Ted DiBiase Jr in street clothes accepting it. USA chants broke out and Ted won. Three in a row Wade Barrett lost, now making his losing streak 10 matches in a row.
The cage was set up and the main event finally happened. It was very back and forth with Big Show and Sheamus. It is either that Chicago is a huge wrestling city or reports of Sheamus not connecting with fans is a lie. He is very over with the crowd by everyone. The cage almost gave away a few times with Show launching Sheamus several times into it and with him climbing it. I saw out of the corner of my eye towards the end of the match Matt Striker exchanging hand signals with someone in the back and they wrapped up the match. Sheamus' Brogue kick was met with a WMD and Big Show escaped through the door.
After the match everyone was starting to prepare to leave since it was 10:15 but Matt said that since we were such an amazing crowd there yet another bonus match. If we hung out for five minutes it would be worth it, and it was. He announced Ryback just arrived. I threw a text to my friends and found out that Ryback and Team Hell No vs The Shield opened the Raw houseshow. How the hell they got them from Michigan to Chicago under two hours on such short notice is something short of magic, it's a four hour drive. My guess is O'Hare is a layover to NYC from Detroit. Ryback came out to a huge pop. Daniel Bryan was out next and as usual YES! chants broke out. Kane was next and from my seats I had a perfect view of The Shield entering the arena. Ryback ended up pinning Dean after connecting with Shellshock. There was a spot after the match and Team Hell No hugged. Daniel tried to hug Ryback but chickened out.
We were thanked for being a wonderful crowd but surprisingly there was no announcement of the next show arriving in Chicago. It was 3 1/2 hour show and with there being no Punk or Cena it was still an evening worth every penny.
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