The show begins as Justin Roberts welcomes the crowd. Disappointing to see no Daniel Bryan or Fandango merchandise at the stands. With almost the entire crowd wearing Cena "Rise Above Hate" tshirts, this is going to be a long night! I've got good seats, though, so can't wait for things to kick off.
R-Truth vs. Heath Slater
R-Truth comes out to loud "What's up chants". The match is slightly dull, though, with Slater blatantly overdoing the comedy act. But Truth keeps the match going and picks up the win.
Kaitlyn and The Funkadactyls vs Tamina and The Bellas
Excuse Me! Vickie Guerrero comes out to a chorus of boos. She takes over from Justin Roberts to announce this filler match right at the beginning. The Funkadactyls aren't half bad in the ring. Tamina is a she-beast in comparison to the others. Kaitlyn gets the pin with whatever her finisher is.
Justin Roberts announces that we get to choose if AJ Lee should stay at ringside or not for the tag title match later tonight by tweeting using hashtags #AJReste or #AJPart. It is France, you know?
Winner: Kaitlyn and Funkadactyls
William Regal vs Michael McGillicutty
William Regal is here?! I'm happily surprised to see the crowd bow down to Regal throughout the match. He looks totally out of shape in the ring but is working this crowd tremendously well. Unfortunately McGillicutty is worse than Heath Slater and makes a fool of himself often with his idiotic facial expressions and over –selling. Expectedly, Regal picks up the win.
We are already an hour in and no real signs of Fandangoing yet.
Winner: William Regal
Team Hell No vs Dolph Ziggler and Big E for the WWE Tag Team Championship
I'm psyched to see these guys, and by now I've had enough of the annoying old ladies behind me asking me to sit down, so I easily manage to walk down and occupy an empty seat ringside, first row right by the corner steps. Good deal!
Ziggler, Big E, and AJ Lee enter the ring and Ziggler gets massive pops from the ringside crowd, who appear to be a lot smarter than the backseaters, who boo Ziggler loud enough to keep it interesting. Next up, Daniel Bryan! This is when the crowd goes crazy. They shout very loud YES YES YES chants, followed by an even louder Goatface one, to which Bryan reacts slightly surprised but positively. Kane enters the ring and the match begins.
This is a really fast-paced match with Ziggler vs Bryan doing most of the in-ring work and Kane vs Langston doing the monster stuff. Langston breaks out of Kane's chokeslam the same way we have seen him over the past few weeks. The crowd gets a bit smarky now, chanting "Bobby Lashley" to Langston – I'm not sure that's needed. The arena is pretty small so the wrestlers can easily hear what people ringside are saying, and it seemed to distract Langston a bit.
By now, Ziggler is really selling to Bryan's kicks. This crowd is really hot. Finally,Bryan picks up the win by pinning Ziggler after a diving headbutt.
As Ziggler and his gang begin to part, Kane and Bryan are playing the crowd. They begin their "I am the tag team champion" thing, followed by which Bryan proclaims that he does not in fact have a goatface. The two pretend to attack each other until they finally make up and hug. A very enjoyable match, made even more enjoyable since I got an autograph from Daniel Bryan while he was making his way back.
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