WWE Live Event Results From Cardiff (4/22): Did The Shield And Fandango Pull Double Duty?
Lillian Garcia opens the show with the usual pumping up of a very ready Welsh crowd.
New Age Outlaws & Sheamus vs. The Shield
Outlaws came out to huge ovation, still firm fan favourites after all this time. The Shield were a real treat tonight, I doubted their involvement due to their big tag match on Raw, so that was the first surprise of the evening. Match degenerated into a brawl after a DQ finish, with the Outlaws and Sheamus picking up the win after Roman Reigns used a steel chair. The fan favourites hit their finishers on Seth Rollins to even it all out. Great opener to the show, crowd loved it.
WINNERS: New Age Outlaws and Sheamus
Lillian then promoted the interactive voting for #zebstays and #zebgoes, where the fans would decide whether Zeb Colter would be allowed at ringside for Swagger's match later in the evening.
Fandango vs. Ted DiBiase
There was definitely Fandangoing throughout the Motorpoint Arena. Ted dancing along to the Fandango theme chants got a few laughs. Match wasn't too bad, however, it could have had more mileage from it. Fandango won following him hitting with his new finishing move for the 3 count.
Mark Henry then appeared on the video screens and promised to put his opponent into the Hall of Pain tonight.
Hornswoggle then came to the ring for his duty as special guest ring announcer for the upcoming Divas contest.
Natalya vs. Alicia Fox
An even match that never really got off the ground, tough to get people caring about the Divas division these days unfortunately but as always, they're great to look at. Natalya locked on the Sharpshooter for the win.
Mark Henry vs. The Great Khali
Standard big man match, slow pace as expected. The tease of a huge upset following Khali hitting a huge trademark chop. Mark Henry turned it around with a World's Strongest Slam to pick up the 3 count. I've seen worse from both men, it was ok in comparison with some snore-fests they've been involved in.
WINNER: Mark Henry
No Disqualification match: Jack Swagger vs Alberto del Rio w/ Ricardo Rodriguez
Zeb Colter accompanies Swagger to the ring, playing on the animosity between the Welsh and English, doing a great job at winding the fans up and getting heat. A huge pop erupts when he is ejected from ringside due to the result of the previous fan voting on Twitter.
The match begins with Del Rio using Swagger's Don't Tread On Me flag as a matadors flag, which was also the debut of the first ever 'Show Us Your Visa' chant I've ever heard.
Singapore cane came into play as Swagger beat on Del Rio, fans consistently chanting for tables throughout the match and being teased by Del Rip bringing one from under the ring before being cut off by Swagger.
A great, GREAT match between the two, switching momentum between both men and was head and shoulders over their WrestleMania match in my opinion. The fans were really into it throughout the match. Swagger hit the Patriot Lock and had fans on the edge of their seat, before having his power bomb reversed and then was out through the table in the corner of the ring. Del Rio them locked on the cross-armbreaker to get a submission from the American Patriot. Match of the night by far.