A few notes: Before anything got started, a massive "We Want Ryder!" chant broke out. He was crazy over in his hometown and hopefully WWE will acknowledge that.
Also, before the taping began, they played a video which showed images of various superstars. Cena got wicked heat despite every person under the age of 12 wearing a John Cena t-shirt. That said, the most common t-shirt for adults was definitely CM Punk. Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, Zack Ryder and The Shield also had loyal followings.
Also, I swear I saw Bob Backlund walking around the concession stands before they let us in. He looks crazy as hell.
On the train back to Manhattan, I noticed that Prince Nana from Ring of Honor was sitting right across from me. He had a tryout match tonight and the night before. He's a really cool guy and I hope he gets signed. He looked exhausted but sounded hopeful when talking about the prospect. We even got to speaking about the Brisco Twitter incident. He's very friendly and down-to-earth and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
MIZ TV with Randy Orton and Team Hell No
All three got major pops from the crowd as they come out to the ring. The crowd is so over for Bryan that you can't even hear the first question of the interview. Throughout the promo, the crowd takes every opportunity to show Bryan crazy love with "YES!" chants galore. Miz asks them about Bryan thinking he's the weak link. Randy and Kane tell him that he's not – he's just acting crazy. Bryan continues to throw around accusations about not being respected. Randy eventually tells him that he loses respect for him when he whines. Bryan gets pissy. Kane eventually tells Bryan that he's had enough and exits the ring. They tease a Team Hell No breakup. Teddy Long comes out and announces the main event: Bryan/Orton vs. Rollins/Reigns.
Chris Jericho v. Curtis Axel
Jericho gets a huge pop while Axel gets no response until Heyman speaks, causing the crowd to boo him. Heyman does commentary during the match. Decent match with each guy trying to hit their signatures. Axel grabs the ropes on a Walls of Jericho and Jericho counters out of what looks like a Perfect Plex setup. Jericho looks like he has the match wrapped up until CM Punk's entrance video and music plays. He's distracted and Axel comes from behind and gets the rollup. When Punk's music played, the crowd lost their sh-t just on the slight hope that they would see the Second City Saint return tonight. Jericho leaves the ring, pauses, turns around to see Axel celebrate, runs back into the ring, and takes him down with a Codebreaker.
A Wyatt Family promo airs and the kids in the audience look creeped out. This is going to be awesome. Camera cuts to Brodus Clay and Tensai who cut a short promo about how creepy those guys look. It looks like we may have our first victims to the Devourer of Worlds.
There's a short backstage segment with Ryback and Kane. Ryback is his standard self. Kane tells him that Daniel Bryan is his partner and that he supports him. Kane then says that because he buried his brother alive, Ryback's Rules don't apply to him. Ryback really needs to learn how to cut a promo – I just don't buy any of it.
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