I’m writing this shortly before the programme goes to air, so spoilers within, of course…
- London was extremely excited to welcome Big Show in the opening match for Superstars.
- London was extremely unbothered by his opponent, Titus O’Neil. In this they mirror much of the rest of the known universe.
- We saw from the Fandango incident that UK crowds enjoy singing along with catchy themes. Jack Swagger benefited from this today.
- So too did the Wyatt Family, with “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” ringing around the arena before the show even began.
- There was a German announce team. A GERMAN ANNOUNCE TEAM! I’m only sad Cesaro didn’t speak to them in one of his multiple languages.
- The Wyatts began the show and revelled in the audience participation.
- Paul Heyman made a reference that I hope and expect will be cut out of the airing. If Sky Sports won’t include mentions of Vladimir Putin, I highly doubt they’ll include mentions of monarch death.
- Cesaro had his name sung to the tune of “Here We Go”.
- He also kissed Paul Heyman’s head. It was sweet.
- “We Want Barrett” chants were intermittent.
- Summer Rae came out ostensibly to batter Layla, but really to save us from the tedium of a mixed tag between the dancing duo and R-Truth and the Funkadactyls.
- Stephanie McMahon attempted to usurp the YES chants, and then got drowned out so very completely after suggesting that Bryan might lose his titles that I had no idea what she was talking about until they showed the recap on the tron later.
- Lana, wise to the fact we don’t care about our politicians here, gained instant heel heat by saying, “You are no different from the French.” Lady, I love you.
- Alicia Fox continues her epic heel run. She stole Jerry Lawler’s crown and then walked along the crash barriers.
- Triple H interfered in Seth Rollins’s match against Batista. Guess whether or not special guest announcer Dean Ambrose was happy with this. Guess.
- Adam Rose is OVER in the UK. Much singing and dancing ensued, followed by a “You’re a lemon!” chants directed at Jack Swagger. If Rose never gets any real success with this character, I’ll always be glad he had this awesome night in London.
- It is fun to sing “John Cena sucks!” to the tune of his theme. I didn’t know that other people did it, I thought it was just me.
- I really get annoyed with obnoxious children at wrestling shows. This time we were lumbered with a couple of brats who spent the evening hurling homophobic insults at anyone they didn’t like. Their father said not a word. And we wonder why professional wrestling continues to be riddled with this kind of nonsense in storyline as well.