Brighton Centre, Brighton
Thursday, November 7
THE entertainment juggernaut that is World Wrestling Entertainment rolled into Brighton, with all the hype that you would expect the biggest wrestling company in the world to bring.
The arena was not exactly full, but that was no bother for a company that has multi-million dollar television deals.
And with a live television taping in Manchester the night after, it is not surprising that the action is a little slow in parts.
No wrestler wants to be injured before a TV taping and, as such, the house show circuit is a chance for the stars to have a bit more fun with the audience than they would usually be able to.
This gives house shows their own certain charm and energy.
But from a purely wrestling point of view the first half plodded along with a real lack of energy.
Charlotte Flair, daughter of wrestling legend Ric Flair, and Bayley are arguably two of the company’s biggest names.
And yet their match was left to close the first half, when it should really have been headlining the show.
The second half was much the same, three matches that could have all been more of a spectacle.
The saving grace was that the younger members of the crowd ate it up.
All the interaction from both the good guys and bad guys was roundly cheered or booed by children in the audience who got a chance to get up close and personal with their heroes.
The main event, Roman Reigns v Baron Corbin, is a match that has played out more than a dozen times on TV, with the outcome inevitable. Reigns won to send the crowd home happy.
Overall it was a show for the youngsters. The older members of the crowd were an afterthought.
With the young ones being sent home happy, I suppose it cannot be rated too poorly.