Credit: Justin Swoyer
Prior to the first match we’re told that the United States title would be defended by Kofi Kingston against Antonio Cesaro and we got to text & pick the stipulation, either “2 out of 3 Falls” or “No Disqualification”
MATCH 1: Fandango (with Summer Rae) vs. R-Truth
Fandango got huge heat, no one singing along with the fad of his song & dancing. R-Truth got a massive pop and lots of “What’s Up?” chants. Decent match with one stiff move (Truth took a helluvah drop kick to the face). Fandango would end up with the pin and did his “What’s my name” bit a few times, got good heat from that, too
MATCH 2: Heath Slater vs. Adrian Neville (from NXT)
Despite Slater being billed as from West Virginia, he got very little reaction from the crowd. No one really knew who Neville was, looks like a beefed up version of Billy Kidman. Typical “I’m the heel, you’re the new guy who’ll pin me” action with Slater taking much of the offense until this Neville guy put on a wrestling clinic of acrobatic moves. Great finisher from Neville, hitting a corkscrew twisting flying body press from the top rope for the win. This got the fans into him big time
Prior to the next match, Vicki Guerrero comes out with the “excuse me!” bit, got massive heat for it. She announced the next match being a Diva’s tag team encounter.
MATCH 3: Divas Champion Kaitlyn & Paige (NXT) vs. Tamina Snuka & Emma (NXT)
Snuka got a small amount of heat when she came out. Emma…geezuz, she was beyond annoying doing some weird “Walk Like an Egyptian” walk and clumsily came into the ring. Even her song was annoying. Massive pop for Kaitlyn, who came out with Paige. Typical Divas slop match, nothing at all exciting. Snuka hit her finisher on Kaitlyn who didn’t sell it at all. She got up and hit a spear for the win. Afterwards Kaitlyn & Paige tried to bring Vicki back into the ring but she escaped, eventually being hit (with Snuka and that annoying Emma) with a baseball slide from the face Divas.
MATCH 4: Zakk Ryder vs. Mark Henry
Ryder got good face pop coming out but Henry’s crowd reaction trumped it massively. Nothing new in this match, it’s been done 1,001 times on RAW & Smackdown already. Finish had Ryder trying to do a flying body press, only to get caught and dropped with the World’s Biggest Slam by Henry. Zakk Ryder loves re-entry into the Hall of Pain
MATCH 5: Ryback vs. Sheamus
Ryback got a HUGE face pop until fans realized he was facing Sheamus, who got a HUGE face pop as well. Ryback blew off the “Feed Me More” chants to try to sell he was indeed a heel now. Good match, almost a main event on RAW-type encounter. Went back and forth until Ryback knocked Sheamus into the stairs outside the ring and came in to beat the 10 count. Ryback wins but the brawl continued with him trying to hit Shell Shock on Sheamus, only for the Celtic Warrior to swarm out and hit the Brogue Kick to a MASSIVE reaction. Sheamus then high fived everyone along ringside and up the aisles, including signing one kid’s sign.
*** INTERMISSION ***
MATCH 6: UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Antonio Cessaro
Cessaro gets a slight heat reaction from the crowd, followed by a great pop for Kingston. It’s announced the two will face in a No DQ match, which got a strong reaction. A couple Kendo sticks came into play, as well as three chairs and two tables. Good back and forth “near falls” until Kofi did a body press onto Cessaro through the table for the win. Excellent match for a house show!
MATCH 7: Bray Wyatt (with a broken-nose mask) vs. Alex Riley
Absolutely no reaction to Wyatt, he moved with the grace of a sloth and is trying too hard to be Mankind/Abyss/Abdullah the Butcher/Waylon Mercy/Boogie Man/Papa Shango all mixed in a blender and poo’d out by the WWE Creative team. In other words, been there…done that. Riley got a nice crowd reaction but this died as the horribly boring match ensued. The Poo’d wrestler did a overly done finisher (a bending Downward Spiral-esque maneuver) for the win to no reaction.
MAIN EVENT: Team Hell No & John Cena vs. the SHIELD
MASSIVE MASSIVE MASSIVE pops to Daniel Bryan when he came out first, lots of “YES YES YES” chants. Kane got good face pop, too. Looooooooooots of Cena fans in Wheeling, his entrance was defeaning. The SHIELD came out to HUGE face/heel pops (just a personal note, my seats were the first four into the aisle so my boys were right there when all three members of the SHIELD came down, allowing them to pat them as they walked by which just made their night. Sorry, I’m a Dad and that also made MY night, had to share!). Great main event that lasted a solid 15-20 minutes, with both Bryan and Cena getting the “good guy tag team” beat downs with Kane eventually cleaning house. Finish came when the SHIELD used a chair on Kane to cause a DQ. They tried to Triple Power Bomb Daniel Bryan from the top rope but Kane & Cena saved and both hit their finishers (AA & Choke Slam) in perfect sync, causing the SHIELD to disperse.
After the event, Daniel posed with both tag belts and Cena with his WWE title, making Kane sad. Kane eventually snagged his belts and Bryan demanded his back but Kane started a NO chant. Thus, Bryan demanded Cena’s belt, to which he agreed IF Bryan would do the WWE in West Virginia tradition…he had to sing the first line & chorus to John Denver’s “Country Roads” (which got a few LET’S GO MOUNTAINEERS! chants). Cena & Bryan started singing, which lead Daniel to hilariously break into a ho-down dance & stomp.
Cena kept his promise and Daniel Bryan posed with the WWE title, which was very funny. Kane takes the belt back and gives it to Cena, which lead to Bryan noting how Kane DIDN’T sing. Kane knew a good solution and he and Bryan did a stand-off *HUG*, which got a great laugh from the crowd. Cena was noted by both members of Hell No for not having included himself in the hug, so instead Cena brought in a fan at ring side (who had a sign that I believe said “Kaitlyn here needs a Cena hug”. Cena gave her a huge hug, which Bryan shouted NO, and she shouted YES, and he NO, and she YES which 80’s dropped Bryan to the mat, which she followed up with the “You Can’t C Me” pose, great pop for her from the crowd. The trio once more sang “Country Roads” to end the night.
Overall, every stellar main-event, alongside a great U.S. title match and a good Sheamus/Ryback brawl. The other matches were basically forgettable, save for a decent Fandango/R-Truth match and a great NXT appearance by Adrian Neville.