WWE Live in Singapore (July 2nd 2015) – Truly the WWE Experience
After 8 long years away (12 for those of us who didn’t go to that show but went for the 2003 show), finally the WWE is back in Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. WWE do tend to go overseas a few times to entertain us fans who don’t live the North America but it’s rare that they make a stop in Asia. Usually, they’ll have shows in the United Kingdom and Europe around the April and November time and recently Australia for the August time so it’s nice that there was an Asian tour this time. Half of the roster went to Singapore first for the July 2 show and then to Tokyo, Japan for the July 3 and 4 show and as most of you know, the July 4th show ended up being a live WWE network special and what an event that was.
We got to see pretty much the same guys who were in Tokyo except for Chris Jerico, Paige (both couldn’t make it due to Tough Enough duties) and Brock Lesnar (he only planned on going to Japan to visit an old friend). And of course, a lot of people weren’t happy with the card we had initially we kinda pissed me off, at least the WWE were showing up here, doesn’t matter if the roster were filled with guys I’m not fans of, I’d still go for it! I mean it’s not always the WWE shows up here in Singapore right? Just one thing for these WWE Live shows (or house show as it used to be known), usually the babyfaces wins and the heels don’t ever win, unless it’s by cheating or they end up getting beaten up by the faces at the end.
And since it’s been a while since WWE had been here, I went for ringside seats just for the heck of it. It cost me a good $430+, which is more expensive to what the Tokyo shows had (which was about $230) but hey, I wanted to see how it was like really close to the action and I have to say it was worth the money. Ok, one of the turnbuckle blocked my view of the entrance ramp but still, was a good view from where I was to see the action in the ring. And yes, we got to take back the chairs we sat on for the event for those of us with ringside seats!
The card for the night completely changed as the event started to the one that was advertised for the show, the only match that didn’t change was the main event, Kevin Owens vs John Cena. And I have to say, the updated card gave a much better show than I expected. And they started the night off with my favourite wrestler of this current generation, the man that gravity forgot, Newcastle’s own Neville!
Neville vs Kofi Kingston (w/ Xavier Woods & Big E)
I was expecting to hear Finn Bálor’s awesome theme song to hit after Neville’s own awesome theme song but what came next was Big E’s irritating promo voice. “OH SINGAPORE, DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR, CLAP FOR THE NEW DAY, AND FEEEEL THE POWWEEERRR”. Yup, it’s the New Day. And it didn’t take long for the fans to start doing the famous clap chant. New Day Sucks! New Day Sucks!
I personally don’t think they suck, all three guys are good wrestlers and funny guys out of the ring, just their new characters…yup, you really want to hate those characters. Makes it easier to go with the New Day Sucks chant. And those guys are hilarious too. They’ll interact with us fans on the outside and just exchange jabs and we talking crap about them and them replying back. Or when Woods go “New Day” and the rest go “Sucks!”. WWE Universe, you gotta be a part of it to experience the fun that comes with being at a WWE event.
This was a really good match to start the night with two high flyers. Neville was amazing as usual, his high flying moves are some of the best in the world. And of course, he won with the picture perfect Red Arrow, the best finisher in WWE today! And I got to see that move live in person, woohoo! Neville won of course and as I say during any of his matches on Twitter, Howay Neville! (Geordie slang for Come on Neville)
Lucha Dragons vs Los Matadores (w/ El Torito)
From one match involving high flyers to another match involving high flyers, this time a tag match with two lucha-style team of wrestlers. I’ve always been a fan of this Sin Cara (who used to be Hunico), not the shitty original Sin Cara and Kalisto, that guy can do some amazing stuff in the ring. It seems like Los Matadores is now the team for the comedic matches. After faking a lock-up, Diego actually locked up with the referee! Haha, good one! Even the poor ref didn’t know what to think of it.
But they weren’t just funny as a face, but also as a heel. Poor El Torito just wanted to be in the match and have some fun but he got thrown out by Fernando. He then decide to stick around and cheer for the Lucha Dragons haha! And yes, he would end up costing his own team the match. Sin Cara with another nice high flying finisher, Senton Bomb, for the win! Another good match.
Finn Bálor vs King Barrett
This match, just like the first match, was another show stealer. King Barrett came out and what a surprise, he cut a promo about him being the king of the ring and king of Singapore. I do like Barrett so he’s alright with me. Bálor came out to a huge pop, not bad for a guy who’s not even on the main WWE roster. Then again, the NXT roster might just be better than the main WWE roster these days. It’s only a matter of time before Bálor gets the call-up to move to the main roster.
As I said before, this was another great match on this card, one of the better matches for sure. There was one point where Barrett was punching Bálor up, stopped, pointed to someone and said “this one is for my fan over there”. He clearly heard a certain somebody shout “All hail King Barrett”, I heard it too. Who said it? None other than my brother who is a huge fan of Barrett so that must have been a cool moment for him. Here’s the funny part, he’s also a fan of Bálor since he’s from NJPW. Bálor got the win, no surprises there and a 2 days later, won the NXT Championship from Kevin Owens over in Tokyo. Barrett should get a push, this guy is good. Give him a chance!
Dolph Ziggler vs Kane in a Singapore Street Fight
This was a fan’s choice match. It was either going to be a normal one-on-one match or a Singapore Street Fight. It was nice to see Kane get one of the loudest pops of the night, great respect for the legend from everyone here. Ziggler obviously got a louder cheer from his fans, but I’m not one of them. He’s a great wrestler but there’s just something about him, I’m just not a fan.
This is the one match where we get to see the weapons involved, be it a steel chair, a Singapore cane, a table or even the steel steps. Yes, you heard me right, they used a Singapore cane in this match….in Singapore…with Kane using it. Let that all go in, Kane using a Singapore cane in Singapore, oh the irony. Another good match, not as good as the two I mentioned but still not so bad. We got to see Kane put Ziggler through a table with a Chokeslam, that’s always good haha! Ziggler won the match, again no surprises there.
There was an intermission break for a bit after the match and since the food and drinks were way too expensive, I went to speak to my brother and meet up with two of my friends. Kinda cool to bump into four friends on that day itself, all of us wrestling fans!
Divas Champion Nikki Bella vs Tamina
Next up is the divas match and I’ll be honest, wasn’t that great of a match, quite short too. It was supposed to be a triple threat match involving Nikki Bella, Paige and Naomi. Paige couldn’t make it because of that Tough Enough show and Naomi pulled out due to personal matters so her cousin in law Tamina took her place. I don’t know why Nikki Bella got such a huge reception, not a fan of hers and well, she’s not that great. Remember that shitty promo about her sister? Yeah. The sad part is, they are planning to make her the longest reigning Divas champion, breaking AJ Lee’s record because well…AJ Lee is Mrs CM Punk. CM Punk betrayed the WWE and now he’s a part of that shit company UFC. And Nikki Bella is technically in some ways Mrs John Cena. So there you go haha!
I thought Tamina did most of the work in that match, it’d be nice to see her get a run with the title soon. Nikki won with a roll-up and that was it. Heck, all I got on video for that match was their entrances haha!
Cesaro vs Big E (w/ Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)
Another great match on the card and well, anytime you put Cesaro in any match, he’s gonna be good. He’s proven he can match up well with just about anybody in the roster. I still don’t understand why he’s not had a main event push yet? He’s got the following, he’s got the talent, give him a chance to shine!
Of course, New Days were entertaining again in this match. At one point, Cesaro chased Xavier Woods out of the ring just for the fun of it. And not just that, Cesaro hit one of his uppercuts with Big E resting on the guard railing right in front of me! You can’t get any closer to the action than that. And to prove how awesome he is, he stood on the damn railing!
New Day got kicked out of the match because Mr Up Up Down Down (Woods’ gaming channel) tried to hit Cesaro with a chair and both got sent to the back. Cesaro hits Big E with the always awesome Cesaro swing and finished the match with one of my favourite finishers of all time, the Sharpshooter. That was in tribute of his injured tag team partner Tyson Kidd who should have been in Singapore too if not for a serious neck injury. The Swiss Superman was amazing in the ring and even when I saw the wrestlers going back up their coaches and head to their hotel, he was one of the few wrestlers to stop for a bit to say bye to the fans. He’s a top guy all round.
Now for the main event…
WWE United States Champion John Cena vs NXT Champion Kevin Owens
It’s the battle of the champions, US Champ Cena vs NXT Champ Owens. These two have had two brilliant matches in the last two WWE PPVs, and to think those were also the first two WWE PPVs for Kevin Owens. He’s made a huge impact since joining the main roster and well, who is surprised by that? He was killing it in NXT and you should know of what he’s done in ROH and around the world under his real name Kevin Steen.
Of course, with a Cena match, you’ll get the usual “Let’s go Cena, Cena sucks” chant and for the Owens fans “Fight Owens Fight”. There was even a CM Punk chant going at one point but really, why cheer for that guy anymore? He’s done with the WWE, stop wasting your time. I had a CM Punk shirt on before the event and quickly changed to my newly bought Chris Jericho shirt only because, that CM Punk shirt was the only WWE shirt I had haha!
It was another great match between those two. Owens was really funny too, he kept picking on this one little boy in front of me just because he had a Cena shirt and kept looking at him and told him “this is your hero huh?”. Of course, there was the five moves of doom from Cena and when Owens did Cena’s own move, he got a louder cheer! The matched ended by DQ because well…Owens kicked Cena in the nuts! Of course, Cena got his revenge, hit the Attitude Adjustment to send the fans back home happy.
And before we did head home, he spoke to the fans about being back in Singapore and in some ways, said it won’t be the last time we’ll see him and WWE in Singapore. So come on guys, bring the WWE back to Singapore soon, I had so much fun this time around like I have during the other two shows I went to (Singapore 2003 and Sacramento 2014).
It was a great day to see the WWE guys and gals up close in action. It’s a shame I didn’t get to meet even one of them, I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time, darn my luck eh? Oh well. So it remains that the only wrestler I’ve met so far is the legendary Booker T, that guy is funny as heck.
Me being a lifelong wrestling fan, nothing beats going to a WWE event live (maybe apart from watching an F1 race, IndyCar race or a Manchester United match which I’ve not done so yet) and just have some fun there. It’s called sports entertainment for a reason and no-one does it like these guys.
And before I end this, here’s an awesome picture of Neville doing his Red Arrow. I don’t know who took this photo, but nice one!