08:00 Friday 09 November 2012

Punk rocks on WWE tour

Written byROB SMYTH

WWE Raw World Tour
WWE Raw World Tour

WRESTLING fans packed into the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham to see the likes of John Cena and current WWE champion CM Punk take to the ring as part of the Raw world tour.

In a packed night of action, a near sold out show saw a host of excellent matches pitched alongside some comedy laden segments.

The highlight of the night saw the much (and quite rightly) derided John Cena go up against Money in the Bank winner Dolph Ziggler in a pulsating contest.

The pair traded blows in an exciting bout with the athletic Ziggler showing why he is destined to be a world champion in the near future.

Cena went away with the win, pleasing the thousands of youngsters in the arena who are part of the ‘Cenanation’, but earning a chorus of boos from the die hard wrestling fans who dislike his character.

While not the best match up in terms of wrestling, the tag team title contest between Team Hell No (consisting of Daniel Bryan and Kane) and Team Rhodes Scholars (consisting of Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) was a the most entertaining part of the night.

The chemistry between Kane and Bryan is excellent, promoting several comic moments, with Sandow and Rhodes shining as well.

The one disappointment of the night would have to be Ryback versus WWE champion CM Punk.

CM Punk was excellent, probably the best wrestler in the world right now, but he was lumbered by a cumbersome and poor opponent in Ryback who is simply not good enough.

One excellent line from the night was when Punk called out Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp, who was in attendance, for his recent poor show in goal against Millwall. The crowd lapped it up.

Other matches saw Brodus Clay and Santino Marella beat Epico and Primo in the opening contest.

NXT (Cor) contestant Michael McGillicutty downed Tensai in a slow and tedious match which nearly sent the crowd to sleep.

WWE Divas Champion Eve bested AJ Lee and Layla. This was a surprisingly good divas bout with AJ shining through.

WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro Zack Ryder rounded off the night of action with a passable bout that ended with a Cesaro win.

Overall, WWE put on yet another slick show for a set of appreciative WWE fans, the action was uneven at times but great shows in the Cena versus Ziggler and Team Hell No versus Team Rhodes Scholars matches made it more than worth going along for.

Following the success of the show, WWE Raw will return to the Capital FM Arena Nottingham on April 23 next year.

Tickets will go on sale from Friday, November 23 priced at £20, £30, £45 and £60.

Tickets can be booked by visiting www.capitalfmarena.com or calling 08433 733000.

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