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Review: WWE Live at the Metro Radio Arena Newcastle

Andy Jehring enjoys a night of pantomime wrestling style as the WWE rolled into the Toon

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When WWE’s corporate villain Triple H kicked off proceedings to jeers from the crowd, the Metro Radio Arena was set for a pantomime performance.

First up Dean Ambrose took on Luke Harper in a David and Goliath-like contest and – after being thrown around like a sack of potatoes – somehow Ambrose emerged victorious.

The surprise appearance of Jermain Defoe on stage as “special timekeeper” split the audience in two, and the drama ratcheted up a gear.

The Lucha Dragons duo built on it, and cries of “Lucha, Lucha, Lucha!” reverberated through the arena in a party atmosphere.

Their energetic acrobatics dispatched Ascension and set us up for the overtly American climax of the first half.

John Cena took on imperious Russian super-villain Rusev for the US Championship and – despite Rusev’s terrifying stage entrance – Cena took the title.

Over the break fans could indulge in distinctively American cuisine, and the smell of hot dogs and ambition permeated the air.

The Bella twins appeared to have put their recent feud behind them after the break, entering the ring united, but it was not enough to save them from Paige – WWE’s latest bad girl.

Seemingly still hungry, the crowd roared: “Feed me more”, the catchphrase of fan-favourite Ryback, as he battled wrestling-stalwart Kane into submission.

The night reached its final crescendo after two hours of undulating emotions when Randy Orton challenged WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins.

Rollins has been criticised for selling his soul to Triple H and The Authority, and spirited young fans ferociously sneered, “You sold out” at the defamed champ.

With a heavy at either side, Rollins played dirty and appeared to have won when Orton came back from the brink and took down all three.

Though Rollins scuttled away with the title, it was crystal clear who won in the mostly young audience’s mind as the curtain closed on a fine night’s drama.

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