tom;;diablo;;brock;;wwe live;;rotterdam;;wrestling;;event Tom "El Diablo" Brock After getting the tickets for Christmas, and having to wait for 5 months, Saturday, the 13th of May the time finally arrived to visit WWE Live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Considering I wrote the reviews for both WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17 for this website, I own many shirts and masks and the fact that I once even tried wrestling for myself, you could say that my first ever live event was a big deal for me.

WWE LIVE ROTTERDAM 2017

After getting the tickets for Christmas, and having to wait for 5 months, Saturday, the 13th of May the time finally arrived to visit WWE Live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Considering I wrote the reviews for both WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17 for this website, I own many shirts and masks and the fact that I once even tried wrestling for myself, you could say that my first ever live event was a big deal for me.

I visited this event together with my father, who has never even watched pro wrestling, and we had to travel for 2 straight hours. Was it worth it? You'll find out as I break down every match from worst to best.

So let me make this clear before I start, I like both the Miz and Dean Ambrose equally, but except for Miz' promo before the match, there was nothing incredibly enjoyable about this match for the intercontinental championship. Miz came out first and cut a promo in Dutch, which was absolutely amazing, the crowd played along well as he was telling them to shut up and that he is the best. The match that followed was rather lacklustre, with barely any big moves except for both men's finishers.
Result: Dean Ambrose retained by hitting The Miz with the Dirty Deeds finisher. 5/10


The women's tag match between the team of Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke against the team of Alicia Fox and Nia Jax had its moments. Nia Jax being dominant was an impressive sight to behold, Alicia Fox's northern light suplex is simply the best there is, and Sasha Banks is just lovely in every way possible. The match itself was decent, not too much was happening up until the finish though.
Result: Sasha Banks makes Alicia Fox tap out to the Bank Statement submission. 6/10

Following the Cruiserweight championship match (I'll get to that later), there was an 8-man tag putting the Golden Truth, Apollo Crews and Kalisto against Titus O'Neil, Bo Dallas, Curt Hawkins and Curtis Axel. This match was more of a comedy break than a wrestling match, however I must admit that Apollo Crews is very talented and that Kalisto always turns up the energy. There were some good funny moments and it was a nice break from all the seriousness.
Result: Apollo Crews, Kalisto and the Golden Truth pick up the victory. 6/10

The women's championship match was immediately after the break and saw Bayley trying to regain the women's title when going up against champion, and my future wife although she doesn't know yet, Alexa Bliss. This match was decent, Alexa Bliss is an amazing heel (bad girl) and Bayley is such a hero to all the young kids. Alexa started off dominant, but Bayley worked her way back into the match. In the end, Alexa Bliss cheated to retain her championship, but Bayley got retribution after the match by hitting the Bayley to Belly finisher on Alexa after the bell rang.
Result: Alexa Bliss retained by using the ropes as leverage during a pinfall. 7/10

The main event had some big stars in it, as Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns joined forces to battle Bray Wyatt (who I touched!) and Samoa Joe. Considering Seth Rollins is one of my favourite wrestlers, I was looking forward to his match, however I was a little disappointed to see that he would be teaming with my least favourite wrestler, Roman Reigns. So every time Roman got offense in, I booed as loud as possible, as did the crowd. But whenever Rollins did something amazing, I was going mental with enthusiasm, which the crowd did too. Most of the match was Roman Reigns getting beat up, which is nice. He fought his way out of a 2-on-1 assault and managed to tag in Rollins, who immediately picked up the pace with an amazing sequence of moves. In my opinion, the only bad thing about this match was Roman picking up the win for the team instead of Seth, but that made me so pissed that it ruined a lot of the match for me.
Result: Roman wins lol. 7,5/10


Now we're getting to my personal top 3, finally I can start writing about matches without having to bitch and moan about anything, so let's get to it!

The opening match of the evening secured the number 3 spot of the night judging by quality of the match. It was a triple threat match for the Raw Tag Team Championship. With Matt and Jeff Hardy defending against Sheamus & Cesaro and Enzo & Cass. Let me start by saying that all these 3 teams are incredibly good at what they do. Sheamus & Cesaro are amazing bad guys and have an amazingly stiff way of hitting their opponents. Enzo & Cass know how to hype up a crowd no matter what their spot on the match card is. And the Hardy Boyz are just phenomenal in every possible way. Their moveset, charisma, teamwork and connection with the crowd are just incredible. During the match, everyone got some signature moves in, the action never stopped and it didn't get boring for a single moment. The 'DELETE' chants were out in full force and Matt Hardy seemed to enjoy it a lot. Every team got some crowd chants and the match in general was DELIGHTFUL YEEEAAAASSS. (As Broken Matt Hardy would say).
Result: Hardy Boyz retained after hitting their Twist of Fate/Swanton Bomb combo finisher. 8,5/10

So due to the card having to change a little we didn't know who Finn Balor's opponent was going to be, well. That turned out to be former Bullet Club friend Karl Anderson accompanied by his tag team partner Luke Gallows, it was an absolute sight to behold when these 3 shared a WWE ring together while the 'BULLET CLUB' chants were loud and clear. And as expected from the demon king and the machine gun, their match was amazing. Karl Anderson fought incredibly well and delivered some hard hitting offense, and while distracting the ref, his partner Gallows would sneak in some shots on Balor behind the ref's back. However, after fighting his way back into the match with some amazing moves and a brilliant dive over the top rope to the outside, Finn got the upper hand over his former Bullet Club friend. All round this match was really good and I once again got proof why Finn Balor is one of my favourite wrestlers.
Result: Finn Balor hits the Coup De Grace on Karl Anderson to get the victory. 8,5/10


And now, the moment supreme, the best match of the night... My match of the night was the third match of the card, and it was a triple threat for the Cruiserweight Championship. Neville, the champion, didn't only have to defend against Austin Aries, but also against the debuting, first Dutch wrestler ever in the WWE; Aleister Black! (formerly known as Tommy End). I was looking forward to seeing Tommy in a WWE ring and boy did I go crazy when his music hit. The crowd exploded, he came out and walked slowly towards the ring, in the ring he climbed to the top turnbuckle and pumped up the crowd even more. During the ring introductions, Aleister (still Tommy to me) rolled out of the ring to retrieve a Dutch flag, which got a massive crowd pop as well. Neville stole the flag during his introduction, which got him massive heel heat. I love Neville, but I properly felt hate for him at that moment.

This match is one of the best matches I've ever seen. The moves were amazing, the action never stopped and the crowd was just absolutely rowdy for Aleister Black. To put into perspective how badly I was into the match, when Aleister performed his first kick of the night I jumped out my chair so intensely that I actually broke the chair (TRUE STORY). So after switching my chair with an empty one next to me I was able to enjoy the match again. So during the match there were several 'OMG moments' like Austin Aries performing his 'Heat seeking missile' dive through the bottom and middle rope, followed by Aleister Black climbing to the top turnbuckle and performing a moonsault on Aries. The hits and kicks were stiff as hell and really made the match feel epic, the insane dives made everyone in the audience get to their feet and the finish was brilliant as well. Neville is one of the best heels in the business right now, Austin Aries has a really fun moveset, and Aleister Black is just the man. Aleister will be a future champion, mark my words.
Result: Neville pins Aries after throwing Aleister Black out of the ring who hit his 'Black Mass' finisher on Aries. 10/10


So, looking back at it all, my first live wrestling event was something I'll never forget, and something that left me wanting even more. I am definitely visiting more wrestling events this year, no matter if they're hosted by the WWE or another promotion. But WWE, hats off for the match card and hats off for giving the cruiserweights the attention they deserve, please do this on TV as well from now on.

Even if you don't watch wrestling, go to an event like this! My dad had never watched wrestling ever before and asked when Aleister Black had his next televised match so he could watch with me! At first I thought the slogan "wrestling action with the ambiance of a rock concert" was just a commercial line, but it's true! It's damn true!