WWE News 3/22 WWE Saturday Night's Main Event HOLT report: What fans in arena saw that TV viewers didn't
Mar 18, 2006 - 10:55:00 PM
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WWE Saturday Night's Main Event
March 18, 2006
Detroit, Mich. at Cobo Arena
Report by Nick Navarre of Rochester Hills, Mich., PWTorch.com correspondent
Just got back from SNME. Since it was at Cobo Hall instead of Joe Louis Arena (which is right across the street), it made for better seats for everyone in general as the venue is smaller. This was my first live WWE show in almost eight years.
Ironically, the broadcast was preempted in the Detroit area by a Pistons game. No word on if/when it'll actually air yet.
Big reaction for Jim Ross prior to the show.
Big Show beat Carlito in the opener with a chokeslam. Nothing special, nice warm-up for the crowd.
Next up, Lillian said they'd be going live on NBC. I know some people thought it was cheesy, but I was digging the old SNME style intro promos from the various people on the show. So after the pyro and light show, they went right into the main event.
Crowd was into all the guys in the match, and as usual John Cena had a split reaction. I don't know if my "Cena - They're saying boo-urns" (Simpsons joke) sign made it on or not. As is often the problem with matches with elaborate intros like these guys have, there was a really thick cloud of smoke that didn't dissapate until they were halfway into the Edge-Foley segment.
Speaking of which, the crowd was nuts for that segment, as the flaming table and the thumbtacks got everyone going.
The Tron was actually not set up, as they just projected the video onto the wall where there are no seats, so it was often hard to see the screen. People were upset that Boogeyman didn't come out at all. In fact, I heard some people still complaining about it on the way out after the show was over.
JBL got a GREAT reaction for ripping on the Detroit mayor, although if I were an any other city I couldn't have cared less, so it still came off as kind of weak to me. Good reaction for Austin, although the crowd seemed to have trouble timing their "What"s. They play well off of each other.
Mickey's heel turn was painfully obvious, but she actually got a decent face reaction when it happened.
Undertaker got arguably the biggest reaction of the night (or at least tied with Austin), but as expected his entrance and exit seemed to take longer than the action that took place. After Mark Henry got kicked over the barricade everyone figured he would get back up, but nope. Confusing segment, no one seemed to know if this was a match or just a fight or what. Segment ended kind of flat as I think people were expecting him to piledrive Daivari through the roof of the casket.
HUGE reaction for Michaels's suplex on Shane off the ladder as expected. Match came off well and there were a few scattered cheers for Shane throughout.
Lillian thanked us for coming, and that was it. No mention of Wrestlemania 23 being at Ford Field as rumored, so I guess that's still up in the air. Not a bad show, but everything was fairly predictable.
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