A successful first for WWE Raw in Quebec

2023-08-22 03:26:00

The WWE television circus moved to Quebec City for the presentation of its flagship show of the past 30 years, Monday Night Raw. Judging by the atmosphere generated by more than 11,000 excited fans at the Videotron Center, this great first will not be the last.

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The biggest wrestling promotion in the world has made a few stops in Quebec City in the past, but never for this large-scale television production.

Long before the doors opened, thousands of devotees lined up outside. The 24 53-foot production trucks lined up testified to the international scale of the show, just like the great artists.

It was then necessary to see the insatiable spectators shouting for the darlings of Quebec Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, who joined his partner after a few weeks on the sidelines due to a rib injury, to quickly realize that the evening would be special.

Moreover, the reigning team champions and proud representatives of the Belle Province quickly warmed the place when Owens assured the enemies of the group Judgment Day “that in the evening, we will create you ….. a volley” in French from home!

Great end of the evening

For those who keep track of the results, know that the Quebecers, joined by one of the company’s headliners, Cody Rhodes, kept their promise after a string of spectacular takes that ended on the inimitable “Stunner popularized at the time by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and covered by Owens.

Sami Zayn entered the Videotron Center arena with the Quebec flag on his shoulders.

“Sorry for the world everywhere who does not understand French, but the red here is for Canada and the blue for Quebec”, concluded Zayn by pointing the belts, before a long ovation and a well-felt speech to the public, once the cameras are off.

“I heard it was the first time TV was here in Quebec, but it’s not the last,” Zayn said, before Owens paid tribute to his family and “this host. .of redhead,” much to Zayn’s delight.

A simply magical moment of communion between the two locals and the audience won over in advance, who gladly drank in the rosary recited by Owens!

Kevin Owens delighted the spectators of Quebec.

Tons of charisma

There were of course the Quebecers who ignited the cheerful crowd, but also several other big names of the moment.

There was the raw strength of Gunther, the Intercontinental Champion who is about to break the legendary Honky Tonk Man’s longevity record, after 437 days with the belt at his waist. He may have lost to Chad Gable, but the title never changes hands after a 10 count out of the arena. Old-timers know this…

There was the crass arrogance of The Miz, the eternal “bad guy” who gets sidetracked. There was Matt Riddle and his hilarious enthusiasm, forming an unlikely tandem with the colossal Drew McIntyre. There was even the indefatigable Canadian Trish Stratus, who does not look her 47 years and who in her new role of detestable, has made fun of the public of Quebec by being answered with blows of “We don’t care. cali…”.

This is a tirade in the image of a lively evening between the wrestlers, the wrestlers and the public hooked on the slightest acts of this inimitable sports theater which we never tire of.

A return in time

Having been a wrestling buff myself two or three eternities ago, I didn’t know what to think as I showed up on the cover tonight. My verdict: the sting comes back quickly!

In my early childhood, it was Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan who hosted my wrestling evenings. The Giant is no more and the Hulkster is closer to walker than glory, but their legacy lives on. Later Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Steve Austin and The Rock kept me hooked. Since then, it was empty.

During Raw at the Videotron Center, the athletic prowess, impossible acrobatics and skilfully executed choreography quickly won back my amazed childish heart. It was just like the good old days, except that all those antics are now amplified to the power of 1000 by extraordinary athletes.

You laugh while claiming that wrestling is “fake”? Of course everything is organized with the views guy, but the show is no less real and powerful for all that.

Of course, through the thrilling stories to follow, a few very dodgy scenarios sneak up. Of course, TV and commercial breaks impose some downtime in this three-hour mega-production.

But in the end, the Quebec crowd devoured the program with a voracious appetite.

When will WWE return to Quebec for a big production? The ball is in the court of the band to the wealthy Vince McMahon, but if there is a return, the public will be present. And I admit it without embarrassment, me too.

The fights (with winners in bold)

In pre-map

Ricochet vs Riddick Moss

Natalya (Calagary) vs Nikki Cross

WWE RAW

Matt Riddle & Drew McIntyre c. The New Day

Chad Gable c. Gunther (Intercontinental) – countout

Candice LeRae c. Rhea Ripley

Akira Tozawa vs The Miz

Kayden Carter & Katana Chance vs Chelsey Green & Piper Niven

Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens et Cody Rhodes c. Damian Priest, Finn Balor et Dominik Mysterio (Judgement Day)

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