The WWE Television Circus has moved to Quebec City to host its flagship show of the past 30 years, Monday Night Raw. Judging by the atmosphere generated by over 11,000 enthusiastic fans at the Videotron Center, this great first time won’t be the last.
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The world’s largest wrestling promotion 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 worshipers lined up outside. The 24 production trucks measuring 53 feet long bear witness to the international scale of the show, just like the great artists.
It was then necessary to see the insatiable spectators cheering Quebec sweethearts Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, who joined his partner after a few weeks out with a rib injury, to quickly realize that the evening was going to be special.
Furthermore, the reigning champions and proud Peel County representatives quickly warmed up the place when Owens assured the group’s doomsday foes “that tonight we’re going to make you….. volleyball” in French from home!
A great end to the evening
For those keeping track of the results, know that the Quebecers, who were joined by one of the company’s top stars, Cody Rhodes, delivered on their promise after a series of stunning shots that ended with the unique “Stunner” made famous at the time by “Stone Cold”. Steve Austin and Covered by Owens.
Sami Zayn entered the arena of the Videotron Center with the flag of Quebec on his shoulders.
“Sorry to the world all over who doesn’t understand French, but red is here for Canada and blue is for Quebec,” Zayn concluded, signaling with belts, before long standing ovations and a good speech to the crowd, once the cameras rolled. she is out.
“I hear this is the first time it’s been on TV here in Quebec, but it won’t be the last,” Zayn said, before praising Owens for his family and “this host. Redhead,” much to Zayn’s delight.
It was a magical moment of connection between the locals and the audience in advance, who gladly drank the Rosary recited by Owens!
Tons of charisma
There were of course the Quebecers who lit up the jubilant crowd, but there were also many other big names of the moment.
There was the raw power of Gunther, the Intercontinental Champion who is about to shatter the legendary Honky Tonk Man’s longevity record, after 437 days with the belt on his waist. He may have lost to Chad Gable, but the title never changes hands after the 10 count out of the arena. The old ones know this.
There was the blatant arrogance of The Miz, the eternal “bad guy” who gets sidetracked. There was Matt Riddle and his funny enthusiasm, forming an unlikely tandem with the giant Drew McIntyre. There’s even the indefatigable Canadian Trish Stratus, who doesn’t look like 47, and who, in her obnoxious new role, taunts the Quebec commoner by responding with blows of “We don’t care. Callie…””.
This is a sermon in the form of a lively evening between wrestlers, wrestlers and an audience addicted to the slightest acts of this unique sports theatre, which we never tire of.
Back in time
Being a wrestling buff for two or three eternities, I didn’t know what to think when I was 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 nights. The Giant is no more, and the Hulkster is closer to walking than glory, but their legacy lives on. Later on, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Steve Austin and The Rock kept me hooked. Since then, it has been empty.
While showing Raw at the Videotron Center, athletic prowess, impossible acrobatics, and skillfully executed choreography won back my childish wonderment. It was just like the old days, except all those antics are now amplified to the power of 1000 by extraordinary athletes.
Are you laughing when you claim that wrestling is “fake”? Of course everything is organized with the Views man, but the show is no less real and powerful for all of that.
Of course, through the thrilling stories that follow, some very dodgy scenarios creep in. Of course, TV breaks and commercials force some downtime in this three-hour blockbuster.
But in the end, the Quebec audience devoured the program with a voracious appetite.
When will WWE return to Quebec for a major production? The ball is in the squad’s court for the rich, Vince McMahon, but if there is a return, the audience will be present. And I admit it without embarrassment, me too.
Battles (with winners in bold)
in the preset map
bouncing back against Riddick Moss
Natalia (Calgari) vs. Nikki Cross
Matt Riddle and Drew McIntyre vs. The new day
Chad Gable against. Gunter (Intercontinental) – count
Candice Larry vs. Rhea Ripley
Akira Tozawa against The Miz
Kayden Carter and Katana Chance vs. Chelsea Green and Piper Nevin
Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Cody Rhodes against. Damien Priest, Finn Balor, and Dominic Mysterio (Judgment Day)
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