BY JAMIE UMBACH – ROGERSPLACE.COM
EDMONTON, AB – No titles exchanged hands at WWE LIVE: Road to Wrestlemania’s stop at Rogers Place on Friday, but you can bet hands were exchanged.
You catch our drift?
Two fighters, three fighters, no disqualifications, Tag Team Championships, you name it – WWE brought the punches and body slams down on the venue for supremacy in a 20 by 20-foot ring that had the full attention and energy of those in attendance.
Drew McIntyre, the Scottish powerhouse, taunted the crowd to start the night’s first tilt before Dean Ambrose’s intro music and descent from the ramp meant pleasantries were over. It was straight to the action, and fans in the front rows quickly learned that it wouldn’t be limited to the ring as bodies hit the barricades.
Despite the crowd in Rogers Place definitely being on the side of Ambrose, McIntyre’s strategy of poking the ref’s eyes allowed his escape from submission to then seal the win shortly after by tap out.
The next all-women matchup had a local connection with wrestler Natalya from Calgary fighting against Tamina. It was an easy win for her with a submission, before she was kicked around by the tag team Riott Squad, in what would not be their only appearance of the night.