The high-flying superstars of the WWE Universe brought their spectacular brand of sports entertainment to Nottingham — and left the audience open-mouthed.
Thousands of wrestling fanatics, decked out in T-shirts to denote their favourite ring warrior and carrying their own replica championship belts, funneled into the Motorpoint Arena.
But there were plenty of genuine belts on the card with matches for the tag team title, women’s championship and the WWE heavyweight championship all on the line.
And that final match would pit reigning champ Roman Reigns, who claimed the belt at the sport’s showpiece, Wrestlemania, against the Celtic Warrior, Ireland’s Sheamus.
But this was a star-studded card that hit the heights at almost every turn with the Jumbotron (giant screen) at the top of the runway announcing the arrival of each wrestler in spectacular fashion — the organisation really does know how to put on a show.
The opening bout gave an indication of things to come when fans’ favourite Cesaro, the Swiss Superman, took on the Bulgarian Brute, Rusev. Cesaro emplyed his infamous ‘swing time’ and ‘upprcut train’ en route to victory.
Tyler Breeze then took on Mexican Sin Cara, one half of the Lucha Dragons...and was despatched with aplomb by the mask-wearing star.
Breeze then insulted Nottingham as a “miserable little city” before refusing to leave the ring until he was able to take a victory selfie.
But he was soon sent packing in double-quick time by Jack Swagger, who hit the ring waving a Union Jack.
Then the gigantic ‘demon’ Kane battled the eccentric Stardust.
The New Day beat off the Dudley Boyz to retain their tag titles and in other tag action, the high-flying USOs took the pin to beat two members of the Wyatt family.
Women’s champ Charlotte, accompanied by hall of famer, her father, Ric Flair, then battled Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks in a triple-threat match for the title.
Aand again the champ won through with a little family help from dad — woo!
By this stage the dedicated WWE fans in the audience were totally emersed in the show and waiting for the icing on the cake from Reigns and Sheamus, who have no shortage of bad blood after previously exchanging the title.
And the Irish ‘heel’ (bad guy) wound up the audience by trashing Nottingham Forest.
But it preceded an exciting match where Sheamus bossed the opening stages, driving Reigns into the metal ring steps. He also managed to unleash a much-vaunted Brogu Kick.
But Reigns was able to recover and flew through the air to deliver a superman punch before finishing the encounter with a devastating spear to cap a wonderful night packed with showmanship,incredible action and undoubted skill.