...By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
Cody Rhodes, the current fan favorite of WWE, returned to the UK to perform in a live event at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena.
This was Rhodes’ first time wrestling for WWE in the UK since 2016.
He had an emotional address to fans after defeating Finn Balor in the main event slot.
Rhodes acknowledged the impact that his time spent in the UK had on his career and thanked the fans for their incredible support.
He expressed his love for them and promised to return wearing some sort of gold.
Solid Show for WWE’s Short European Tour WWE’s short European tour kicked off with a live event at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena.
Fans packed the venue and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere with their favorite WWE stars.
Seth Rollins started the show with a solid opener, beating The Miz.
Damian Priest, Finn Balor, and US Champion Austin Theory played their heel roles with great success, while Bobby Lashley and Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair received a lot of love and adulation from the fans.
Belair retained her title in a triple threat match, while Theory kept his gold after Bronson Reed cost Bobby Lashley a chance at winning.
WWE’s Tour Heads to Manchester and Belfast WWE’s tour will continue in Manchester on Thursday night before heading to Belfast on Friday.
Fans in other UK cities will be treated to events when the company returns at the end of June for a string of shows leading up to Money in the Bank in London on July 1st.
Analysis and Commentary
Cody Rhodes’ emotional return to the UK demonstrates the power of live events in building a connection between WWE Superstars and their fans.
The enthusiasm and energy of the crowd in Birmingham undoubtedly gave Rhodes a boost, and his victory over Finn Balor was a fitting reward for his efforts.
The fact that he acknowledged the role that his time spent in the UK played in his career is a testament to the loyalty and dedication of WWE’s UK fanbase.
The live event in Birmingham showcased some of WWE’s most popular stars, and the relaxed atmosphere allowed them to engage with the audience in a more personal way.
The heel antics of Damian Priest, Finn Balor, and Austin Theory were balanced out by the heroics of Bobby Lashley and Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, who were able to bask in the adoration of their fans.
Overall, WWE’s short European tour got off to a solid start in Birmingham, and fans in Manchester and Belfast can look forward to more exciting live events.
The string of shows leading up to Money in the Bank in London on July 1st is sure to generate even more excitement and anticipation among WWE’s UK fanbase.
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