From a lunatic to a lucha libre, WWE is taking over Abu Dhabi and there’s plenty to fight for as world-class contenders take to the ring
It’s loud. It’s brash. It’s loony. It’s WWE – and there’s nothing quite like it.
The sport that is World Wrestling Entertainment takes professional wrestling to a whole other level, and now the sport’s superstars are set to collide as WWE Live in Abu Dhabi takes hold on 7th and 8th December.
With two nights of fighting action, titleholders will be putting their championship belts on the line against eager, not to mention, worthy, challengers, including Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Enzo Amore, Roman Reigns, Kane and Triple H.
Not sure what to expect? Here are just four of the thrilling matches that we’re pumped up to see.
Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks
The longstanding feud between current RAW Women’s Champions Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks will come to a head in Abu Dhabi.
Both multi-titled champs, Little Miss Bliss and The Boss Banks have each taken turns winning the belt at the expense of the other, with the former emerging victorious most recently in a gruelling five-women match at No Mercy.
What to expect: The two wrestlers are known for their ferocious nature and penchant for high-wire antics. Their previous matches could have gone either way, with neither of the two fighters giving an inch until the final count.
Expect Sasha to unleash all in her arsenal of moves, most notably the dreaded double knee backbreaker or, if a three count pin down is elusive, the bank statement to get the reigning champion to tap out.
As for Bliss, the chokehold STO remains to be a formidable manoeuvre and, of course, the snap DDT – the same finisher that knocked the lights out of Sasha during a title match last August.
Triple H vs Roman Reigns
The feud between these two came to a head last year in WrestleMania 32 when Roman Reigns defeated 14-time World Champion Triple H to take home the World Heavyweight Championship.
It was perceived as a changing of the guards, with Reigns being touted as the new face of the sport, replacing the old-timers – although some fans disagree.
What to expect: If their WrestleMania match was any indication, we’re in for a punishing no holds barred match.
Despite his 6’3”, 120kg frame, 32-year-old Reigns is perceived as the most agile of the two. The Big Dog’s fierce and intense style is best shown in his signature moves: the mixed martial arts-inspired Superman punch and the spear.
Then there’s the King of Kings, Triple H. Having fought a throng of wrestling greats, the
48-year-old veteran is notorious for blending brawn and brain, earning him the nicknames
‘The Game’ and ‘The Cerebral Assassin’.
In a blink of an eye, Reigns might find himself tasting the mat after being hit with a spinning spinebuster or the classic pedigree.
Kalisto vs Enzo Amore
Just when we thought we’d seen the last of this rivalry, Enzo Amore and Kalisto will land in Abu Dhabi with a renewed desire to outclass each other.
In just a short span of time, the two have faced each other three times already, with the last match on 19th November at the Survivor Series in Houston, Texas.
What to expect: Lucha libre Kalisto is itching to regain the Cruiserweight Championship title from smack-talking Enzo so an all-out war is sure to ensue.
If you’re a fan of fast and high-flying wrestling action, then this is the perfect match to watch. Enzo’s big mouth complements his out-of-control fighting style, a technique that proves successful in grounding his hated rival. If given an opening, the New Jersey native will be ready to deliver his finishing blows – bada boom shakalaka and jawdonzo.
For the King of Flight, Kalisto, a high-octane match will enable him to best utilise his aerial assaults, most notably his signature finisher, the salida del sol.
Cesaro and Sheamus vs Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins
Real wrestling fans will be on the edge of their seats as the first ever RAW Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match featuring Cesaro and Sheamus vs Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins takes place.
What to expect: All accomplished wrestlers in their own right, both tag teams are known for their aggressive fighting style that relies on both individual strengths and teamwork strategies.
Former rugby star Cesaro and Celtic Warrior Sheamus are feeling confident as reigning champs and have probably fine tuned their finishing moves, the spinebuster-brogue kick and their double team signature attack, the bar and double high cross.
The Lunatic Fringe Ambrose and ninja Rollins will be relying on their athleticism and double team attacks to throw their opponents off track, waiting to unleash their knee strike finishing move, unofficially known as king’s landing.
Need to know:
What: WWE Live in Abu Dhabi
Where: Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium
When: 7th and 8th December, 8pm
Price: From AED 250
WORDS Ferdinand Godinez