WWE Live: Randy Orton & Co slam their way to Abu Dhabi
Suplexes, body slams and other high risk manoeuvres. WWE Live will be staged at Zayed Sports City from October 10-12 and tickets are still available for the extravaganza.
That’s right, the guys you constantly see on television in colourful gear – or other elaborately designed costumes – who love to inflict all sorts of pain and misery on their opponents, through their ‘special moves’, will be in Abu Dhabi.
As well as the actual fighting, expect to witness lots of bad sportsmanship, as the fighters fire off disrespectful jibes at each other – all of which makes the WWE what it is today.
The biggest match-up will no doubt be between Randy Keith Orton and Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. Orton, who is a 6ft 5in giant of a man, uses an ‘RKO’ to finish off his opponents. A devastating move which means it’s almost impossible to make a recovery in time for the three-count.
The RKO is a highly-technical move which involves Orton jumping towards his man, grabbing his head in a three-quarter face-lock while parallel to the ground, and then slamming it to the canvas. The referee slides in and a three-count usually gives Orton the win on the spot.
In 2004, Orton became the youngest-ever winner of the world heavyweight championship – at the age of 24 – as well as world tag team champion with the Edge in 2006, a team known as Rated-RKO.
Overall, Orton has won 12 championships in the WWE, including being a 10-time World Champion. He is also the winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble match, and has headlined many pay-per-view events for the organisation, including WrestleMania XXV.
Bryan is a much smaller guy. At 5ft 8in, he has to use other ways of winning than brute strength and raw power, and his signature move allows him to do just this.
The “Yes!” Lock manoeuvre or the “LeBell Lock” is named after “Judo” Gene LeBell, a master of both mixed martial arts and wrestling.
The move exemplifies LeBell’s claim to fame: bending opponents into excruciatingly painful positions. Bryan is able to pin his opponent face down on the canvas and, wrapping his hands around his face, pull the head back so the back is bent to its limit, causing the opponent tremendous pain in the process.
Bryan – who has a very distinguishable overgrown beard – is a four-time world champion: a two-time WWE Champion and a one-time world heavyweight champion in WWE.
As well as these two, expect to see other well-known faces like Big Show, Ryback, The Miz, R-Truth and Dolph Ziggler.
Big Show has been around the WWE for quite a while now and he is something to witness up close. At 7ft and 441lbs, this colossus can intimidate his opponents by just turning up for his fight.
The Miz – who was in the UAE recently to promote the event – joined the WWE in 2006 after being the host of a WWE Diva Search competition. His signature move is the Skull-Crushing Finale and I don’t think I need to explain what that entails!
What: WWE Live
Where: Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium, Abu Dhabi
When: October 10-12