LITTLE over a month out from Wrestlemania XXXII, WWE embarked on a European tour and following the success of November 2016's visit, they couldn't resist another trip to South Wales.
Fittingly, the home of the Blues and the Bluebirds played host to Smackdown Live, WWE's 'blue brand'.
Shinsuke Nakamura, one of the newest additions to WWE's main roster kicked off the show, and the sell-out crowd sang along to his entrance theme. The match, which Nakamura won, set the tone for the night.
Those over with the audience had their every moved cheered, those closer aligned to a pantomime villain, were booed mercilessly. The audience weren't always in unanimous agreement however, which led to duelling chants. This was most obvious during Kevin Owens successful United States Championship defence over Sami Zayn.
The US title wasn't the only Championship on the line however, The Usos defended their Tag team Championships, Naomi retained her Womens' Championship and in the night's main event Randy Orton managed to slither away with his WWE title after an 'RKO outta nowhere' downed Jinder Mahal, who had dealt with the impressive AJ Styles seconds earlier.
Being as the organisation is based in the USA and largely made up of American and Canadian stars, the chance to cheer on a hometown boy doesn't come along very often for UK fans, but Cardiff got that rare opportunity on Friday. Cardiff-born Mark Andrews took to the ring, and the sky, helping his team win a 6-man tag team match. Buoyed on by a raucous reception and the Welsh flag around his shoulders, 'Mandrews' and his UK compatriots could make claim to having put on the match of the night.
Whether you subscribe to the WWE Network, or your wrestling knowledge fades after Big Daddy or Hulk Hogan, WWE Live is a unique, fun and memorable experience. The grapplers will be back in Cardiff on November 5.