JUST 24 hours after pop princess Kylie Minogue rocked the Arena, it was the turn of the stars of the wrestling world to take the plaudits.
The global phenomenon of WWE may fall into the bracket of entertainment rather than sport, but make no mistake about it – this is entertainment with a capital E!
Stars like Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt and Fandango are household names to the legions of WWE fans who packed into the Tyneside venue, and that trio and their colleagues all played their part in an action-packed evening.
There were one-on-ones, street brawls and tag-team matches to keep the action varied, with little chance to take a breath in between.
There was even a six-Diva tag battle featuring the so-called fairer sex though their grappling was far from ladylike.
The choreography was perfect – it has to be when you have a ringfull of seven-footers throwing themselves about – and the whole event had the crowd baying for more after almost three hours of action.
Don’t be fooled into thinking wrestling is for kids, as this crew have people of all ages following their every move.
It’s come a long way since the days of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks on a Saturday teatime on World of Sport.
But for a night of entertainment, you’d be hard pressed to beat this lot.
WWE is a regular fixture on Tyneside, so get yourself a ringside seat next time they’re in Toon.
– IAN WILLIS