WWE wrestlers lay the smack down at Cross Insurance Center

Posted June 29, 2014, at 6:27 a.m.
Titus O'Neil climbed back into the ring during his match against R-Truth as part of WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Titus O'Neil climbed back into the ring during his match against R-Truth as part of WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
R-Truth amps up the crowd before his match against Titus O'Neil as part of WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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R-Truth amps up the crowd before his match against Titus O'Neil as part of WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Sheamus (left) leaps onto Alberto Del Rio during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Sheamus (left) leaps onto Alberto Del Rio during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Sheamus is chocked by Alberto Del Rio during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Sheamus is chocked by Alberto Del Rio during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Jey Uso screams during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Jey Uso screams during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
A fan yells at Big E to get up during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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A fan yells at Big E to get up during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Big E (right) slams Rusev into the mats during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Big E (right) slams Rusev into the mats during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Big E tries to stand back up during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Big E tries to stand back up during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Rusev (right) chocks out Big E during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Rusev (right) chocks out Big E during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Bray Wyatt leads his crew into the ring during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Bray Wyatt leads his crew into the ring during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
John Cena amps up the crowd during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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John Cena amps up the crowd during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
John Cena prepares to wrestle during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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John Cena prepares to wrestle during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
John Cena (right) is slammed into the ropes during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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John Cena (right) is slammed into the ropes during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
John Cena is declared the winner of his match during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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John Cena is declared the winner of his match during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Cohen King (right), 5, watches in awe with his father John King during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Cohen King (right), 5, watches in awe with his father John King during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Fans cheer on their favorite wrestlers during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Fans cheer on their favorite wrestlers during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
During WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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During WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Sheamus (center) wrestles Alberto Del Rio (left) and Cesaro during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Sheamus (center) wrestles Alberto Del Rio (left) and Cesaro during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Sheamus (center) knocks Alberto Del Rio (left) in the head with Cesaro during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Sheamus (center) knocks Alberto Del Rio (left) in the head with Cesaro during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Fans take photos as Sheamus (right) chocks Cesaro during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Fans take photos as Sheamus (right) chocks Cesaro during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
A fan takes a photo of Cesaro during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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A fan takes a photo of Cesaro during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Sheamus high-fives fans after winning his match during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Sheamus high-fives fans after winning his match during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Alicia Fox makes an &quotL" on her forehead during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Alicia Fox makes an "L" on her forehead during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Wrestlers face off during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Wrestlers face off during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Jozef York, 8, gets a better view during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Jozef York, 8, gets a better view during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
A fan raises a foam John Cena hand during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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A fan raises a foam John Cena hand during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Travis Ellis cheers on his favorite wrestler during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Travis Ellis cheers on his favorite wrestler during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Big E waves the American flag during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Big E waves the American flag during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Big E waves the American flag during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Big E waves the American flag during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
John Cena gets ready to wrestle during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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John Cena gets ready to wrestle during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
John Cena amps up the crowd during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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John Cena amps up the crowd during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Titus O'Neil (left) attacks R-Truth as part of WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Titus O'Neil (left) attacks R-Truth as part of WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Sheamus (right) slams Alberto Del Rio into the ropes during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Sheamus (right) slams Alberto Del Rio into the ropes during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Odin Saunders, 5, yells at the wrestlers during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Odin Saunders, 5, yells at the wrestlers during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Cesaro (left) slams Sheamus during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Cesaro (left) slams Sheamus during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Damien Sandow signals into the crowd during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Damien Sandow signals into the crowd during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Nikki Bella high-fives fans during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Nikki Bella high-fives fans during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
Paige enters the ring raising her championship belt during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.
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Paige enters the ring raising her championship belt during WWE Live in Bangor Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.

BANGOR, Maine — John Cena fans were out in force Saturday night as the WWE made its debut at the Cross Insurance Center. Saturday marked the first time since March 2012 that the professional wrestling promotion has been in Bangor. The 2012 event was held in the Bangor Auditorium.

The main bout was a WWE Street Fight between the popular superstar Cena and Bray Wyatt, leader of the Wyatt Family. Despite being outnumbered three to one, Cena was able to come out on top after a nearly 40-minute fight that featured throws, kicks and a collapsible table or two.

“It was a long match, [but it was] good,” said 13-year-old Zachary Noyes from Prentiss, Maine. “I’m happy Cena won.”

Noyes and his mother joined a number of other families from around the state who came to Bangor to see their heroes brawl.

Although the result of the main event was a popular one, there were those in the audience who wanted to see Wyatt defeat Cena, who also won his match in 2012. Cheers of “Cena sucks!” were met with a chorus of “Never give up!” as Wyatt looked like more than a match for Cena for most of the bout. In the end, Cena gained a popular victory via submission.

Other notable matches included a classic Russia vs. U.S.A. bout, as well as a Fan’s Choice match where the fans had to vote for the contestants to either have a regular match or a dance-off. In the end, fans chose a match between Damien Sandow and The Great Khali.

Sandow was quick to antagonize the crowd, who supported Khali.

“I’ve been booed in the biggest cities in the country,” Sandow said. “You guys are just a bunch of cheap Canadians!”

The Great Khali came away victorious, much to the joy of the audience.

This match was followed by a fight between the Russian, Rusev, and Tampa, Florida, native Big E. Both wrestlers entered the ring bearing the flags of their respective nations, eliciting chants of “U.S.A! U.S.A!” among those in the audience.

“You’re greedy, and fat, and impotent. You can’t blame your president,” said Lana, Rusev’s manager, who addressed the audience before the fight.

Although Big E dominated most of the fight, Rusev came back to win by submission. This caused a sea of boos through the audience as the triumphant Rusev left the ring.

“[There’s] no doubt [the WWE] look[s] forward to coming back [to Bangor] in the near future.” said ring announcer Justin Roberts as the event came to a close.

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