The night after Raw has arrived, so that can mean only one thing…WWE Main Event! This week’s show is being broadcasted out of Ontario, California. Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam has been advertized in advance.
Normally, I write my recap to this show while I watch it live, adding my opinions along the way. This week I decided to watch it all beforehand without writing anything. I typically like wrestling better if I’m not too distracted, plus I was a little too tired last night when I turned it on. I’ll try to not act too surprised as I’m going back over the show.
Tom Phillips was promoted to Smackdown last week so it looks like Michael Cole and Byron Saxton are our announce team for now on. That Michael Cole is quite the workhorse. The WWE Network lists this edition of Main Event as the 100th episode. Despite the milestone, there will be no Rybaxel-themed cake like I wished for last week.
Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam
The news going around the internet yesterday was that Tuesday night would be RVD’s last night with WWE. I think the consensus is that this will be another break and not a permanent departure. As Rollins makes his way to the ring, his eulogy of Ambrose on the previous night’s Raw is shown. Roman Reigns interrupted and avoided a harsh blow from a cinder block.
I don’t find myself going gaga over RVD matches these days, but he looked good on this encounter. Maybe it’s because Rollins is a stellar in-ring worker and knows how to make his opponent look good. RVD does all the kicks and spots you’d expect, but the crowd bought it. Whenever he’d pause and do the “RVD” chants where he points to himself, the crowd bought into it.
RVD went to the top rope late into the match and Seth shoved him to the outside, sending Rob onto the outside barricade. RVD almost was counted out, getting back into the ring barely before the ten count expired. Seth was aggressive to Rob, pummeling him to the outside again. He threw RVD into the barricade.
Seth tried to throw RVD into the barricade again, but Van Dam reversed it and sent him crashing into the time-keeper’s area. RVD runs back into the ring before they’re both counted out at around the nine count. The ref finishes his count while Seth is still on the outside, making RVD the winner.
Winner by Count Out: Rob Van Dam
If that was RVD’s last match for a while, it was a good note to leave on. That was a solid match and a win over one of the rising stars of the company.
Post match, an angry Rollins tries to attack RVD, but Rob quickly fights him off. Seth takes his briefcase and is yelling his way up the entrance ramp. He’s got a nasty mark above his eye. It looked like he was bloodied the hard way.
There will be a recap of the latest in the Cena/Lesnar feud later in the show.
Curtis Axel vs. Adam Rose
Earlier in the day, Adam Rose was backstage with his Rosebuds. We learn in this segment that Ryback is out with an injury. Rose asks The Ax Man if he wants to join The Exotic Express. Axel declines like the stud that he is. Rose called Axel a lemon and told him that he’s going to make him into lemonade. It’s a cheesy way to build up a match, but it’s the kind of cheese that I like.
There’s a point in the match where Axel goes for a clothesline, Rose ducks it, then Axel immediately spins around to club the back of Rose’s head. The replay was really cool looking. The Rosebuds kept singing the Adam Rose tune to the annoyance of Axel. Curtis frequently screamed at the entourage when he had control of the match.
Rose did a hurricanrana off of the top rope. This lead to a sequence of moves that ended with Rose hitting the Party Foul onto Axel. He pinned the lone member of Rybaxel for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Adam Rose
Rose danced with his buddies after his win. Byron Saxton said that it would be a wonderful night for the Exotic Express.
The fantastic vignette that they aired with Lesnar and Heyman on Raw was shown here. The Hall of Fame Forum with Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair is recapped right after this. John Cena’s interruption and his matches later in the show are then shown.
Los Matadores are walking with El Torito backstage. They face Gold and Stardust next. Roman Reigns takes on Bray Wyatt this Friday on Smackdown.
Gold and Stardust vs. Los Matadores (w/El Torito)
The Tag Team Championship match between The Usos and the Dusts is highlighted during the entrances. Both of those teams put on fantastic matches, so I’m looking forward to what I assume will be a Championship rematch at Night of Champions.
Stardust and one of the Matadores kicked off the action and showcased their personalities well. Stardust was frustrated when he was halted mid-Irish Whip just see his opponent pose and shout ‘Ole!’ Stardust did a cartwheel shortly after to set up a drop-kick to a seated Matadore.
This match was given over ten minutes and was a good showcase of the often-underutilized tag team division. Los Matadores are great wrestlers but is a shame they’ve been stuck in more of a comedy role Give Primo and Epico more of a chance.
The crowd mildly chanted the ‘Ole’ chants while Stardust worked on an arm. Goldust would later narrowly escape a top rope dive as he side-steps out of harms way. Goldust tagged in Stardust, who hit a version of the Russian Leg Sweep where his opponent hit the mat face first.
Winner by Pinfall: Gold and Stardust
El Torito was checking on his buddies after the match, but Stardust grabbed the little guy and threw him through the ropes to the outside. Torito took a nasty fall and hit the ground hard. The brothers posed in celebration and Stardust looked creepy with his orange and yellow eyes. Very cool contact lenses there, Cody. The show ends there.
Mitch’s Final Thoughts:
This was an average night of Main Event, carried by several good matches. I didn’t feel like WWE went out of their way to make this show feel any more special than normal, but there were three matches that were given plenty of time and that’s all I need.
I assume RVD will be back in about 6 months, so if this was his final match for a while then it was good. I like being reminded how talented he is. Seth technically lost, but it wasn’t clean and it’s on Main Event. The loss won’t damage him.
Can The Ax Man survive without The Big Guy? His match was good for what it was, but a loss to Adam Rose isn’t exactly good for a solo career. They are both wrestlers who are nowhere near being in line for a meaningful run, but maybe they can figure out something that works for them. They provided acceptable filler for tonight.
The big match of the night was great. I’m happy to see Los Matadores in a competitive match and the Rhodes are finally finding direction again. The heel attack on El Torito was fitting and might lead to another TV match or two in the coming weeks. It’s a good mini-feud for the Rhodes until they finally get their hands on The Usos.
Once again, I liked tonight. It wasn’t above-average, but there was plenty to appreciate. Thanks for reading my review and be sure to follow me on Twitter @MitchNickelson. And in case that’s not enough Mitch, go check out MitchNickelson.com.