After what was almost universally embraced as one of the more underwhelming Raw’s of the year, it’s time for wrestling fans to move on. What better way to shake off a less than satisfactory night of wrestling than by giving WWE a do-over? Welcome to Main Event, your official do-over show.
This is episode 101, airing live on the WWE Network. This week’s show airs out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Michael Cole and Byron Saxton are our announcers. Advertised for this show is a MizTV segment featuring Dolph Ziggler.
I am Mitch Nickelson and I review this show. I’ll summarize all of the events, throwing in my opinion along the way. I wrap everything up with a nifty Final Thoughts section at the end.
Dolph Ziggler appears on MizTV
As the show opens, Damien Sandow is seated in the middle of the ring. As The Miz’s stunt double, Damien “Miz”dow fills in for him tonight. The Miz was absent because he was filming for the new Fast and Furious movie. I don’t think that was true, but they are heels and as John Canton always says, heels lie.
Damien congratulates The Miz for not being in Nebraska tonight. Inspired by The Miz’s movie Christmas Bounty, Damien begins to recite a monologue. He gets a few lines in and gets interrupted by the music of the Intercontinental Champion, Dolph Ziggler. As he makes his way to the ring, Michael Cole questions if The Miz really has a role in a Fast and Furious movie.
Damien has the footage of the tag match that The Miz and Ziggler were in on Raw last night. Miz pinned Ziggler in that match after his stunt double caused a distraction. Ziggler says that Damien is out here pretending to be The Miz. Damien says to Ziggler, “How dare you come onto my show and ask me this.” Dolph and Damien get into a series of ‘really’s‘ before Damien cuts him off. “STOP, Miz doesn’t… I don’t say that anymore!”
Damien calls himself the greatest performance artist WWE has ever seen. He tells the crowd that they wouldn’t know talent if it was standing right in front of them. He is years ahead of the time. Damien explains that he might really be a fan of The Miz, or maybe he’s waiting for The Miz to beat Dolph at Night of Champions for the Intercontinental Title. Then, a certain stunt double will get his rightful shot at the Intercontinental Championship. This feels like a somewhat meaningful direction for Sandow. This has to be too good to be true. The crowd boos Damien.
Dolph tells him that he has a good plan. But maybe at Night of Champions, Dolph will do what he does best. Maybe he’ll “outclass The Miz in every sense of this business, steal the show, and remain their (points to the crowd) Intercontinental Champion!” Damien passionately screams that that will not happen as the crowd cheers on Dolph.
Dolph asks Damien what he’ll do then. He suggests that he can go back to one of his previous personas. He could pretend to be Bret Hart again. He could go back to being Magneto, which had kind of the same outfit that he’s wearing now. “You went there, didn’t you?” asks Damien. Or maybe Damien could go back to the persona that suited him the most. He could go back to being the ballerina. Cheers from the crowd as Damien looks unamused.
Damien went to clothesline Dolph, but Ziggler ducked and nailed him with a dropkick. Damien rolled out of the ring. Ziggler’s music plays as he stands tall in the ring. Great MizTV segment and a good start to the show.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Mizdow
This match started during the break. I never do the second screen experience, so I miss out on stuff like that. Damien almost never gets a competitive match, then a treat like this comes along. While Dolph isn’t in the main event where many think he deserves to be, it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t had a revitalization of his career recently. Seeing both these guys in a match that people get into makes me so happy.
The crowd cheered on Ziggler pretty strongly. Ziggler sold and bumped to make Damien look like he sort of belonged there. Midway through the match, Damien even got to kick out of The Famasser. Damien responded with a backbreaker/neckbreaker combo, stealing from The Miz. He then dipped into The Miz’s moveset again, trying to follow it up with a Figure Four, but Dolph kicked out of it before he got it locked it. This led to Dolph Zig Zagging Damien and successfully pinning him.
Winner by pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Dolph got a great reaction from the crowd for his win. He celebrated in the corner, holding his belt up high. Dolph faces The Miz in three weeks at Night of Champions for his Intercontinental Championship.
A recap of all of the Brie and Nikki Bella drama was now shown. Jerry Springer will be moderating a discussion between them next week. Raw will be having its Season Premier next week. Since Raw is new every week it’s hard to think of it in terms of seasons, but that’s what Michael Cole called it.
Natalya & Rosa Mendes vs. Summer Rae & Layla
If anyone ends up remembering this match in the future, it’ll will simply be because of Rosa Mendes’ butt. While on the outside, Layla grabbed at the back of Layla’s pink tights and gave Nebraska quite a show. I missed the live stream of Main Event, so it was blacked out almost immediately when I watched it On Demand. That’s one way to get people interested in the Network, I guess.
There’s a clip of Total Divas before the match started, where some executive type in a suit is telling Nattie that she needs to watch over Rosa and take her under her wing. Nattie didn’t like this, saying “If I wanted to babysit people, I would hang out with Summer.” I don’t care about Total Divas, so I wasn’t really into this match.
The heel girls worked on Rosa for a while until she could get a hot tag to Natalya. The crowd actually chanted for Rosa while she was getting pummeled. The crowd popped good when Natalya finally got into the ring. She beat on Summer and almost set up the Sharpshooter, but got slapped hard before she could lock it in.
Near the end, Rosa tagged herself in. Natalya wasn’t happy about it. Layla connected with the Bombshell Kick on Rosa and covered her for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Summer Rae & Layla
Summer Rae and Layla celebrate their win. Michael Cole and Byron Saxton talk about how Natalya will be tutoring Rosa in the upcoming edition of Total Divas.
There’s a preview of Total Divas at this point. I’m happy for them that the show is successful, but I’m not going to start watching it.
The Highlight Reel segment that opened Monday’s Raw is recapped at this point. There was some nice super-hero sounding music when they showed clips of Cena valiantly triumphing in the six-man tag main event. John Cena returns to Smackdown this Thursday.
Gold & Stardust vs. Los Matadores (w/ El Torito)
These guys fought on last week’s Main Event and put on a great show. I’m happy to see them go at it again because it’s not too often these days that Diego and Fernando are given a match that’s more competitive than comedic.
There’s a replay of the ending of the match between Goldust and Jimmy Uso. Jey Uso, who has an injured leg, was smacked in that injured leg by Stardust. Stardust used a chair and Jey’s leg was wrapped around the corner post. I like that the Rhodes brothers are being legit heels.
As Los Matadores are heading to the ring, footage of their Main Event match was shown last week. El Torito took a nasty spill to the outside thanks to Stardust. Gold & Stardust are ticking off everybody.
During the match, The Usos are shown backstage watching the match. Jey Uso is using a crutch, selling the injured leg.
I think Cody Rhodes looks particularly vicious in this Stardust heel role. At one point he was stomping on a Matadore and it came across as pretty brutal. Him and Goldust took turns doing stomach and back-rakes on their opponent during one tag out.
The hot tag near the end brought a good reaction from the crowd. The Matadore in question really brought the intensity. However, Goldust was able to cause enough of a distraction to allow Stardust to use his finisher, which is apparently called Dark Matter.
Winner by pinfall: Gold & Stardust
The Rhodes brother celebrated their victory post match, then knocked Los Matadores out of the ring after the match to remind everyone that they’re the heels. They posed like a couple of creepers to end the match.
Mitch’s Final Thoughts:
I’d say that this was an above average Main Event. Damien Sandow and Dolph Ziggler are fantastic and did a great promo to kick off the show. I wish they wouldn’t start matches during breaks, though. I loved seeing Damien looking like he wanted to win a match and I really loved the logic that he’s trying to position himself in line for an Intercontinental Title shot. Good for him, I hope it happens. This at least sets him up to feud with The Miz, title or not.
The Divas tag match wasn’t anything special. I don’t know if Rosa’s wardrobe malfunction was on purpose, but I wouldn’t put it past WWE. It was a well enough match, but if you miss it then you’re not missing much.
Los Matadores have a Damien Sandow vibe going on right now; meaning that they’ve been given the opportunity to look kind of relevant at the moment. The bull-fighting tag team are proving that they can go in the ring. Right now, they’re in the roles of being a team for Gold & Stardust to beat up on until they face off against The Usos at Night of Champions, but hopefully the people that matter backstage see that they could be a vital baby face tag team if they layed off of the comedy and were more about the wrestling.
Gold & Stardust are great heels. They’re not trying to be cool heels either. They just come out and act like jerks. I love it.
That about does it for me. This was a solid hour of wrestling. It usually is…or I’m just easy to please. As always, keep up with all things Mitch by following me on Twitter @MitchNickelson or by visiting my site, MitchNickelson.com. Take care.