Welcome to the weekly review of WWE Main Event. I’m Mitch Nickelson and I’m here to walk you through all the happenings of this live hour of wrestling on the WWE Network.
Tonight’s show is broadcasted out of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. I am unaware of anything that is advertised for this show. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. Regardless, I’m a blank slate going into this.
Like usual, I recap the show as a watch it, adding in my opinions whenever I feel like it. I wrap it all up at the end in a nifty Final Thoughts section. Let’s get to the show.
Micheal Cole and Byron Saxton are our announcers and they kick us off with some breaking news. Officially announced for Night Of Champions, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will face off in a match. Also, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton will compete as well.
Seth Rollins Asks “Where Are They Now?”
Seth Rollins, briefcase in hand, makes his way to the ring. He grabs a microphone as his music fades and pauses for a moment to let the crowd yell at him. It takes a second, but “You Sold Out” chants can be heard. He welcomes the crowd to a segment that he calls “Where Are They Now?”
A graphic showing all three members of The Shield is shown and Seth talks of their dominance. Where are they now? He first talks about Dean Ambrose. Dean made a fatal, critical error when he faced off against Seth. They replayed his last appearance from Raw a few weeks back that ended with his head getting Curb-Stomped through a cinder block.
Seth laughs at the footage that just aired. He doesn’t know where Dean is now. He says that Dean was a feral animal that needed put down. He now moves on to the brawn of the Shield, Roman Reigns.
Rollins talks about how Reigns was regarded at the future of the company when The Shield was intact. Seth says that he created the group and Seth is responsible for all of Roman’s success. When Roman put a target on Seth’s back, his future became obsolete. The end of Raw was replayed at this point. I do like getting to see Rollins dive off of the top of that cage again.
Now Seth asks about himself in the “Where Are They Now” segment. He sings his own praises. He says he’s the only man still left standing from the remnants of The Shield. He calls himself the future of this company then, oddly, Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter interrupt him. I wouldn’t have called this to happen.
Zeb asks Seth if he’s claiming credit for The Shield. When Zeb thinks of great strategists, he thinks of great men like George Washington, Douglas MacArthur, and General Westmoreland. Zeb didn’t see Seth Rollins’ name mentioned in that bunch. He does see Seth’s name mentioned among those who like talk about their enemies long distance but are too scared when they’re head to head. Seth’s not an architect, he’s an opportunist and a sellout.
Zeb says that Seth has a match against Jack Swagger that night. Cool, I’m looking forward to that. Zeb leads the crowd in a “We The People” chant to close out the segment. Jack waves his American flag proudly and Seth removes his shirt. Looks like this match is right now.
Seth Rollins vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter)
Seth Rollins always does a good job selling and he helps Swagger look like the hoss that he his. Seth, the sly heel, ran in and out of the ring frequently near the beginning of the match until he finally caught Jack off guard and gained the advantage. He chop-blocked Swagger below the knee as well.
Swagger would regain control later with a belly to belly suplex. He was able to connect with the Swagger Bomb that led to a pinfall, but he only got the two count. Rollins was able to kick Swagger in the head after he wiggled out of a belly to back tie up.
Swagger would try to apply the Patriot Lock as Rollins scrambled desperately toward the ropes. Swagger pulled him away from the ropes and he twisted in mid-air, landing on his feet. Seth went for a kick to the head again, but Swagger caught his ankle in the process and now he successfully has the Patriot Lock applied.
Swagger sold it like he was getting his ankle snapped, but he made it to the ropes for the break. Swagger put Seth on the top corner turnbuckle as the crowd chanted “USA.” Seth battled him off and then dove off the top, driving his knee into Jack’s head. Seth favored the leg, selling the damage done by the Patriot Lock earlier. Seth was still able to bounce off of the ropes and hit Jack with the Curb Stomp.
Winner by pinfall: Seth Rollins
Zeb looked upset at the loss and Rollins went to grab his briefcase. He held it high at the top of the ramp to celebrate.
Holy cow, Heath Slater is on my screen. He’s backstage asking about a drawing on a whiteboard that Titus O’Neil was holding. It had the word “Wabbit” written on the top. Titus explained that they were going “Wabbit Hunting.” Heath pondered the word “Wabbit” and Titus asked him if he still watched cartoons. Titus told him to “Hop To It” and Heath bunny hops off the screen. Titus calls him stupid as he follows after him. It only lasted about 30 seconds. I like Slater Gator, so I put up with this stuff.
Raw Recap time. The excellent promo with Paul Heyman and John Cena aired. Heyman is utterly amazing, but you knew that already. Cena and Lesnar will meet “Face To Face” on next Monday’s Raw.
Cesaro is shown walking backstage. He faces Sheamus at Night Of Champions and looks to have a match in just a few moments.
Cesaro vs. Zach Ryder
As Cesaro makes his way to the ring, Raw clips are shown of Cesaro distracted Sheamus in his match against Rollins. Cesaro used the Neutralizer against Sheamus after that match.
Ryder got a little bit of offense with a dropkick in the beginning. Cesaro roughed him up on the outside, then did a big jumping stomp in the middle of the ring. Cesaro went for a kick onto Ryder in the corner, but Zach moved out of the way. Cesaro was injured and hung up, giving Ryder the chance to set up the Broski Boot. He sold his already injured leg while executing his signature maneuver.
Ryder went over the top rope to the outside and took out Cesaro. Back in the ring and Ryder tried to jump off of the middle turnbuckle, but landed into the Cesaro Swing. It feels like I haven’t seen that in forever. Cesaro rolls him over into what looked like a Cloverleaf-type finisher and Ryder submitted.
Winner by submission: Cesaro
Regarding Ryder, The rumor mills have said that Zach Ryder has been shown on TV getting squashed as a punishment for negative tweets. While this was hardly a squash tonight, I would recommend reading Mike Holland’s Quick Hits article from Sunday. He rightfully argues that any TV time, even squash time, is better than the zero amount of on-screen time that Ryder was getting before.
Post match, Renee Young enters the ring to interview Cesaro. She tells Cesaro that his win was impressive against Zach Ryder, slightly laughing when she says Ryder’s name. Cesaro does an awesome job of pointing out that his win was against a former United States Champion. “Who are you to doubt Zach Ryder?”
When asked about his match with Sheamus at Night Of Champions, Cesaro talks about how he’s better than him in so many ways, especially in this ring. Everyone knows it. He’ll prove to the whole world that he’s not just the King of Swing, he’s the King of Wrestling…and our new United States Champion.
The segment with Jerry Springer, the Bellas, and Stephanie McMahon was highlighted at this point. Nikki Bella and AJ Lee will challenge Paige for her Divas Championship at Night Of Champions.
Adam Rose and his Rosebuds are walking backstage, singing the Adam Rose tune. The bunny gets distracted by a carrot hanging randomly. Titus O’Neil sneaks up behind him and tries to throw an net on him. The bunny ducks and the net goes onto Heath Slater instead. Slater and O’Neil argue about how their plan failed. O’Neil could’ve just hit him. Just saying.
Adam Rose vs. Titus O’Neil
Byron Saxton and Michael Cole talk about how Heath Slater has to go back to West Virginia and tell his pals that he got kicked in the head by a bunny. As an actual West Virginian, we’re rooting for you Heath. Don’t let that bunny keep you down.
The bunny makes his way to ringside and tries to distract Titus. Heath Slater mouths “I got this” and crawls under the ring. He comes out on the other side and tries to attack the bunny. The bunny kicks Slater in the side of the head with a vicious Enziguri. Titus goes to check on his buddy and Rose shoves him into Heath. Rose is able to roll him up for a successful pinfall.
Winner by pinfall: Adam Rose
Michael Cole said that social media called this #bunnymania on Twitter. I did not verify if he made that up or not. Titus looked disappointed in the ring after his loss. Adam Rose, the bunny, and his Rosebuds partied out of the ring.
The Ascension vs. Los Matadores
The NXT Tag Team Champions are on Main Event? Did they advertise this? They should have. What a treat.
The crowd mildly chanted “We Want Tables” during this match, which was largely one-sided. Micheal and Byron talked about how dominant they’ve been in NXT. They won with The Fall Of Man, which is impressive looking.
Winner by pinfall: The Ascension
Viktor and Konner stand tall with their NXT titles held high to close out the show.
Mitch’s Final Thoughts:
This was just an average night of Main Event. Rollins had a good promo to start out the night and his match with Swagger was my favorite bout on tonight’s card. Cesaro and Zach Ryder had a decent match as well. Cesaro seems to be getting more mic time and he did a good job with his Renee Young interview afterward.
I normally like Slater Gator humor. The bunny stuff was mildly funny to me, but there was just a little too much of it for even my taste. I assume there will be a tag match between Slater Gator and Adam Rose & the bunny at some point. I’m hoping that the bunny is revealed to be someone worthwhile, but I’m probably expecting too much.
The main event itself wasn’t anything fantastic, but having The Ascension on a main roster show was pretty cool. They definitely brought a presence with them. But the match was short and nobody gets too worked up for Los Matadores anyways. I do like how WWE is hyping for the NXT special on Thursday. Having this match and the tag match on Raw seems like a smart way to get people excited about the NXT brand. That’s not something that needs done all of the time, but it is wise to showcase these guys immediately before the big NXT shows.
That about does it for me this week. Did you like the show? I’m middle of the road with it this week. Drop me a comment below and let me know what you think. And while you’re at it, look me up on Twitter @MitchNickelson. Thanks for reading my review, I do appreciate it.