It’s Tuesday night and that means it’s time for WWE Main Event. This week’s show hails from Little Rock, Arkansas. There’s a big segment advertised as Dean Ambrose will be the guest on MizTV. WWE has been cashing in on the Ambrose love since his return from a short absence, which is good for Main Event.
If you’ve read my reviews before then you know that I give a synopsis of the show, segment by segment. There’s no super thorough play-by-play, but I try to cover all of the happenings. I insert my opinion along the way, then wrap things up with a snappy Final Thoughts section at the end. Let’s get to the fun.
A graphic is show reminding us that Dean Ambrose will be the guest on MizTV tonight.
Slater Gator vs. Los Matadores (w/El Torito)
Adam Rose & The bunny, along with The Rosebuds, came down to join our announcers, Michael Cole and Bryon Saxton, at the announce table. The Bunny had a headset on even though they kept trying to ask him questions. Rose reminded them that bunnies can’t talk.
The match was short. Rose and his crew kept singing and raving, distracting Slater Gator. The Matodores drop-kicked Slater into O’Neil, then did a cross-body off of the top rope for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Los Matadores
Rose, The Bunny, and their entourage celebrated with Los Matadores in the ring after their win.
The video game trailer for WWE 2K15 is played at this point.
Mark Henry comes to ring wearing a classy suit but looked solemn. The replay of his losses at Night of Champions and the following Raw are shown.
Henry Sort-Of Turns On America, Big Show Hugs It Out
Henry has a mic and says that he has a written statement. The fans chanted “USA” for Henry. Henry says that the fans and Rusev knew he was hurt, but they encouraged him to wrestle a second match anyway. He turns on the fans, saying that he did the best he could do but the fans don’t appreciate it. As much as he loves the country, he doesn’t get how Americans love winners. We’re obsessed with winning at the expense of hard workers. If Henry doesn’t win, then he’s no longer our “boy.” There’s a mixture of boos and “USA” chants as he says that he just had to get all of that off of his chest.
Big Show comes to the ring, smiling and high-fiving fans along the way. He joins Henry in the ring and tells Mark that he knows he’s upset. He calls him his brother from another mother. He talks about when Henry one time ate all of Show’s chocolate chip cookies and milk. He knows how hard Henry fought. Show is his brother and he loves him. He feels his pain; the fans clapped for that. Show says that he’ll get booed alongside Henry. This Friday on Saturday, he’s going to knock Rusev out. The two embraced in a hug as the in-ring promo ended.
The news brief about Roman Reign’s surgery that we’ve been seeing the past few days is aired again. Get well soon, Roman. Michael Cole says that he’ll miss several months of action.
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena from Night Of Champions is highlighted.
AJ Lee skips to the ring to join Byron and Michael on commentary for the next match.
Naomi vs. Paige
Footage from the Night Of Champions Diva’s Championship match is replayed at the start. I’m still impressed by the bump that Ms. Bella took to the outside.
I feel like Naomi proves here worth in this match. Despite how butt-focused her arsenal can be at times, she is talented. Not only does she pull off Hurricanranas with ease, she came up with a sick head-scissors maneuver that she used to face-plant Paige. I would be happy if she seriously challenged for the Diva’s Title.
Paige, the heel that she is, propped her feet onto the bottom ropes after rolling up Naomi to successfully pin her opponent.
Winner by pinfall: Paige
AJ ran into the ring after the match and took Paige out with her Diva’s Title belt. Paige pounded the ring in frustration.
Another reminder that Dean Ambrose will be on MizTV aired. Next up is a recap with Ambrose and Cena chasing down Ambrose on Raw and the events associated with it. An ad came on reminding us that Wrestlemania will be in the new Levi’s stadium in San Francisco next year.
As promised, the Ambrose stuff from Raw is recapped. After that, Byron and Michael tell us that Gold & Stardust will defend their newly-won Tag Championships against the Usos on Smackdown this week. They generally have good matches together, so I’m looking forward to it.
Renee Young Interviews The Usos Backstage
The Usos are super-excited about their rematch and Jey (I think) keeps pretending to pass out from his anticipation. They tell us how they’re going to go U-So Crazy and that brings a lovely smile to Renee’s face.
Bo Dallas is shown walking backstage. He looks like he’ll be wrestling next.
Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas
Dallas’ match against Swagger from Raw is shown. He tapped out to the Patriot Lock and was made fun of by Zeb Colter. Dallas grabs a microphone and says that he finally understands what it feels like to be a loser. “In other words, I felt a lot like you, Kofi.” Burn. Bo didn’t realize that Kofi still worked here. Kofi looks annoyed by Bo’s antics. Maybe this will plant the seeds for when they finally make The New Nation gimmick happen?
The match was a short back and forth bout. Kingston does seem to have a little fire in his step, but maybe that’s just the way I chose to view this performance. Kingston won after connecting with his Trouble In Paradise.
Winner by pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Kofi celebrated his win as Bo looked frustrated on the outside. Kofi could be heard yelling “Look at you! Look at you!” towards Dallas, which I see as even more seeds of a New Nation incarnation of Kofi. I’m still crossing my fingers on that. MizTV is up next.
Dean Ambrose Appears On MizTV
Damien Sandow mimicked every word that Miz uttered while on the microphone in the beginning and it was hilarious. He didn’t speak, but holy crap is the dude hilarious. Miz doesn’t waste time in introducing Dean Ambrose to his segment.
Dean is welcomed with a handshake. Miz shows the footage of Dean Ambrose getting his head smashed into a pile of cinder blocks. Miz says that his inside sources say that Dean suffered significant head and spine trauma, but he refused treatment and then disappeared. Damien is still miming everything Miz is doing, by the way. It’s distracting in a really funny way.
Miz asked where Dean went during his absence and asked what kind of anti-psychotic drugs he was put on when he got there. Dean asks Miz if he thinks he’s funny. Damien responded by saying that Miz is, in fact, very, very funny. Miz thanks the compliment.
Miz asks how Dean walked away from having his skull smashed. Dean explains that while a normal person would not have walked away, he’s not a normal person. He might go down, but he won’t stay down. The Authority has picked a fight that they can’t win.
Miz says that he, along with everyone here, thinks he’s insane. A locked room couldn’t keep Ambrose from getting to Rollins. Footage is shown from Raw where Dean Ambrose popped out of a Dean Ambrose-sized box to attack Seth.
Miz asked the crowd if they liked the clip and cheers affirmed it. But Miz says that he wants the breaking news. What he wants is the scoop on how he got out of the room. Good question. Dean Ambrose looks at him and gives a very laugh out loud response, “It was simple…there was a back door.” That actually fixes that plot hole rather nicely.
Miz seems bummed that his big scoop didn’t turn out to be something more elaborate. Dean offers another funny line when he tells Miz, “I’m not Houdini!” It’s definitely worth watching; Dean’s delivery is superb like always. Dean tells him that he’s sorry if he feels cheated by his explanation.
Miz says he’s not cheated by the story, but rather by Dolph Ziggler’s win over him on Monday night. He says he lost the IC Title because Dolph pulled on his tights. Miz went on a screaming fit to showcase his frustrations and got in Dean’s face in the process. Dean gave him a headbutt and then threw Damien out of the ring. Dean goes back to Miz and drops him with the Dirty Deeds.
To finish the segment up, Dean propped the lifeless Miz back into his chair. He put Miz’s glasses on and placed the microphone into his hand. Ambrose leaned towards the mic and thanked Miz for being such a great host. He told the audience that we’ll see them next time on MizTV. Ambrose walks out of the ring and checks his forehead after his headbutt. Miz is still out cold in his chair to close the show.
Mitch’s Final Thoughts:
This was an entertaining hour of wrestling, but I hesitate to say it was above average. I’m only going with an ‘average’ verdict because while there was plenty to like, the in-ring action was virtually non-existent. There were only three matches and that’s if you count the fact that the opening tag match only consisted of two moves. But I will give credit to the women’s match and Dallas vs. Kofi, but neither resulted in can’t-miss programming.
I like Mark Henry and was looking forward to the heel turn. I think Big Show halted that, but it looks like Henry going to turn on the fans as a result of his Rusev losses at some point. Big Show will help us bridge that gap and maybe this will lead to a match between the two.
The MizTV segment was the big moment of the night and I do feel like it delivered. Damien Mizdow is so good in his comedy role, but I hope we get something of a face turn and a character tweak when he eventually comes to blows with The Miz. Dean Ambrose is a superstar and his promo abilities are top notch. Even though there wasn’t a ‘big match’ of this night, this was a worthy headliner of this B-show. Also, I assume this will setup a match between Miz and Ambrose, which might be good. I don’t read Smackdown spoilers, so don’t clue me in if that’s what happened Tuesday night.
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