Welcome once again to my review of WWE Main Event. Birmingham, Alabama is the host city for tonight’s show. I’m unaware of anything that might have been advertised ahead of time. Byron Saxton and Michael Cole are our usual announcers.
I apologize for getting this up about a day later than normal, but that’s just the way things worked out this week. I’m shooting for brevity which is probably a good thing because I can be long-winded when doing my recap. I’ll wrap up everything with a Final Thoughts section at the end. Let’s start this show.
MizTV featuring Sheamian Sandow, then Sheamus arrives
The Miz hosts his MizTV segment and it appears that we’re going to have Sheamus joining him. Only it’s not Sheamus, it’s Damien Sandow dressed up as Sheamus and it is absolutely hilarious. The guy has been comedy gold as of late and I dearly hope that the WWE can give meaningful ring time to a guy who turns so much dribble into entertainment.
Sandow is wearing some sort of white tights and a bright red wig. He even has some orange colored eyebrows pasted on. When the real Sheamus shows up, he finds that Sandow has become his personal method actor and it’s brilliant. There’s genuine laughter breaking out in the crowd.
The segment reveals that because of Miz’s victories on Sheamus as of late, he’ll get a title shot against him at Hell In A Cell. Sheamus mocks Miz for thinking he’s an A-list movie star and beats up Sandow in the end. He comments how Miz lets Sandow take his bullets and gives Sandow a Brogue kick to end the segment.
Tyson Kidd (w/Natalya) vs. R-Truth
Tyson Kidd had a mic and talked about ‘facts,’ and that it was a fact that he was more than simply Nattie’s husband. R-Truth had a mic as well. His rapping was slightly more on point than normal and even received loud cheers for it.
Early in this match, Truth did some provocative hip gyrating that Natalya found amusing. Tyson yelled at her and told her to go stand away from the ring. Byron and Michael discussed the marital woes of Mr. and Mrs. Kidd throughout the match.
The ending came after Tyson was setting up for the Sharpshooter. Truth kicked him away, into the ropes near Natalya. He yelled at her to not get involved, but got taken out when he turned back around toward Truth.
Winner by pinfall: R-Truth
Cesaro vs. Justin Gabriel
In a pre-taped segment, Cesaro told Dolph Ziggler that he promised him that he’ll be “in the swing of things.” Get it? I’ve been digging all of the mic time he’s been getting as of late, especially when he guest announces. He seems very comfortable when he has to speak.
There’s lots of reasons to like this matchup. Both guys are incredibly talented and can impress with their ring skills. But the real point of this match is to put over Cesaro and that’s what happens. Here’s a lovely quip by Bryon Saxton, in regards to the Swiss Superman…
“The guy deadlifts over 600 lbs. That’s like, six of you, Michael.”
Gabriel is impressive and has some flashy moments, but eventually succumbs to the Neutralizer.
Winner by pinfall: Cesaro
It’s Raw Rebound time and we see a recap of everything concerning John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton from the night prior. I feel like much of the reactions that I’ve read about the Cena/Orton match is a big yawn because the two have faced each other so much throughout their careers. Personally, I feel like Orton is on a streak of stellar bouts over the past few months and I look forward to pretty much any match he’s in…even if it’s against a guy he’s faced a million times like John Cena. I guess my point is that I’m currently a big Randy Orton mark. That guy sure can wrestle.
Rusev (w/Lana) vs. Big E
The crowd chanted “U.S.A.” loudly to Lana before the match, garnering a couple of Shut Up’s from her. She called Birmingham the unshaved armpit of America. It’s not that bad of a place. Rusev said Big Show would be the big, stinking, anus.
Rusev and Big E had a couple of fun Pay-Per-View matches earlier in the year. This match tonight was given plenty of time and it was paced well. Rusev looked vicious early on with a Fallaway Slam on the outside and a series of never-ending stomps in the middle of the ring. Big E was given chances to look strong as well. He had several well-timed suplexes that would turn the tides in his favor.
The hero of the Russian Federation would ultimately lock in the Accolade. He really leaned back on Big E and made it look painful.
Winner by submission: Rusev
Rusev faces Big Show at Hell In A Cell. He and Lana celebrated the victory with the Russian flag behind them as the show came to a close.
Mitch’s Final Thoughts:
I’d peg this hour of wrestling only to be an average episode of Main Event. Sandow was completely funny in the beginning of the show; one of his best impressions yet. Kudos to him being amazing. But apart from the humor, none of the matches meant a whole lot.
Rusev and Big E were at least given well over 10 minutes, so that’s at least one good takeaway. I won’t be too negative on the product, I’ll just say that between the spectrum of Smackdown and Superstars, Main Event seemed to have drifted slightly more into the Superstars realm tonight.
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That was way shorter this time around than I normally do. I’ll try to write this review more of this length in the future. It’s way easier to write and more enjoyable for me to watch the show without so much play-by-play.
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That about does it for me. Take care.