Welcome to this week’s edition of WWE Main Event! The show is broadcast out of Oklahoma City and Michael Cole and Byron Saxton are our announcers. This is one piece of wrestling commentary that you’ll read today that in no way mentions CM Punk. Unless you count right now, in which I’ve failed.
Like every week, I’m going to highlight all of the important happenings of the show and throw in my opinion whenever I feel like it. I won’t go into too much play-by-play but you will walk away informed. At the end I’ll wrap things up with a handy Final Thoughts section. Let’s get to this.
Jack Swagger vs. Titus O’Neil
Swagger is from Oklahoma so he gets a little extra love tonight. The Rusev attack on Zeb and then Jack’s retaliation from Raw is shown before the match. Swagger does seem a little more fired up at the beginning and throws around Titus at the start of it. Titus regains control and tosses Jack to the outside. He whips Swagger into the barrier as Cole reminds us that the Slammy Awards are coming up.
Titus keeps control and mounts a slight comeback that Titus halts with a fallaway slam. He never actually “falls away” when he does it, but that’s what’s cool about it. The two battle to the outside again and Swagger celebrates after a clothesline. Back in the ring, Swagger fails with a Swagger Bomb because Titus lifts his knees.
Titus eventually loses after Swagger applies his Patriot Lock in the middle of the ring. Titus doesn’t have much choice but to tap out. Cole calls this an emotional win for Jack Swagger.
Winner by submission: Jack Swagger
Renee Young asks Jack about Zeb in the ring after the match. Jack says that Zeb is like a father to him and if he has a problem with you, he’ll address it to you straight to your face. He calls Rusev a coward and says that he’s unworthy of this country and the title that he wears around waist. He vows to take the title from Rusev before leading the Oklahoma crowd in a hometown version of the “We The People” chant.
Adam Rose, The Bunny, and the Rosebuds are backstage and are walking/partying on their way to the ring.
Adam Rose & The Bunny vs. Gold & Stardust
A clip of New Day beating the Dusts on Raw only to lose later in Tag Team Turmoil because of interference by them is played. It’s good that the Kingston, Woods, and Langston faction is finally here because of how stale much of the tag division seems right now.
The Bunny is seen doing the Ric Flair strut early in this match. Nothing terribly exciting happens during this. Cole and Saxton mainly talk about the Slammy’s instead of what’s going on in the ring. I’d be tempted to complain about how they should be calling the match but I can’t say I blame them on this occasion. Unmask The Bunny and move on. Stardust connects with Dark Matter on Adam Rose to seal the pinfall.
Winner by pinfall: Gold & Stardust
The Bunny was tending to the hurt Rose after the match and Goldust stomped him to take him out. Very heelish, Goldy. I at least like that a little.
More Raw recap as the drama between Naomi, Miz, and Jimmy Uso is replayed. Jimmy will be facing off against Miz later tonight. I’m interested in this new rivalry and kind of like the wife drama thrown in the mix.
Tom Phillips is backstage with The Usos and Jimmy looks ticked while Jey is his usual happy self. Jey tries to calm Jimmy down about the Miz situation but Jimmy is fired up. I’ve never really seen an Uso with this much anger and I really am entertained by it. I’ve never been an Uso fan (promo-wise, I recognize that they’re great in ring) but this is something I can get behind.
Fandango (w/Rosa) vs. R-Truth
R-Truth was given his full rap entrance and Oklahoma seemed to mark out for it. Every time the camera focused on the crowd there were at least a couple of people going bananas as they said “What’s up?” No wonder R-Truth’s career keeps on going.
Rosa seems to be earning her paycheck on the outside. I’m not sure how to describe what she’s doing but I can guarantee you that a teenage version of me would’ve LOVED it. She’s earning her paycheck, I guess. Fandango beat Truth fairly quick with a top rope leg drop.
Winner by pinfall: Fandango
While Rosa celebrated with Fandango in the ring after the match Byron Saxton said that he might need to have a cold shower after this.
A big recap segment is shown featuring the stuff relating to the Anonymous GM from Raw. Cena got Powerbombed through a table by Seth Rollins and his allies. Cena faces Rollins in a Tables Match at TLC. Apparently Erick Rowan and Big Show are facing off at TLC in a “Stairs Match,” whatever that is.
The Miz vs. Jimmy Uso
The Usos are the Number One Contenders to Miz and Mizdow’s Tag Team Championships. The Miz starts with a promo at the top of the ramp while Jimmy looks at him from the ring with rage in his eyes. Miz says that he wants to apologize to Jimmy. He says that his actions were taken the wrong way and that he thinks Naomi is extremely talented. Since he’s shown interest in Jimmy’s wife, Miz claims that many top Hollywood agents have been in contact with him.
“Help me help you,” he says to Jimmy. “Or are you just upset that I could do more for your wife’s career than you ever could?” Great promo by Miz. He’s not pursuing Naomi with sexual motivations and quite honestly he’s innocent from that standpoint. But questioning Jimmy’s manhood and his role as Naomi’s husband is where he turns into the scumbag.
Jimmy charges at Miz and pummels him. There’s a short brawl before the match even starts. When the match does start, Jimmy relies on punches and take-downs to really hammer in how intense this is to him. As the match goes on I find myself really into the story between these two, so much that Damien Mizdow’s antics are truly secondary to what’s going on in the ring. Kudos to Miz and Jimmy, this is enjoyable.
After Miz controlled the pacing for a bit, Jimmy began mounting his comeback. He still kept up with his intensity as he screamed something that sounding like, “Are you going to say something about my wife?!” before slapping Miz across the face. He tossed Miz outside and took to the air for the first time in this match with the Flying Uso dive to the outside.
Jimmy threw Miz into the barricade a couple of times. Mizdow made sure to mimic Miz the second time and dove into the barricade as well. Later in the match, Miz is chasing after Jimmy and gets stopped by a Superkick right on the Moneymaker. Jimmy climbed to the top rope and watched as Mizdow ran into the ring to sell a phantom Superkick as well. Jimmy waved for his brother to climb a turnbuckle with him and The Usos completed a tandem top rope Splash onto the Tag Team Champions. Jimmy stayed on Miz for the cover and win.
Winner by pinfall: Jimmy Uso
Naomi was backstage, watching a monitor and visibly happy that her husband won. As The Usos made their way out of the ring, Michael Cole stated that maybe The Miz will think twice about messing with another man’s wife. Miz and Mizdow were still lying in the ring, holding their jaws to continue selling their Superkicks as the show came to a close.
Mitch’s Final Thoughts:
While I’ll only peg this episode as an average edition of Main Event, I will go out of my way to put over how much I’m into the Usos/Miz and Mizdow storyline. The Miz is attacking Jimmy’s manhood and it’s bringing out a side of The Usos that I’m highly enjoying. Their match was entertaining and I hopefully that this can add a little depth to the Tag Championship match between these two teams at TLC.
Everything else was just kind of blah for me. Jack Swagger is an alright performer but that doesn’t change that this rivalry with Rusev is a rerun from just a few months ago. I look forward to Gold & Stardust putting over the New Day faction but that doesn’t make me want to see them in action with The Bunny in the meantime. Fandango is new and improved with a hyper-sexualized dance partner but if it doesn’t lead to anything meaningful in the ring then I’m going to assume that his shelf life will be shorter than Fandango version 1.
That about does it for me this week. Have any thoughts about the show? If so, go ahead and drop me a comment below and I’ll chat with you. If you’d like to find me on Twitter then look me up @MitchNickelson. Also, check out my podcast by clicking HERE. I got the chance to chat for a while with the NXT guy here at TJRWrestling, Brandon Lasher. We talked about the upcoming Takeover: R Evolution event, . Take care.