Welcome to my weekly review of WWE Main Event. The show is live every Tuesday on the WWE Network, which I assume millions and millions of people are tuning in because of the super low price of free for the the month of November.
This week’s show is broadcast out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Our announcers are non other than Michael Cole and Byron Saxton. Will this show add any fire to a less than lackluster build to this this Sunday’s Survivor Series? I sure hope so because I’m feeling ho-hum about the WWE product as of late.
Gold & Stardust vs. The Usos
The Miz, Damien Mizdow, both Matadores, and Torito joined in on commentary for this match. Los Matadores are extremely caricature-ish; it’s hard to buy them as legitimate contenders to the tag titles.
The match itself was good enough but it is a match that WWE has done a billion times recently. It’s hard to get too excited about it again and again. The commentary was distracting as well with seven people at the table. After a Superkick by Jey, Jimmy Uso did a top rope splash onto Stardust to score the win.
Winner by pinfall: The Usos
While the Usos celebrated their win in the ring, Stardust looked frustrated with his belt on the outside. Goldust also had his belt and showed it off to the teams surrounding Cole and Saxton.
Paige vs. Alicia Fox
While Paige was coming to the ring, Cole alerted fans of a match that was announced earlier on Tuesday. There will be a traditional Survivor Series elimination match between eight Divas. Natalya, Alicia Fox, Emma, and Noami are on one team and Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae, and Layla are on the other team. I hope it’s good but I’m not holding my breath.
Paige and Alicia used to be BFFs, now they’re not. It’s an incredibly simple motivator for a wrestling feud but I’ll take it. Midway through the match, Paige has her legs wrapped around Alicia’s torso and is squeezing away. While in the hold, she yells this to the announcers, “No one loves Alicia, Michael. No one!” Cole commented how odd that was.
Fox was pretty lifeless on the mat at the end of the match and Paige decided to pin her in the most seductive way possible. She slowly crawled up her body from her toes to her head and a 15-year old version of me wants to high-five someone. However, I’m grown and married now so I’m good. The odd pin attempt gave Alicia the time that she needed to regroup and she countered into a pin attempt of her own that gave her the three count.
Winner by pinfall: Alicia Fox
Paige looked upset and shrieked over her loss.
Renee Young Interviews Adam Rose, The Bunny, and The Rosebuds
Rose is reshown the clip where he got Bunny-humped on Raw. Rose isn’t too happy about it. Young said something about tonight being the first “inter-species tag match” and I absolutely cannot defend this. Just unmask that Bunny already and get on with it. Rose reminds his hare friend that there will be no humping tonight. Rose calls himself a god and then says that “Naughty Nattie” is a lemon. “They are ALL lemons,” says Rose to The Bunny.
Tyson Kidd & Natalya vs. Adam Rose & The Bunny
Michael Cole points out that this is in fact not the first inter-species tag match because of the bull and the gator. Kudos on the journalism, Cole. The Bunny tried to do the stage dive in place of Rose like he did on Raw. Rose stopped him and rightfully took what was his.
The Bunny got a good bit of in-ring time. Considering his face is covered, he does do a fairly good job of using his body language to show the audience his emotions. The Bunny is a little too helpful at one point when he holds the ropes so that Tyson can re-enter the ring and Kidd kicks him straight to the head. Kidd then follows it up with a Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Rose acts like he’s going to enter the ring to break the hold, pauses a second to think about it, then exits the ring as The Bunny taps out.
Winner by submission: Tyson Kidd & Natalya
The Rosebuds were aghast because of the outcome of the match and Natalya looked a little upset as well. She showed concern for The Bunny and Tyson stomped him after the match was over. Is his marriage is seriously in jeopardy over a Bunny? Again…please unmask him so we can move on.
The only big recap segment of the night happened at this point. It’s a hype video for the Team Cena vs. Team Authority match this Sunday. It has that Nickelback song playing in the background. A Nickelback joke might be cliche at this point so I’ll simply say that I’m not a fan. I’m not sure who I’m picking to win that match on Sunday but I’m leaning with Team Cena.
Michael Cole updates us with an injury update on Sheamus. He will not be in action this Sunday due to “narrowing of the nerve canal” in his neck, among other things. I like Sheamus, it sucks that he’s written out of the Sunday show.
Bray Wyatt vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter)
Bray starts out with a microphone and asks Dean Ambrose if he can understand the repercussions of rejecting the gifts of a god. He says that he offered Dean an escape from a dismal past and redemption from a lifetime of sin. Not only did Dean turn his back on Bray, he made a mockery of him, according to Bray. When Bray had his back turned, Ambrose attacked him. Bray says that he and Dean could’ve ruled the world together…they could’ve been brothers. He offered him all of the gifts the “she” offered for Bray’s saving. But now it appears that this game that these two are playing must come to an end. But tonight is special…Bray has a gift for Dean and all of the fans. His gift is the sacrifice of Jack Swagger. And on Sunday, Dean will meet the same fate. “Follow the buzzards.”
Cole and Saxton talk about how Swagger was one of the first wrestlers to declare himself a member of Team Cena before he was taken out by a curb stomp by Seth Rollins. I try to not let it hurt my head too bad that Cole is explaining this situation WHILE JACK SWAGGER IS WRESTLING RIGHT NOW. If was ‘taken out,’ why is he perfectly fine at this moment? And why didn’t he come out to help out Cena last night? Can I assume that he was fine on Raw? Did he decide that he no longer cares about the Cena/Authority feud? I have a lot of questions that I’d like to ask Mr. Swagger.
Swagger got a nice “We The People” chant near the end before hitting Bray with his Swagger Bomb. He pinned him to follow but only got a two count. Swagger then applies his Patriot Lock but Bray kicks out of it. Bray takes out Swagger with a running elbow. Bray set up the Sister Abigail and screamed these words, “This is your fate Dean Ambrose! This is for you, it was always for you.” He covered Swagger after the move for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Bray Wyatt
Bray held his arms outstretched while his music played to close out the show.
Mitch’s Final Thoughts:
Maybe I’m a little more negative than normal today but this was a below average edition of Main Event. The tag team division is stale. Either let these guys have 20 minute matches because they really are good or move some new faces into the scene. There’s only so many times that I want to see a mediocre Usos/Dust Brothers match. The Bunny nonsense is bad and I’m usually someone that cuts way more slack than someone should for this kind of side-story. Please reveal who’s under the bunny suit so we can stop pretending that we’re having “inter-species” matches. The Jack Swagger situation isn’t that big of a bother for me. It’s better that he’s not on Team Cena, I guess.
What did I like about the show? Paige and Alicia Fox put on an enjoyable match. Tyson Kidd & Natalya are still doing well with their marital struggles. The Bray Wyatt promo was good as well. It wasn’t all bad this week but I did have trouble picking out the good stuff.
That about does it for me this week. Was I too hard on the show? Please comment below and tell me if you can make sense out of Jack Swagger’s appearance. In the meantime, please follow me on Twitter @MitchNickelson. Also, check out my most recent edition of Mitch Nickelson Radio. I recorded an interview with TNANews.com lead editor Alex Barie and we discussed the future of TNA as a company. We talked on Tuesday and I remember joking with him that hopefully TNA can hold off with any TV deal announcements for one day so I can post up my podcast. Oh well, good for TNA and Destination America. Our interview will be up by the end of Wednesday. Take care.