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Damien Sandow Is Massively Over, Fired Anyways

Damien Sandow has a unique gift of getting over with any group of people he’s put in front of, regardless of the ridiculous persona he’s portraying at the time. From an uppity aristocrat in a bathrobe to a stunt double who mimics the every action of the inflated ego of a Hollywood-actor, Sandow could win over anybody under any circumstances.

Well, almost anybody.

There has always been one niche market that has failed to connect with Sandow’s persona: his employer. Today, WWE has decided to part ways with the incredibly over wrestler…

The letting go of Sandow coincided with the releases of Wade Barrett, Santino Marella, Hornswoggle, Cameron, Alex Riley, El Torito, and Zeb Colter. WWE issued statements with the expected comment of “WWE wishes them the best in all of their future endeavors.”

Surely Sandow can now be considered the hottest free agent on the market, right? Could Damien be now headed to the likes of New Japan, Lucha Underground, or TNA? Or will this release signal the end of the career of possibly the most underused talent in WWE history?


Main Event Review for November 18th, 2014

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.

Main Event Review For October 28th, 2014

(Just a quick reminder that my Main Event Review is my regular gig over at TJRWrestling.com. This article you are reading is what is published over there and I’d encourage you to check that site out. There is a plethora of amazing writers that cover all aspects of professional wrestling.)

Welcome to the best wrestling show on Tuesday nights, WWE Main Event! This week’s show is broadcast out of Houston, Texas. Announced prior to the show is a MizTV segment featuring Mark Henry, which doesn’t end up happening.

I recap this show by writing about all of the highlights, sprinkling in my opinion whenever I see fit. I won’t do any in-depth play-by-play, but I’ll try to cover the good stuff. At the end, I’ll wrap things up with a snazzy Final Thoughts section. Lets get to the action.

MizTV Featuring The Usos

As The Miz and Damien Mizdow were making their way to the ring, JBL was telling Byron Saxton and Michael Cole that he’s joining them on commentary on Main Event because he’ll be going on vacation to Bermuda after this. He says it’ll cause him to miss Smackdown later this week, which is in actuality taped Tuesday night immediately after Main Event. I like how dedicated WWE is to the kayfabe of Smackdown being on Friday.

Miz is still angry over the tag match on Monday night when The Usos pinned Miz illegally. He asked Jimmy and Jey why they cheated and they simply denied knowing what he was talking about. As they responded to him, they mimicked the stunt double schtick with each other. Having an actual set of twins doing it is funny. Miz acknowledged that they were poking fun at him then grew frustrated as they joined in as stunt doubles for Miz. The segment culminated with Miz demanding a ref come out for an immediate rematch while all three guys in the ring copied all of his mannerisms. I’m sure that some are getting tired of the stunt double joke but I think they can drag out for another month or so by adding elements like this to it.

Referee Charles Robinson came out before the break. The match is up next.

The Usos vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow

As the match starts out, JBL points out that everyone has a stunt double except for Charles Robinson and Byron Saxton. Burn on Michael Cole.

Miz did a good job of playing off the crowd dynamics when he went to tag Damien into the match. When he’d point to Mizdow like he was asking the crowd if they wanted him to tag him in the crowd would cheer loudly. Then he’d raise his arms in the air for himself (mimicked by Mizdow) and the crowd would boo passionately. He did this back and forth several times in a row to really show the contrasting reactions that they were getting.

While The Miz was hurting on the outside, Damien went over to him to copy the pain he was in. This led to a flying Uso dive to the outside that only connected onto Sandow. Miz followed it up with a kick to an Uso jaw.

Near the end of the match, Jimmy was hurt and looked like he might suffer a pinfall. As the ref had his back turned Jey tried to insert himself into the match for his brother. Charles Robinson caught and prevented him from doing so but then had to briefly turn his attention to Miz and Mizdow. Jey then tried to switch out illegally again, this time successfully. When Miz came over he rolled him up for the win.

Winners by pinfall: The Usos

The Miz and Damien Mizdow argued with the ref as The Usos left the ring, celebrating their win.

John Cena was asked to join The Authority on Raw, which is recapped at this point. This setup the Team Cena vs. Team Authority match that will happen at Survivor Series.

Michael Cole tells JBL that it’s a shame that he’s going to on vacation because he’ll miss a big Divas Halloween Costume Battle Royal on this Friday’s Smackdown. JBL says he’ll be watching the match from Bermuda because he’s still trying to convince the audience that Smackdown isn’t taped.

Paige vs. Natalya (w/Tyson Kidd)

The footage of Paige beating on Alicia Fox viciously from Raw is shown before the match. Byron Saxton said that being friends with Paige is like being friends with a wild animal; you do so at your own risk. Tyson Kidd joins the announce table and JBL compares him to Stedman (Oprah’s husband or whatever)  and Todd Palin. They rib on him that Natty is the breadwinner in the family.

The announce team spent most of of their time talking to Tyson about his marriage, which is a shame because this is a way better than average match. Paige does what she can to appear super creepy by licking the side of Natalya’s face at one point.

The ending came by Paige teasing that she’d put Natty in the Sharpshooter. Natalya reversed it before she could lock it on and attempted to do the Sharpshooter as well. Paige kicked her out before she could lock it on, then rolled her up for the win. Wow, pretty much every Divas match does end in a rollup. They need a new ending for the ladies.

Winner by pinfall: Paige

Natalya looked disappointed with her loss. Tyson said that he’s embarrassed for his wife before he went into the ring to ‘comfort’ her after his loss. I really hope this leads to Natalya and Tyson becoming a heel power couple.

There was a really odd video of a pair of eyes on the Titan Tron. The voice that accompanied it said, “Sometimes I see things that just ain’t there…I’m going to piece myself back together with pieces of you.” The announcers couldn’t explain whatever that was. Bo Dallas and Sheamus are seen walking backstage. They have a match, which is next.

Sheamus vs. Bo Dallas

Bo talks before the match about Team Cena vs. Team Authority at Survivor Series. He said that if he could split himself into two people, he’d help both teams. But unfortunately human cloning hasn’t been perfected yet. Bo says that in the meantime he is offering his services to whoever Bolieves.

Bo was all about celebrations during this match. After a drop kick that connected with Sheamus, Bo exited the ring to do a lap with his hands in the air. Later, when he kipped up out of a head scissor attempt by Sheamus he immediately raised his arms in victory. Sheamus responded to the second celebration with a slap to the face. There were quite a lot of stiff slaps in this match.

Dallas went for the Running Bodog onto Sheamus, but couldn’t follow through with it. He gives another slap across the face of Sheamus who replies with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus covered his opponent for the win.

Winner by pinfall: Sheamus

Sheamus celebrated with his U.S. Title after the match. Michael Cole tells JBL to enjoy his vacation as the show comes to a close.

Mitch’s Final Thoughts

I can gladly say that this was an above average episode of Main Event. The MizTV segment that opened the show led directly to the tag match, which was about 20 minutes of the show. I like the rivalry and it will give The Usos something to do for a month other than challenging for the tag titles again. Hopefully Damien’s antics keep the attention of the fans as WWE holds off his turn against The Miz.

The Paige/Natalya match was way better than what is typically shown on Main Event. Natalya could easily bring new life to the Divas Championship scene. I don’t mind the marriage drama that she’s involved in and I’ll reiterate that I hope it leads to the heel couple of Tyson and Natty.

The main event was okay but it was the weakest part of the hour for me. Sheamus was stiff like usual and I felt bad for how many slaps he traded with Bo. Sheamus is always a crowd favorite and Bo still gets heat so it works.

Thanks for reading my review this week. Feel free to share your thoughts on the show in the Comments section below. Also, you can find me on Twitter @MitchNickelson and on the web at MitchNickelson.com. I don’t typically put my email address out there, but here it is if anyone would want to chat that way – leonardbeats@gmail.com. Take care.