Main Event From Someone Who Actually Watches It

Deja Vu

We kick off with a Seth Rollins promo. Seth is back in an all black suit this week which is definitely the right look for him. He is here to announce that there will in fact be a Money in the Bank contract Ladder Match this year and that he is the first entrant. Dean Ambrose arrives to attack Rollins. Kane attempts to make the save for Rollins but is knocked off the apron by Ambrose who then throws Rollins onto Kane on the outside. Ambrose make his way up the ramp before being victim of a 2-on-one assault.

Rusev vs. Santino Marella

Superkick. Accolade. Tap out. Squash

Wyatt Family promo. They say that Sheamus and the Usos will fall tonight and at MITB they will watch everyone burn. Metaphorically I assume, not literally.

Naomi vs. Paige

Long feeling out process to start as the two ladies exchange moves and counters. And by exchanging moves and counters I mean one would do something and then the other would respond with their own version of the same move. It got very repetitive after a while. The math picks up when Naomi applies a really cool looking Surfboard on Paige. Out of that, the two ladies then knock heads and both are down. Paige gets up first and attempts an offensive flurry but Naomi cuts her off and heads to the top rope with a beautifully executed cross body. Paige rolls through that for a near fall on Naomi. Paige attempts the Paige Turner but is shoved into the ropes by Naomi who nails Paige coming off with the Rear View for the win in this non-title match.

Paige tries to congratulate Naomi but Cameron attacks Paige who fights back and sends Cameron packing as Naomi just watches. Paige and Naomi finally shake hands and Naomi leaves with a beaten and confused Cameron.

Raw recap of John Cena qualifying for MITB.

Renee Young interviews Sheamus and the Usos about tonight’s match and MITB.

The Wyatt Family vs. Sheamus and the Usos

A really good back-and-forth match here as it is impossible for a WWE Six-Man-Tag to suck. Hot finishing sequence as Sheamus cleans house and tags in Jimmy Uso who hits Luke Harper with a superkick but does not realize that Harper made a blind tag to Bray Wyatt. He catches Jimmy running off the ropes with Sister Abigail for the win. Really good match!

Final Thoughts:

Good show this week with an important announcement, a hot angle, advancement in the Divas division, and a Good main event. That is all you can ask for from Main Event. – Chris

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Sideshow Freaks: Human Oddities by Travis Haight Photography by way of DeviantArt.com

Sideshow Freaks: Human Oddities by Travis Haight Photography by way of DeviantArt.com

Kevin is back to talk wrestling, this time with our Main Event & NXT expert Chris Calamita. Kevin attended the Main Event tapings that were prior to Smackdown. What epic tag team match started off the tapings? Was it even on the tapings? They move along to someone who is definitely on the show, Seth Rolllins. He got to announce a Money In The Bank contract match. Is this a good idea since they have another ladder match on the card for the WWE Title? How much time did Chris & Kevin spend on Rusev? In the Funkadactyls break up angle, why does Chris think Naomi is unlikeable? Why does Kevin think Cameron is unlikable? How is Paige connecting with the live crowd? If there’s a good match for the main event of Main Event, will anyone care? Will they make a bigger deal out of Goldust & Stardust showing up for a dark match against Rybaxel? Chris & Kevin move on to the spoilers from the Smackdown taping. What traditional angle for the WWE Title was followed by a brawl to start off the show? Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose both get mic time. Who is getting the better of the exchange? Who has a better new look now that Rollins changed his in ring gear for Smackdown? Did Dolph Ziggler get some Bad News in his match with Wade Barrett? Ambrose wrestled Kane at the top of the hour. How many times did interference happen in all of these taped matches? As I said on Twitter “We all know ADR took the pin but who got the pin & biggest reaction of the night. spoilers?” Chris requested he get some time to address his least favorite person on the roster right now. Does Kevin agree with him? Click on the link below to find out the answers to these questions and more!

Eric’s Blog: What I love – and hate – about WWE Main Event

Tonight’s episode of WWE Main Event on the Ion television network marks Week Six of a newly produced, newly formatted program that gives WWE an extra revenue stream and, apparently, a sandbox in which to play.

To the point of the new format, right out of the box, WWE placed an active superstar in, what looked at the time to be, a permanent color commentator position. The announce team of Michael Cole and The Miz had potential, both in calling the action and in growing the stagnant “Miz” character, even preparing Miz for a future in broadcast should he choose to accept it.

My eyes were opened even wider to the new format when only two matches were announced, then recorded, then broadcast on each show: one headline match and one “undercard” bout. And the headline match lasted a good 20 minutes. And, week to week, the headline matches were set up by something that had happened on the previous episode. AAAAND, the wrestlers were still given promo time – not soliloquy time, but just enough time to get themselves and their match over.

So many thoughts went through my head as the weeks went on:

  • How great is it that WWE hypes one match for a whole week on one of their shows?
  • How great is it that WWE doesn’t try to cram 10 pounds of shit into a 5-pound bag?
  • How great is it that WWE is employing the pre- and post-match promos with Matt Striker, often in the ring or at ringside, fight-night style?

Furthermore, WWE appears to have learned from its previous thrust into the one-hour basic-cable limelight – WWE Superstars on WGN, which debuted in April 2009 – and didn’t overhype its new show as “the place to see all of the biggest WWE stars!!!” Three years ago, the opening match featured the Undertaker, WWE’s resident part-time legend. Two years and 51 weeks ago, Superstars became the Fit Finley Fiasco, with your occasional Big Show here and Jericho there.

With WWE Main Event, you’re probably going to get a Randy Orton or a Sheamus or an Alberto del Rio, you’re probably going to get them in a six-man tag team match, they’re probably going to have a really good, made-for-free-TV match, and they may even cut a nice promo.

Then in the undercard, you’re likely to see someone climbing the ranks like Dolph Ziggler or Cody Rhodes get a win over a floundering but memorable Brodus Clay, when it could be worse, like Jey Uso or Epico. And if you do see Jey Uso or Epico, it’s probably in a tag team effort with their respective partners, Jimmy and Primo, in a decent 10-minute match. The point here: WWE is also utilizing its talent base as best it can here. Rather than feeding Zack Ryder to Kane in a meaningless match, you might get Zack Ryder & Santino Marella – Team CoBro – in a fun, well-worked, 10-minute tag match against the super-over Kane & Daniel Bryan. And then everyone wins.

Everything I have typed above comprised the list of things I love about WWE Main Event, not to mention the fact that the name and, to an extent, the format are throwbacks to days of yore, when I would record the WWF’s sporadic network TV show, The Main Event, on VHS. So now, for the thing I hate about Main Event: None of these formatting positives will translate to the A-show, Monday Night Raw, or the B-show, Smackdown. These are the shows where my dreams go to die. I don’t want 20-minute promos by Brad “Show Your Teeth, Boy” Maddox. I want 90-second promos from Sheamus, something I can digest, not cram. I don’t want three hours of scattershot bullshit. I want 60 minutes of well-planned programming that strikes a balance between wrestling and talk, with getting yourself over as the fulcrum. I don’t want main events that were thrown together last hour by a crooked general manager. I want seven days of hype for a match between two men who have a score to settle.

Pro wrestling is not that hard. I am not that hard to entertain. Maybe I’m in the minority by feeling this way, but WWE Main Event nails both of those things far more often than either Raw or Smackdown.

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