The show that WWE really wants us to watch is Raw. That's why the WWE Championship is most closely tied to Raw. That's why Raw is three hours long. That's why every other program has at least one "Raw Rebound" every week.
But if all you're watching are shows like Raw and SmackDown, then you're missing some quality programming. Between Superstars, NXT, Saturday Morning Slam and now Main Event, there's an additional three-and-a-half hours of programming you're missing out on.
But let's be honest: Few people can (or even want) to watch six-and-a-half hours of WWE programming each week, 10 hours if there happens to be a PPV with a pre-show. Don't even get me started on adding TNA or ROH, streaming shows like WWE Vintage or even supporting your local wrestling promotion.
If you don’t have time to watch shows like NXT, Superstars, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam, then you probably don’t have time to read lengthy reviews of each show, complete with commentary, predictions and cynical sidetracks. You're probably frustrated that you've already made it to the end of the fourth paragraph of this article and you have yet to read about any results from any show.
My "notes" version of all four shows is below.
If it piques your interest enough to read on, the slideshow breaks down the shows individually, segment by segment, complete with my questions and predictions.
BONUS: On the Saturday Morning Slam slide, I ask you the same question that the WWE Superstars were asked during the Third Degree segment. If you're one of the readers that likes to share their opinion as well, I'd be interested to hear yours.
On NXT, Drew McIntyre got a pinfall victory over Richie Steamboat after Kassius Ohno caused a distraction, and Big E. Langston showed off by getting a five-count pinfall over Aiden English.
Mike McGillicutty and Seth Rollins had a verbal back-and-forth in the ring regarding their NXT Championship match scheduled for next week's NXT, and The Ascension made an appearance during an interview with Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd that reminds me of something you'd see during the Undertaker's reign over the Ministry of Darkness.
Kassius Ohno scored a pinfall victory over Percy Watson, and in the main event, The Ascension got a victory over Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd.
On Main Event, after more than 15 minutes of interviews, promo packages and ring introductions, the bell finally rang for the first match of the evening, CM Punk vs. Sheamus. CM Punk picked up the win after the combination of a brilliant Brogue Kick counter, an exposed turnbuckle and a handful of tights.
The only other match on the program saw Zack Ryder and Santino Marella defeat Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel to advance to the semifinals of the tag team tournament that will decide the No. 1 contenders for Team Hell No's titles at Hell in a Cell.
On Superstars, Wade Barrett got a fairly decisive victory over Tyson Kidd, and David Otunga had a pinfall victory over Michael McGillicutty.
Tensai got a squash victory over Yoshi Tatsu, and in the main event, The Rhodes Scholars got another victory over The Usos in a rematch from Monday Night Raw.
On Saturday Morning Slam, the only match saw Rey Mysterio get a victory over Michael McGillicutty in a match that was more competitive and longer lasting than you'd expect. They also did some segments putting over Santino Marella as a face and Daniel Bryan as a heel, a segment reliving the birth of Mr. Socko and they discussed who would win in a battle between Mr. Socko and The Cobra.
Now, if you care to read more about any of these happenings, please enjoy the slideshow.