WWE presented Main Event, emanating from Grand Rapids, Mich. This week’s edition was hosted by Michael Cole and John “JBL” Layfield. Layfield was filling in for the show’s normal color commentator The Miz, who was competing for the second time on the series. Matt Striker handled the interviews.
Breakdown: WWE Main Event, airing November 21, 2012
Transition 1: Standard character development package for The Miz followed by the set-up for tonight’s main event between Dolph Ziggler and The Miz.
Promo 1: The Miz opens the show in the ring and is immediately interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. Both men exchanged insults in an extended promo for tonight’s main event match.
This actually felt like a promo that should have happened on Raw to promote this show, much like the set-up MizTV for the Kofi Kingston-Miz match from a few weeks ago.
Match 1: Dolph Ziggler defeated the Miz in a near 26-minute match that spanned three commercial breaks. The finish of the match saw Ziggler counter a Skull-Crushing Finale, Miz counter a Zig-Zag, Miz rolling up Ziggler for a near-fall, Ziggler sending Miz into an exposed turnbuckle and connecting with the Zig-Zag for the pinfall.
If you missed the broadcast, this is a match worth going out of your way to see.
Promo 2: Dolph Ziggler put over his own performance, as well as his future prospects, in a post-match interview with Matt Striker at ringside.
Transition 2: Michael Cole and JBL hyped up our next match, Wade Barrett vs. Justin Gabriel.
Match 2: Wade Barrett defeated Justin Gabriel in just over 3 minutes. This was an entertaining, but short, match. They also had the difficult task of following a great Ziggler-Miz contest.
Transition 3: Michael Cole announced that John Cena will have his first Main Event match on the Ion network next week, and teased that his opponent will be revealed after the commercial break.
Transition 4: Highlights from Raw, focused on the intertwined AJ Lee-Vickie Guerrero and John Cena-Dolph Ziggler feuds. It was announced that John Cena will appear on SmackDown as a guest on MizTV.
Promo 3: Damien Sandow announced that he would be the man facing John Cena on next week’s edition of WWE Main Event.
Transition 5: Michael Cole and JBL sold next week’s John Cena vs. Damien Sandow match and wished all of the viewers a Happy Thanksgiving.
Main Event Analysis
Another great edition of WWE Main Event, a show that continues to deliver good-to-great programming on a weekly basis. This broadcast did an exceptional job of building the main event with a “big fight” feel, which is normally the hook of this program.
This week, they built that feel without using backstage interviews, instead allowing both competitors to deliver a heated promo right before the match. That opening provided a change of pace that enhanced their match.
Next week, the WWE presents Main Event with a headlining match between John Cena and Damien Sandow. Cena is the face of the company, and Sandow is a heel the WWE could easily build around, especially on the Smackdown brand.
I expect Damien Sandow to have a great outing on Main Event, taking John Cena to the limit. Sandow will kick out of an Attitude Adjustment, then tap out to the STF. Sandow will later claim (in a locker room interview) that he was smart to tap out to save himself from long-term injury—a statement that easily falls in line with his character.