WWE Main Event, Jan. 9: Sheamus vs. Ziggler and Zack Ryder Battles a Champion

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJanuary 10, 2013

photo from wwe.com
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WWE Main Event opened with an “inside look” at Sheamus. That video then transitioned into one about Dolph Ziggler.

This would be the first time I’ve watched Main Event on television. Watching online, the videos and recaps tend to be cut. I liked these little inside looks at both Sheamus and Ziggler. Do these happen a lot on Main Event? These are a great way to hype a superstar, and I wouldn’t mind seeing videos like these on Raw or SmackDown as well.

Backstage, Matt Striker was with Sheamus. He wasn’t concerned about Ziggler getting the World Heavyweight Championship before he could. He planned on winning the Royal Rumble, then the title at WrestleMania.

Sheamus gave a strong little promo here. When Sheamus first debuted, I wasn’t too much of a fan of his mic work. He has progressed very well in the promo department, though. I can now sit through one of his promos without getting bored.

Josh Matthews then approached Dolph Ziggler backstage and asked if he was losing momentum. Big E Langston spoke up instead and scared off Matthews.

The current NXT champion scaring off the much smaller Matthews was a little funny. It’s a good way to get Langston over as a bully, and at his size, he could have a great bully-like character during and after his alliance with Ziggler and AJ Lee.


Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler

Sheamus would pick up the victory here by count out after he Brogue Kicked Ziggler out of the ring. Post-match, Big E Langston and Sheamus would stare each other down before Langston backed away.

Sheamus and Ziggler had a very good match here. They went back-and-forth the entire 20 minutes or so, and it transitioned into a solid showing for both superstars. Neither wrestler had control for an extended period of time, which I thought was great.

Seeing the heel have control of the match only to see the babyface Five Moves of Doom in the final minutes gets boring. When I see a match like this, it gets me pumped because I’m actually watching a wrestling match! They both exhibited great skill in the ring and pulled off some nice moves. I want to see more matches like this every single week!

The face off between Langston and Sheamus was quite intense. I would love to see them go one-on-one and eventually develop a feud. They would certainly have some hard-hitting mathches that the WWE Universe could really get into.

WWE then showed a recap of the CM Punk/Rock segment from Raw two days ago. I absolutely loved this segment as it was happening live on Monday and this was a great reminder of just how good it was!

Punk was the star of the segment and a Rock Bottom is always nice to see. This segment was a phenomenal way to kick off their feud heading into the Royal Rumble.


Wade Barrett vs. Zack Ryder

The Intercontinental champion would defeat Ryder here with the Bull Hammer elbow. I thought this was an overall solid match. With some back-and-forth action between them, Barrett and Ryder gave the fans an enjoyable match to watch.

It was good to see Ryder main event a show, especially against one of the champions. Then again, Michael Cole was calling Sheamus/Ziggler the main event, so I am a bit confused about that. Even if the first match on this show is the main event, the final match will always be the main event to me.

Either way, the Long Island Iced Z was featured in a match where he wasn’t squashed. It’s a shame that Ryder has fallen so far, but maybe 2013 will be a better year for him.

As for Barrett, he continues to impress as Intercontinental champion. This year is going to be a big year for him and if he isn’t WWE or World Heavyweight champion by the end of the year, then WWE would be dropping the ball with the Barrett Barrage.


Overall, I really enjoyed WWE Main Event. Having the show only be an hour works out perfectly. While there can only be two or three matches on each show, the 60-minute time frame allows for the wrestlers involved in the few matches to get plenty of time to perform.

While guys like Sheamus, Ziggler and Barrett get that on the main shows, someone like Ryder doesn’t. Main Event seems like a great way to give someone in the midcard or lower midcard the chance to shine.

If the matches are good like these every week, I could definitely become a regular viewer!


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