WWE Main Event opened with former Intercontinental champion, Cody Rhodes. He called the Elimination Chamber comical and ludicrous, and refused to leave the ring until Booker T granted him a spot in the Chamber match.
He got Sheamus instead, who did impersonations of Booker, Vickie Guerrero and Vince McMahon. Rhodes soon threw a punch and the match went under way.
Rhodes was great on the mic here. It’s been a while since he gave a promo by himself. During his partnership with Damien Sandow, Sandow did most of the talking for Team Rhodes Scholars. I had forgotten how good Rhodes can be when he’s given a microphone.
Sheamus’ impersonations were humorous, and adding that to Rhodes’ mic work made this an overall solid opening segment for WWE’s Wednesday night show.
Cody Rhodes vs. Sheamus
Sheamus would end up defeating Rhodes here with the Brogue Kick in a good match. These two Superstars had quite the even contest as they gave fans some solid action. Rhodes was especially impressive here.
Last week, he began facing main event superstars but wasn’t having too much luck. He got dismantled by John Cena last week, though this week he showed to have some good chemistry with Alberto Del Rio. He was beaten by Del Rio, too, but he held his own in the match against the world heavyweight champion.
His performances are getting better and better as the matches occur, and that gives me hope that Rhodes is going to make it as a main event star in the WWE. I highly doubt anything’s going to happen before WrestleMania, but the summer months could prove very successful for Rhodes.
Sheamus was Sheamus, which is good, but I have to wonder what he’s going to be doing for WrestleMania. With him being involved in a six-man tag team match at Elimination Chamber and not in the Chamber itself, what is WWE doing to do with him afterwards?
Damien Sandow vs. Daniel Bryan
Before the match, Sandow came out to say that he was disgusted that Rhodes was not in the chamber match. He would avenge his loss to Sheamus, though, and then said “Bearded goat face, I summon thee!” That line had me laughing pretty hard.
I love Sandow on the mic. He always gives a solid performance, and some of his lines are just plain great. With him being a good in-ring competitor as well, Damien Sandow is the complete package.
Sandow would then pick up the win after Kane distracted Bryan with his ring post pyro. This was a decent match, though it was mostly thanks to the length. Both Sandow and Bryan were having a pretty good match. They had a good pace going and were delivering some solid action. Kane’s distraction abruptly ended the match, which is disappointing.
At the same time, the distraction advances the Team Hell No storyline perfectly. On Raw, Bryan distracted Kane and cost him a match against Sheamus. Here on Main Event, Kane distracted Bryan and cost him a match. The seeds are being planted for the breakup of the team, and I feel that the final straw will be occurring at the Elimination Chamber when one pins the other.
Only Bryan is currently in the Chamber match, but Kane will most likely be added. If not, he’ll somehow cost Bryan the match.
Tamina and Aksana vs. The Funkadactyls
Before the match, Tamina and Aksana approached Brodus Clay backstage. They told him to fire the Funkadactyls and get some real women like them, and that led to the Funkadactyls appearing to argue with them.
So what happened to Tamina wanting the take the Divas Championship away from Kaitlyn? She went from that a few weeks ago to wanting to be Brodus Clay’s dancer. What’s going on here?
Back in the arena, the heels attacked the babyfaces, and the match was officially put into place. The Funkadactyls picked up the victory after Naomi hit a calf kick on Aksana. This was a decent match that was highlighted by Tamina and Naomi.
Tamina was without a doubt the best wrestler out of the four, and it showed during her short time in the ring. Naomi was incredibly impressive, though. This was the first time I’ve seen her compete outside of a Battle Royal, and she’s got some moves.
If she can get away from Brodus Clay, Naomi could be a force to be reckoned with in the Divas division.
Aksana is certainly improving in the ring. She isn’t the train wreck she once was, so she deserves some major props for keeping up with her training. If she keeps up the good work, she could also become quite the force in the division on the heel side of things.
Then there is Cameron, who is pretty much taking Aksana’s place as the worst in the division. During her time on the offensive, she seemed more concerned with dancing than actually going on the attack.
Sure, her character is that of a dancer, but that didn’t exactly stop Naomi from paying attention during training. If Aksana can improve, though, then so can Cameron. Hopefully she’ll get better soon.
Overall, this was another enjoyable episode of WWE Main Event. The opening contest was definitely the best match, but the other two shined in different ways. Sandow/Bryan saw more development in the Team Hell No storyline while the Divas Tag Team match showcased Naomi in a big way.
It was weird seeing the Divas close out a televised show, but I’m glad they did. While the match wasn’t anything spectacular, WWE gave Naomi the chance to really shine in the closing moments of the show. It also shows that WWE may be developing a little bit of faith in the division, and this may have been a way to see how they do.
No matter the reasoning behind the Divas closing the show, WWE continues to impress with their Wednesday night event.
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