WWE Main Event, April 17: Wade Barrett Defends Title Against Battle Royal Winner
WWE Main Event opened with 10 of the 11 participants of the Battle Royal in the ring to determine Wade Barrett’s opponent for later on in the show.
Barrett made an appearance to say that he was appalled that he had to defend his title—until he saw his potential opponents. The Great Khali’s music hit, and Barrett wasn’t smiling anymore.
Barrett delivered a nice short promo here. Despite losing to R-Truth on Monday’s Raw, he still had his cockiness intact. Seeing him shocked to see Khali in the match was a bit funny, too. It made him think twice about his comments a few moments before.
Barrett is quite good on the mic; I just wish he got a chance to talk for more than the short time he’s given.
The Usos vs. Primo vs. Epico vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Santino Marella vs. Alex Riley vs. Yoshi Tatsu vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Jinder Mahal vs. The Great Khali: No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal
The order of eliminations went as follows:
- Jey Uso (or Jimmy)
- Yoshi Tatsu
- Jinder Mahal
- The Great Khali
- Jimmy Uso (or Jey)
- Alex Riley
- Santino Marella
- Drew McIntyre
By eliminating Primo last, Justin Gabriel became the No. 1 contender for Barrett’s Intercontinental Championship. This was the typical Battle Royal, which is always fun to watch. The action was constant and didn’t stop for a second.
I’m really glad Gabriel won. He is one of the most talented WWE Superstars on the roster, but he just never gets a shot. Fans don’t get to see him very often, and that’s a shame. When given the chance, Gabriel is a spectacle in the ring.
It was good to see McIntyre look strong in a match for once, and it was definitely great to see Riley actually appear on television in a segment that didn’t feature him getting beat up backstage.
I’m beginning to suspect that Khali is only in these Battle Royals for the sole purpose of seeing him get eliminated by a group of guys. Seeing six guys throw him out is impressive, but it gets old after a while, especially when the commentators build up Khali as the favorite, only to be completely shocked when six guys throw him out. It happens every time.
Post-match, Matt Striker interviewed Gabriel in the ring. He would be ready for the match, despite just wrestling. Karma would catch up to Barrett and make him lose the title.
Gabriel seemed really out of breath during the promo, and I can’t blame him. It was hard to understand him at times because he was just breathing so hard, but I’ll give him a break. When he does get a chance to cut a promo, he’s not that bad.
Recaps, Recaps Everywhere
Recaps were shown of the World Heavyweight Championship feud, CM Punk walking out and Brock Lesnar destroying 3MB. The only new thing here was a statement from Paul Heyman that the WWE Universe shouldn’t concentrate on Punk walking out, but on Triple H not accepting Lesnar’s challenge yet.
It’s kind of hard not to wonder why Punk walked out, since he was all over my television for the past year-and-a-half. I honestly don’t care about Triple H-Lesnar III. The steel cage stipulation could make it very interesting, but I just fear that it’ll be just as slow, and at times just as boring, than their previous two matches.
Wade Barrett vs. Justine Gabriel: WWE Intercontinental Championship
Before the match backstage, Striker was with Barrett. He called Striker a mediocre teacher, wrestler and announcer, and went on to say that despite losing to R-Truth on Raw, the Barrett Barrage will get back on track here, when he beats Gabriel.
The champion delivered another good promo here, and it was thankfully a bit longer than his earlier one. He was solid on the mic and got his point across. I really hope the Barrett Barrage does get back on track; it hasn’t been on track for a while now.
Barrett then retained his Intercontinental Championship against Gabriel after hitting his Bull Hammer elbow. These two Superstars had a solid match with some good overall action. Barrett controlled parts of it and Gabriel sold for him very well. When the South African was on the offensive, he was incredibly impressive.
Like I said earlier, I think that Gabriel is one of the most talented guys on the roster. When he’s given a chance like this, he really shines. I wish WWE would let him do it more often. Perhaps this will lead to Gabriel chasing the Intercontinental title, but every time it looks like something will happen for him, nothing does.
With R-Truth’s victory on Raw, I think it’s safe to say that he will be Barrett’s next actual feud.
After a recap of the John Cena/Ryback/Shield situation at the end of Raw, WWE Main Event came to a close. Overall, I thought this episode was a solid one.
The Battle Royal was a fun match, and the Intercontinental Championship match was a good contest between two great talents. I also like how the Intercontinental Championship was the center of attention.
I can’t remember the last time the title got this much attention, so I really hope that it’s the start of great things for the belt. I would love nothing more than to see the title brought back to its former glory. It’s a wait-and-see situation, but things are certainly looking up at the moment!
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