WWE Main Event, June 26: Chris Jericho vs. Cody Rhodes, The Shield and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJune 26, 2013

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When it’s the middle of the week, it’s time for WWE Main Event!

This week’s episode saw three matches get put onto the show, as well as a segment with a few “real Americans.”

WWE’s Wednesday night show typical delivers the goods every week. Did they deliver once again? Let’s find out!


Chris Jericho vs. Cody Rhodes

Chris Jericho defeated Cody Rhodes after Jericho made him tap out to the Walls of Jericho. These two Superstars had a very good match here. It started out a bit slow, but things picked up very quickly.

Filled with constant back-and-forth action, the match was kept quite even throughout. There were moments where it seemed like Rhodes was actually going to win, which itself would have been great. With Jericho set to face Ryback at Money in the Bank, though, his victory was an obvious one.

Facing someone like Ryback, Y2J needs to look strong leading up to the event. Staying on the winning end of matches will help do that. Seeing him one-up Ryback before the event would be a nice touch, too.

It’s good to see Rhodes fighting main event stars. He, as a wrestler, has been ready for a while, but he needs the right storyline to get there. Perhaps winning the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank match? That is, of course, assuming he’s going to be in it.

Either way, putting Rhodes in the main event would add some much-needed depth and create new storylines.


We the People

Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter then appeared on the stage. Colter talked about how SmackDown was having a Dublin Street Fight and a fiesta for Alberto Del Rio, and how in America those shouldn’t be happening.

He brought up customer service and how they speak “gibberish,” and declared that Antonio Cesaro was more of a “real American” than 95 percent of the audience. Cesaro then got on the mic and told everyone that he was the personification of the American dream since he worked his way up from the bottom.

It’s interesting to see Cesaro as a member of this “real American” storyline. Being born in Switzerland, Cesaro is everything that Colter has been against since he wasn’t born here. Then again, Colter is always talking about the American dream and Cesaro is the dream.

He came from another country, worked his way up through the independent circuit and is now competing in the biggest wrestling company in the world. So to Colter and his cause, Cesaro is a “real American.” It’s also just great to see Cesaro with some direction!

As for the segment, Colter cut a great promo and Cesaro’s was good as well. Colter got his point across, and Cesaro gained some much needed heat as a result.


Christian vs. Dean Ambrose

After Seth Rollins pushed Christian off the top rope, Captain Charisma was declared the winner due to a disqualification. The match was going over quite well. Christian and Dean Ambrose were delivering a good match with solid action until the ending. The ending does make sense, though, especially with what happened post-match.

As The Shield were beating down Christian, The Usos ran out to make the save. They ended up chasing them off, which resulted in a six-man tag match being made for SmackDown.

Last week on SmackDown, Christian was introduced to The Shield the hard way. I thought that WWE could be setting up Christian as Ambrose’s next challenger for his United States Championship, and it looks like they are going in that direction. Since The Usos are the No. 1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship, it doesn’t make sense for Christian to find a partner and go after Rollins and Reigns.

With Christian in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank match, a match with Ambrose may not happen until SummerSlam or maybe even an episode of Raw before the event. Either way, it looks like Ambrose found his next challenger.


The Prime Time Players vs. Tons of Funk

After the Funkadactyls and new Diva JoJo sang their theme song for some reason, Tons of Funk lost the match when Darren Young did something to Brodus Clay so that Titus O’Neil could get the pin.

I couldn’t really tell what he did, but my guess would be he stabbed Brodus with his comb. The match was decent at best. It was slow and kind of boring as well.

It’s good to see the Prime Time Players getting some sort of push. After A.W. left, they were just kind of lost in the fold. Odds are this mini-feud with CM Punk isn’t going to last long and result in them losing, but it puts them in the spotlight.

As for Tons of Funk, they are becoming quite the good team overall. They have developed a kind of chemistry with one another, but I just don’t ever see them as anything more than a comedy act.


Final Thoughts

Overall, I thought that this was a good episode of Main Event. The opening contest was great, while the Cesaro/Colter segment and the Christian/Ambrose match saw some solid storyline development.

The final match was just a dud, but the rest of the show delivered just fine.
WWE does a good job with Main Event. Despite only being an hour, they manage to push storylines and give fans solid matches. I hope they keep up the good work!