Broadcasting from the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., WWE Main Event lit up the middle of the wrestling week with a few decent matches.
There was nothing too groundbreaking, but placed in the proper perspective, this was a solid show. Let's look at the match results.
- Dark Match: Alexander Rusev defeated Zack Ryder via pinfall, per PWMania.com.
- The Shield defeated Sin Cara and Los Matadores via pinfall.
- Cameron defeated Aksana via pinfall.
- Kofi Kingston defeated Curtis Axel by disqualification.
How It Went Down
Rusev Continues His Squash Matches in Obscurity
Rusev's Royal Rumble appearance was obviously just designed to give us a taste of what the big man is capable of. Though we didn't get an opportunity to see the match—unless you were at the World Arena—we can almost guess how this one went.
A few big power moves from Rusev to start, Ryder hits one or two high-flying counters. He lands the Broski Boot, but when he tries the Rough Ryder, it gets countered into an awesome show of strength from Rusev.
The big Bulgarian then hoists him up and finishes matters with the side slam. Sound about right?
This is a necessary part of bringing Rusev along, but hopefully the WWE doesn't wait too long to throw him in with someone meaningful on Raw or Smackdown. Prolonged squash duty helped to trip up Ryback's early push.
Roman Reigns Is Ridiculous...In a Good Way
The Shield dispatched Sin Cara and Los Matadores in an entertaining match. Overall, it was a nice addition to Main Event considering the Wyatts smacked the same opposition around on last week's version of the show.
It's all building up to what could be an epic six-man tag match at The Elimination Chamber. The Shield breakup is inevitable and has been hinted at for weeks. Could the Wyatts be set to adopt a member of The Shield? That's a thought. Either way, as Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald puts it, it could be one of the last times we see the trio together as a unit:
Though many of us love The Shield like The Fan's Podcast...
It's time to let the three talents flourish individually.
The WWE is blessed to have a collection of seven young, ultra-talented Superstars on its roster. Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Antonio Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and Roman Reigns are fully capable of carrying the WWE torch for the next 10 to 15 years.
None of them is over the age of 33, and believe it or not, Wyatt is the youngest at 26. How good he can be is as scary as his promos.
With all due respect to Bray, Reigns has the most upside of any of them. He looks like he should be playing in a remake of Conan the Barbarian.
He's an excellent athlete, in-ring worker and his good mic skills are only getting better. Mix in a bloodline that includes The Rock, Rikishi, Yokozuna, Umaga and others, and this dude is the real deal.
On this episode of Main Event, the push was clear, but so believable. Reigns pulled off a double spear on Sin Cara and Fernando. He also landed a flying Superman punch on Diego to set up the pin.
Reigns is the rare Superstar who gets booked to do amazing stuff and you totally believe he can do it in real life. People, get ready: There's a future icon on the rise. Believe in Reigns.
Weeks after Aksana dropped a knee in the face of Cameron's tag team partner Naomi and put her on the shelf, the least regarded Funkadactyl had her chance to get some payback.
After Aksana's mishap with Naomi, do you think the other Divas will trust her in the ring? Justin Henry of Football Nation doesn't think so:
Aksana's botch may relegate her to jobbing status for the foreseeable future, so it was no surprise to see Cameron come out on top.
The work in the match was rather ho-hum. Perhaps a little bit of Emma and Summer Rae in the requisite Divas battle on Main Event would spice up the segment.
Bad News Barrett Needs a Match
For as much criticism as the WWE gets, the company does a decent job creating an entertaining product. However, if there is one thing that the booking is guilty of, it's sticking with one aspect of a character's development too long.
For months, Barrett has been hoisted hundreds of feet above the crowd to spew witty and entertaining insults at other Superstars and the fans. He's getting the desired heat, but it's time to take the next step with this character. As a matter of fact, it was time to do this about three weeks ago.
On Main Event, Barrett cracked a few memorable one-liners, including saying "for the first time ever, the fans are as high as me." It was a jab at Colorado's legalization of marijuana.
The Fan's Podcast was looking for some numerical symbolism:
While that induced a chuckle, it's time for the master of Wastelands and the Bull Hammer to remind people why he was one of the best young in-ring villains in the organization.
Kofi Handles Axel
Curtis Axel and Ryback were set to double-team Kofi Kingston in this match, but Rick Ross' doppelganger—aka Mark Henry—came out to protect Kofi.
Because of the World Strongest Man's presence, things were kept on the up and up. Ryback couldn't help himself and still got disqualified, but Henry still put him back in his place.
The DQ ending was fine, but let's hope this isn't the beginning of one of the most meaningless feuds in history.
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