Welcome to Bleacher Report's recap of WWE Main Event. Here is where we take a look at what happened on the show, the winners and reactions from matches and any possible ramifications coming out of the program.
This was the second week of live shows on the WWE Network, and it's pretty obvious that WWE wants us to think Main Event is a big deal again.
When the show first debuted we had weekly matches that were main event-level, but in recent months, the quality of the show has slipped.
The past two weeks have been a return to form for the C-show, featuring matches any WWE fans would want to see.
Let's take a look at what went down this week.
Los Matadores vs. Rybaxel
This was a pretty standard tag match. The heels controlled a good portion of the bout, with the babyfaces getting the win after a hot tag and a quick exchange to end the bout.
The crowd seems to like Los Matadores for what they are, and that's a comedy gimmick with the potential to provide some excitement.
Los Matadores picked up the win in this one, which should come as no surprise, as they have beaten Rybaxel on numerous occasions already.
Winners: Los Matadores
What This Means:
Ryback went from headlining pay-per-views with John Cena to losing to Los Matadores on #MainEvent hahahaha. What a joke.— Graham Matthews (@WrestleRant) March 12, 2014
AJ vs. Natalya (Divas Title Match)
Fans will oftentimes go into a Divas match expecting the worst, which makes great ones like this look even better.
AJ and Natalya are clearly WWE's two best in-ring workers in the Divas division, and they proved that they can put on a pay-per-view-quality match, even on the C-show.
The action was back-and-forth, with multiple attempts at finishers and close near-falls spread out throughout the bout, and we saw both women use all the agility, technical skills and power they possess.
Natalya came up short once again, but she and AJ should be extremely proud of their performance. It was especially great seeing the fans actually get into this match and show these women some support.
What This Means:
- AJ is still Divas champion, continuing her record-breaking reign.
- Natalya goes to the back of the line.
- The Divas division has a lot of bright spots, and WWE is learning how to use them.
I'm amused by the drama in this match is coming from AJ's boyfriend issues #MainEvent— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) March 12, 2014
That's the third really good women's match in the last couple of weeks. Paige/Emma, Kim/Rayne, and now AJ/Natalya.— Voices of Wrestling (@voiceswrestling) March 12, 2014
Dean Ambrose vs. Mark Henry (U.S. Title Match)
This was a decent match, but it's a Mark Henry match, which means a slow pace and lots of power moves and rest holds.
Ambrose did a great job of keeping things moving, and his offense against Henry made it seem convincing that he could defeat the World's Strongest Man.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns provided minor distractions outside the ring, but Ambrose won this match pretty cleanly to retain his title.
Even if WWE just threw this match together so it had a title match to advertise the live episode of Main Event, it was still a decent way to cap off a good show.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
What This Means:
- Ambrose continues his run as the longest reigning singles champion in WWE.
- The Shield actually had a show where nobody looked mad at each other.
- Henry remains irrelevant.
What was your favorite match?
I do not think I have ever been able to write the following sentence before, so this is a bit exciting. The Divas match was the best match of the night.
There was also a goofy backstage segment featuring Santino and Emma on their first date. As expected, it went horribly wrong, but it was supposed to. It was a typical Santino comedy segment, so whether or not it was good is going to depend on your opinion of Santino in general.
Main Event was a good hour of WWE television this week, and hopefully the show keeps up this level of quality in the coming weeks and months as it airs live on the WWE Network moving forward.
This will be a new weekly column, but the format is still in development, so please feel free to share your thoughts on what you liked and what you want to see included in future Main Event recaps.
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