Welcome to Bleacher Report's recap of WWE Main Event. Here is where we take a look at what happened on the show, examining the winners, reactions to matches and any possible ramifications coming out of the program.
It was announced that Christian suffered a concussion on Monday, so a new match was made to see who would face Big E for the Intercontinental title.
This poor guy must be cursed. Only Christian could go so long without a storyline, finally find some direction and then suffer an injury weeks before the biggest show of the year. But his loss is our gain as his injury led to another match that would determine the No. 1 contender for the IC title.
Main Event being live seems to have made WWE kick things into high gear. The matches on the show have been much better since the launch of the WWE Network.
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler (IC Title No. 1 Contender Match)
This bout was a lot like the Fatal 4-Way that featured these three competitors on Raw. There were many quick exchanges, and nobody kept control for very long before one of his opponents would change the pace and take over.
This was a great Triple Threat match, and it was also a great way to start Main Event with a bang. All three of these men have faced each other countless times, but a Triple Threat felt fresh for some reason.
All three men came close to winning several times, with everyone having counters for the others' signature moves.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that this was a very fun match to watch. These are three very gifted wrestlers whose unique styles meshed to create an interesting dynamic in the ring.
Quite possibly the best part was that we got to see another win for Ziggler. "The Showoff" went without much success in the past six months, and seeing him climb his way back up the ranks gives hope that he might still find his way to the top.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Notes and Highlights:
- Ziggler's jumping DDT always looks really cool, and this match was no exception. He drilled Sheamus into the mat.
- The way Ziggler won with a Zig Zag on Del Rio while Del Rio was hitting the Backstabber on Sheamus was great way to end the match.
- Renee Young interviewed Ziggler and Big E after the match. They put each other over while also both saying they would leave as IC champ. Ziggler seems to have found some new enthusiasm with his recent success, which will only serve to make him more entertaining in the ring.
10-Diva Tag Match
AJ was on commentary for this match, and it seems as if she was in a better mood than usual. She actually had a smile on her face and was cracking jokes.
Surprisingly, Eva Marie spent most of the time in the ring for the babyface team, but almost all of it was taking punishment from the heels.
Half the women in the match never even had a chance to be legal in the ring, which shouldn't shock anyone given the number of participants. Tamina picked up the win for her team with a nice superkick to Naomi.
There isn't much of a chance for a great match when you have this many people in the ring at once, and you really risk turning it into a botch-fest (and it almost did) when someone as green as Big Red is in the ring.
Winners: Tamina, Summer Rae, Layla, Alicia Fox and Aksana
Notes and Highlights:
- AJ made me laugh when she said, "Why does Vickie even hate me? Because I stole her boyfriend? I do that all the time. It's nothing personal."
- Natalya and Summer Rae are still playing up their Total Divas feud by trash-talking.
- Eva Marie nearly landed on her head when she came close to botching a suplex from Alicia Fox.
- Somehow Naomi and Tamina almost had an even worse botch than Eva Marie during a hurricanrana.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Big E (IC Title Match)
Nobody should ever complain about getting to see Dolph Ziggler wrestle twice in one night, especially if both matches are a decent length and fun to watch.
Ziggler and Big E know each other well from their time as partners and rivals, and they clearly haven't lost the chemistry they built up in that time.
The pace during the match was consistent. Ziggler did not look like he was worn out from his previous match at all, which goes to show you how much conditioning can play a role in someone's success.
Ziggler put up a good fight, but Big E ended up picking up the win with the Big Ending in a solid match.
Winner: Big E
Notes and Highlights:
- Ziggler and Big E showed good sportsmanship after the match by shaking hands and hugging.
- It's always fun to watch the crowd react when two babyfaces are in the ring together.
- Short programs like this should happen more often. Why WWE can't have more surprise contender and title matches is a mystery, but these contests sure do make things more exciting.
Maybe it's just because we are building up to WrestleMania, but Main Event has been very enjoyable as of late. Hopefully the trend continues after Mania has passed and things calm down.
What did you think of this week's show?
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