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.
We are counting down the days until Money in the Bank, but WWE still has to worry about making the shows leading up to the event worth watching.
This week's Main Event was pretty average, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Main Event has been very hit-or-miss since it debuted, so an average week is actually a good week.
There were three matches this week that all had some kind of storyline involved. Six men from the traditional Ladder match at MITB squared off in a tag match, Fandango found himself between a blond rock and a brunette hard place, and Rybaxel threw down a challenge to the Rhodes brothers.
Let's take a look at everything that went down on Main Event this week.
Dolph Ziggler, RVD and Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger, Bad News Barrett and Seth Rollins
Main event opened up with a great promo from Dolph Ziggler that saw The Show-Off talk about how winning MITB the last time around was the greatest moment in his life because of the fans.
The match that came after had six of the seven participants in the traditional MITB Ladder match, minus Dean Ambrose, fight in six-man tag action.
It was a decent match, but they could have used another five minutes to make it even better. Rollins and Kofi were the two who ended up delivering some of the best moments with their agility and creativeness.
The fight continued after the match, and Barrett ended up being the last man standing when the dust settled. A strong showing this close to the PPV might be a good sign for the Brit, but I maintain my theory that whoever looks the strongest heading into a PPV match will usually be the loser.
Winners: Rollins, Swagger and Barrett
Notes and Highlights:
- Seth Rollins legitimately reminds me of a superhero, but I cannot think of who it is to save my life. I think there was once a character who had half-blond, half-dark hair, and that's who I'm thinking of. My knowledge of comic book characters is vast, but not perfect. Help me out. Which hero is it that Rollins resembles in his new ring gear?
- RVD probably has the biggest collection of singlets in the world. I almost never see him wear the same one twice. He should start selling them off or using the money for charity. I am sure a lot of fans would pay to have one, as long as he washed it first.
- Did anyone else have trouble with their video feed during the segment that followed the match?
Well all i can say is I'm Happy Ziggler didn't get pinned #MainEvent— CatherineVWWE (@CatherineNikita) June 25, 2014
Fandango vs. Bo Dallas
Bo Dallas extended his winning streak to 10 and Bo (I hate myself a little for saying that).
The match was about to start when Summer Rae ran out to the ring and started making out with Fandango, who did not seem to put up much of a fight, despite having just made up with Layla minutes before the match.
Summer and Layla fought all the way up the ramp to the back while several officials tried to keep them apart. When Fandango got back in the ring, he was immediately hit with the Bo-Dog and lost the match.
Most people probably didn't like this segment, but I actually think it worked for a few reasons. Summer and Layla might not have an original storyline to work with, but they are certainly showing a high level of aggression whenever they fight. It's not just hair-pulling and slaps.
It also gives two Divas who are not involved in the current Divas title feud something to do, which is good because the division needs some variety.
Winner: Bo Dallas
Notes and Highlights:
- Seriously, why does Dallas always look like he just took a shower with his shirt on? Out of all of the people in WWE, Dallas is not one most people want to see in a wet T-shirt.
- We saw Fandango and Layla make up backstage before the match. He really likes dancing metaphors.
- I really feel for Fandango. I mean, who hasn't been in a situation where two beautiful women are fighting over them? Am I right, fellas?
- OK. So maybe we don't all have experience with that sort of thing. Stupid, lucky Fandango making us all look bad.
- If Dallas continues to be funny and sarcastic the way he has been during his last two outings, I might just start Bolieving.
If you'd told me adding Bo Dallas to this Layla / Summer catfight would have made it tolerable I would have laughed in your face #MainEvent— Jennifer Steele (@RealJenSteele) June 25, 2014
R-Truth and Xavier Woods vs. Rybaxel
This was a pretty average tag match from start to finish. Curtis Axel and Ryback picked up the victory after Axel hit Truth with his finisher.
The winners proceeded to deliver a promo following the match where they challenged Goldust and Stardust to a match at Money in the Bank. It'll probably end up on the pre-show.
Axel used a line from a popular song by Kansas during his part of the promo, which kind of made me like him a little bit more.
Notes and Highlights:
- I can't believe I am saying this, but I am starting to become a Ryback fan. He has made big improvements in the ring thanks to his partnership with Axel. He also does a lot of little things that probably go unnoticed by the average fan that show he is getting better.
- The move where he spun Woods from one shoulder to the other before powerslamming him is always impressive.
- I was a little surprised to hear Ryback call the Rhodes brothers "hermaphrodites." It doesn't seem like a very PG thing to do. I bet a lot of kids are asking their parents what that word means.
Did Ryback and Curtis Axel just refer to Goldust and Stardust as hermaphrodites? That's not PG, you guys. #MainEvent— Paul Heyman Girl (@JennMint) June 25, 2014
I kinda like this Ryback. #MainEvent— Rusheena Boone (@RusheenaB) June 25, 2014
Roman Reigns Interview
Renee Young interviewed Reigns in the ring about his upcoming match at MITB for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Young asked all of the questions you would expect in this kind of segment, and Reigns gave pretty standard responses. He isn't the strongest on the mic yet, but he's still getting used to doing all of the talking himself.
He warned Young that she may want to take off her high heels in case she had to make a quick exit, and it turned out he was right. Triple H came on the Titantron and told Reigns he would be facing Kane on SmackDown.
Kane came out and had a little fight with Reigns that ended with Reigns standing tall. All in all, this was a decent segment to push the Ladder match at the PPV.
Notes and Highlights:
- Reigns didn't even flinch when Kane hit his pyro on the ring posts. I can tell you from experience that the noise alone is enough to make you jump a little, let alone the heat those flames put off. I was 10 rows back the last time I saw it in person and I thought my eyebrows were gone.
- It's great to see Renee Young being used in more than backstage segments. Mark my words, she will go down as one of WWE's greatest non-wrestling talents when her career is over, which hopefully is not for a very long time.
- This video wasn't included on WWE's YouTube channel, so instead I included Vickie Guerrero saying goodbye to some of the Divas backstage during Raw.
Rollins gets plenty of screen time, Reigns gets plenty of screen time, Ambrose gets almost nothing. You see why I'm pissed off? #MainEvent— Marisa Garcia (@mngarcia1993) June 25, 2014
Reigns VS Kane and smackdown! That's going to be awesome #mainevent— Robby Rob (@robbyrobjames) June 25, 2014
What did you think of this week's Main Event?
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