Welcome back to Mitch Nickelson's review of WWE Main Event. I was watching this live until mid-way through Seth Rollin's opening promo last night. Lots of storms rolled through West Virginia Tuesday night. It's Wednesday morning and power and internet are both finally restored, so it's time to get to it.
Main Event is live from Green Bay, Wisconsin this week. Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips are our announcers.
Triple H/Seth Rollins Talk, Get Interrupted by Dolph Ziggler
Triple H's music begins the show. Announcer Tom Phillips says that this is the first time ever that Triple H is live on Main Event. The Game walks out to the ring and is looking all dapper in a suit. He talks about all of the controversy in the WWE as of late. He shows the video of Dr. Maroon explaining that Daniel Bryan is not cleared to compete for this month. Triple H says that the fans are the reason why Daniel Bryan is being stripped of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Hunter talks about the upcoming ladder match at Money In The Bank and the camera shows the two titles hanging above the ring. Sheamus, Del Rio, Cesaro and Orton have already been announced for this match. He guarantees magic because at Money In The Bank a new champion will be crowned.
Triple H talks about other controversies and they recap the breakup of The Shield from Raw two weeks ago. The fans boo that segment as Hunter introduces Seth Rollins as well. He's wearing a grey suit, but has refused to wear a tie. He's cool like that.
Fans chant loudly "You Sold Out" as Rollins explained how his betrayal of his brothers felt. While he's not the greatest promo guy ever he's doing well in this role and the fans seem to take his recent actions personally. They really resent him. Good for him because he's been getting a pretty good response. He says that Reigns and Ambrose are destined only for mediocrity. He tells the fans that they don't have the guts to do what he did. Triple H understands what it is to create and seize opportunities, according to Seth.
Rollins says his goal is to be the greatest. He adapted and he evolved. He calls Reigns and Ambrose dead weight, so he cut them loose. The fans are chanting "Boring" as he tries to thank Triple H for helping him to create this opportunity. The chant is more to irritate Rollins; they do seem entertained. Fans are liars sometimes.
Cue Dolph Ziggler. He's wearing a black coat. Everyone's looking nice tonight. He calls Seth a self-centered scumbag traitor. Ziggler says that he steps into the ring with a chip on his shoulder to show the world how good he is at what he does. He gets cheered for it. Ziggler says he'll cram that arrogance down Rollins tiny giraffe neck (nice line) because tonight he's going to show the world what it means to be a WWE superstar. He's going to do so without having a maniacal egomaniac boss holding his hand every step of the way.
Good set up to the show so far. Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins face each other later in the show. Jimmy Uso fights Luke Harper up next.
Jimmy Uso vs. Luke Harper
The Usos do their normal tribal intro that ends with their hip hop chant thing. Their entrance is annoying to me. I realize I'm alone in my Usos disapproval, so feel free to tell me how I'm wrong and why I should love them. The Wyatt intro is short and sweet. The screen cuts for a second to their creepy images and then it cuts back to Harper and Rowan in the ring opposite the Usos.
Tom Phillips points out that the Wyatts defeated the Usos at a recent Raw. It was a non-title match, so give them their title shot. Early on, Harper is laying against the second rope like he's in position for a 619. Jimmy does a dive on his back. Harper gets up slowly and gives him his creepy-eyed death stare. They have good chemistry.
Harper has control for a bit and keeps it at a slow pace. He makes sure to do his death-moan before a suplex. Jimmy tries to battle back and finally gets in some quality offense when do does a spinning attack off the top rope. This grounds Harper. Jey gets the crowd clapping in support of his brother. Jimmy charges toward Luke in the corner and just about gets his head taken off by a boot to the face.
Jimmy is able to do a back body drop on Luke to the outside. He runs off the ropes hoping for a dive, but Harper instead gets a punch in at the ropes to stop him. Harper misses a clothesline and Jimmy hits a superkick. He rolls up Harper and that's enough for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Jimmy Uso
The announcers call this match an important psychological win for the Usos. I like this rivalry, but I'm still rooting for the Wyatt Family to win the tag titles in the end.
Rollins and Ziggler will face each other later. Apparently Kofi Kingston takes on Rusev next. Poor Kofi. Hopefully he gets more than a minute.
There's a good ad that has Roman Reigns singing "I'm a Little Teapot" with his daughter. It's nice. Since he's a babyface now, that's a good way to get people to like him more.
Kofi Kingston vs. Rusev (w/Lana)
Three matches and an opening segment? Pretty full show tonight. A pre-taped segment shows Kofi saying that Rusev can pack up his fancy medal and go home. Lana comes out before Rusev and talks about how bad American women are. Fans chant "U.S.A." loudly and she tells them to stop. American men don't desire American women, they desire Lana. Russian men are strong, like Vladimir Putin. An image of him is shown on screen, of course. Rusev comes out waving his flag proudly. That star on his neck is sharp; he should use it as a foreign object.
The match is really quick early on. Kofi gets in a decent amount of offense and does a crossbody off the top ropes for a two count. The action spills outside as Rusev really takes over. He slams Kofi around a bit into the barricade. Back in the ring, Kofi tries to drop kick Rusev but he's returned with a stiff kick from the big guy who now resides in Moscow. Rusev stomps hard onto Kofi's back and put him into his submission finisher, which he is calling the Accolade.
Winner by submission: Rusev
The match went 3:32 according to my stopwatch, so it wasn't a complete squash. No one expected Kofi to win, but they let him look athletic at least. Lana puts the star back on Rusev's neck. The flag drops behind them as they stand victorious.
A graphic comes on again letting us know that Dolph Ziggler still faces off against Seth Rollins later, in case anyone forgot. I'm looking forward to it.
Did You Know? Raw and Smackdown were #1 on each of their nights. Too bad they couldn't monetize that better for Wall Street. Oh well, their stock will go back up. Remember kids, buy low and sell high.
Sheamus and Cesaro face off this Friday night.
Summer Rae talks about Fandango with Renee Young backstage. They replay her dumping milk on Layla backstage on Raw. Renee asks if that was done because of jealousy. Summer Rae starts to explain herself and then gets slammed into the back of the head by Layla using a box of kitty litter. She then pours milk over Summer Rae's head and rubs her face in it.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins
Dolph comes out first. The crowd is pretty hyped to see him as they go to a break. Back from the break and Seth comes out. He's still wearing his Shield outfit. I kind of thought that he'd change his ring gear up since leaving The Shield. Maybe he will in the coming weeks.
This is a rematch from last week on Smackdown. Seth gets an early advantage with a headlock. They exchange a little off the ropes and it ends with Dolph hip-tossing Seth. Dolph now has Seth in a headlock. More Irish Whip action. Dropkick from Ziggler. Rollins sends Ziggler into the top rope, which he sells all the way to the outside. It's now time for a break.
Back from the break and Dolph is battling out of a headlock, but unsuccessfully. Seth does a series of suplexes like Eddie Guerrero used to do. A small "Eddie" chant is heard in the crowd.
"Let's Go Ziggler" chant from the audience, but Rollins stays in control. He repeatedly sends Ziggler hard into the corner turnbuckles. On his third trip to the ropes, Dolph counters up and over Ziggler and lands on his back for a headlock. Ziggler keeps the momentum going. He gets a big back body drop on Seth and does a few elbow drops, but not his usual ten in a row.
Ziggler sets up a neckbreaker that gets countered. Seth does an impressive spin move onto a running Dolph that ends with him being slammed onto the mat. Seth climbs to the top rope. Ziggler runs up for the counter, but gets punched back to the ground. Still on the top, he goes for a dive, but gets caught with a drop kick and Ziggler gets two.
Dolph jumps high onto Seth and looks like he's going to DDT him, but Seth just throws him off as he lands flat on his stomach. Seth gets thrown onto the apron and kicks Dolph into the middle of the ring. He jumps off of the ropes, attempting to kick Dolph but he misses. Dolph then goes for the Famouser and hits it. Pinfall for only 2! Good nearfall attempt.
Dolph jumps onto Seth's back but gets thrown off. He jumps onto Seth again and starts doing a ten-count punch in the corner, but gets thrown off again. He jumps onto Seth for a third time and makes it to about four punches before Seth starts carrying him to the opposite side of the ring. Powerbomb into the corner, followed by the Curb Stomp. This finishes off Ziggler as Rollins pins him for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Seth Rollins
I tried to keep up with the play-by-play but it stayed at a pretty quick pace. I missed stuff, for sure. Seth celebrates his win in the ring as the show comes to a close.
Mitch's Final Thoughts:
This was a solid hour of wrestling. The opening promo was good and having Triple H on helps this show feel like it's kind of important. I like the Harper/Wyatt story that's going on and look forward to seeing the eventual tag title match at Money In The Bank or whenever they decide to do it. I actually find myself interested in what the Usos are doing, so good job WWE.
Rusev got his win, which is nothing new. He needs an actual rivalry, though his match with Kofi was entertaining for what it was. The main event with Rollins and Ziggler was good, but not great. I wish Dolph had more value in this company. I'm not the first or last person to feel that way.
Overall, enjoyable show. There was less recap than last week and more original programming. I felt that this hour of WWE was good enough to be the first hour of Smackdown. That's either a kudos to Main Event or a burn on Smackdown; take your pick.
That's all I've got this week. Thanks for reading. Agree or Disagree with anything? Have any thoughts with how to make this review column better? Comment below and I'll get back to you.