It’s that time of the week again, it’s time for THE Main Event Review. We have a very intriguing match on the docket tonight. The Viper, Randy Orton battles the United States Champion, Antonio Cesaro. Let’s get this bad boy started.

Michael Cole and The Miz open the show at the announce table and immediately the combatants in the Main Event head to the ring. Antonio Cesaro is carrying the American Flag and is decked out in Stars and Stripes inspired ring gear. You have to love this guy. What a cocky, jerk of a heel.

Randy Orton and Antonio Cesaro had a match and I guess it ended (***)

I don’t know how else to describe the result of the match. I guess Orton wins by disqualification but I never heard a bell ring. These two had a nice, long 24 minute match. They worked a very physical style that made most of the bout resemble a brawl more than a wrestling match. You could see that they were holding something back and now knowing the finish it makes sense. The chemistry was there between these two and I’d love to see them go this long again with a winner planned out. Cesaro took time out the match to mock Miz. Miz has added the top rope double axe handle to his move set and Cesaro decided to hit Orton with one and then mimic Miz’s signature bow.

I’ve said this a bunch of times, but when Cesaro dead lifts a wrestler into a gutwrench suplex has to be the coolest move in WWE today. I take that back, when Cesaro tosses up his opponent and hits him with the European uppercut is the coolest move in WWE today. I really thought he had Orton pinned after that but The Viper kicked out at two. WWE’s Apex Predator was able to get the match to go in his favor when he hit Cesaro with a dropkick in midair as the United States Champion was coming off the ropes. Orton then hit his hanging DDT and that’s when trouble struck. Cesaro was out on the floor after the DDT but Orton now had to deal with The Shield who surrounded the ring. Miz left commentary to stand by Orton’s side. The numbers were too much for the courageous duo as Roman Reigns nearly cut Miz in half with a Spear and then it was The Shield Special, a triple power bomb to Orton. The Shield left and Cesaro came back in and hit the Neutralizer on Miz.

After a commercial break they recapped RAW with all the happenings between CM Punk and The Rock. Then we came back to the announce table to see the Brad Maddox will be joining Cole on commentary. You know, the Brad Maddox who doesn’t have a contract in WWE but shows up at all the events and gets to do guest commentary. I think I’ll show up at some WWE events and try the same thing. I don’t have a contract either. I hope they let me call Brodus Clay vs. The Great Khali in a Kennel from Hell Match.

 The Usos beat The Primetime Players (**)

I like both of these teams and they were having a solid match but it was really hard to get into the match because of Brad Maddox acting like a jackass on commentary. Pick an Uso and that one hit Darren Young with the Superfly Splash to pick up the win after 12 minutes.

The show ended without them naming a Main Event for next week.


The Diagnosis

This show continues to be an hour of solid wrestling. There’s not much to break down other than Maddox really killed the flow of the tag team match with his nonsense while on commentary. The Main Event was good. I’m not sure where they are going with Orton and The Shield. It would seem to me that Orton would make a good leader for The Shield but they really have done a number on him. I’m not entirely convinced that they are done with helping out CM Punk but we’ll have to wait until the Royal Rumble to find out for sure. Ryback, Sheamus, The Miz and Randy Orton vs. The Shield and Antonio Cesaro for next week? It makes sense. It would be a really fun match if it got the 20+ minutes that the Main Event gets. The 1/16 Main Event gets a 6/10.



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