WWE Main Event kicks off with the as-advertised contest between R-Truth and Wade Barrett. Miz and Cole recap Wade Barrett’s Intercontinental Title defense from Monday, and Miz notes that in a triple threat match you have to “keep your head on a swivel.” Miz does not go so far as to call the match type a “vicious cockfight,” but it was likely implied.
Wade Barrett picks up a clean win with the Bull Hammer Elbow, but it’s worth noting that R-Truth looked pretty good in the match. Post match, Barrett grabs the mic and notes “That is what you call a barrage!” Barrett says he destroyed Jericho and “that ponce,” The Miz. Wade Barrett strolls to the commentary table to get into Miz’s face, but Miz has none of it and goes after Barrett with such a vicious assault that Barrett bolts.
Next is a recap of the Triple H/Brock Lesnar contract signing from RAW. Even a few days later, the No Holds Barred stipulation feels a little weak given all the buildup for a “mystery stipulation.”
Matt Striker is backstage with Sheamus and wants to know if Sheamus is going to accept Big Show’s offer to join up against The Shield at ‘Mania. Sheamus runs down a long list of Show’s accomplishments and personality traits, not all of which are complementary, then says that when it comes to tagging with Big Show, “when sheep fly out of my arse, I’ll consider it.” Looks like Show will have to prove something in the coming weeks to get on the team.
Divas tag action next as Alicia Fox and Aksana tag against the team of Natalya and Layla. Alicia Fox gets on the mic and talks about her experience with Natalya handing out nets in Rwanda. Apparently this match came about because Alicia believes she had a more touching experience in Rwanda than Natalya. Feuding over who had a more rewarding experience during a humanitarian mission is new, at least.Natalya takes offense and the match that follows is a surprisingly watchable affair. Natalya picks up the win with a Sharpshooter on Fox.
The Prime Time Players face The Usos in the main event of Main Event. Cole and Miz talk about everything under the sun except what’s going on in the ring. You’d think you were listening to a wrestling podcast instead of commentary for a wrestling match. In spite of Miz’s self-promotion and all the extraneous yapping, the match itself is good, with The Usos picking up the win with a splash. Miz does a nice job of putting The Usos over at the end as the show closes.
For what it is, Main Event is a solid show. Part recap, part showcase for the undercard, WWE’s Main Event broadcast is far from must-see material, but you’ll never feel like you’re suffering through an episode. It just never feels like it drags.
Replays of WWE Main Event can be seen on Hulu, and as usual, Main Event airs every Wednesday at 8/7c on ION Television.