Main Event begins with fireworks! Cole welcomes us to the show. The Miz uses a LeBron James liner by taking his talents to South Beach today. They immediately hype up tonight’s main event. Then we see a video of Sheamus’ story to WWE stardom, mainly from the events that happened last year. Then we see a video of Dolph Ziggler, hyping up how we all wish that we were him. He said one day he will be one of the best ever.
Matt Striker is with Sheamus. Striker talked about 2012 being his best year and now talks about Ziggler’s Money in the Bank and if he is concerned. Sheamus is not concerned, and that Ziggler will hold that case. Sheamus states that he will win the Royal Rumble and be the World Champion. Sheamus mentioned that Ziggler is afraid to pull the trigger. Sheamus said if anyone wants to get involved, then he will have a Brouge Kick for everyone.
Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee, and Big E Langston are backstage walking. Josh Mathews then talks to Dolph Ziggler about his match with John Cena on Raw. Big E Langston cuts Mathews off and Mathews runs out. Ziggler said that Langston is alright with him.
Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/AJ Lee and Big E Langston)
Two weeks ago on Raw, Sheamus had a match with Ziggler and The Shield ran in to attack Sheamus.
Video hype for The Rock and The Royal Rumble.
The match begins with a tie-up. Sheamus pushes Ziggler to the ropes. They tie-up again, and Ziggler responds with a waistlock. However, Sheamus comes back with a drop toe hold and works the arm of Ziggler. Sheamus then pushes Ziggler to the corner and works the arm again. However, Ziggler comes back with a dropkick and punches in the corner. Sheamus runs back at Ziggler with a forearm shot and an effortless body slam. The resulted in Sheamus attempting a pinfall, but Ziggler kicked out a two.
Sheamus then goes back to a corner and Sheamus works on Ziggler’s arm. Ziggler shakes it off and punches Sheamus, but Sheamus powers out. Sheamus then shoves Ziggler down and goes for a cover, but Ziggler kicked out at two. Sheamus goes at the ring frame and stomps on Ziggler head. Sheamus whips Ziggler off the ropes, but Ziggler escapes. Sheamus counters a spot and attempts the Brouge Kick, only for Ziggler to quickly escape.
We are back from commercial break, and Ziggler attacks a the corner. When Ziggler provided time for Sheamus to recuperate, Sheamus attacks Ziggler at the corner and then hits the rolling slam. After a two count, Sheamus continues to ground Ziggler with attacks to the arm. However, after a whip to the ropes Ziggler got a couple of neckbreakers in and Sheamus powered out at two. Ziggler works the corner with stomps along the corner. Ziggler stays in charge after a running splash at the corner and covers for two.
Ziggler now wears down Sheamus with a chinlock, then does a headstand and maintains the hold. Sheamus breaks the hold by standing tall and then dropping Ziggler down. Sheamus charges, but Ziggler does a drop toe hold and Sheamus falls in the middle of the ropes. Ziggler then connected with a dropkick and the covers for a two count.
Ziggler goes back to a chinlock. Sheamus fights on, but Ziggler responds with a knee to the abdominal area. After a leaping elbow, Ziggler covers for two. Sheamus fights back, but Ziggler side steps Sheamus to a corner, and Sheamus drilled his shoulder to the post. Suddenly, Sheamus connects with some Irish Hammers, a high knee, and then ties Ziggler to the ropes and wails on his chest with forearm shots. AJ Lee and Langston look concerned. Sheamus then jumps off with a shoulder tackle to the floor. That takes us to another commercial break.
Video for the 20th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw Hype
We are back and Ziggler escaped from a power spot. After some counters, Ziggler concludes the counter parade with an X Factor to counter Sheamus Battering Ram (not done well, but message sent). Ziggler tried for the pin, but Sheamus kicks out at two. Both men now are exchanges strikes. Sheamus wins the battle after an Irish Curse Backbreaker. Sheamus goes for the pin, but Ziggler kicked out at two.
Ziggler counters White Noise, but Sheamus rolls out and applies the Cloverleaf. After a moment, Ziggler reaches for the bottom rope. Sheamus then stomps Ziggler twice, but Ziggler counters with a necksnape at the ropes. Ziggler goes up top and connects with a fantastic missile dropkick. Sheamus still fights on, kicking out at two. Ziggler charges, but Sheamus drops a leg and rolls up to the corner. Ziggler catches it, as he goes up top and hits a Top Rope DDT to Sheamus. Sheamus, once again, kicks out at two. Both men are on the mat, catching their breath for a few seconds.
Ziggler is up first, but Sheamus catches him and drops him to the mat. Sheamus goes up and hits a top rope shoulder tackle. Again, Ziggler kicks out from a pin at two. Sheamus gets up first and sets up the Brouge Kick. Ziggler escapes, but Sheamus escapes the Superkick. Sheamus then hits the Brouge Kick, and Ziggler is out of the ring. The referee attempts to count out Ziggler, but Sheamus goes outside. As the referee counted to nine, Sheamus went back into the ring and Ziggler is counted out.
Winner via Countout: Sheamus
Grade: B (leaned toward a B+) or for the “star” rating, I give it 3 1/4 stars out of 4.
After the match, Sheamus and Big E Langston face off. Langston teases, but does not face conflict against Sheamus.
We see a replay of the match.
Later: Wade Barrett vs. Zack Ryder
Next: The Rock’s statement.
Last Monday on Raw, CM Punk did his best to drop the pipebombs in the mist of his 414-day title reign. The Rock returned and cut a promo and in the end delivered a Rock Bottom to CM Punk.
The Rock returns to Smackdown.
Singles Match (Non-Title)
WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder gets his Woos in and we begin with a tie-up. Barrett applies an armbar. Ryder reverses and works on the arm. Barrett and Ryder continue to exchange holds until Barrett had him cornered. Ryder catches Barrett off the corner and executes an armdrag and works on the arm.
Barrett responds with the shoulder tackle, and then connects with a heel kick to the abdominal area. Barrett then powers on with a Pumphandle Slam. Barrett corners Ryder and works the corner. Ryder responds with a takedown. Ryder applies a hold, but Barrett corners Ryder and lays him out with an elbow.
Barrett kept Ryder grounded with stomps. Barrett whips Ryder to the corner, but as Ryder tries to counter with his knees Barrett caught Ryder and pushed him to the ropes and then whipped his back on the ropes and Ryder falls to the floor.
We are back and Barrett works Ryder’s neck along the ropes. Barrett then changed it up, drilling Ryder with knees along the ropes and ended it with a boot to the face. Barrett ended that segment with a Suplex back in the ring. Barrett then applies a chinlock. Ryder fights back, but Barrett responded with a knee to the abdominal area. Barrett went up top and dropped an elbow. The resilient Ryder kicked out at two.
Barrett applies another chinlock to Ryder. Ryder fights back and then finally gains momentum by frilling Barrett’s face to the mat. Ryder got his knees up and hit the missle dropkick. Ryder with a forearm to the corner. Ryder was about ready for the Broski Boot but Barrett rolled out of the ring.
When Barrett got back to the ring, he avoided a Ryder attack with a Sidewalk Slam. Ryder escapes a Suplex and countered with a neckbreaker. Ryder continues to be on desperation mode, he finally grounded Barrett and delivered the Broski Boot. Ryder covered, but only got a two count.
Ryder attempted to continue his offense, but Barrett quickly countered with a Snake Eyes drop to the corner (thought I think it fell short). Barrett rolled up his elbow and The Bullhammer ends it.
Winner via Pinfall: Wade Barrett
Grade: C+ or 2 1/4 out of 4 stars.
We see highlights of the match. Barrett watches, very pleased with his work.
Next Week: Randy Orton vs. United States Champion Antonio Cesaro.
Editor’s Note: Due to some mis-communication, both Mister V and CJ Bowman did recaps & thoughts on this week’s Main Event. Below is their thoughts on each match.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Mr. V: Man, this was entertaining. Matches like I witnessed on television makes me want to watch this show every week. The match went over twenty minutes and there was not a dull moment. Sure, there were a couple slips in the match but it happened well past the ten-minute mark. Sheamus showed that he may be one of the best all-around wrestlers in the WWE while (in defeat) Ziggler continues to shine and be on that cusp of greatness with the help of AJ and Big E Langston. If this was a stock market game, I would buy the stock of both wrestlers. They had a great match.
CJ Bowman: I felt as if this match was a showcase match for both Sheamus and Ziggler. Let’s be honest…what madness did we see with Sheamus being athletic like he was tonight? And let’s not talk about Dolph Ziggler, he’s downright acrobatic, but he did things tonight that left my mind blown. I need to see a third, definitive match between these two nut jobs that we call WWE superstars, cause I am POSITIVE that they won’t disappoint, and they will have no problem exceeding expectations.
Wade Barrett vs. Zack Ryder
Mr. V: This was mainly a Barrett showcase, and again I felt for the most part he delivered. He is finally working a solid program after months of injuries and being lost in the shuffle on the WWE card. Ryder was solid in-peril against Barrett. The crowd still favors Ryder heavily, and at this stage with the gimmick it is Ryder’s only hope. While this was not the best performance by both wrestlers, it caught my attention because the crowd really showed interest in this, and possibly for Ryder.
CJ Bowman: Squash match, but not a squash match at the same time. Ryder had his hope spots, and Barrett wasn’t overpowering. They did what they needed to do to showcase Barrett effectively. I hope WWE continues on this path.
Mr. V’s grade for WWE Main Event: B+. The matches were good and the video packages were well done and not overpowering. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it.
CJ Bowman wrote that he gave the show a thumbs up.
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