WWE Main Event
March 25th, 2014
Announcers: Tom Philips & Byron Saxton
*Ooh boy guys, one of the final shows before WrestleMania, which is really starting to take place now (I’ll be there). Before the action starts, Big E. comes out and we are told that Christian suffered a concussion and will not receive the IC title shot he earned on Raw and instead there will be a triple threat match to earn a shot for later tonight.
*Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus vs. Alberto del Rio
Sheamus and Dolph start out by teaming up against del Rio. Dolph gets thrown out by del Rio and then Sheamus and del Rio go at it for a bit. Sheamus hits a rolling slam for two. I like Big E, but he looks like a dork just sitting at a seat ringside and not saying anything. Sheamus goes to deliver the apron punches to Ziggler, but del Rio cuts that off with an enziguri and for some reason, del Rio goes to the outside and whips Ziggler into the barricade as we go to a COMMERCIAL BREAK. We come back and its del Rio and Ziggler going at it in the ring. Ziggler dropkicks Del Rio as he comes off the middle ropes and gets some near falls. Sheamus pulls Ziggler out and hits the apron punches to del Rio. Ziggler comes in and goes for a running DDT on Sheamus, but he counters it into the Irish Curse. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick on del Rio, but Ziggler runs in with a dropkick. Remember when Ziggler used a superkick? Remember when Ziggler mattered? Del Rio goes for the cross-armbreaker, but Sheamus pushes him off into the corner and clotheslines him out. Ziggler runs in with a big spike DDT to Sheamus for two. Sheamus rolls through a pinning combination into the cloverleaf, which del Rio breaks with a superkick. Ziggler hits a fameasser on del Rio for two. Ziggler goes for the Zig-Zag on del Rio, but he pushes him off and Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick on Ziggler and he falls to the outside. Sheamus then hits the White Noise on del Rio for two. Del Rio locks in the cross-armbreaker on Sheamus, but he counters the move by standing, but del Rio locks before the powerbomb. Del Rio goes for a backstabber, but as he does that to Sheamus, Ziggler runs in and Zig-Zags del Rio. Ziggler covers del Rio for the win. The ending didn’t look that great and sounds better in theory, but a real good match, especially the last 3-4 minutes with all the false finishes. 1 for 1
Ziggler announces he’s going to WrestleMania, which is weird because he was going before this match. Ziggler then clarifies and says he will go to WrestleMania as the Intercontinental champ and then Big E and Dolph have a little back and forth, calling back to their history. Dolph really needs to be a heel again.
*Natalya, Funkadactlys, Eca Marie & Emma vs. Summer Rae, Layla, Alicia Fox, Aksana & Tamina
AJ joins us on commentary and that is likely to be the highlight of this match. I’m so confused, how can Emma be part of the Total Divas team? And doesn’t Summer Rae being on a reality show make her a face? We start with Nattie and Layla. Emma tags in and goes at it with Layla. Emma locks in a version of the tarantala, which she calls the dil-Emma. Eva Marie tags in and immediately botches a roll-up against Alicia Fox. Ugh, why can’t she disappear to wherever Jo-Jo went? Alicia hits a northern lights suplex for two. AJ is awesome on commentary, totally ripping apart Vickie Guerrero. For some reason, the heels are working over Eva Marie who can’t sell. Naomi tags in and hits a scary Scott Steiner-like hurricanranna on Tamina. Naomi hits a cross body for two. All ten divas are going at it, leaving Emma and Eva Marie and Emma tries to make Eva do the Emma dance and Tamina breaks that up with a double clothesline. Tamina then hits a superkick on Pirate Naomi for the win. AJ comes in and celebrates with Tamina including a hug. Well I’ll give it a very reluctant point for mediocre action and good commentary. 2 for 2
*Raw Recap looks at the Haper/Cena match from Raw, with the awesome Eminem song playing. I really hope Bray gets face pops at Mania, not anti-Cena cheers. I know I’ll be cheering him. BAD NEWS BARRETT in Boston! Unfortunately, he has some bad news. Everyone in the arena is ugly and they should all wear the same sheep mask Cena was wearing on Monday.
*INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH: (C) Big E vs. Dolph Ziggler
Big E overpowers Dolph to start. Dolph hits a dropkick and tries taking over, but Big E runs through him with a clothesline. Dolph goes to the outside to regroup as we head to a COMMERCIAL BREAK. We come back and Dolph hits a dropkick. Dolph runs into Big E who hits…something out of the corner. Might’ve been a Boss Man slam, but Ziggler got way too in on Big E for it. Dolph makes Big E chase him out of the ring and when they re-enter he hits the spike DDT for two. Big E hits a big clothesline for two and then the STRAPS COME DOWN. E goes for the Big Ending, but Dolph slips out and hits the fameasser for two. Dolph goes for the superkick (YAY!), but E ducks and hits a flapjack. Big E then hits the Big Ending for the win. Nice solid defense for Big E and this was really the Dolph show as he wrestled for 2/3 of the show and looked good in both matches. Although if they want to make Big E a face, I don’t think I’d have him going against guys like Dolph who the fans love. Dolph and Big E show respect for each other and hug to close out the show. 3 for 3
Final Thoughts: The opening triple threat match is pretty good and overall Dolph Ziggler is in action for about 30 minutes so it’s a pretty good show.