Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:21
By Chris Aiken
April 1, 2014
Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)
WWE Main Event during the go-home week leading to WrestleMania featured two matches and lots of hype building the card on Sunday. Every major match on the WrestleMania card got some sort of hype. Some matches like Undertaker vs. Lesner, HHH vs. Bryan and Cena vs. Wyatt among others got heavier hype than the majority of the undercard. Still, most all of the matches got some sort of mention and/or plug. Likewise, the show also featured two first-run matches from the tapings in Washington D.C.
Sheamus beat Miz. Sheamus got most of the offense throughout the match though Miz did get heat on him for a few minutes at one point. They started off slow then quickened the pace when Miz blocked a hip toss then Sheamus gave him a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Miz bailed out of the ring and Sheamus gave chase. Sheamus punked him out until Miz hit a cheapshot dropkick. Sheamus quickly cut him off and regained the advantage before Miz low-bridged the top rope and Sheamus spilled over and out to floor. Miz hit a sailing dropkick through the ropes and dove off the apron. Sheamus caught Miz and gave him a fallaway slam into the barricade before a commercial.
After the break, Sheamus continued to pummel Miz and clotheslined him over the top rope to the floor. The announcers put over that spot would be an elimination on Sunday in the battle royal. The Andre the Giant memorial match got several other plugs throughout the match. At ringside, Miz escaped the clutches of Sheamus and sent him into the ringpost. Miz put the boots to him back in the ring and began to get heat on him. Miz did a flying clothesline in the corner followed by a double ax handle off the top rope and a neckbreaker combo. Miz stalled and began pointing towards the WrestleMania sign hanging in the arena then promptly charged into the corner and ran into a clothesline from Sheamus. After making a comeback, Sheamus did a rolling fireman’s carry slam. Moments later, Miz snapped Sheamus’ neck on the top rope and dove off the top turnbuckle into the grasp of Sheamus, who gave him an Irish Curse backbreaker.
Each attempted a submission finisher after Miz escaped White Noise and delivered a swinging DDT for a nearfall. He began to work the leg but Sheamus avoided the figure four and Miz also avoided the Texas cloverleaf. Sheamus countered Miz when he went for his finisher and Sheamus clubbed him with Miz draped over the ropes. Sheamus went to the top turnbuckle but Miz tripped him up and pulled him down before applying the figure four. Sheamus got a rope break and shortly thereafter Sheamus used the Brogue kick for the pin.
Before the next match and after some other plugs, the 10-diva title match got a plug before Renee Young interviewed the Bella Twins backstage. Basically, they said they’re prepared and they cannot agree on who will be the new divas champion on Sunday but they both agree there will be a new divas champion. Brie Bella wore a shirt adorned with the name and picture of a sick child, whom she hugged at ringside before the match. That was a nice gesture and the announcers strayed away from shamelessly putting it over which made it a more genuinely touching moment. It was done tastefully.
Tamina Snuka (with AJ Lee) beat Nikki Bella (with Brie Bella). They exchanged wristlocks at the start and Nikki did a springboard leg lariat then applied a headscissors on the mat. A flying headscissors from Nikki followed and Tamina rolled outside. Nikki gave chase and Tamina clotheslined her on the floor. Things got serious as Tamina flung her jacket off. That moment needed Jim Ross saying, “Business is about to pick up!” Back in the ring, Tamina got heat on Nikki until she began a comeback only to run into a superkick. Then, Tamina dove off the top with a Superfly splash for the pin. AJ celebrated wildly afterwards as if she won and Tamina glared at her which teased dissension just like they did after Tamina won a match on Main Event last week.
The rest of the show was a hard sell for WrestleMania. See you in New Orleans if you are going. If not, enjoy the show wherever you are at. It’s WrestleMania folks! Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez (let the good times roll).