by Chris Aiken |
WWE Main Event from Charleston, South Carolina, opened with Michael Cole explaining to viewers there was “breaking news” concerning the upcoming TLC match caused by an injury to WWE champion CM Punk and more news on the issue would follow later in the program. The Miz was back on commentary after two week of being absent from the broadcast booth and Lillian Garcia returned as ring announcer after being gone due to being hit by a car. Backstage, Josh Mathews interviewed Intercontinental champion Kofi Kingston who said while he is known for being all smiles, the “Wildcat” will come out tonight and drop the boom on US champion Antonio Cesaro. A recap of the fatal four way US title match from Raw aired that involved the two that would be facing off in this show’s featured match and a video package featuring Cesaro also aired. The US champion made his way to the ring and cut a promo saying he welcomed the “USA” chants because he felt they stood for “United States of Antonio.”
Match: Antonio Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston in a non-title champion vs. champion match
The two respective challengers for the titles at the TLC pay-per-view, Wade Barrett and R-Truth, joined commentary at the broadcast booth. Cesaro kept out-wrestling Kingston early on though Kofi still got some offense but received an uppercut forearm that cut off his momentum. However, Kingston knocked Cesaro out of the ring with a flying elbow and used a tope through the ropes. Kingston tried to suplex Cesaro into the ring from the apron but it was blocked and Cesaro proceeded to work over Kofi’s arm. Kingston fought back and tried a springboard off the top rope but Cesaro caught him in an armbar and continued to work the arm before a commercial break.
Kingston dove off the second rope but Cesaro caught him with an uppercut forearm for a nearfall. Kofi made a comeback using his usual sequence of moves with several kicks then used the Boom Drop (double legdrop) but before he could attempt a pin, Barrett left the broadcast booth and jumped in the ring followed by R-Truth and they all brawled causing a no contest in the match. After Cesaro and Barrett bailed out of the ring, Truth challenged them to an impromptu tag team match which was accepted and after Barrett jumped in the ring, Truth clotheslined him over the ropes and out to ringside.
Match: R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett & Antonio Cesaro
Barrett and Truth started the match but each made quick tags then Truth and Kingston used a double hip toss on Cesaro before Kingston hit a springboard cross body on him for a nearfall. Barrett was able to tag in and the heels looked to work over Kofi but he used a monkey flip on Cesaro and tagged Truth. After Cesaro rolled out of the ring, Truth gave chase at ringside and Barrett tried to jump him but he fought back only to receive an uppercut forearm from Cesaro. The heel started to get heat on Truth before a commercial break.
With Truth hung up in the ropes, Barrett knocked him to the outside with a kick to the face. Back in the ring, Truth finally made the hot tag to Kingston and Kofi ran wild using a sunset flip and a springboard cross body for nearfalls. Cesaro tagged in and blocked the Trouble in Paradise but Truth made a blind tag and used a sunset flip from the top rope. Then, Kingston nailed Cesaro with the Trouble in Paradise kick which allowed Truth to roll up Cesaro for the pin. After the match, the winning babyface team cut a quick promo building up their matches at TLC.
The Raw Rebound aired recapping the lie detector angle that saw The Shield run-in and attack several people before Ryback made the save and attacked CM Punk. Following the highlights, Cole read a statement from the office of Vince McMahon regarding the injury to Punk that was attributed to the attack from Ryback. Because of the injury, Punk is out of the main event TLC match and instead the match was changed to a six-man tag team bout with The Shield vs. Ryback & Daniel Bryan & Kane. Also announced for next week’s episode of Main Event was Ryback vs. Alberto Del Rio in the featured match. A replay of Ryback putting Punk through a table from Raw aired as the show came to a close.
Final thoughts: This was another entertaining episode of Main Event and this show continues to be arguably the best produced WWE show in terms of being a straight wrestling program. However, the next week’s featured match is usually set-up or announced with some sort of rational for it like a challenge having been made or it could even be the continuation of a current feud. Next week’s match with Ryback and Del Rio is the exception and may be the weakest main event match so far on the show. There seems to be no reason for match other than filling time in a show and the continuing push of Ryback. While he needs the push to get over, the match could have at least been built-up a little better. In the context of current programs, the match makes little sense. Still, this was a good episode but next week may be the weakest episode so far (with the previous weakest episode having also featured Ryback in the featured match against Dolph Ziggler several weeks ago). Why should we as viewers care about next week’s match that received no build?
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