WWE Main Event returned last night (Feb. 13) with a great match between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler. Additionally, we saw the Wednesday night debut of Chris Jericho's "Highlight Reel", a short interview with Paul Heyman, and RECAPS, RECAPS, LOTS AND LOTS OF BLOODY RECAPS!
To the reactions!
- There will come a day when Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler will be given center stage -- or as center as the World Heavyweight Championship can be -- on a pay-per-view (PPV), and it will be a glorious battle. Until then, though, we will have to settle for a prime spot on Wednesday night, which is something I will not complain about. It was a fun, fun match between these two men, and the fact they were allowed plenty of time to work made it all the better. I was originally hesitant about the one match setup. But it felt like they were given a few extra minutes to work, and that made a huge difference.
- There are so many things I can go into that I'm not even sure where to start. Del Rio knows how to work the crowd up in such a way that it's almost criminal he's spent the majority of his career as a heel. He's figured out the formula of how to work a face match. It's a little funny to try and see aspects of his ring work that he's "borrowed" from other wrestlers. Luchador work from Rey Mysterio, tying his opponent in the ropes like Sheamus, the chest pound from Eddie Guerrero, etc. He's really having fun out in the ring, and it's entertaining as hell to watch him.
- I feel like I say this every week, but I have no idea what is going on with Ziggler. The guy is fun to watch in the ring. He's actually evolving his offense into something believable. His dropkicks are a thing of beauty, and it's refreshing to see someone revitalize the lost art of the DDT. And it will always be a pleasure to watch him flopping around like a damn rag doll. He's just missing too many small things to really get over. He is still missing a distinctive finisher. He hasn't won a match in Zeus knows how long. His mic work has steadily declined over the past few months. The "Showoff" gimmick was dead before it ever took off, and it's actually kind of sad to see him stick with it. The AJ Lee/Big E Langston thing has gone absolutely nowhere. And the SOB is still holding the Money in the Bank briefcase, with no signs of cashing in. I understand that a lot of the problems rest on WWE's booking, but this is his bloody livelihood. At some point he needs to take things into his own hands and do something to get the character over.
- Chris Jericho is back, and I always forget how much I have missed him. He came out with the intent to interview The Miz, but "The Awesome One's" was unavailable due to the beat down he received from the hands of Antonio Cesaro. So he picked the next best option -- which in my mind is a far better option -- the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. Jericho proceeded to put the champ over before building up their potential match at WrestleMania 29. It's was a by-the-book segment, but Jericho always adds that little extra oomph that makes it a must see.
- I could have done without the "AJ is a kissing slut" joke, but at this point it's almost depressing to see how far she has fallen. Remember when she was closing Raw? I'm not sure if she does, either.
- Can we get a Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Big E feud going? I may be the only one to enjoy it, but I will enjoy it enough for everyone.
- Paul Heyman can do more in a two-three minute spot than most can do in a full segment. He hyped up Sunday's (Feb. 17) Elimination Chamber between The Rock and CM Punk, he built up both wrestlers talent before really putting Punk over, and he embarrassed Matt Striker, which is always a good thing. I am disappointed, though, that Heyman was only given a few minutes when there was plenty of time for an extended interview. This is the best hype man in the business. Giving him more time, is never a bad option.
- We had one amazing match, two great interview segments, and the rest of Main Event was filled with RECAPS, RECAPS, SO MANY DAMN RECAPS! Who is watching Main Event that doesn't watch Raw? Who doesn't have access to YouTube or WWE.com? It wouldn't be so bad if we were getting the top one or two segments. But we are getting CM Punk vs. The Rock -- twice -- Mark Henry attacking The Great Khali and Hornswoggle -- which was really random -- and the entire freaking closing segment of Raw. Instead of another match, or an extended interview with Heyman or -- and I know I'm getting crazy here -- an actual promo from Cena, Sheamus, Ryback, and/or The Shield, we just get a repeat of something we have already seen, and will see again on Friday. I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but it's not a good thing when you can shut off a show halfway through and not miss a single thing.
The first half of Main Event was one of the better episodes the show has had to offer. The second half was empty content. It seems very unfair to grade the entire show on the same curve, but it's impossible to say WWE should get a pass on wasting 30 minutes of prime time television.
Grade (First half, plus Heyman interview): A-
Grade (Entire show): B
So what say you, Cagesiders? Am I getting too excited about the show, or am I dead on the money? Let me know how right -- or how wrong -- I am in the comments.