WWE Main Event returned last night (Feb. 6) with a fun match between Sheamus and Cody Rhodes. Additionally, we saw Damien Sandow going over Daniel Bryan -- with a special guest apparence by Kane -- and Naomi & Cameron teaming up to defeat Aksana & Tamina.
All told, it was a pretty fun show.
Click here for full results and the live blog from the show if you missed it.
To the reactions!
- The show opened with Cody Rhodes staging a good old fashion sit in -- with steel chair in the ring and everything -- to contest the fact he was barred from being in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match on account of never having won the World Heavyweight Championship. Sheamus came down to get the show started. Cody would do his best impersonation of Sheamus -- pretty funny -- while Sheamus countered with his impersonation of Booker T -- enjoyable -- Vickie Guerrero -- not bad -- and Vince McMahon -- he probably should have quit when he was ahead.
- The pair put on an entertaining match, each working well off of the other. For all the crap we give Sheamus, no one can say that he doesn't bring it in the ring. It ended in a predictable fashion with "The Great White" going over via Brogue Kick. But that is really secondary to the actual match. There was no way Sheamus was going to eat a pinfall on a Wednesday night. Knowing the ending meant that we are free to enjoy it for what it was; a fun, free television match between two great talents. I do hope that Cody will rise up the card and get a pay-per-view (PPV) match with Sheamus at some point. Because I think there can be something between these two.
- Damien Sandow would dedicate his next match against Daniel Bryan to his former partner, Cody. It's good to see that even though Team Rhodes Scholars is no more -- DAMN YOU WWE -- there's still a connection between the friends. The match showed potential of greatness, but ended up being cut short as Kane made his way ringside. I get that it's standard operating procedure that once a wrestler is distracted, he's at least 75% easier to beat. And it did take two attempts at Kane setting off his pyro before Bryan ate the pinfall. But there's no reason to lose off a neck breaker. At the very least have Sandow drop the Elbow of Disdain. It's a small complaint if the match was good, but the whole thing felt rushed and awkward.
- It looks like WWE is finally starting to separate Team Hell No. I say this knowing full well that I've said it at least half a dozen times since they formed. I refuse to believe that they have broken up until Bryan is being doused in gasoline and lit on fire.
- Daniel Bryan will come back as "The Flamer" and somehow will remain the most over member of the WWE roster.
- In a rare third match, the Funkadactyls took on Aksana & Tamina. The set up to the match was Brodus Clay backstage looking at the dessert table -- because of course he was -- when Aksana and Tamina waltzed up and told him they should be his new dancers. Things quickly devolved, with Tamina calling herself a "real, sensual woman" while shoving cake in her mouth and Aksana calling Naomi "Kofi." Which...oof. Maybe it was an innocent remark, but something about it just did not sit well at all. Maybe it's just me, though.
- The match itself was a standard Divas affair, which is to say 3/4's of it was complete garbage. Cameron is painfully bad in the ring, Aksana's only selling point is sticking her ass in the air when she goes for a pin, and Tamina seems lost and confused. Naomi, on the other hand, showed some real potential. She jumped and flipped her way around the ring, showed a pretty good offensive moveset, and actually got a decent reaction from the crowd. She actually looked a lot like...Kofi Kingston. So perhaps there was a reason for the original comment.
Main Event delivered a pretty strong showing this week. I hope that the three match setup is only a one time thing, since there is simply not enough time to give everyone their due. But it did work for what WWE was trying to do.
What about you, Cagesiders? How did you like WWE's Wed. night offering? Let me know how right -- or how wrong -- I am in the comments below.