WWE Main Event returned last night (Mar. 6, 2013) with a trilogy of matches including Randy Orton and Wade Barrett facing off for the umpteenth time, Cody Rhodes taking on the "Internet Champion" Zack Ryder, and Antonio Cesaro vs. Sin Cara with a very odd ending.
'Twas a spectacularly average show.
To the reactions!
- The show opened up with Randy Orton and Wade Barrett in a match we've probably seen a hundred times before. It certainly wasn't a bad match, but there was always a feeling last night that both were going through the motions. We've witnessed great matches between these two; we've also witnessed complete garbage. This fell right in the middle. A long form match that never really got off the ground. A few nice false finishes before Orton predictably went over via RKO. Just... perfectly average all around.
- We moved quickly to Cody Rhodes vs. Zack Ryder, which was surprisingly a decent match all around. For the amount of heat Ryder gets from the smarks, he has always been an acceptable worker in the ring. Going against Rhodes -- who continues to impress -- certainly didn't hurt, but Ryder deserves more than being a lowly jobber. It does him no favors, and it actually makes his offense unbelievable. A Rhodes vs. Ryder feud would have been fun to watch, if they were in the same place. As is, though, Rhodes picking up the win does nothing for him.
- Main Event showcased the third match of the night as Antonio Cesaro faced Sin Cara in a non-title bout. We weren't forced to suffer the indignity of the blue lights -- thank Zeus -- and it was nice to see someone whom Sin Cara actually can work a match with. The only problem is that Cesaro freakin' lost. Someone is going to have to explain this one to me. Sin Cara has been losing more than Facebook's stocks. If the plan is for The Miz to finally take Cesaro's United States Championship, then a loss here ruins everything. If Cesaro is going on to feud with Sin Cara himself, then you build up the Mexican jobber first. This was stupid booking, and I can't find a reasonable justification for it.
- I will give Main Event credit, though. For the first time in forever, the show has handled recaps exactly how they should be handled. A quick recap of Triple H returning on Monday Night Raw (Mar. 4) to call out Brock Lesnar in the middle of the show. Then it closed on The Rock and John Cena's confrontation. If you had already seen it, you were free to change the channel. If you hadn't -- or just really wanted to watch it again, you could stick around. It didn't get in the way of any matches, and the only thing that was cut out was any backstage segment that really wouldn't have been any good. I don't know if this is the beginning of a trend or just a one-off exception. But more of this WWE, please.
All told, this week's offering was the epitome of average. I know that's not the greatest way to word a reaction, but it was what it was. A trio of solid matches that suffered due to questionable booking; a lack of any plot advancement, but a week without getting bashed over the head with recaps galore. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night, but there were certainly better things to do.
What say you, Cagesiders? Feel free to let me know how right -- or how wrong -- I am in the comments.