WWE Main Event returned to the ION Television airwaves last night (May 1, 2013) from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, featuring Kofi Kingston and Antonio Cesaro working yet another great United States championship match.
Plus, the best jobber in the business, Heath Slater, was in action!
If you missed the show, or just want to go back and read the live blog again, click here. That's enough with the appetizer, let's get to the main course:
- Let's start with the fact that it's a crime WWE hasn't realized the best way to utilize its lower level championships is to make them exclusive to certain lower level television shows. The United States title, for instance, should only ever appear on Main Event with the occasional pop up on Monday Night Raw or Friday Night SmackDown to raise awareness for Main Event. It gives the wrestlers working the show a clear goal and allows for more room creatively. Plus, doing so would serve to elevate both the show and the title. We want to care about them, we just need a good reason to. This would accomplish that.
- Anyway, I'm going to give Antonio Cesaro a ton of credit for the work he does, especially seeing as it comes despite his being booked so ridiculously as of late. That superplex he hit on Kofi while Kingston was standing on the apron? Quite possibly the most visually impressive thing I've seen on WWE TV since, well, Cesaro hitting Great Khali with the Neutralizer.
- Seriously, Cesaro is awesome and he deserves a bigger push than this.
- Then again, he might be the only guy on the roster to consistently get great matches out of Kingston. The problem with guys like Kofi is that his offense isn't always believable, and his move set can be limited if he's not working with the right guy. Cesaro is literally the opposite. He's perfect for Kofi and the two have such an obvious chemistry that their long match last night deserves four out of five stars. Or two thumbs up. Or whatever metric you want to use. It was an outstanding match that saw both guys work their ass off.
- Also, Cesaro = M. Bison. No one tell me differently.
- All this came before the greatest jobber in the world today, Heath Slater, showed up for his match with Justin Gabriel, who has the same problem as Kingston but found a great dance partner in Slater. The whole 3MB act is already stale but I don't want them to go away because they're simply too good as the jobbers they are.
- How did the 450 splash not make the Greatest Finisher Tournament? Hulk Hogan's Leg Drop just advanced to the Round of 32 over the DEVASTATING Finger Poke of Doom and the 450 Splash didn't even make the Field of 64. Shame on all of us.
The fact that I was away for a while and came back with zero expectations likely helped, but I really enjoyed this show. Simple, not heavy on angles or replays, good wrestling, and a hotter than average crowd.
For a show of this magnitude and with what is expected of it, it's deserving of that grade. But that's just my opinion and yours may be different. If it is, we want to hear about it below.