2/20 WWE Main Event Recap
by Kevin Hensley
February 20, 2013 (Taped on February 19, 2013)
Biloxi, MS at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Commentators: Michael Cole & The Miz
The Big Show dominates tonight’s program, which could be really good or REALLY bad. So with that in mind, welcome to another WWE Main Event Recap, on ION Television!
-Main Event open
-Michael Cole and The Miz welcome us to Biloxi, MS, and then cover Alberto Del Rio defeating The Big Show at Elimination Chamber this past Sunday, which leads to…
-The Big Show comes out, demanding his music be cut off. He throws off on Cole & Miz trying to recap the match Sunday, telling them he’s tired of being treated like a joke by Smackdown! GM, Booker T. Show then issues an open challenge to the locker room, to prove his dominance. Who on Earth would be dumb enough to answer an ANGRY GIANT? We wait, and then…
-The Usos march out, and it appears we have a Handicap Match to kick off Main Event!
The Big Show VS The Usos: Two-on-One Handicap Match
-Show dominates to start. Not much to call here, as he throws around both Usos like rag doll’s for about two minutes, then misses a VADER BOMB in the corner. The Usos then struggle to get Big Show over for a double-team superplex. The momentum doesn’t last long, as Show takes back over and pins BOTH Usos.
-Winner: The Big Show in 3:37. I’m glad they give The Usos a moment to shine, but good dominance from Show, we’ll go **/5.
-As soon as the bell rings, Brodus Clay’s music hits. I guess we’re having some sort of gauntlet?… Clay marches out, sans Funkettes, to show HE MEANS BUSINESS. He hits the ring, and the bell sounds!
The Big Show VS Brodus Clay
-Both men battle back and forth with a good sequence. Show gets Clay in the corner, shushes the crowd for his BIG CHOP, but Brodus BLOCKS IT AND HITS A THROAT THRUST! That looked awesome. Clay charges, and Big Show throws him through the ropes to the floor. We go to break 2:51 into the match!
-BUT WAIT! We’re instructed to stay tuned for a sneak peek at Dwayne Johnson’s new movie, “Snitch.” Ok, we get a trailer for that, NOW we can go to our first commercial of the night.
-Back from break, and Big Show is working out Brodus. Show screams, “Who’s funny now?” with a smirk on his face. Big Show works over Clay’s arm for a bit, headbutting the arm, elbowing it, armbars, and an OVERHAND WRISTLOCK! Wow, Show pulling out some serious chain wrestling here. Nice. Brodus fights back, and takes Show down with a headbutt to the chest. Clay runs into a THRUST KICK, but Show misses a follow-up elbow drop. Brodus hits his BIG SPLASH, but only gets a 2-count. Back up, and Clay runs into the KO PUNCH. That’s get a 3-count.
-Winner: The Big Show at 6:34. Good big-man match here, with Clay getting some serious offense. We’ll give it **/5/5, mainly because Brodus BLOCKED THE BIG CHOP.
-And again, like clockwork, when the bell rings, The Great Khali’s music hits. Joy. He marches out to the ring at the speed of The Iron Sheik at WrestleMania 17 (Bobby Heenan: “By the time The Iron Sheik gets to the ring, it’ll be WrestleMania 38!”) Always loved that line. Khali gets to the ring slower than Nick Patrick’s StarrCade 1997 “fast count.” I think you get it. He’s SLOW. The bell rings, and Big Show has his third match in a row!
The Big Show VS The Great Khali
-Khali takes advantage of Show’s obvious fatigue, and knocks him to the floor early. We go to commercial 1:40 in.
-Back from break, and Show spears Khali down to take over on offense. Make this quick and painless, PLEASE. Show dominates for a bit, but runs into the CHOP TO THE HEAD. Big Show rolls outside, and Khali chases him out. Yes, The Great Khali ran. Almost like he found the fountain of youth. Khali throws Show into the steps, which just makes Big Show MAD. He gets up and hits the KO PUNCH to The Great Khali, rolls back in, and takes the countout victory.
-Winner: The Big Show by Countout in 4:25. Short and sweet, but it’ll get */5/5, simply because they marched out the useless Khali here.
-The Miz begins stewing over what Show said to him at the start of the show on commentary, drops his headset, and charges in. IS HE NUTS? Nevertheless, Show misses a punch, and The Miz actually topples the big guy to the floor. The Big Show retreats, hopefully to find an oxygen mask.
-Before break, we get a graphic teasing The Rock’s championship celebration from this past Monday on Raw. That’s next!
-We’re back, and we go to the Raw Rebound. We see the unveiling of the new WWE Championship Belt, Cena comes out, CM PUNK hits him from behind to stand tall for next week. But….you already knew that, right?
-We go back to Cole & The Miz. Miz jaws about The Big Show for a bit, then we go back to this Monday’s Raw again, to show Vickie Guerrero announcing Brad Maddox as the assistant to the Raw GM, then Vince McMahon appearing on the screen and telling Paul Heyman’s he coming to fight next week on Raw. JUST TWO WEEKS REMOVED FROM REPLACEMENT HIP SURGERY. Vince is a BEAST!
-Matt Striker interviews Brad Maddox. Maddox rattles on about the McMahon-Helmsley Era and the “Stone Cold” era being NOTHING next to the GUERRERO/MADDOX era. He then tries to take credit for Vince’s idea to fight Heyman on Raw Monday. Wow, that man is delusional. I’m loving his character, though. He’s playing it well.
-We go back to the Elimination Chamber Sunday, showing stills of Jack Swagger winning the No. 1 Contender’s match to face Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 29. After this, Zeb Coulter (one of my personal favorites, “Dirty” Dutch Mantell) appears on YouTube to go into a xenophobic rant. Nice gimmick here, it’s garnering attention, that’s for sure.
-Back to Matt Striker, and he welcomes in Justin Gabriel. He doesn’t get one sentence out, before Titus O’Neil comes in, blowing his whistle and trying to take over, but Gabriel says, “No way, Jose.” Ok, he didn’t actually say that, but he does promise to deliver a 450 to O’Neil in the ring. Titus responds by saying they’ll be 450 ways he’s going to beat Gabriel tonight. Ok, I guess Main Event will be going on until 4AM in the morning now. Ugh…
-Gabriel comes out, and he faces Titus next!
-NOT YET! Another trailer for “Snitch.” We’re clear? Ok, good.
-Back from break, and we see a humorous “tale of the tape” between John Cena and Fred Flintstone. He’s taken OVER FRUITY PEBBLES? A travesty.
-Back to ringside, and Tony Chimel introduces Titus O’Neil. The bell sounds, and we’re underway!
Justin Gabriel VS Titus O’Neil
-Gabriel outwits O’Neil to start with his speed, until Titus hits an ULTRA PAINFUL SCOOP SLAM. Titus looks at somebody in the crowd and tells him VERY audibly “sit your ass down!” Ah, a heel working the crowd. Wonderful, needs to be done more often. O’Neil pushes Gabriel into the corner, begins to headbutt Justin the chest, and sits him up on the second rope. Titus pie-faces Justin, which serves to WAKE Gabriel UP. Dropkick off the second rope, O’Neil rolls outside. Titus turns around, eats a baseball slide, then a PLANCHA. Gabriel is fired up as we go to break 2:17 into the match.
-Before we go back to the ring, we get an ad for WWE Raw next Monday! John Cena VS CM Punk, WWE Championship match at WrestleMania ON THE LINE! Vince will defy doctor’s orders and common sense and FIGHT PAUL HEYMAN! It’s pay-windhas, clubberin’ and pluderin’, on Raw!
-Back from break, and Titus takes back over and works Justin with some power moves. O’Neil nails some backbreakers, and then works over Gabriel in the corner. Titus misses a charge, then gets up and nails a charging Justin with a right hand. That gets him 1, 2, NO. O’Neil knocks Gabriel out to the apron, gets knocked down and Justin heads up top for the 450 SPLASH! Just like that, it’s over.
-Winner: Justin Gabriel in 6:18. Good back and forth match, both men looked great, so we’ll give it **/5/5.
-After a replay of the finish, Gabriel stands strong in the ring.
-We get an extended trailer for “Snitch” to close out the show.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Wow, four matches. But they presented them with some resemblance of storyline purpose. The Big Show looked GREAT tonight, and gave his opponents some offense to add some much-needed credibility to the mid-card. That being said, WHY IN THE WORLD DO YOU BEAT THE USOS, BRODUS CLAY AND THE GREAT KHALI, THEN RETREAT FROM THE MIZ? I understand what they’re trying to do, but The Miz is smaller than one Uso. They’ll find a good feud for The Miz, but I don’t buy this AT ALL. Gabriel and O’Neil put on a good match to close things, so tonight’s show gets ***/5.