3/20 WWE Main Event Recap
by Kevin Hensley
March 20, 2013 (Taped March 19, 2013)
Cincinnati, OH at the First Bank Arena
Commentators: Michael Cole & The Miz
-We are welcomed to Cincy for WWE Main Event on ION Television by full pyro. R-Truth’s music then hits to signal we get in-ring action right away! His opponent? The Intercontinental Champion, Wade Barrett. We see a clip from Raw Monday night, highlights of the Triple Threat Intercontinental Championship Match, where Barrett retained against Chris Jericho & The Miz. Barrett glances down at Miz while posing with the belt. Foreshadowing?
1. R-Truth VS WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett: Non-Title Match
-Barrett tries to counter R-Truth early by doing some chain wrestling, but Truth AIN’T HAVING THAT! A few punches from Truth to counter, then a jumping back kick gets an early two count. Wade rolls outside, and suckers R to come on the apron, where he trips Truth up and drops him back-first on the apron. Barrett then introduces Ron to the ring steps, and then rolls him back in. Slow, methodical pace as Wade just CLUBBERS away at Truth in the corner, on the ground, then he ties him between the top and middle rope, knees him in the head a few times, then measures him with a BIG BOOT that sends Truth to the floor. That’ll take us to break, 3:31 into the match.
[Commercial Break, during which an ad for WWE Power Slammers (featuring Sheamus & Rey Mysterio) airs.]
-Before we go back to the ring, THE ROCK RETURNS TO RAW MONDAY NIGHT! THE WWE CHAMPION WILL APPEAR TO CONFRONT JOHN CENA. DON’T MISS IT! 8/7 CENTRAL ON USA!
-Back to the ring, and Barrett is continuing his beatdown. Truth tries to escape a reverse chinlock, but Wade stops that crazy idea with a knee to the gut. Truth is whipped into the corner, and then catches Wade charging in with FEET to the face. R makes a comeback, until Wade takes back over, loads up the elbow, and lands the BULL HAMMER. That’s good for the three count.
Winner: Wade Barrett in 5:53. That match disappointed me. It was slow, plodding and mostly kicks and punches. I get wanting to put Barrett over as dominant, but that was WAY below what these two guys can do. I know they’re just doing what they’re told, but still. Because of that, this match only gets */5.
-After a replay of the finish, Barrett has a mic. He jaws about his dominance (he’s been a great champion, folks) then goes outside to taunt The Miz. Miz stands up, gets shoved back down, and THAT WAS THE WRONG THING TO DO. Left hands from Miz sends Wade scurrying back in the ring and out the other side, as Miz stands tall.
-UP NEXT! Brock Lesnar & Triple-H signed a contract on Raw Monday night for their match at WrestleMania. What happened? Chances are, if you’re reading this, you probably already know, but get reminded, NEXT!
-We see an exterior shot of the First Bank Arena, in BEAUTIFUL Cincinnati, Ohio. Seriously a nice place to visit if you ever get the pleasure.
-We go back to the aforementioned contract signing, and then see a graphic for the match at WrestleMania.
-Michael Cole & The Miz then shift the discussion away from Triple-H (after Miz mentions that Shawn Michaels & Ric Flair had to retire at WrestleMania…good plot,) to discuss Ryback being pulled from the six-man tag at WrestleMania, to face Mark Henry. We then go back to Raw where The Big Show unofficially threw his name in the hat of potential replacements for Sheamus & Randy Orton’s missing partner in the six-man tag against The Shield.
-Backstage, Sheamus is interviewed by Matt Striker. Sheamus basically says him and Orton will consider Show, but no definite answer yet.
-Back to the arena, and here comes some DIVAS. Alicia Fox and Aksana, to be exact. Fox high-fives some kids on the way, a HEEL doing that, mind you. They’re in action, NEXT!
-AND WE’RE BACK! Stills are shown from Natalya and Alicia in Rwanda last week helping out with Nothingbutnets.net, a great cause no doubt.
-Back to the arena, and here comes Natalya and Layla. When they get in the ring, Alicia has a mic. She says she did more than Nattie in Rwanda, because all Nattie could do was whine about missing The Great Khali, his big hands and feet. SERIOUSLY? Natalya, here’s the card of a good therapist. Ah, the crazy, wacky love stories WWE Creative comes up with.
2. Alicia Fox & Aksana VS Natalya & Layla
-Aksana and Natalya start, and it’s NOT GOOD. Aksana has had a TON of time to improve, but she looked simply lost here. Eventually, Layla gets in and toys around with Aksana for a bit, until Aksana takes over and tags Alicia. Fox’s long legs deceive her, as she misses a boot in the corner, and Natalya is in. THE CROWD POPPED! THERE’S HOPE FOR THE DIVAS AFTER ALL. Natalya destroys Fox, and tries to lock on a sharpshooter, but Fox’s legs HELP this time, as she simply kicks Nattie in the face for the trouble. Aksana tries to come in to help, but then gets taken out by Layla for the trouble. Now, can Natalya put the SHARPSHOOTER on in peace? Good. You kids know the rest.
-Winners: Natalya & Layla in 4:10. Natalya was, unfortunately, the only saving grace here. Aksana still looks green, but has improved her moveset. The finish saved this rating, it’ll still only get *.
-NEXT! The Usos face The Prime Time Players. Don’t miss that!
-Back from break, we go to the Raw Rebound, where CM Punk disrespected The Undertaker AGAIN Monday night by having butterfingers while handling Paul Bearer’s urn. Cole & Miz discuss this, until MILLIONS OF DOLLARS! Interrupts. HERE comes the Prime Time Players. The Usos follow suit, doing their tribal dance before entering the ring. The bell sounds, we’re underway!
3. The Prime Time Players VS The Usos
-That’s it; I’m going to have to go to WWE.com and STUDY The Usos faces until I’m sick of it, then some. I still can’t name them, sorry. One’s Jimmy, one’s Jey, I’ve got that. D-Young and a Uso start, and The Usos cut off the ring, frequent tags. Will “no days off” make it out? He still hasn’t as we go to break!
-ONE LAST AD BEFORE WE OUT, this time featuring The Miz in The Marine 3: Homefront.
-GOOD NEWS! Titus O’Neill has taken over, and Young is resting on the apron. He works over the Uso’s back, and then tags in Young, who continues the attack on the back. PSYCHOLOGY! This match is growing on me. Finally, a fresh Uso is tagged in, and that’s NEVER good. Clotheslines, chops, the works. Finally, a Samoan drop and a SUPERFLY SPLASH ends this one.
Winners: The Usos in 8:43. Maybe it’s the poor quality of action tonight, but I really liked this match. Good tag team psychology (cutting the ring off, working one body part consistently,) plus a hot crowd…we’ll go **/5.
-After a replay, we’re reminded The Rock will be on Raw. Got it! The Usos…um…sit tall? on the apron to close us out.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This show was down. Slow, plodding, sloppy in-ring work from those who are WAY more capable of better, but we did get some serious WrestleMania hype…let’s go **.