11/6 WWE Main Event Review: A new "evil" character makes it's debut, Adam Rose vs. Fandango, Heath Slater vs. Zack Ryder, Stardust vs. Jack Swagger
By John Moore
WWE Main Event on Hulu Plus
Taped Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Making his regularly scheduled appearance, Fandango was first out on the show that doesn't matter most of the time. "Party Pooper" Adam Rose came out with a microphone. He called everyone stupid and Fandango was the stupidest of all. Adam Rose asked the Dango what has entertaining the fans ever gotten him. Rose said he tried to put smiles on the faces of kids and it got him absolutely nothing. Rose called the fans morons and said the party was over.
1. Fandango vs. Adam Rose. The two wrestlers rolled on the ground a bit fighting for a headlock. The Dango Fandango'd a bit. Rose attempted a wristlock, but Fandango turned it into a hiptoss. Rose kicked out of a pin which Fandango immediately turned into an armbar. Rose got to a vertical base, locking in a headlock of his own. The announcers, Tom Philips and Byron Saxton, used the moment to talk about Tyler Breeze. [C]
The Dango was dominating back from the break. Rose came right back with a clinch knee strike. Rose held an extended headlock of his own. Saxton was very enthusiastic about Bray Wyattt consuming Taker's soul. Fandango hit Sweet "shin" music on the shin of Fandango. Fandango picked up the pace a bit with some strikes and grounded Rose with a spinning wheel kick.
Fandango went to the top rope for his high angle leg drop, but Adam Rose recovered and hit his signature spinebuster. Fandango took Rose to the outside with a few uppercut. Fandango followed that up with a plancha. A guy in a black morphsuit with an evil bunny face stood ominously near the barricade. What the freakin' hell? Dango had the same thought as he couldn't take his eyes off of the demonic bunny man. Rose recovered enough to nail Fandango with the Party Foul to pick up the victory.
Adam Rose defeated Fandango via pinfall in 7:03.
Adam Rose had no entrance music. The creepy dark bunny sat on the barricade at leisure. Saxton said he was confused because Halloween was last week. Rose walked up the ramp and looked a bit confused at the dark bunny as he went up the ramp...
Stardust was reciting a stardust promo in the style of an old American patriotic speech. He talked about dark matter and other things. Stardust directed the direction towards his opponent for the night, Jack Swagger. He told Swagger to "embrace the strange"... [C]
John's Thoughts: After seeing the competitors in the first match, I was about to both phone it in and not post a review of Main Event this week. But that evil bunny thing was actually done pretty well and has me strangely intrigued. PJ Black mentioned on Talk is Jericho that he had pitched an idea to WWE about a dark bunny character during his run as the Bunny. They were going to do it but they released PJ Black and left Rose in perpetual creative purgatory ever since. I laughed at Gabriel's idea initially but after seeing this, I am strangely very intrigued. The hell?
WooWooWoo! You Know it! Zack Ryder was out first and ready to do his job! Hmmmm? His opponent is Heath Slater. The Hype Brother might have a chance here...
2. Zack Ryder vs. Heath Slater. Slater's theme still says that he's a three man band. The announcers used Slater's quest to answering Cena's challenge to talk about the MexAmerica storyline with Alberto Del Rio. Ryder ended the showboating of Slater with a strong clothesline. Ryder hit a missile dropkick. Slater countered with an elbow. Ryder countered with a flapjack. Slater dragged Ryder out from the ring apron to turn the momentum in his favor.
Ryder escaped a headlock but got hit by a crescent kick from Slater. Slater worked on Ryder with knees to his back. Slater then locked in another headlock which Ryder escaped this time with a jawbreaker. Slater dodged Ryder to send him crashing to the outside. Slater kicked Ryder to keep him outside, but it reset the count. Ryder beat the count.
Ryder escaped an armbar this time, and Slater again grounded Ryder after another mini-comeback. The announcers noted how Slater was showing a bit of a mean streak and looking impressive. Ryder countered this time with a facebuster and a Rough Ryder Leg Lariat for the win out of nowhere.
Zack Ryder defeated Heath Slater via pinfall in 5:49.
Raw Rebound Time! featuring Wyatt summoning lightning. Tom Philips also made sure to remind us that Triple H sent the Royals a championship belt. [C]
John's Thoughts: By Main Event standards, which are low, this is actually a decent show. On paper, it involves your typical Smackdown enhancement talent dudes, but in the opening match we had a solid angle and in this match we had good psychology. Is something wrong with me today? I'm probably just still intrigued at the creepy evil bunny, I might have evil bunny nightmares tonight.
3. Jack Swagger vs. Stardust. Philips mentioned that Swagger was on a mission to find out why Zeb Coulter is teaming up with Alberto Del Rio. Saxton said Swagger was in "mental turmoil". Stardust was on his own tonight. Stardust asked for a mic right when the bell rang. He told the crowd "it's not Cody! It's Stardust!". It just exacerbated the Cody chants.
Stardust didn't start the action and stalled due to his attention directed at the fans chanting "Cody!". Swagger got his first chain of moves with a hammerlock and hip toss. Stardust almost got a win with a sunset flip. Stardust then acted like Jim Carey's riddler which allowed Swagger to come back. Swagger grounded Stardust with a chop block. Stardust recovered at ringside and staggered Swagger when Swagger tried to initiate an attack. Swagger was struggling on the ground as we head to commercial.[c]
Stardust dominated Swagger with stomps back from commercial. Stardust bit the shoulder of Jack Swagger and actually got some blood on Swagger's shoulder from the bite, it might also have been Cody's facepaint. The crowd chanted "We Want Goldust!" which Stardust replied "no you don't!". The ref put on some rubber gloves so Cody's bite did draw blood. Somewhere Mil Muertes is pleased.
Swagger fought out of an armbar and hit the Swagger Bomb. Swagger sold his right shoulder afterwards due to Stardust working on it. Swagger rallied with clotheslines. Swagger went for another Swagger Bomb but Stardust blocked it. Stardust teased a queen's crossbow but ended up with a basic takedown. Stardust went to the top rope and Swagger recovered to hit the Superplex. Swagger got a nearfall off the plex. Swagger popped Stardust into the ankle lock, but Stardust quickly escaped. Stardust then hit the Beautiful Disaster. Stardust tried to hit another but Swagger dodged. Swagger won this time with the Patriot Lock after a struggle.
Jack Swagger defeated Stardust via Submission in 9:27.
Swagger sold his shoulder up the ramp and the announcers said that Swagger was looking for answers from Zeb. This closed the show.
John's Thoughts: This was strangely another entertaining match on what is a pointless show. Swagger getting the win should come as no shock as he's getting a main roster storyline at the moment. This match had a lot of crowd interaction and the crowd was also strangely energized for this main event of Main Event. The only odd part of the match was Stardust biting and actually drawing blood from Jack Swagger prompting the ref getting latex gloves. Cody reacting to the Goldust chants and Goldust's return being imminent also has me wondering if we might finally get the Goldust vs. Cody feud that Dustin Rhodes has been pitching for years.
On paper, this was your typical Main Event episode with your typical Main Event players, but in actuality, they took things into another gear tonight. Don't get me wrong, this show was still pointless, but each match was watchable and who would have thought that an evil bunny would have me so intrigued. It also prompted me to look back at the Raw Adam Rose "Cryptic" messages and I just had a little mindblow moment.
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