By Jason Powell
Main Event on Ion Television
Taped July 2 in Topeka, Kansas
[Q1] The opening video opened the show. Hey, Santino Marella is still included... Josh Mathews and Cody Rhodes's mustache were on commentary and set up the opening match as ring entrances took place. They also plugged the WWE Championship Money in the Bank match...
1. Christian vs. Damien Sandow. Before the match, Sandow quoted "a great man" which turned out to be himself during his pre-match promo. He got good (canned?) heat. Josh noted that Rhodes Scholars would face The Uso Brothers on Smackdown. He asked Cody what the issues were involving he and Sandow, but Cody played dumb and said Sandow is his best friend.
At 6:00, Christian worked up the crowd by clapping his hands and then ran into a shoulderblock that Sandow delivered through the ropes. Christian came back with a dropkick through the ropes that knocked Sandow to the floor. Cody said he might have to do something. However, Christian missed a cross body block attempt on Sandow inside the ring. Christian clotheslined Sandow to the floor and tumbled over with him heading into the break. [C]
After the break, Christian wrapped Sandow's legs around the ring post and looked to the crowd for approval, but Sandow pulled his legs in, causing Christian's face to slam into the post.
[Q2] Later, Sandow did his you're welcome line as he had Christian lying on the mat. "Thank you," Rhodes responded on commentary. Sandow followed up a short time later with a superplex. However, he walked into a small package that got Christian a two count. They followed up with a double clothesline spot.
At 16:40, Christian hit a reverse DDT for a two count. Cody pointed out that Sandow no longer wears pink trunks. He said that's a sign of his aggression. Later, Sandow charged Christian in the corner and missed. Christian avoided a punch and then pulled him down on the ropes. Christian followed up with the Killswitch for the win...
Christian defeated Damien Sandow in 18:00.
Mathews hyped Sin Cara vs. Jack Swagger for after the break... [C]
Powell's POV: An entertaining match to open the show. Ryan Kester had cable issues tonight so I'm filling in for him. To quote a great man, you're welcome! Cody was solid on commentary and I believe he could be good should he choose to focus on it after his in-ring career is over. He's much more laid back than he is on promos. For that matter, everything about Main Event feels a little more laid back. Josh gets to call the matches, the color commentator role feels looser, and some of the matches get more time than usual. By the way, the Money in the Bank special that was advertised turned out to be a replay of last week's show. I assume the MITB preview will air next week since they have another hour of programming listed.
A graphic noted that John Cena leads the WWE Facebook network in followers... Ring entrances for the next match took place. Zeb Colter cut a promo on his way to the ring about America and the Fourth of July. He said it should be a day when we honor our forefathers and we are proud to be Americans, but that's not what it is.
[Q3] Colter said some Americans have taken the day and turned it into an excuse to put another heart attack hamburger on the grill and party until they don't remember their name. He said while that's happening, people like Sin Cara sneak across the border. He addressed Sin Cara and said he forgot that he doesn't speak English. Colter teased speaking in Spanish, but then told him he thinks he should take the time to learn the language. Swagger delivered the usual We The People line...
Powell's POV: Wait, the Fourth of July is about more than eating burgers, brats, and drinking beers? Next you'll tell me that Cinco de Mayo is about more than eating enchiladas while drinking Corona and tequila. Snobs like Colter are everything that's wrong with this country!!!
2. Sin Cara vs. Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter). The bell rang and they went to Sin Cara's mood lighting. Cody questioned whether there's any proof that Sin Cara is here illegally. Sin Cara threw a couple kicks early, but Swagger muscled him into the corner and threw a series of knees to his gut. Swagger dominated the match for a few minutes leading into the break. [C]
Swagger continued to dominate after the break. Sin Cara caught him with a crucifix pin attempt, but Swagger kicked out and came right back with a kick to the face. Sin Cara came back with a kick to Swagger's face from the ring apron and then a cross body block for a two count. He went for another move, but Swagger caught him with a gut wrench powerbomb and applied the Patriot Lock for the win...
Jack Swagger beat Sin Cara by submission in 9:00.
Powell's POV: Swagger had his hands and wrists taped, but there was no sign of him having any issues with the severed tendon in his thumb that had him sidelined. Man, I could really go for a burger and a beer for some reason.
The announcers hyped The Wyatt Family's debut for Raw and set up a Wyatt Family video... [C] An ad for WWE Main Event aired. Yes, really...
[Q4] A Rob Van Dam video package aired to promote his return at Money in the Bank. Cody said he watched RVD "growing up as a kid" and said he was a big fan... Mathews hyped C.M. Punk's "special appearance" on Smackdown. Cody said Punk bleeds Smackdown blue and said he's excited he will appear on the show... A Mark Henry video package aired... A.J. Lee joined the announcers on commentary. Big E Langston made his entrance... [C] A commercial hyped the Wyatt Family debut for Raw...
3. Big E Langston vs. Curt Hawkins. Cody asked A.J. if she and Dolph are okay. She said that like most people, you fight and make up. Hawkins wore his hat backwards and a leather biker's cut with his name and Queens on the back. He also wore leather gloves during the match.
Big E Langston defeated Curt Hawkins in 3:15. Hawkins got a little offense during the match, but Langston overpowered him repeatedly and put him away with The Big Ending finisher...
Powell's POV: I've always liked Hawkins' work, but he's the only "biker" type I know with nicer hair than the cast of "Sons of Anarchy." This was a showcase for Langston, who looked very good, thanks in part to the work of Hawkins. It was nice to hear someone bring up the Dolph and A.J. relationship since it's been largely ignored on Raw and Smackdown lately. Overall, it was a solid edition of Main Event with a good match to open the show and then a couple of spotlight matches for Swagger and Langston. I don't care what Colter says, someone else can keep an eye on the border while I knock back a few cold ones tomorrow.
7/3 Powell's WWE Main Event Live Coverage Review: Christian vs. Damien Sandow, Jack Swagger vs. Sin Cara, and more
Jul 3, 2013 - 07:00 PM
Jul 3, 2013 - 07:00 PM
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