WWE kicked off its newest program “Main Event” Wednesday night on ION television. The weekly show is taped along with the live broadcast of RAW on Mondays, and features high-profile matches like WWE Champion CM Punk vs. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus and a tag team torment match.
The show’s commentary team is Michael Cole and Intercontinental Champion The Miz, and consists of previously unaired interviews and footage along with wrestling matches. Unlike jobber shows like “Superstars” which features recapping footage from “RAW” and “SmackDown” and lower mid card talent.
The show revolved around the big champion vs. champion match between the Second City Saint and the Celtic Warrior, and aired vignettes promoting them both until they faced off at the end of the show. Bleach Report called the shows format a “recipe for success” and compared it to boxing matches that offer viewers extensive background information on fighters.
The night started unconventionally, with the biggest match airing first, with Punk defeating Sheamus with dirty tactics. The WWE Champion performed a drop toe hold to an exposed turnbuckle and pinned the World Heavyweight Champion.
The inaugural broadcast of “Main Event” also featured the storyline match between the tag team of International Airstrike (Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd ) and Zack Ryder and Santino Marella. The odd coupling of Ryder and Marella won the match, advancing further in the tag team tournament to face the Tag Champions at Hell in a Cell.
Now this Friday Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) will air on Friday with the Players taking the victory. This means that the semi-finals of the tournament will see Marella and Ryder vs. Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) as well as Young and O’Neil vs. Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara.
(SPOILERS) NoDQ alleges that Sandow and Rhodes are scheduled to win the tag tournament and face Kane and Daniel Bryan at Hell in a Cell for the Tag Team Championships. As of now Mysterio and Cara are set to beat the Players, but lose in the final round to Rhodes Scholars when O’Neil and Young interfere in the match.
This would set up a grudge match between the Players and Cara and Mysterio at Hell in a Cell. The idea is to establish the luchadors as a team and have them win the Tag Titles, and eventually break them up to start a feud for Mysterio vs. Cara at WrestleMania 29 next year.
The new “Main Event” program is a change of pace for secondary shows that WWE has produced. The company has been known to feature lower card talent on shows like “Superstars” and their older programs like “Heat” and “Velocity.”
Now fans have a third show to accompany “RAW” and “SmackDown” where they can see performances from top stars and mid-card talent, and in a fresh style on top of that. The new tactic of the wrestlers’ backgrounds shown before matches is enticing and could make its way to the usual programming if “Main Event” is successful.
Officials aren't showing signs of slowing down, with next week's "Main Event" match announced to be Randy Orton vs. Big Show. Putting a top WWE face like Orton against the no. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Title another match that fans could see at a pay-per-view.