November 29, 2012
The Weekly SLAM!: Main Event easily WWE's best show
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
WWE is pumping out a lot of programming these days, there's no doubt about that. Each week brings us three hours of Raw, two hours of Smackdown, one hour of both Superstars and NXT and a half hour of Saturday Morning Slam.
But it's the company's newest show that is making the biggest mark.
In just two short months, WWE Main Event on Ion Television, a one-hour weekly show on Wednesday, had made a strong case as the company's best show.
The premise of each episode of Main Event is simple and it rarely strays for what is becoming a successful formula. Each show opens with an impressive pyrotechnics display and then it's kicked to Michael Cole and either John "Bradshaw" Layfield or The Miz, who introduce the show from the ring or the broadcast booth.
After that, we get long, extensive video packages on the featured competitors of the evening, which really helps build up each wrestler as something special. If you made a list of things WWE does really, really well, awesome video packages would probably be in the top-2. So using these as a storytelling device really helps the show's overall presentation.
Then, some weeks, the competitors are interviewed by Josh Mathews and Matt Striker and then the wrestlers come to the ring and the action usually kicks off about 10 minutes past the hour with the featured bout.
And get this: The featured match is always really, really good. Each week of Main Event has given us a pay-per-view caliber match, starting with CM Punk taking on Sheamus the first week, all the way to this week's match between John Cena and Damien Sandow, a match that really showed that Sandow can more than hold his own at the top.
And that's not even mentioning last week's match between Dolph Ziggler and The Miz, an absolutely fantastic wrestling match that will probably go down as the best WWE match of the month.
Then, after getting post-match reaction from one or both wrestlers, we get a second match that is sort of like a spotlight match for one competitor. On the latest episode, United States Champion Antonio Cesaro was showcased in a great way against Zack Ryder. It's a spot where an up-and-comer can get an impressive win, which most likely leads to them being in the main bout the following week. That was the case this week, as Cesaro was challenged by Kofi Kingston for next week's featured bout.
One of the things I like most about the show is that it has a sports-like feel to it. It doesn't feel like an average WWE show. It actually feels like something special.
So if you want a program that feels different from a normal WWE TV show and features a fantastic wrestling match week-in and week-out, WWE Main Event is for you. It is a good one.
Star of the Week: Dolph Ziggler
This has been a banner week for the Show-Stealing Show-Off. After being the sole survivor Main Event, Ziggler knocked off The Miz in a grudge match between the two. He followed that up by beating Randy Orton on Smackdown and then was extremely competitive in a match against John Cena on Raw. The two appear to be ready to square off at TLC in December. Expect Ziggler to keep stealing the show for the foreseeable future.
YouTube of the Week
So after presenting the WrestleRock Rumble last week, I came to realize how many hilariously corny wrestling music videos there were in the 1980s. I mean, this is some seriously hilariously awesome stuff. And not only are the videos awesome, but the lyrics are so inspired, too.
There's always a big debate about what era wrestling was better in, but I think we can say the 1980s owned the world when it came to wrestling music videos. And this is really just the tip of the iceberg.
Let's take you now to the videotaped footage!
My favorite moment: Koko B. Ware drilling some poor jobber with a dropkick.
OK, first off: WWE absolutely has to remake this one with today's superstars. Imagine CM Punk, Paul Heyman, Daniel Bryan and The Great Khali in this. It was be the greatest thing WWE did in that year.
The star of this video, though, is easily "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. Just watch for him.