WWE Main Event 10-17-12

Well, I’ve been looking to try something new, and the
generally positive reaction to this show have convinced me to bite the bullet
and give this a shot. That and zanadude’s relentless pimping of it… This will
be the first time I’ve watched a WWE TV show in years, outside of catching brief
bits of Raw during Top Gear commercial breaks. It’ll certainly be nice to see
something with decent production values, unlike the ROH shows I’m used to.

Taped from Memphis, TN.
We start out with Cole and JBL in the ring. Clips of Kofi
busting Miz’s head open from Raw are shown, then a pretty well done video
package for Kofi. Kofi gets interviewed in the back and promises to win the IC
title. The Miz comes out cuts a promo (with the WWE logo upside-down on the mic
cube for some reason), basically saying that no one else would be back the very
next night after taking a kick like that. Miz video package, and Kofi comes out
as we cut to commercial.
WWE Intercontinental
Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz(C):
I think this is the first time
I’ve ever seen Kofi wrestle. Lots of amateur-style stuff to start and they
trade shoulder blocks. Miz tries a hiptoss but Kofi reverses it into a monkey
flip, clotheslines him to the floor, and hits a nice running somersault dive to
the outside. Miz gets tossed back in and Kofi follows with a springboard
forearm for 2. Miz comes back with an elbow to the face (which really didn’t
need to be replayed) and hits the chinlock, but Kofi gets out of it with a
jawbreaker. A sunset flip/reversal/reversal sequence gets a few 2 counts for
both guys. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise, but Miz ducks out of the way and
bails to the floor as we go to commercial.
We’re back with Kofi kicking away in the corner. He goes for
the 10-count punches, but Miz powerbombs him out of the corner. Heh, I called
that as soon as Kofi hopped up there. Miz with the HHH knee for 2, ax-handle
from the top for 2, and then back to the chinlock. Kofi flips out of a suplex
and gets a scoop slam, but tries something or other that hits the knees. No
idea what he was going for there… Both guys simultaneously hit a bodypress and
we have the double KO. Kofi’s up first and he chops away and hits a dropkick.
Miz ducks a blind charge and Kofi catches himself and hops up to the top, but
Miz tosses him to the floor. We go back to a commercial break. Seriously, again?
Back with a Miz headlock, Kofi fights out but Miz sends him
right back down with a knee and kicks him in the face a few times. Blind charge
from Miz this time and he crotches himself on the second rope and Kofi follows
up with an atomic drop. They slug it out, and one major difference between this
and the ROH I always watch is the selling, as both of them are acting worn out here,
as opposed to the “get hit with something and act like it hurts for 10 seconds
then forget about it” thing that has infested most indy promotions these days.
Miz gets backdropped to the floor, baseball slide misses, and now here’s the
spot of the night: Miz tries throwing Kofi into the stairs, but Kofi just launches
himself over them to miss, and comes back with a flying clothesline off the
stairs. It gets 2 back in the ring. Kofi gets a kick to the head from the apron
and a flying bodypress that Miz rolls through for 2. Kofi comes back with a clothesline
and a double legdrop. Trouble in Paradise attempt #2 misses and Miz goes for a
pin while holding the tights, but Kofi kicks out. S.O.S. for Kofi and Miz gets
his foot on the rope. He tries grabbing the belt and walking out, but Kofi hits
a plancha and tosses him back in. Miz comes back with a really f------up
looking DDT for 2. Miz goes for the Skull-Crushing Finale, Kofi counters but
eats a boot and Miz tries the pin with his feet on the ropes. Ref sees it, Miz
stops to argue with him, and I think you all know what happens next. Trouble in
Paradise and we have a NEW Intercontinental Champion at 15:32 aired. I know the
IC title is kind of worthless these days, but even so having a title change
does a good job of not making this look like a B-show, especially with this
week’s Smackdown having 3 non-title matches. Match was crap, however. *1/2,
Kofi looked great but the Miz was just awful here, as nearly his entire offense
was punching, kicking, knees, and restholds. Outside of a couple Kofi highspots
this was kind of boring too. I should also note that WWE announcing Kofi’s win
on their own website kind of kook all the suspense out of it. Kofi thanks the
fans after the win.
Miz gets interviewed in the back, but talks so low into the
mic I can’t even hear what he says.
Vickie Guerrero brings out Dolph Ziggler as we go to break
Dolph Ziggler vs.
Zack Ryder:
Lillian introduces Ryder as “Zack Raider”, I gotta wonder who
she’s banging to let her keep this job. Armdrags from Ryder to start off, Ziggler
comes with an elbow out of the corner but gets dropped. Blind charge by Ryder
finds a boot to the face. Ziggler stomps away and hits an elbowdrop. They fight
over a headlock, and Ziggler hits a great Holly-esqe dropkick. This won’t come
as news to anyone, but Vickie’s screaming is REALLY irritating. Ryder with a
clothesline, Ziggler charges a couple times but gets caught and Ryder hits a
missile dropkick. Ryder hits a forearm in the corner and gets the Broski Boot
(which has to be about the stupidest name for a finisher I’ve ever heard),
Ziggler kicks out and hits a sort of jumping neckbreaker thing to finish at
2:49. Short but fine. **
Ziggler issues an open challenge for next week and Ryback
appears at the top of the ramp to end the show.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad show, and could be a pretty good
show as long as we get someone who doesn’t suck instead of The Miz. The
commentary was better than I expected, the social media whoring was
non-existent, and John Cena’s name wasn’t mentioned once. In fact, there was
really no talk of anything that didn’t directly involve what was going on here.
They’ve convinced me to come back next week, anyway.