THE SPECIALISTS TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - WWE Main Event 10/3: Promising show could be great with some tweaks...
Oct 3, 2012 - 10:56:36 PM
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Instant Reaction - WWE Main Event 10/3
By Benjamin Tucker, PWTorch TV specialist
Overall Score - 7.5
"WWE Main Event" feels like a real throwback. Ample commentary and exposition from the announce team that enhances feuds on other shows, limited numbers of stars appearing, etc. It's a drastic departure from the current feel of WWE programming, and with a bit of tweaking it can be really good. The entire concept is a bit rough around the edges, though.
First, let me say that the presentation of the show is great. The music for the show is great, the design of the logo and colors are great, and the feel overall is very nice. Miz is great in his role on color commentary, even if it does make me wonder if Creative really knows what they're doing with him. No one can maintain a heavy heel persona by doing commentary (even Michael Cole switched in and out during his tenure as a heel), so it ends up humanizing Miz's character. What's the next step for him?
The pacing of the show was very odd. I understand wanting to get the show off on a good foot, but in truth the two matches should've switched places. It was amazing to see the announcers putting over the importance of Punk vs. Sheamus, but it eventually got to the point where it seemed like they were killing time. Which is probably because they were. See, this is one of the issues with having to create 7+ hours of new TV every week - you have to cut corners somewhere. Not spreading out all of the hype videos and starting out with the match killed the pacing of the show, as well as the commercial breaks. I understand that WWE uses them to artificially lengthen match times, but the two breaks were way too close together. By the time Punk had his post-match interview, I was sick of seeing him on my TV. 40 minutes of Punk and Sheamus, after seeing them for a ton of time on Raw, feels like overkill. I appreciate the effort, but the pacing could've been changed just a bit to make the show as a whole run much smoother.
The overall match quality was okay, but nothing stellar (considering that this is airing on the Ion Network, that's probably how it should be). A lot of effort was put into making the Punk-Sheamus match special, and to an extent it worked, but the match overall was very basic with a rather abrupt and confusing ending, not to mention a lousy way to end Sheamus's near-30 match winning streak. Overall, these are minor complaints, but they add up a certain extent. In the end, though, "Main Event" tonight was a fun one-hour show. It probably will become another Superstars clone soon, which is a shame, but I'll enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
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