THE SPECIALISTS TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - WWE Main Event 10/10: Why is WWE's newest show an "odd beast?"
Oct 10, 2012 - 11:38:36 PM
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*** Instant Reaction - WWE Main Event 10/10
By Benjamin Tucker, PWTorch TV specialist
Overall Score - 7.5
Main Event is an odd beast. In practice, the show runs in reverse, with jobber matches closing the show and the main attractions taking center stage at the opening. While it can be said that this concept doesn't help anything, it's at least a new take on the arena format. In fact, Week Two of Main Event continued to distance itself from its sister shows. How? By actually snubbing Smackdown in terms of the number of feuds furthered tonight. Last Friday's Smackdown was an absolute bore. Nothing was accomplished then, whereas tonights's show continued Orton's rivalries with Show and Del Rio, as well as the new rivalry between Miz and Kofi. Sure, this won't last for more than three months, but it's nice while it lasts.
And speaking of Miz and Kofi, their exchange tonight was the highlight of the show. Miz cut one of his better promos as of late, and Kofi cut the exact sort of promo that both Cena and Sheamus wish that they could do. He walked a fine line between being a bit too cute and suddenly doing a 180 into an ultra-serious badass. Cena almost never shows a middle ground between the two. The match leading up to the final promo segment was nothing but fluff, yet the final segment did a lot to get me hyped up for next week. Hopefully it won't be the end of the road for the feud either, as both guys could get a lot out of each other.
The rest of the show dealt with Orton and Show. I still like the video packages on the wrestlers, but Orton's felt out of place. The man is known as a heartless individual who kicks people in the head at will, sidelining them for months. And, here he is, talking about how much he loves the fans and his family. Good old wholesome Randy Orton. The match itself was about what you'd expect from Orton and Big Show - a slow, plodding match that picked up a bit at the end. With the way Orton is acting recently, I wouldn't be surprised if he was the one who blew up at Vince backstage this past week. He feels so uninspired.
So, how's the Main Event experiment working out so far? At the moment, they're doing a pretty good job of killing an hour of TV time, even if the frequent commercial breaks during matches do get on my nerves. It's also good to see that it has a different format from the other WWE TV shows, yet it still can't shake that inevitable "This is the seventh hour of wrestling I've watched this week" feeling that the average viewer is bound to get at this point. At least it's more entertaining than Smackdown.
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