Dolph Ziggler promo/Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam and Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger, Bad News Barrett and Seth Rollins
When the show opened, Ziggler was already in the ring and on his way to climbing the ladder. Ziggler talked about what the briefcase means, and how winning it two years ago was the greatest moment of his career, but he looked very somber and got a little choked up. He talked about the cash-in, and how the fans made that the greatest moment of his life. He said he’s going to make sure that lightning strikes twice for him on Sunday. He said he’s not going to steal the show, he’s going to take what’s his.
Rollins hit the Curb Stomp on Kofi for the win. For some reason, Kofi got the hot tag in this match, which really bothered me because he also got pinned. Either RVD or Ziggler should have been hot going into Sunday, a face needs to look hot going against Rollins. Swagger and Barrett looked pretty good in their post-match beatdown of their competitors, but they’re heels so it has less of an effect.
Layla and Fandango backstage
Fandango walked up to Layla, but she got angry and asked if he was talking to her because Summer Rae isn’t around. Fandango apologized for kissing Summer last week, and gave Layla a rose. He told her that she is the only one who has ever danced her way into his heart. They then made out. This was a perfect mix of seriousness and Fandango-level ridiculousness.
Fandango vs. Bo Dallas/Bo Dallas promo
Summer Rae came out and kissed Fandango as the match started, leading to another brawl between Summer and Layla. Fandango tried to break it up, but the two Divas and three referees made their way to the back. The second Fandango climbed back in the ring, Bo grabbed him for the Bo-Dog.
After the match, Bo grabbed a mic and laughingly said “women”. Then he said that he knows that love-triangle will work itself out as long as they “Bolieve”. One of Bo’s best segments so far on the main roster. It was probably his shortest promo, but it was great.
R-Truth and Xavier Woods vs. Rybaxel/Ryback and Curtis Axel promo
Axel got the pin over Truth.
Ryback grabbed a mic and challenged the two “hermaphrodites”, Goldust and Stardust, to a match at Money in the Bank. Axel said when Rybaxel is done with them, they will be “dust in the wind”. Really good line from Axel. I’m very interested in seeing how Goldust and Stardust accept this challenge on SmackDown.
Roman Reigns in-ring w/ Renee Young/Triple H promo
Reigns called himself a marked man, and said The Authority is after him. Reigns had Renee take off her heels so that she could run away if something went down. It was a small, somewhat insignificant moment, but it was babyface-ish, and it made Reigns seem ready for anything. Reigns said he’s ready to run down all his competitors in the Money in the Bank WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match.
Triple H then appeared on the Titan Tron and put Reigns in a match on SmackDown against Kane. Triple H said that Kane doesn’t believe in anything, and said they should get to know each other, as Kane’s pyro and music hit. Sidenote: Reigns had another good babyface moment when he helped Renee leave the ring as Kane made his way down the ramp.
Kane and Reigns brawled, with Reigns knocking Kane out of the ring and standing tall as Kane retreated.
Reigns is still far from polished on the mic, but he’s making some significant strides. This was a good segment. It seemed to add another sub-plot to the Money in the Bank Championship Match on Sunday.
Good episode of Main Event. This was a “holding pattern”-type show. It’s hard for them to really do anything after a go-home show of Raw, but Dolph Ziggler’s promo was awesome, Roman Reigns’ was really good, and Bo Dallas had one of his most memorable main roster moments. That being said, the six-man tag was very underwhelming, as was the rest of the in-ring action. First time in a while that can be said about Main Event.