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WWE Main Event - March 3, 2015

by Scrooge McSuck

- Courtesy of HuluPlus, it’s WWE Main Event. Taped on March 3rd, but uploaded on March 4th, but still listed as the March 3rd episode on the actual website. From Washington, D.C., with Tom Phillips and John “Bradshaw” Layfield calling the action, unless otherwise noted.

“The New and Improved” Fandango (w/ Rosa) vs. Curtis Axel:

Will #AxelMania continue to run wild?! Both men are set to compete in the 2nd Annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31. Lockup goes nowhere. I just noticed Axel’s tights have “Axelmania” on the back, designed like the latest WrestleMania logo. Axel with a headlock and shoulder tackle. They trade arm drags, with Fandango taking control, working on the left arm. Whip to the ropes and Axel comes back with a running dropkick. Axel with a back breaker and second rope elbow drop for only a one count. Axel with a snapmare, but the float-over neck snap is countered with a boot. Axel with sucker blows, so Fandango sweeps the legs and they slug it out on the canvas. Fandango to the top rope, but Axel slams him off. He goes for… who knows what, but Fandango cradles him for three at 4:05. *1/2 It’s Main Event, why not give them more time when they have obvious chemistry.

- This past Monday Night on Raw, John Cena declared his intention of entering the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but Stephanie McMahon said no. Unless Rusev accepts Cena’s challenge, WrestleMania will go on without John Cena (HA!).

Zack Ryder vs. Adam Rose (w/ The Rosebuds):

They’ve actually built up a feud via social media, using Tweeter to exchange insults. Ryder’s been a jobber, and Rose is an old man. One of the Rosebuds is dressed like Lara Croft, and another is Mandy Leon. If you don’t know who that is, there’s a couple of nice things about her. See, that was an innuendo suggesting she has nice boobs. Middle School humor at its best! JBL calls both punks and losers for fighting over nonsense. Lockup into the corner, Rose pounds away. Both men will be in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Ryder with a one-man flapjack and a charging elbow, knocking Rose to the apron. Ryder with a dropkick, knocking him to the floor. Ryder follows and gets his legs pulled from under him. Back in the ring, Rose with a back breaker for two. Rose grabs a chinlock as JBL continues to play cranky old man. Ryder counters a suplex with a neck breaker. Ryder gets the knees up on a charge and comes off the middle rope with a missile dropkick. Rose avoids the Broski Boot, slipping out to the floor. Ryder sends him back in the ring, but is caught out of nowhere with the Party Foul, and Rose actually wins a match at 3:52. * Another match that probably could’ve stood to have a few more minutes, but Rose isn’t exactly someone who lights it up in the ring, so it’s not like it would’ve been much better.

Paige vs. Summer Rae:

Come on, WWE. There’s got to be more options for “throw-away Divas Match” than Paige vs. Summer Rae. I think I’ve covered at least three of their matches in the last month, and they’re all the same. This past Monday, A.J. Lee returned to join Paige in the crusade against the Bella Twins. Lockup, Paige with a pair of takedowns and a headbutt for two. Paige with a flurry of knees to the midsection. She goes for the PTO, but Summer Rae crawls to the ropes. She thumbs the eyes of Paige and hits a weak spinning kick for two. Summer Rae with a butterfly leg scissors, throwing me completely off because I expected a weak Indian Death-lock. Leg drop with about three feet of room between contact. Paige comes back with a super-kick, three short-clotheslines, and a running one-foot dropkick. She kicks Summer Rae down again, and the PTO finishes at 4:10. ¾* Same match as always, just a different submission hold used by Summer Rae.

- This past Monday Night on Raw, Jon Stewart appeared on Raw to accept Seth Rollins’ challenge from an episode of the Daily Show. For a celebrate effort, it ranks pretty high in effort, showcasing more abilities to cut a wrestling promo than most of the wrestlers. On the downside, the actual ratings didn’t go up because of it. I highly doubt many non-wrestling fans will suddenly start watching WWE because of the cross-over.

Jimmy & Jey Uso (w/ Naomi) vs. The Ascension:

Last week on Monday Night Raw, the Ascension did the job, in fluke style of course, to the hot tag team of Darren Young and Titus O’Neil. Viktor and Jimmy start. Lockup to the corner, trading blows. Jey in with a diving forearm into the corner and a snapmare for a one count. Jimmy and Jey take turns working the arm. Viktor nails Jey coming off the ropes with an elbow. Konnor in with stomping and a jumping elbow drop for two. Jey continues to get stomped in the corner. Viktor with an uppercut for two. Jey offers a comeback, but Konnor trips him up and pulls him to the floor, greeting him with a clothesline. We return from a break, with the Ascension still in control. Double shoulder tackle gets two. Jey fights out of a chinlock, only to run into a knee. Konnor with an axehandle drop for two. Viktor with a jumping fist drop. Jey with rights to both men, but eventually gets stomped down. Jey with another comeback, and Jimmy FINALLY gets the hot tag. Corkscrew moonsault on Viktor for two. Viktor avoids a dive from the top and lays Jimmy out with a clothesline for two. Jimmy with a sloppy Samoan Drop, followed by a charge to the corner. Konnor sets Jimmy up for some kind of Powerbomb, but Jey trips him up and pulls him to the floor. Jimmy and Viktor trade roll ups for two. Superkick to Viktor, Uso Crazy dive onto Konnor, and Jey finishes with the Splash off the top at 11:24. ½* If not for the hot finish, thanks entirely to the Usos' signature spots, this was nothing, and the Ascension have nothing. With only a handful of decent moves, the majority of the match was chinlocks and kicking. With such an obvious weakness, there’s no need to feature them in such a long match unless the intent was to completely expose them.

Final Thoughts: Not the most fun I’ve had sitting through an episode of Main Event. The featured match was given plenty of time, but featured two workers who were handicapped because of it. We got the same old stuff with Paige and Summer Rae, which would be fine if it weren’t a weekly thing. I actually had more fun watching Axel/Fandango and Rose/Ryder, even though both matches were only a few minutes long. It was nice to see undercard guys used, especially Axel. It’s a shame that Axel continues to be a job boy, though. Hopefully Smackdown will offer something better.

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