Tonight's main event, as advertised, was John Cena vs. Luke Harper. It wasn't a long match, going only the one segment, but Harper still found some time to showcase himself with unexpected offense. He first landed a superkick on Cena, then after Cena countered his powerbomb attempt with a Cenacanrana, Harper followed that up by going off the ropes and landing his own retaliatory Harpercanrana. Frankenharper? In the end, Cena ducked the discus clothesline from hell and hit the AA for the win, then fled for his life before Wyatt and Rowan could get a hold of him.
The show opened with what proved to be a theme throughout the night, Kane introducing a recap of the Daniel Bryan beatdown from Monday. Kane had booked a fatal four-way match for the #1 contendership to the tag titles, between the Shield (Ambrose/Rollins), the Real Americans, Rybaxel and 3MB (Mahal w/hair and McIntyre). The Shield looked to have the match won, only for the other teams to all jump in to stop them, while Kane appeared to attack Reigns at ringside. The match was thrown out (aren't all four way matches no-DQ?) and the Shield was beat down by all involved, with even the New Age Outlaws popping out on the entranceway to help beat Reigns down. Kane rewarded the Real Americans and Rybaxel with tag title matches at an unspecified point in the future, and entered 3MB into the Andre Battle Royal.
In other matches, Fernando of Los Matadores defeated Fandango via rollup after El Torito chased Summer Rae around ringside due to her red dress. Dolph Ziggler defeated Damien Sandow via Fameasser (yes, really). Alberto Del Rio defeated Big E with the Kick That Won Him The Championship (yes, really), and the Bella Twins defeated Natalya and Summer Rae after miscommunication led to Brie hitting the X-Factor on Nattie.
Miz also hosted MizTV, inviting Big Show out to talk about the Battle Royal. Miz mocked him for his Wrestlemania win/loss record, then called out the other Battle Royal entrants and invited them all to gang up on Big Show. An impromptu battle royal broke out, with Miz bailing quickly to let everyone else fight. It came down to Big Show and Sheamus, but Miz snuck back in to try to eliminate them both. That went nowhere, with Show dumping Sheamus then throwing Miz out of the ring.
This is probably the first time ever that the Shield was left laying in the middle of the ring to end a segment. The heels are uniting against them like the faces were never able to!
Originally posted by CRZI'm proud of us for avoiding any acknowledgement thus far of "Slam City," but sooner or later we may need to talk about it.
I'm easy to please, but I have found the four episodes thus far to be amusing. I like the one with Kane and Santino best. I enjoy it when Kane momentarily forgets he is a monster and starts to argue that the side of the kitchen IS big enough for the two of them.
Do we know who the other guy in episode 1 is besides Cena's boss at greasy lube?
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
While I love the Wyatt family and want them to stay together a long time, this episode reminded me of just how special Luke Harper is, too. He and Cena seem to have a natural chemistry together and could have one hell of a match on a big stage someday. The dueling hurricanranas just blew my mind watching.
The Shield beatdown was a neat turnabout, let Kane look less like a fool for the first time in a while, and put over everyone not named Heath Slater very well (I really did enjoy Drew's "C'mon, we were out there, too!" to Kane backstage). Looks like we'll get Shield vs. Kane/Outlaws at WM, and that's just fine by me. I like the idea of bringing up the Ascension, but there's not enough time to really show them off pre-WM. Better to have Shield beat Kane/Outlaws and have Kane dig up the Ascension for a revenge match at Extreme Rules.
Ambrose as a face still seems weird, but he's a good face in peril.
"Never piss off a hawk with a blowgun" - Conan O'Brien