Raw was decent with a few great matches among the likes of Randy Orton-Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston-Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio-Antonio Cesaro, but madness that was dance contests, tug of war and Domino’s filled the rest of the show with nonsense.
Main Event featured a classic Kofi Kingston-Antonio Cesaro match for the United States Championship that deserves to be checked out if you still haven’t done so. Also on the show was a pretty good Justin Gabriel-Heath Slater match.
Impact was too much about Sting and without surprise, he bested Matt Morgan in a match to decide the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. It was too much to keep up with and not a lot of it made sense anyway.
Smackdown had a good Ryback-Daniel Bryan match and had a good flow until Creative found ways to kill time by having a one-on-one match transition itself to a triple threat tag match three times over and a dreadful Sheamus-Mark Henry arm-wrestling segment did no favors either. Kane and Dean Ambrose had a good brawl-esque match, but it wasn’t enough to salvage a lackluster second hour.
Antonio Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston (Main Event, 5/1/13)
When Main Event is at its best, it showcases just what the undercard can offer and provides an outlet for them to show their talents as opposed to Raw or Smackdown where they get overshadowed.
The story here was simple: Kingston uncrowned Cesaro from the United States Championship in a great Raw match that ended Cesaro’s near seven-month long reign.
Even though Kingston confusingly said he brought the Belt “back home” although he’s from Africa, we can all look past that loophole to appreciate the athleticism both men showed in that match.
It seemed almost fitting that the two would face off again soon, as Cesaro had a rematch clause and looked to have it at Main Event.
Cesaro was all business headed in, as he even eliminated his yodeling and was focused purely on gaining back his dignity with the Belt. He needed it.
For Kingston, it was all about keeping the momentum he gained.
Once it hit the ring, they left it all out there in a contest that thrilled many at ringside and even backstage.
One impressive spot involved Cesaro pulling off a Superplex with Kingston on the apron and Cesaro the top rope, almost amazing.
In the end though, it was Kingston who pulled out the win with the Trouble in Paradise to the back of Cesaro’s head, but that didn’t deter us from what happened in one of the better Main Event encounters to date.
Sheamus and Mark Henry in a Tug of War (Raw, 4/29/13)
When Sheamus first turned face after he was a badass heel upon his debut in WWE that saw him have a WWE Championship reign and a King of the Ring victory, he confronted one of the other monster heels at the time, Mark Henry.
Of course, that was interesting because Sheamus was a newly turned face, but the feud itself was decent in the end.
As always, Henry and Sheamus crossed paths again in 2013 and for some odd reason, it’s all about the tests of strength.
Why, instead of just having them battle it out physically, do we need to sit through segments that involved a tug of war on Raw and an armwrestling table on Smackdown?
Simple. Creative doesn’t know any other way to tell this story. Poor Sheamus can be charismatic when he wants to be, but he needs a source of motivation and he can’t rely on cheesy jokes to carry him through every segment. It just doesn’t work and it makes Sheamus look like an irish John Cena to the tee.
Sheamus is at his best when he is his own person and that’s what most of his heel stint consisted of. He has become too cheesy as a babyface and needs some of that edge back. Unfortunately, Creative got that message wrong.
Sheamus needlessly attacked Henry at the end of both these segments and the fans were supposed to cheer. Why cheer a face out-heeling a heel instead of just doing the right thing? Who knows, but that’s Cretaive’s logic, or lack of.