Main Event and Smackdown Return to Van Andel Arena

Van Andel Arena

Last week Tuesday, my dad and I were in attendance for the WWE Main Event (which airs Wednesdays at 8/7 PM CT on Ion Television) and Smackdown (which airs Fridays at 8/7 PM CT on Syfy) tapings at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am posting this now because I do not believe in putting spoilers in my posts. We were seated not very far away from ringside, so we had a pretty close view of the event.

 

Main Event

 

During the Main Event taping, a match between Naomi (accompanied by Cameron Lynn) and NXT standout Emma took place that didn’t end up being televised, with Naomi coming out the victor. Also, at the very beginning of a divas tag team match between The Bella Twins (Nikki & Brie) and the team of Alicia Fox & Aksana, something awesome happened. I started a “Total Divas” chant for The Bellas and Nikki heard me because she pointed right at me. The Bellas were victorious in that match.

 

Smackdown

 

As for Smackdown, at one point during the show, Emma was in the audience during two matches, at least. This was the second week in a row that …

WWE NXT 6-26-13: Can The Wyatt Family Be Stopped?

 

Emma Advances

In the final first-round match of the tournament to determine the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion, Emma went one-on-one with Aksana. In the end, it was Emma who defeated Aksana by submission to advance to the semi-finals. After the match, Emma invited young members of the WWE Universe into the ring to dance with her, which indicates that she has turned face.

The Wyatt Family Continues to Terrorize NXT

In a match to determine the #1 Contenders to Wyatt Family members Luke Harper’s & Erick Rowan’s NXT Tag Team Championships, the team of Kassius Ohno and Corey Graves took on the team of Scott Dawson and Garrett Dylan (accompanied by Sylvester Lefort). In the end, it was Graves who won the match for his team by submission to become the new #1 contenders. Immediately following the match, The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan) came out to attack Ohno and Graves. Dawson and Dylan eventually joined in on the beat down. Then, Adrian Neville came out to aid Ohno and Graves and eventually, William Regal left the announcers’ table to aid them as well. But in the end, iall four men were left lying in …

WWE Raw 6-17-13: Daniel Bryan Finally Proves to the Entire World (or Rather Himself) That He Is Not the “Weak Link”

 Double Disqualification = Rematch

The show began with a rematch between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. I am a fan of both of these men and I was not sure who to root for in this one. At one point, both men ended up outside the ring and got so aggressive with one another to the point where they both ended up getting disqualified. This led to Bryan, who has been obsessed with not being called the “weak link” for quite some time now, going to Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero and demanding a rematch for later in the evening, which Vickie eventually agreed to.

AJ Lee Strikes Again

During a match between Kaitlyn (accompanied by Layla El) and Aksana, Kaitlyn’s theme music hit and out comes WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee dressed as her. Aksana tried to take advantage of the distraction, but Kaitlyn was able to hit her with her signature maneuver “The Spear” to get the pin and the win. After the match, AJ Lee had her friend Big E Langston come out and they then proceeded to mock Kaitlyn by re-enacting the hoax that AJ pulled on Kaitlyn a few weeks ago. Layla ended up having …

WWE NXT 6-19-13: NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Continues

On this edition of NXT, it was another first-round match for the tournament to determine the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion when Sasha Banks faced Summer Rae, with Summer coming out on top and advancing to the second round. On the upcoming edition of NXT, the final first-round match will be between Emma and Aksana. While I am not a fan of either of these women, I will be rooting against Aksana. Also, new NXT Champion Bo Dallas announced that while he was not at this edition of NXT, he will be at the upcoming edition of NXT.…

WWE Main Event 6-19-13: The Shield Continues It’s Dominance

On this edition of Main Event, Justin Gabriel and The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) took on The Shield (United States Champion Dean Ambrose & WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & The Usos’ second cousin Roman Reigns). In the end, just as Gabriel was going to hit Ambrose with his signature maneuver “The 450 Splash”, chaos ensued when the other competitors got involved and it allowed Ambrose to recover and put a halt to Gabriel’s momentum. Ambrose then hit Gabriel with his signature maneuver “The Standing Bulldog” to get the pin and the win for his team. I definitely think that The Usos should get the next championship opportunity against Rollins & Reigns because The Usos have not only taken a stand against The Shield, but they are also way overdue for a reign as WWE Tag Team Champions. Also, Zeb Colter accompanied Antonio Cesaro to the ring for his match against Sin Cara and prior to the match, Colter said that he admires Cesaro for shedding his European roots to embrace being a “real American”. As I stated before, I am convinced that when Jack Swagger, the guy that Colter currently manages who is out with an injury, makes …

WWE Smackdown 6-14-13: The Shield Finally Gets Beat As A Trio

On this edition of Smackdown, WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn was scheduled to go one-on-one with Aksana in a non-title match; however, prior to the match, a replay from this past Monday on Raw was shown of AJ Lee revealing to Kaitlyn that the whole secret admirer thing was a ploy set up by her just to psyche Kaitlyn out. After Kaitlyn had noticed Aksana laughing about it, Kaitlyn snapped and relentlessly attacked her. While referee Rod Zapata was trying to restrain Kaitlyn, she responded by slapping him in the face. After Aksana had finally escaped Kaitlyn’s grasp, Kaitlyn broke down in the ring for the second time in one week. The match had never officially started. Later on, the Senior Advisor to the Smackdown General Manager (WWE Hall of Famer Booker T) Teddy Long, who is running Smackdown while Booker T is out with an injury, announced in a WWE.com Exclusive video that while he understood what Kaitlyn is currently going through, he made it clear that a competitor, male or female, is not allowed to put their hands on referees; therefore, Teddy said that he had no choice but to fine Kaitlyn $10,000 for her actions. Speaking of Booker …

WWE Smackdown 4-26-13: The Shield Decimates The Undertaker

On this edition of Smackdown, there were a few superstars who had homecomings when Smackdown emanated from the United Kingdom in London, England at the O2 Arena. For instance, it was a great homecoming for London native Layla El when she defeated Aksana. Also, there were two more homecomings when two of England’s own, William Regal and Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett, went one-on-one in a non-title match with Barrett coming out on top. Finally, in the main event, The Undertaker competed on Smackdown for the first time in nearly three years when he went one-on-one with Shield leader Dean Ambrose (accompanied by fellow Shield cohorts Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns). The good news is that The Undertaker beat Ambrose, the bad news is that The Shield gave Undertaker a post-match attack. In the end, The Shield drove The Undertaker threw the announcers’ table with their patented Triple-Power Bomb maneuver to end the program.…

WWE Superstars 4-26-13: Great Homecoming In Great Britain for Layla

This week’s edition of WWE Superstars took place at the O2 Arena in London, England from the United Kingdom. The first match was between one-half of The Usos, Jimmy (accompanied by his brother Jey) and Michael McGillicutty with Jimmy coming out on top. In the main event, it was a Divas Tag Team Match when the team of WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn & London, England native Layla took on the team of Tamina Snuka & Aksana. In the end, it was Kaitlyn who hit both Aksana and Tamina with her signature move, the Spear, leading her team to victory. Not only was it a great homecoming for Layla, but this was one of the nights that all of the heroes came through for the WWE Universe.…

WWE Raw 4-22-13: John Cena “Adjusts” Ryback’s “Attitude”

The show began with Paul Heyman in the ring telling everybody that he was there on behalf of his client Brock Lesnar to await WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H’s response to Lesnar’s challenge to Triple H in a Steel Cage Match at the upcoming pay-per-view event, Extreme Rules. Heyman then informed the WWE Universe that he had received a text from Triple H saying that he wasn’t going to be at Raw this night due to the injuries to his arm he is recovering from and that he would give Lesnar his answer next week on Raw. However, Triple H’s music hit and out comes Triple H. Triple H then tells Heyman that the text he sent him was a lie. He then tells Heyman to tell Lesnar that he accepts his challenge at Extreme Rules and then hits Heyman with his signature move, the Pedigree. Also, Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero and her assistant Brad Maddox informed World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler that if Chris Jericho wins in his non-title match against Ziggler, then Jericho will be added to the World Heavyweight Championship Match at Extreme Rules between champion Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, and Jack Swagger, thus becoming …

WWE Superstars 3-28-13: Heroes Conquer

On this week’s edition of WWE Superstars, Kofi Kingston went one-on-one with Primo and Kofi came out on top. In the main event, Natalya took on Aksana with Natalya forcing Aksana to submit to The Sharpshooter. As far as I’m concerned, it was a clean sweep for the WWE Universe because our heroes conquered in their respective matches.…

WWE Main Event 3-20-13: Tag Team Action Highlights the Show

The show began with Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett going one-on-one with R-Truth in a non-title match. After Barrett beat R-Truth, he got into a confrontation with commentator The Miz. The Miz ended up running Barrett off. It’s pretty clear that things aren’t settled between these two. Also, Josh Mathews interviewed Sheamus about the possibility of Big Show being his and Randy Orton’s tag team partner against The Shield at WrestleMania 29. Sheamus said that he was not going to speak for Randy Orton and I think he basically indicated that he’s not too sure about having Big Show as his partner. Personally, while I definitely think Big Show has all the tools in the world to stop The Shield, I just don’t think he is a trustworthy guy. Therefore, I think Orton and Sheamus need to choose a guy who is trustworthy. In the first tag team match of the night, it was Natalya teaming up with Layla to take the team of Alicia Fox & Aksana. Right before the match started, Alicia Fox got on the mic and took shots at Natalya’s boyfriend, The Great Khali. Natalya made Alicia Fox eat her words by forcing her to tap out …

WWE NXT 3-6-13 Review

The show started with NXT Creative Director, General Manager, Commissioner, and WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes announcing a triple-threat match between Bo Dallas, Corey Graves, and Conor O’Brian to determine the #1 contender to Big E Langston’s NXT Championship. To assure that The Shield would not get involved, Dusty had security all around the arena to prevent them from getting in. The first match was scheduled to be a non-title tag team match between NXT Tag Team Champions Adrian Neville and Oliver Gery against Judas Devlin & Scott Dawson. However, Oliver Grey was nowhere to be found, but Adrian Neville agreed to face his two opponents in a handicap match. Towards the end of the match, Oliver Grey was dragged out from backstage by The Wyatt Family, who apparently was responsible for Oliver’s absence. Regardless, Adrian still managed to get the victory by himself. Later in the show, there was a six-diva tag team match between the team of Sasha Banks and The Funkadactyls taking on the team of Alicia Fox, Aksana, and Audrey Marie, thus turning Alicia Fox heel (bad guy) in the process. Sasha and The Funkadactyls picked up the victory. Finally, in the main event triple-threat …

Kiss My Foot Matches Between the Women

The Rule of a Kiss My Foot Match is that the loser of the match must kiss the winner’s feet. Throughout wrestling history, WWE has had two Kiss My Foot Matches that featured the men, but have never had any between the women. However, there was one Kiss My Foot Match between the women that took place at WWE’s Developmental Territory in late 2007, but it was kind of only one-sided because only one of the women in the match had the opportunity of getting her feet kissed by her opponent. When the men have Kiss My Foot Matches, it’s a pretty disturbing sight, but if the women had them, the sight would be much better. Bottom line, I think there should be more Kiss My Foot Matches between the women in any wrestling company.…