We’re now into the final part of my WWE Live in the UK November 2012 DVD review, and having taken a look at the Raw and Smackdown parts of this collection we’re now going to cast our gaze upon the “B” shows that accompany Smackdown in disc two, Main Event and Superstars.
So let’s start with the show that’s never been broadcast on UK television screens, Main Event…..
Match #1 saw Wade Barrett taking on Sheamus.
Before the match began World Champion the Big Show came out to the commentary position once again, so when Sheamus made his entrance the first thing he did was go after his nemesis.
The two rivals were quickly kept apart, and when the match began it proved to be a very good encounter. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this kind of performance from Barrett, and he showed that he really should be in the main event picture once more.
In essence this was one big brawl, but it was one of those knockdown drag out affairs that had you on the edge of your seat. Both guys came close to getting the win a few times, and it really looked like it could go either way.
Eventually Sheamus took control, but just when he was about to take his man down with White Noise Show, fed up with the almost constant criticism from Michael Cole, left the commentary desk and went backstage. Sheamus went on to execute the move before finishing Barrett off with the Brogue Kick for the winning pin.
Match #2 saw R-Truth going up against 3MB’s Health Slater. Slater had his buddy Jinder Mahal along for company.
I suppose you could call this one rap versus rock, although unlike Truth 3MB will probably never release a record. The match itself was okay. Slater, with the help of his buddy at ringside, controlled the majority of the action, even though there were times he seemed more intent on playing air guitar than actually wrestling.
These little bits of showboating gave Truth the chance to make a couple of comebacks, and although Slater cut him off at first the second time was a charm for Truth as it lead to him taking Slater down with a suplex into an Ace Crusher. But when he went for the pin Mahal jumped into the ring for the attack. The referee soon called for the bell, giving Truth the DQ win.
Afterwards Mahal took Truth down before Slater finished him off with his jumping DDT.
As with Smackdown there was only one real segment, which was a very impressive profile of Wade Barrett that focused on his background as a bare knuckle fighter, although later on in the show when Matt Striker tried to interview an irate Big Show he ended up getting knocked out for his troubles.
So with Main event out of the way it’s onto the final piece of the puzzle, Superstars…..
Match #1 saw Jimmy Uso, accompanied by his brother Jey, taking on 3MB’s Jinder Mahal, accompanied here by Heath Slater.
I really liked this one. Uso controlled the early going, but when Mahal swept his legs out from under him the pseudo-rocker took control, and looked quite impressive in doing so.
Despite a slight distraction from Slater at ringside Uso managed to work his way back into the match as he avoided Mahal’s Camel Clutch attempt to eventually take him out with a Superfly Splash from the top rope for the winning pin.
Match #2 saw Justin Gabriel taking on Tensai.
Firstly it was nice to see a couple of guys who hadn’t been on the other shows. Secondly, is it me or does Prince Albert look kind of weird now he’s shaving his back?
Anyway, this wasn’t too bad. Gabriel tried to use his speed advantage early on, but when Tensai pushed him off the ropes and sent him crashing to the floor it was the start of the big man’s dominance.
Now I’ve never really been a big fan of Lord A-Train, but I have to admit he looked pretty impressive as he took Gabriel down with an array of power moves. However, when Tensai went for a powerbomb Gabriel adjusted his weight and sent the big man crashing to the mat. He also dodged a bullet a few moments later when Tensai missed a corner attack. This particular mistake gave Gabriel the chance to roll up the big man for the three count and win.
No backstage segments at all here, so let’s move on to…..
THE DVD EXTRA
As with disc one this disc features a title match from a previous UK visit, with European Champion X-Pac challenging the Rock for the WWF title at Capital Carnage in December 1998.
In conclusion – as the final part of this min-series featured two shows I’m going to round them up separately before giving my overall view.
Main Event was quite good. It’s the first time I’ve seen this particular show, and I was impressed with how it was put together, especially the Barrett promo video.
As for Superstars, boy has that changed since I last saw it. Okay, I know that it’s no longer THE show for the major storylines, but it did seem like an afterthought compared to the rest of this collection.
As for my match of the night honours the no-prize for Main Event goes to the Sheamus/Barrett encounter, while Gabriel and Tensai take the Superstars award.
Now that we’ve reached the end of the road it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, my overall conclusion.
Well, I have to say that I enjoyed this little set. The matches throughout ranged from good to great, with only one slightly disappointing performance in the Divas match on Raw.
As for the overall match of the night (or should that be match of the collection?) award there was only really one clear winner, the aforementioned Sheamus/Barrett encounter from Main Event.
So with all of that out of the way let’s wrap this mini-series up by giving this entire release the thumbs up.
With thanks to Fremantle Media and Fetch Publicity for supplying a copy of this release. WWE Live in the UK November 2012 can be purchased online at www.wwedvd.co.uk.
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