By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Damien Sandow def. Kofi Kingston
Matches are usually given more time on Main Event than they would on either Raw or SmackDown, but I didn't at all expect this match to go for as long as it did (20 minutes). Most of the match wasn't anything special, but they definitely picked up the pace down the stretch and delivered a fun finishing sequence. I was surprised to see the live crowd actually get into the action given how badly booked both Sandow and Kingston have been in recent months. Sandow pulling out the inverted Sharpshooter was a refreshing and I hope he continues to use it in his arsenal going forward. Is he attempting to steal all of Edge's signature spots? In all seriousness, it was a nice win for Sandow and I hope this was a sign of things to come for him in 2014 (and Kingston for that matter). Technically, this was the first match of the new year (even though it was taped last Sunday), and it is cool knowing WWE kicked off 2014 with a great matchup.
The Funkadactyls def. Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes
Needless to say, it was your typical Divas match, but it was as bad as one would think it would be given who was involved. I mean, Cameron is terrible in the ring, and Rosa isn't much better. Regardless, it was an exceptional contest with The Funkadactlys predictably going over. The finish seemed to come out of nowhere, though, as I expected Naomi to make the hot tag to Cameron at some point. Then again, perhaps it is a good thing Namoi did most of the in-ring work considering she is the better worker of the two.
The Miz Hosted 'Miz TV' with Brodus Clay
Was it intended for the self-proclaimed "Main Event Playa" to make an appearance on the show Main Event? All kidding aside, it was good to see Clay finally explain his heel turn from a few weeks ago and show signs of character development with the new look, attitude and entrance music (even though I enjoyed the "Rip It Up" entrance theme more). I guess it makes sense that Clay would be made that his match was cut from WrestleMania 29, but two things: Firstly, I am absolutely shocked WWE Creative even remembered that; Secondly, why did Clay wait this long to get upset about it? Honestly, I couldn't care less because Clay was The Funkasaurus for two years too long. His delivery was fine, but the contest was what made the promo intriguing. Tensai attempting to jump Clay was logical, but seeing Clay back down from a fight and look like a dope yet again does nothing for me.
Once again, the show didn't air on ION Television this week due to it being preempted by New Year's Day programming, so it aired on WWE.com. The whole show isn't worth going out of your way to see, but if you have some time to spare, definitely check out the opening match between Sandow and Kingston. The Divas match was forgettable, and the Miz TV segment was basic storyline progression. Have a happy New Year, folks!
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