WWE Champion CM Punk def. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus (Non-Title)
This marked the first-ever one-on-one encounter between these two, and although both men were world champions, it was comical for Michael Cole to call it "one of the biggest matches in WWE history." That said, they did give this a big fight feel with the video packages for Punk and Sheamus, the pre-match interviews, and the in-ring introductions. I loved all of that, because it was so different than anything happening on Raw or SmackDown back then. The actual match was excellent and given a ton of time. I expected it to end in a non-finish because WWE heavily wanted to protect them both, so Punk winning following a head shot to the turnbuckle post to Sheamus was a pleasant surprise.
Team CoBro def. Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd in a WWE Tag Team championship No. 1 Contender's Tournament Quarterfinal Match
Team CoBro had to have been one of the dumbest team names I've ever heard for Zack Ryder and Santino Marella. Man, that was brutal. What's interesting is that their tandem didn't last very long, so they likely had a team name solely because WWE was in the middle of a brief tag team renaissance at the time and wanted to make them feel official. Compared to Punk vs. Sheamus, this was a nothing match, though it was fun for what it was. If nothing else, it had some significance with it being a quarterfinal matchup in the WWE Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Tournament.
The Miz and Michael Cole were the commentary team for Main Event for a while and I thought Miz killed it in the role. He has a future as a color commentator when his days in the ring are over. At any rate, this was a strong debut for Main Event and I really dug the two-match format. The opener was always treated like a major happening, and even though the second matchup was purely filler, there was build for the following week's episode. In this case, we heard from Big Show backstage ahead of his clash with Randy Orton the next week. It didn't take long for WWE to stop caring about the program all together, but in the beginning, it was a blast.
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