Originally written on Wrestling Truth  |  Last updated 11/1/14

LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 24: Wrestler The Miz celebrates a win during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Following on from last week, on tonight’s WWE Main Event The Miz will take on Dolph Ziggler. JBL and Michael Cole are on commentary The Main Event concept is working well, building up solid matches and giving fans the pay-off immediately. It makes for a fun hour. But I still don’t understand why the “main event” isn’t the main event. I suppose ratings aren’t a big deal for these smaller shows, which draw above expectation even without any build. Dolph Ziggler def. The Miz: The Miz opened the show in the ring and on the mic, but Dolph Ziggler quickly cut him off to get the heel heat. Miz’s face turn is pretty much cemented; the fans were fully behind him and at one point Miz thanked one of the louder audience members for yelling that Ziggler sucked. What ensued was a clinic in how to handle the stick. The two arrogant egos collided, going back and forth making jabs at each other like we were in the attitude era again. They built the heat up tremendously and by time the ref rang the bell I was well and truly hooked. It started with a slap from Ziggler and the intensity only increased. Early in the contest, The Miz maintained babyface dominance over Ziggler. The Awesome One’s offense was relentless and the WWE Universe in Grand Rapids was delighted to see The Showoff on the receiving end of the punishment. Ziggler eventually turned it around to produce a neck and neck match, each superstar trying to outmatch the other, in and out of the ring. In an effort to look for an advantage, The Showoff began loosening the protective cover on one of the turnbuckles. He was stopped by the official, but the cover was untied. Though the official tried to fix it, the action was so intense that he could not turn his attention for long – eventually leaving the cover to fall off completely. The Showoff attempted to silence his opponent with the Sleeper Hold, but The Awesome One countered, building a full head of steam and displaying a level of aggressiveness that Miz lacked in his early crareer. However, after a near-fall, Mr. Money in the Bank managed to counter a charging Miz and sent him crashing into the exposed turnbuckle. Reeling from the blow to his torso, The Awesome One was vulnerable and The Showoff was able to secure a hard-fought victory with the Zig Zag. Following the contest, Ziggler immediately bragged about his win. With an even greater confidence than when he left Survivor Series, The Showoff set his sights exclusively on John Cena, and the Miz is left strong as the babyface. Wade Barrett def. Justin Gabriel: It’s time for Wade Barrett to get on the winning ladder. He’s over, they’re building him up with video packages and he talks the talk, but he hasn’t been given the spotlight in the ring. Now he’s starting to get it and he has a WWE Championship shot on the horizon after defeating Kofi on Raw. Barrett started off immediately in the driver’s seat, with Gabriel trying to get the babyface fire. He uses his speed to turn the tables and goes after Barrett’s Barage with some impressive flying kicks. A flying cross body gets him a 2, but a tilt-and-whirl slam puts the British star back on top. Another round of high-flying maneuvers look impressive, but Barrett has Gabriel scouted. He gets the pin with the Bull-Hammer punch. John Cena is here next week: Cole and JBL announce that John Cena will be on the program next week, but we go to a recap of the AJ/Cena kiss before the match is revealed. We learn that Cena will be a guest on Miz TV on this week’s Smackdown. Damien Sandow hits the stage and insults the audience for their inadequacies and shortcomings. He then reveals that he’s Cena’s opponent next week. He calls Cena a hypocrite and a disease that will be purged. “John Cena is the WWE’s ultimate false idol” screams the intellectual giant as the show comes to a close. 3 hour Raw is a drag, but I’m illegitimately excited to tune in to these short and snappy Main Events. Lets just hope it doesn’t become another Superstars.
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