WWE Main Event - July 27, 2016
by Scrooge McSuck
- It’s the 200th episode of WWE Main Event! It only seemed like October 2012 when Main Event was meant to feature high profile talent and PPV quality matches. CELEBRATE! In a spectacular mess up on my own part, I began watching last week’s episode again, not realizing it, and questioning why the Golden Truth were being featured. Yes, it’s just one of those weeks. First my goof up on thinking Randy Orton would fight for the #1 Contenders spot, and now this.
- Taped from Buffalo, NY on July 26th. Tom Phillips and David Otunga are at ringside to call the action, unless otherwise noted.
The Hype Bros vs. The Vaudevillains:
(Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley vs. Simon Gotch & Aiden English)
The Non-Battle Royal debut for Mojo Rawley on the Main Roster™. I wonder if Main Event will be nothing but recycled NXT matches. Apparently the Vaudevillains were butt-hurt over being drafted pretty low in the pecking order. Gotch with a side headlock and shoulder tackle. Ryder comes back with a dropkick. Mojo tags in for some double team action. The Vaudevillians with a double chop and jab. Whip to the ropes and Mojo with a diving body press. HE AIN’T HYPE! Mojo clips the legs of English. Ryder with a diving forearm into the corner, but the Broski Boot is avoided. He hits Gotch with a baseball slide instead, but that allows English to throw him into the security wall to take control. We return from a break with English in control with a chin-lock. Ryder avoids two charges, but the tag attempt is cut off. Gotch with a knee to the chest and a modified arm-bar. Almost like a Chicken-Wing. English meets a double knee on a charge attempt, then Gotch gets dumped to the floor. Mojo with the hot tag, and he runs through English with shoulder tackles. Mojo with an avalanche to English and a brutal clothesline to knock Gotch off the apron. Mojo with the pounce on English, but Gotch breaks the cover. Ryder with a Broski boot to Gotch, then English dumps him. Mojo crushes him in the corner, and they finish with the Hype-Ryder at 6:35. ** Perfectly acceptable tag team match. I’m still curious about the Tag Title situation, but they did hint at the Hype Bros looking to chase tag team gold. Maybe we’ll find out next week?
- Highlights from last week’s Draft on the 1st Smackdown Live. Wasn’t this featured last week? It’s just a recap of all the draft picks made that weren’t done after the show went off the air.
- Last Monday on Monday Night Raw, Finn Balor made his main roster debut, winning a Fatal-Four Way over Rusev, Kevin Owens, and Cesaro. Roman Reigns won another Fatal-Four Way over Sami Zayn, Sheamus, and Chris Jericho. In the Main Event, Finn Balor pinned Roman Reigns clean with the Coup de Grace to earn a place at SummerSlam, to face Seth Rollins, for the newly created “WWE Universal Championship.”
Jey Uso vs. Tyler Breeze (w/ Fandango):
This is seriously the “featured match” of the week, but I guess you can say it makes sense since they did have a match at Battleground (on the Kickoff Show) and we need to play a game of 50/50. A bit peculiar that Jimmy didn’t work Tuesday night. Maybe nursing a minor injury? Lockup and Breeze with a side headlock, followed by a shoulder tackle. He celebrates by laying across the turnbuckle, Shawn Michaels style. Crisscross, they fight over a hip toss until Uso lays Breeze out with a clothesline, and now he does the posing. Uso avoids a charge to the corner, but makes the mistake of going after Fandango, allowing Breeze to put the boots to him. Uso comes back with rights and sends Breeze to the floor with a clothesline. He teases a slingshot plancha, takes a shot at Fandango, and again gets nailed by Breeze for taking his eye off the match. Back in the ring, Breeze slaps on a rear chin-lock. Uso fights free but gets knocked out of the ring with a dropkick. We return from a break with Breeze going back to the chin-lock. Uso fights free again, knocking Breeze silly with an enziguri. He ducks under a clothesline and connects with a Samoan Drop. Breeze with a distraction, but Uso remains in control. He goes to the top and Breeze nails him with an enziguri. Breeze goes up top as well, but can’t muscle him over a suplex. Uso counters with a face-drop across the turnbuckle, but it only gets two. Uso to the top rope again, but this time Breeze simply rolls away. Uso calls an audible and nails both members Breezango with the “Uso Crazy” Dive. Back in the ring, Uso goes for the Splash, but Breeze gets the knees up and cradles him for two! Uso avoids the Super Model Kick and nails his own Super-Kick for another near fall. Breeze avoids a dive to the corner, hits the Super Model Kick with Uso positioned in the corner, and rolls him up, with feet on the ropes, for three at 6:44. **1/4 Surprisingly good match, just because I’ve witnessed my fair share of poor or ultra-dull singles matches from each Uso, and Jey I’d consider the weaker worker of the two. I would’ve guessed they gave the win to Jey, but it should’ve been obvious once they had him come out by himself while Breeze had Fandango as back-up.
Final Thoughts: Only two matches kind of surprises me. You could argue less is more, since they don’t want to blow through the limited matchups they will probably run with the lower-level guys. Why not throw a squash match on here to give some other people exposure? I’m surprised that they didn’t recap anything from Smackdown Live. Even if you assume the audience has already seen the “A” Show from the Brand, why not at least bring attention to some of it and pad out the run time? Main Event only clocked in at just over 38-minutes, so throw a couple of quick recaps of what took place Throw the hype video for the debut of American Alpha and return of Shelton Benjamin. Throw SOMETHING on here to remind us that Smackdown Live happened and we should be paying attention to it.
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