WWE Main Event - August 10, 2016
by Scrooge McSuck
- What do you know, they actually taped for Main Event this week, after all. I don't know why they did it in such a backwards manner, or why Hulu decided not to upload it until Friday morning, but here we go, another wonderful week of C-Level action with the lesser used talents from Smackdown Live.
- Tom Phillips and David Otunga are at ringside to call the action, unless otherwise noted.
Sin Cara vs. Jinder Mahal:
Umm... wait a minute, these guys are from Monday Night Raw! I guess it's a "Showcase Match" for Monday Night Raw. A good excuse to cover for the fact that half the roster was across the country. Lockup and Sin Cara with a hip throw. Why does he still pander to the crowd with "Lucha" chants when he wanted to go solo? Mahal with a side headlock and shoulder tackle. Crisscross and Sin Cara takes Mahal over with an arm drag. Sin Cara with chops and kicks. Whip to the corner and Mahal sweeps him off the turnbuckle into a clothesline. Mahal with knees across the chest, followed by a sledge from the second rope for a two count. Basement dropkick and jumping knee drop for another two count. Sin Cara fights out of a chinlock, but runs into a high knee. Sin Cara nails him coming off the middle rope with a dropkick. Sin Cara with a springboard cross body, followed by an elbow. Mahal charges and goes flying over the top, and Sin Cara follows with tope suicida. Back inside, Sin Cara with a springboard moonsault. Mahal begs him off and suckers him in with jaw buster. Sin Cara comes back with a unique DDT and comes off the top with a senton for the three count at 5:08. *1/2 This was alright, but pinning Jinder Mahal isn't the biggest accomplishment in the world.
- Flashback to Monday Night Raw, Part I... Rusev and Lana "celebrate their marriage with the WWE Universe." The ring is filled with cheap decorations and giant cakes, and if you've ever, EVER, seen one wrestling angle where a cake was involved, then you should know what to expect. Anyway, we get the traditional "happy sappy music" accompanied to a bunch of pictures from their wedding (part one), and then who should interrupt but sourpuss himself, Roman Reigns. At least he's getting some face reactions now. Roman questions why Rusev didn't have a best man, so he decided to step up and accept the duty of pouring a few drinks and toasting them. Rusev doesn't accept, so Reigns offers him the challenge of defending the US Title at SummerSlam. He toasts them for a "Bulgarian Sasquatch" marrying a Mail-Order Bride. Roman questions his manhood and the fight is on. Somewhere in the fracas Rusev gets knocked into Lana, knocking her into the cake, and she does as good of a job as possible to get herself completely covered in it. I guess that's enough to accept the challenge at SummerSlam.
- Flashback to Monday Night Raw, Part II... Mick Foley invited Daniel Bryan to Monday Night Raw to squash the beef over what happened last week between Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar, when both men decided to invade the other's "brand" and laid each other out. I know they have to do something to create interest for the match, but seriously, they went one WEEK before doing cross-over stuff, and now we've got Raw guys featured on Main Event. I wonder how long before Mick Foley goes heel as Raw's General Manager. I can see it happening by October. He just feels like he could pull off being a douchebag after years of letting people walk all over him (ignores his TNA run ever happened). Rusev interrupts their bickering over the "Universal Champion" to announce has their Champion... himself. He tries sucking up to Foley, but Bryan calls him out on it, so Foley cracks and puts him in a match, defending his title, against Cesaro. Thankfully for Rusev, Sheamus was there to cost Cesaro the match, so Rusev vs. Reigns is OFFICIAL for SummerSlam.
The Hype Bros vs. Breezango:
(Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley vs. Tyler Breeze & Fandango)
Over the course of three weeks, the Hype Bros have now fought all three heel teams on Smackdown (Breezango, the Vaudevillains, and the Ascension). Thankfully we didn't get Breeze vs. Jey Uso for three weeks in a row, no doubt because the Usos were on the Australian Tour. Ryder and Fandango start. Lockup, Fandango with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle. Crisscross and Ryder with a one-man flapjack. Mojo tags in and launches Ryder into the corner with a forearm, then clips the knee with a football tackle. Breeze comes in and gets caught with a slam. Mojo with a hard cross body and some playing to the crowd. Mojo with a slam and Ryder with a slingshot splash for two. Ryder knocks Breeze to the floor with a dropkick, but misses a plancha after a brief distraction from Fandango. We return from break with Fandango choking Ryder across the middle rope. Breezango makes a wish and Fandango hooks a chin-lock. Breezango with a double elbow drop for two. If I see that "make it rain" gesture again, I'm giving up. Ryder counters a suplex with a neck breaker and hot tags to Mojo. He runs over Fandango with a series of shoulder tackles, followed by a pair of avalanches. Whip to the ropes and he knocks him out of the ring with the pounce. Breeze from behind, but Ryder takes him out with a baseball slide. Back inside, Fandango stuns Mojo with an elbow, but a tornado DDT is countered. Mojo rams him into the corner, but he avoids the Rough Ryder. Ryder hits him with a missile dropkick, but Breeze pulls him out of the way of the Broski Boot. Breeze with the Super-Model Kick, but Mojo breaks the cover. Mojo dumps Fandango and the Rough Ryder finishes Breeze at 6:17. **1/2 Good match, but as I always say, 6-minutes isn't enough time for a tag match to really hit the next level. So in three weeks, the Hype Bros have cleanly defeated all the heel competition. On the C-Show.
Final Thoughts: Solid tag team match between the Hype Bros and Breezango, a so-so singles match between Sin Cara and Jinder Mahal. The Raw recaps were good enough filler, but I still question the decision to feature nothing but Raw recaps on Main Event and Superstars, and completely neglecting what happens from week-to-week on Smackdown Live.
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