Welcome back to WWE’s Tuesday night specialty, WWE Main Event. Tonight’s show comes to us from the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Advertised for the show is a Raw rematch between Mark Henry and Bo Dallas. Can lightning strike twice for the under-matched Dallas?
Like usual, I write a recap of everything, throwing in my opinion along the way. At the end of it all I wrap everything up with a cool little Final Thoughts section. Let’s get to this show.
Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter) vs. Cesaro
A pre-recorded interview airs during the intros where Zeb Colter says that Cesaro is a candidate for deportation based on his recent performance. Cesaro also has a pre-recorded interview in which he asks what the difference is between a battery and The Real Americans. “At least a battery has a positive side.” Byron Saxton thinks the joke was funny. Cesaro then says that he’ll be the next Intercontinental Champion.
The crowd seems eager to want to get behind Swagger as plenty of “We The People” chants are heard in the beginning. The match is slow starting out, but not boring by any means. Cesaro is able to toss Swagger over the ropes to the outside and follows up with a double ax handle onto him. He taunts Swagger as the show cuts to a break.
Back from the break and Cesaro is still in control. Cesaro drops a couple of forearms off the ropes, but Swagger stops him from a third. After a little bit of a struggle on the top turnbuckle, Swagger is able to do an overhead throw onto Cesaro that launches him three quarters of the way across the ring. Comeback time!
Swagger leads the crowd in a “We The People” chant before hitting Cesaro with his Swagger Bomb. He goes for a pin but only gets a two count. Swagger attempts a gut-wrench suplex shortly after, but Cesaro counters with a back-body drop. As Cesaro slowly walks back to him Swagger grabs him by the ankle and goes for the Patriot Lock. Cesaro scrambles out of that quickly. This match is really good so far.
Cesaro goes for his Neutralizer finisher, but as he’s cracking his neck to set up the move Swagger back body drops him. Impressively, Cesaro rolls him up as he’s going over and turns into a sunset flip. He rolls him up for a pinfall but Jack Swagger grabs him by the ankle and counters that pin into a Patriot Lock! Everything from the Neutralizer attempt until now has been a series of counters, I don’t know if I made that point clear enough.
Cesaro claws his way to any rope he can find and eventually finds one to break the hold. Swagger tries to drag him away from the ropes anyway and Cesaro pulls up most of the ring apron in the process. This was a well-calculated move as he thumbs Swagger right in the eye while the ref fixes the apron.
Cesaro hits an uppercut onto Swagger and rolls him up for a successful pinfall. He’s also grabbing his leg during the pin, because of the Patriot Lock and all. What a great match. I try not to do so much play-by-play during my write-ups on these matches, but this one was too good not to. I didn’t want to leave out the good counters and well-thought out psychology of it.
Winner by pinfall: Cesaro
Cesaro hops out of the ring in victory. Swagger sells the eye poke and Colter signals it to show that he was robbed in this one.
A graphic is shown to remind us of the Mark Henry/Bo Dallas rematch later. Kane is seen on his phone backstage. Natalya then shows up to suggest that her husband, Tyson Kidd, should be in a match on Main Event. Tyson then shows up to to argue about how she drug him to a Rosa match the night before on Raw. As the two banter, Kane looks frustrated and finally yells to tell them that Tyson has a match, up next. Tyson Kidd on Main Event? Sounds fantastic to me.
Michael and Byron tell us from their announce seats that WWE is teaming with Susan G. Komen for the third straight year. The Hulk Hogan in pink stuff from Raw is recapped.
Tyson Kidd (w/Natalya) vs. Kofi Kingston
Byron Saxton says that Tyson is stuck between a rock and his wife. I’m not a viewer of Total Divas, but if that stuff leads to Tyson getting TV time, then I’m all for it.
At one point in the match, Tyson has Kofi hung up in a Tree of Woe in the corner ropes. He distracts the ref, hoping that Natalya will move in and choke him or something. When Nattie passes on the opportunity to cheat, Tyson scolds her.
This was a really athletic match, like you’d expect between these two. Kofi brought things like top rope Cross-bodies and Tyson did an elbow drop off of the middle of the top ropes. The finish came via Sharpshooter by Tyson, who had to viciously stomp the life out of Kofi to get it locked in.
Winner by submission: Tyson Kidd
Natalya seemed giddy about her husband’s win. She came into the ring to celebrate with Tyson, but Tyson seemed more interested in celebrating solo. Natalya walked out of the ring, distraught. Byron Saxton, the heel commentator, had been defending Tyson the entire time. Cole told him that there’s a reason he doesn’t have a girlfriend. Oh, the delightful banter between those two.
It’s Raw Rebound time and we get to watch all of the Cena/Ambrose/Rollins stuff. This is followed by one of those Luke Harper promos with Bray Wyatt. “Peekaboo…you’re doomed!”
Renee Young Interviews Mark Henry Backstage
Renee shows Henry the footage of his loss to Bo Dallas, then his attack of the Inspirational One backstage. She asks Mark how he feels going into this match. He talks about his losses to Rusev and the Bo upset. Even more than that, he’s had an emotional breakdown. He says it’s a new day and promises to throw Bo like a lawn dart because that’s what he does.
On this Friday’s Smackdown, Sheamus and Ziggler will team up to take on The Miz and Damien Mizdow in a tag team match, according to Byron Saxton.
Summer Rae & Layla vs. Brie Bella
Footage is shown of Brie’s handicap match against Eva Marie & Cameron from Raw the night before. On a side note, I really don’t like Brie’s theme music. I’ve been waiting to see if it grows on me, but it hasn’t. Nikki is shown backstage, looking on.
While Byron is doing his best to defend the actions of the evil twin Nikki, Michael Cole asks him if he listens to the words he says. “Well, yes, I have a headset.” That line by Byron stuck me as funny.
Loud “Yes!” chants started rumbling in the crowd as Layla connected with a cross body off of the middle rope. Layla pinned and only got a one count. Both girls stood up and Brie connected with an X-Factor (didn’t I just give Sean Waltman a shout out last week?) and followed up with a pinfall for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Brie Bella
The crowd is fully behind Brie’s win with plenty of hands up doing the “Yes!” chants. Nikki is still watching from backstage, not happy with her sister’s win. The big match between Bo Dallas and Mark Henry is up next. Will Bo become a lawn dart as promised?
Back from a break and Michael Cole talks about the serious issue of The Big Show desecrating the Russian Flag. I didn’t hear of any actual outrage by any actual Russians, but WWE is doing a fairly good job at playing this off like an international incident. Next Monday, Roman Reigns will be giving an exclusive interview on Raw to discuss his health.
Bo Dallas vs. Mark Henry
Bo comes out first and he gets a pretty strong chorus of boos. Bo Dallas, to the tune of “What?” chants, explains how his body is sore. but it’s not nearly as sore as that sore loser, Mark Henry. Bo says that he knows that Mark Henry is mad, but he needs to find ways to channel that anger, possibly by finding a hobby. “You obviously like eating, why not take some cooking classes?” HA. He mentions a few other hobbies before mentioning his favorite hobby of all…”All you have to do is Bo-L…” Mark’s music cuts in before he can finish the sentence.
This match was a straight up beat down. Henry clobbered Dallas and taunted him in that awesome Henry way throughout the process. Henry had Dallas in the corner and was stomping on him, ignoring the ref who was imploring him to stop. Since Henry refused to leave the corner, the ref counted to five. Henry didn’t seem concerned about the count, so that lead to a disqualification.
Winner by disqualification: Bo Dallas.
Henry was pretty upset about the loss, so he charged Bo and did two World Strongest Slams to him. The crowd seemed pretty in favor of this, even chanting “One More Time.” Henry grabbed a mic and said this to his opponent…”You best believe me, that is what I do!” Bo was lifeless in the ring as the angry Mark Henry walked away from the ring. The ref tended to Bo as the show closed.
Mitch’s Final Thoughts:
What a great hour of WWE programming. There was so much to enjoy in the ring this week. The Swagger/Cesaro opener was stellar. Thinking of this match along with the triple threat IC Title match from Raw and the US Championship match from Night Of Champions, it’s safe to say that Cesaro is currently having a fantastic run right now. Give the guy a solid ten minutes or more and he will deliver. Hopefully the higher-ups at WWE notice how well he’s been delivering.
The Kidd/Kingston match was another great match. Both guys have complementary styles and help fill a gap that used to be filled by the Rey Mysterio types on the roster. It doesn’t seem like I see this style much beyond NXT these days. The marital strife story was the point of it all, but I’ll take the reality TV nonsense if it allows for talented wrestlers to get televised matches. Along with the Divas match, these two were more of the filler of the show, but both were more solid than not.
I wasn’t expecting too much from the Henry/Dallas match. I thought it might serve the purpose of getting Henry his win back, but I like the angle they took instead. The World’s Strongest Man performed an incredibly angry beat down on the inferior Dallas and it was ugly. Because of the DQ ending, Dallas now has back-to-back wins against the former World Champion.
Great show for me, I’ll definitely call this an above average edition of Main Event. Solid wrestling is always a good formula for me to put a show over and I think this episode delivered.
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