WWE Main Event
April 22nd, 2014
Announcers: Tom Philips & Byron Saxton
*INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH: (C) Big E vs. Alberto del Rio
Pretty sweet deal for del Rio as he loses in the first round of #1 contender tournament and then gets a title shot. Loud Big E chant to start. Big E dominates to start, clotheslining del Rio out of the ring, but del Rio hits a hangman and then a tornado DDT for two. Del Rio goes for a headlock. Big E fights out and hits some clotheslines and del Rio headbutts out of a belly to belly and hits a superkick to a down on his knees Big E for two. Del Rio jumps off the top, but Big E catches him and hits a belly to belly, followed by the splash, and then goes for the Big Finish, but del Rio counters and pushes E into the corner and hits the enziguri for two. Del Rio goes for the cross-armbreaker but gets put in the corner. Del Rio attempts a tornado DDT, but Big E counters to a BIG ENDING for the win. Originally I thought this would be the two segment match…BAD NEWS BARRETT IS ON THE SCISSOR LIFT! Big E’s day as champ are numbered and he’s been a horrible champ. The match itself gets a point and I’m tempted to give it two points because of #BNB. 1 for 1
*Hornswoggle w/3MB vs. El Torito w/Los Matadores
Jesus Christ. The re-match of the century supposedly. I do enjoy the fact that it gets a video package to start. It’s a midget match, but Torito actually tries wrestling a real match, working the arm to start. They roll around a bit and Torito gets a cloverleaf and then goes to a headlock. Torito actually comes off as an athlete, while Hornswoggle seems like a little person you might run into your local bar. Hornswoggle takes advantage with a horrible headlock where he pulls on the horns for leverage. So is he still a leprechaun who lives under the ring? Hornswoggle actually hits a lariat that looks pretty good for someone with the body of a chubby third grader. Torito takes a very long jump to the top and hits a cross-body and follows with a bronco-buster. Or bull-buster according to Byron. Heath gets on the apron distracting Torito and the Matadors and 3mB facing off on the outside. Torito misses a springboard moonsault and Hornswoggle hits a Tadpole Splash for the win. This ties the series at 1. I have to hope the blow-off comes at a PPV or “special.” What the Hell, it was quick and kind of entertaining, 2 for 2.
*Sheamus vs. Titus O’Neil
Titus overpowers Sheamus to start, sending him to the outside. Sheamus hits a tilt-a-whirl slam for two. Titus actually gets Sheamus on the apron and tries for the CLUBBERING BLOWS, but Sheamus fights out. Sheamus goes for his slingshot attack, but Titus elbows him to the face and barks. Titus gets a headlock, and tries for a fall-away slam but Sheamus catches himself and hits a kick. Looked kind of weird not sure what happened there. Sheamus catches Titus and hits his CLUBBERING BLOWS, which Philips calls the Ten Beats of the Bowry. I like Clubbering Blows more. Sheamus tries for a cross-body, but Titus catches him with a fallaway slam for two. Titus gets a backbreaker and then drops it down and gets a two. Titus slaps away at Sheamus and Sheamus pushes him off and hits the Brogue Kick for two. Pretty good big man, hoss match, 3 for 3.
*Ryback w/Curtis Axel vs. Jimmy Us w/Jey Uso
Recap of Rybaxel attacking the Usos. This would be an automatic point if it was just Ryback on commentary. Jimmy takes the fight to Ryback and dropkicks him out of the ring and hits a big splash to the outside. Jimmy rolls Ryback in the ring and hits some moves but Ryback hits a clothesline and takes over. Ryback rolls to the outside to avoid a superkick, and comes back in and continues to overpower Jimmy. Ryback gets tossed to the floor and tries for a cross-body, but Ryback catches him, and goes to slam him, but Jimmy sneaks out the back and runs Ryback into the post and we go to a COMMERCIAL BREAK. We come back with Ryback in control. I hope we get a vintage GTV of Ryback’s dad serving beer to Mr. Perfect. Ryback hits a hanging vertical suplex for two. Ryback hits the Meathook for two. Ryback tries something from the second rope and as usual it results in two boots to the face. Jimmy tries fighting back and hits some chops, Ryback goes for a slam but Jimmy pushes Ryback into the post. Jimmy hits some more chops but runs into a boot for two. Ryback goes for a powerbomb, but Jimmy hits a back body drop and then a couple of clotheslines and a big flying kick followed by a Samoan drop. Jimmy goes up top for a cross-body for two. Jimmy measures Ryback with the superkick and then hits a running butt for two. When Jimmy started dancing after Ryback was in the corner, I thought we’d see a stink-face. Jimmy goes up top, but Ryback fights him up there, but Jimmy fights him off. Jimmy jumps off to go after Axel who gets on the apron and Ryback knocks Uso off the apron. Ryback then brings Jimmy back in and hits the Shell-Shock for the win. Really good match, maybe the best Ryback match I’ve ever seen, and Uso looked really good also. Good job BIG GUY. 4 for 4
Final Thoughts: Really fun show. No stand-out, OMG matches, but four really good, solid wrestling matches, which is all I ask for Main Event. I will say though that the show is about 10 minutes longer now without it being on Ion first. I like it.