9/20 WWE Main Event Report: Zack Ryder vs. Mike Kanellis, Mojo Rawley vs. Apollo Crews with a winning streak established for one wrestler

By Mike Meyers, PWTorch contributor

WWE Main Event results and analysis


SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Announcers:  Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph, Percy Watson


Kanellis got the edge early by whipping Ryder face-first into the middle turnbuckle.  Kanellis delivered clubbing blows and fired Ryder into another corner for more turnbuckle punishment followed by a clothesline and a big boot to the face, before sinking into a chinlock.  Ryder nearly squirmed free before Kanellis slammed him hard to the mat.  Ryder kicked out of a pin.

Ryder took advantage when Kanellis telegraphed a back body drop by planting Kanellis’ face into the canvas, and followed this with a shoulder tackle that John Cena should’ve taken notes on.  The crowd clapped in unison to urge on Ryder.  Ryder delivered a double knee lift to Kanellis’s face, followed by a missle dropkick.  Ryder had Kanellis dazed in the corner, but Kanellis slithered out of the ring beneath the bottom rope when Ryder approached with the Woo Woo Woo fist.  Kanellis, back into the ring, fired a superkick to Ryder’s jaw and got a 2-count.  Kanellis lifted Ryder into a seated position on the top turnbuckle, but Ryder leapt off and delivered a Rough Rider into a pin.  Kanellis narrowly escaped a loss by getting his foot onto the bottom rope.

Kanellis drove Ryder into the mat and got a two count before sarcastically mimicking Ryder’s rally cry.  Ryder took advantage and hit his second Rough Rider of the match, this time for the pinfall.

WINNER:  Zack Rider by pinfall.

-Main Event recap session…

  • Replay of Undertaker promo regarding Triple H from Raw
  • Becky Lynch Championship Coronation from Smackdown
  • Recap of Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss at Hell in a Cell
  • Match rundown for upcoming PPV Super Show-Down

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The bell rang with a nonchalant Rawley sitting on the bottom turnbuckle.  A tie up in the middle led to a shoulder block that knocked down Crews.  Back in the middle of the ring the wrestlers performed some go-behinds before Crews landed a drop kick and threw a side headlock on the prone Rawley.

Rawley got to his feet, but Crews maintained the headlock and whipped Rawley back onto the mat.  Rawley rose again, and this time escaped with kicks to Crews’s midsection.  Rawley charged at Crews, but Crews dodged and Rawley ended up jumping through the ropes and onto his feet at ringside.  Crews acted quickly and performed a moonsault off the ring apron, which Rawley dodged, and Crews landed on his feet.  Rawley, with his bearings back, cut Crews down with a vicious clothesline to the ringside floor.

-Conner’s Cure commercial

Back in the ring, Rawley maintained the upper hand.  He taunted Crews with his own posturing and applied a chinlock.  Rawley caught Crews mid-kick, holding his boot, but Crews countered with an enzuigiri.  Crews kicked Rawley across the side of the face, hit a clothesline, then landed a standing moonsault for a two count.  Crews pounded the mat and got the fans a momentarily involved.  Crews did a high cross body from the middle turnbuckle, but Rawley caught him, lifted him skyward and slammed him into the canvas for a two count of his own.

With Crews face-down on the mat, Rawley stalked around the ring with a disgusted look on his face.  Crews quickly sprung into action and planted another enzuigiri before scaling the corner and landing a big frog splash for the three count.  Commentators cited his two match win streak since parting ways with Titus Worldwide.

WINNER: Apollo Crews by pinfall.

-Main Event recap session:

  • Recap of Reigns vs. Strowman at Hell in a Cell
  • Replay of Reigns vs. Baron Corbin from Raw

NOW CHECK OUT THE PREVIOUS REPORT: 9/13 WWE Main Event TV Report: Zack Ryder vs. Apollo Crews, Ember Moon vs. Dana Brooke, announcers say Dana is “on her own” now

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