KELLER & POWELL FLAGSHIP (11/14)
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WWE MAIN EVENT TV REPORT
JUNE 12, 2019
HULU STREAMING TV
REPORT BY MIKE F. MEYERS, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Renee Young, Byron Saxton
REASONS TO WATCH…
- Viking Raiders showcase the Viking Experience.
- Sarah Logan, in singles action, fears the Sharpshooter
(1) TITUS O’NEIL & NO WAY JOSE vs. THE VIKING RAIDERS
O’Neil and Jose made their entrances separately, and O’Neil was described as the first-ever 24/7 Champion. Jose’s entrance was made without the obnoxious supplemental conga line. As the Raiders made their entrance, Byron asked Renee if she was ready to “Join the raid.” She said she was ready to have the phrase tattooed on her arm.
Erik started off against Jose, and immediately he refused to partake in the two-man arm wave. Instead, he clotheslined Jose to the mat, then leveled him again with a front kick to the chest. Ivar tagged in and continued the violence. He landed a series of blows before tagging Erik back in, who followed up with shoulder thrusts to Jose’s abdomen in the corner.
Ivar tagged back in. Erik body slammed Jose in the middle of the ring, then Ivar allowed Erik to scoop him up and slam him back-first onto Jose. Ivar covered Jose for a two-count, then applied a chinlock. Ivar covered Jose again, this time grinding his forearm across Jose’s face., but Jose kicked out again. Jose managed to reverse the momentum with a neckbreaker out of nowhere, then lunged to tag in O’Neil who ran roughshod over both Raiders.
Erik tagged in and absorbed a high cross body from Jose, who had also tagged back in. Jose covered for a two-count. Jose was soon overwhelmed when Ivar tagged back in behind his back, and the Raiders combined to perform the Viking Experience for the cover and victory.
WINNERS: The Viking Raiders by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Analysis: Although WWE is clearly leaving the Viking Raiders on the back burner, it was nice to see a real tag team demolish a randomly matched pair of opponents. Their unique double-team maneuvers were refreshing for Main Event.)
-Main Event recap session:
- Recap of Shane’s victory over Reigns from Super Showdown.
- Replay of Shane and McIntyre’s Super Showdown Celebration from Raw
- Recap of Rollins brutalizing Lesnar from Super Showdown
- Replay of Rollins vs. Owens (w/ guest referee Zayn) from Raw
- Replay of Firefly Fun House
- Match rundown for upcoming PPV Stomping Grounds
- Replay of New Day vs. Owens, Ryder, & Zayn from Smackdown
(2) NATALYA vs. SARAH LOGAN
After Natalya twice escaped from Logan’s efforts, she stood tall in the ring and applauded at Logan, telling her she’s great. Natalya outclassed her for a third time, which caused Logan to get to her feet and kick the bottom rope in frustration.
Natalya quickly took down Logan and tied her up on the mat. Logan managed to reverse the hold after punching Natalya in the face. Natalya escaped and nearly locked in the Sharpshooter on the prone Logan, but Logan kicked her away. The women got to their feet, and Logan whipped Natalya by her arm violently into the middle rope, and we cut to commercial.
After the break Natalya had just managed to get the upper hand, but Logan returned fire with a cartwheel / hip toss and a knee to Natalya’s face. She covered for a two-count, then applied a headlock. Natalya leveraged Logan to the mat over her shoulder, but Logan quickly ran at Natalya, who was still on her knees, and leveled her with a low altitude dropkick. Logan dragged Natalya to the middle of the ring and covered for another two-count.
Logan strutted arrogantly around the ring and got a few boos from the audience. She landed another dropkick and covered, but Natalya kicked out yet again. Natalya sat up holding the back of her head. Logan took her time and applied an upright leg submission, and Renee commented that it would be embarrassing for Natalya to tap out to Logan.
Natalya finally tucked her head down and rolled through the maneuver, then landed a tornado clotheslines against Logan. Natalya crawled to the corner, looking like she had been run over by a M1 Abrams battle tank. Logan, also slow to get up, eventually ran at Natalya but was answered with a reverse elbow to the face. Natalya followed up with a release German suplex after ducking a clothesline. Natalya powered Logan into a corner while screaming, then landed repeated blows against her opponent.
In the middle, Natalya tried to scoop Logan’s legs out, and Logan’s struggle to resist the move appeared shoot-like. Natalya succeeded on her second attempt, but for the second time this match, Logan kicked Natalya away to avoid the Sharpshooter. Logan hoisted Natalya into the air and landed an upward-trajectory head butt to the falling Natalya, then slammed her face into the mat – this combo was good for a believable near fall.
Logan scaled the corner with Natalya prone on the mat. Natalya dodged Logan’s diving attack, and Logan ended up on her back on the canvas. Natalya ran in and began setting up the Sharpshooter, but Logan knocked her off with a forearm to the face. Natalya, still on her feet, ran at the seated Logan and blasted her with a front kick to the shoulder, and Logan snapped violently to the mat, back-first. Natalya was finally able to lock on the Sharpshooter to the stunned Logan, who quickly tapped out.
WINNER: Natalya by submission.
(Meyers’s Analysis: Last week Logan wrestled in a tag match, teaming with Tamina. This week marked her solo debut since parting ways with Riott Squad, and it was a nice showing. It featured extensive selling by both wrestlers, but unfortunately the crowd never heated up past the lukewarm setting. The match bucked the typical Main Event formula, and really built up the effectiveness of the Sharpshooter, and Logan‘s urgency to escape it.)
SHOW SCORE (0-10): 7.6
FINAL THOUGHTS: Two interesting matches continue to give Main Event a fresh feeling.