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WWE MAIN EVENT TV REPORT
SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
STREAMED ON HULU
REPORT BY MIKE F. MEYERS, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Renee Young, Byron Saxton
REASONS TO WATCH…
- Brooke and Logan continue to give fresh takes on a stale feud
- No Way Jose works hard, takes to the skies
(1) NO WAY JOSE vs. MOJO RAWLEY
Jose danced his way to the ring, followed by a conga line. He was wearing a “Vote for Jose” shirt in the style of Napolean Dynamite’s “Vote for Pedro.” Rawley made his entrance and looked angry, likely because of the low-grade henna patterns someone scrawled on his face while he napped backstage.
Rawley had the upper hand early, but Jose slowed him down with two clubbing forearms. Jose began dancing while Rawley recoverd on the canvas, then threw Rawley through the ropes out to ringside when Rawley charged at him. Rawley quickly hopped up onto the ring apron, but Jose knocked him to the floor again with another forearm. Jose then fired himself over the top rope and landed a high cross body to Rawley on the floor.
Back in the ring, Rawley knocked Jose down twice with a jawbreaker and a shoulder tackle before covering for a two-count. Rawley laid in some boot-oriented punishment to Jose who was prone in the corner. He then whipped Jose hard into the opposite corner, then covered for another two-count. Rawley applied an arm bar.
Jose escaped but Rawley crushed him with two big splashes in opposite corners. On his third splash attempt, Jose intercepted and nailed Rawley with a drop kick. Both men struggled to get to their feet. Jose regained his momentum and repeatedly knocked Rawley down with punches and clotheslines, then landed a corner splash of his own. Jose hit a backstabber on Rawley, who then rolled out to ringside. Jose maneuvered onto the apron and took Rawley out with a somersault senton on the floor.
Rawley rolled into the ring while Jose climbed the corner. Jose launched into another high flying cross body and hit his target. Jose transitioned this into a pin and a two-count. Rawley escaped a fireman’s carry, then fired Jose face-first into a middle turnbuckle. Rawley moved to another corner, then sprinted in and smashed Jose with the Woman’s Right, staggering Jose. This allowed Rawley to hoist him up and execute the Alabama Slam, which was good for the three-count.
WINNER: Mojo Rawley by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Analysis: This was a standard Main Event singles match with a slight interest boost resulting from Jose’s repeated high-flying maneuvers. He definitely isn’t lazy, even on the Raw pre-show. A solid show-opener.)
-Main Event recap session:
- Replay of Rollins-Strowman contract signing interrupted by the OC from Raw
- Banks/Bayley video package
- Replay of Bayley in-ring promo interrupted by Charlotte from Smackdown
- Replay of Revival/Orton beatdown of Kofi from Smackdown
- Match rundown for upcoming PPV Clash of Champions
- Reigns Whodunit video package
- Replay of Rowan’s beatdown of Reigns from Smackdown
(2) DANA BROOKE vs. SARAH LOGAN
With her entrance music still playing, Logan cheap shotted Brooke from behind with a clothesline that knocked Brooke out of the ring. Logan climbed into the ring and Logan immediately pounced, and the two had to be separated by the referee. Once Logan moved to a neutral corner, the ref called for the bell and the match began.
Logan was already charging at Brooke as the bell rang, and she fittingly laid in the boots in the corner. Brooke reeled on the mat while Logan howled triumphantly into the air. Logan covered Brooke for a two-count. Logan landed a knee strike to Brooke who was draped across the middle rope, then knocked her out to ringside again with a baseball slide. Logan seemed amused in the ring while the ref counted Brooke’s exit.
In the ring, Logan applied a chinlock to Brooke. Logan utilized heel choking tactics against Brooke on the ropes, but Brooke was able to kick Logan’s feet out from under her, forcing her down to the floor. Brooke, on the apron, missed a front kick at Logan, then Logan swept Brooke’s leg out from under her, causing her to faceplant on the floor. Logan rolled Brooke back into the ring as we cut to commercial.
After the break, the wrestlers were trading blows but Logan got the upper hand and straddled a prone Brooke and continued raining down blows. The ref separated the women and Brooke returned fire. The fight spilled outside the ring where Brooke shot Logan into the barrier, then landed hard repeated chops and forearms to Logan’s chest.
Brooke rolled Logan into the ring, then scaled the corner. She gathered her balance, then launched into a forward rolling senton from the top rope, hitting her mark squarely. Brooke covered Logan for a believable near fall. The crowd really heated up for this sequence.
Logan quickly turned the tide with a hard right cross and a running knee-strike to the back of Brooke’s neck. Brooke collapsed, and Logan covered for a three-count.
WINNER: Sarah Logan by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Analysis: Yet another match in the interminable Brooke-Logan feud. Still, the match was quite good and had nice flashes of anger and brutal violence. The crowd really swelled during Brooke’s climb to the top rope before landing the senton. Nice pacing toward that climax, but the actual ending was abrupt.)
SHOW SCORE (0-10): 7.6
FINAL THOUGHTS:If there were such a thing as an average episode of Main Event, this episode would score marginally above that theoretical average. Of the two matches on this episode, the women’s was marginally better than the men’s, which itself was marginally better than the theoretical average Main Event men’s match.