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WWE MAIN EVENT TV REPORT
SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
HULU STREAMING TV
REPORT BY MIKE F. MEYERS, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Dio Maddin
REASONS TO WATCH…
- Kalisto is standing tall, on the wings of his dreams
(1) NO WAY JOSE vs. MOJO RAWLEY
Dio, alongside Renee and Byron, danced to Jose’s entrance music, and indicated that his favorite part of the song was where it says, “No way Jose.” Byron reminded us that Jose and Rawley squared off two weeks ago, and Rawley came away with the win.
When the bell rang, Rawley powered Jose into a corner. He broke cleanly, but slapped Jose’s chest. Rawley moved to the opposite corner and sat on the bottom turnbuckle. When Jose approached, Rawley refused to engage. The ref snapped at him to carry on with the match, which he wouldn’t. The crowd started booing, and the ref began counting Rawley out despite technically being in the ring. This drew Rawley to his feet.
After Rawley took Jose down a couple times, he retired again on another turnbuckle. This time Jose took it straight to him with a dropkick into the corner. Jose clotheslined Rawley over the top rope. Jose rolled Rawley back into the ring, where Rawley recovered and draped Jose over the top rope before clotheslining him from behind. Rawley taunted the prone Jose, “You don’t deserve to be in here with me! I just kicked the crap outta you!”
Rawley maintained the upper hand, and while Jose remained on the canvas, Rawley scaled the corner ropes, facing the fans, and unzipped his black vest. He proceeded to flick sweat from each pectoralis major (sternal head origination) out toward the fans. When he descended back to the mat, Jose attempted but missed a drop kick. Rawley drew him to his feet by his hair, but Jose caught him with a right forearm, stunning Rawley.
Jose landed two corner splashes, then leveled Rawley with a clothesline in the middle. Jose then landed a high cross body from the top rope, which was good for a two-count. Jose dodged a running attack from Rawley, then rolled him up for a two count. In the opposite corner, Rawley caught Jose with an Alabama slam, then covered for the three-count.
WINNER: Mojo Rawley by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Analysis: Rawley exhibited some decent heel characteristics, but not much else to see here.)
-Main Event recap session:
- Replay of Gable ruining King Corbin’s coronation ceremony from Smackdown
- Replay of Owens serving Shane McMahon a lawsuit from Smackdown
- Replay of Rowan / Harper brutalizing Bryan / Reigns from Smackdown
- Replay of Lesnar—Heyman challenging Kofi from Smackdown
- Replay of Roode vs. Rollins from Raw, culminating with the Fiend destroying Mayor Kane
(2) GRAN METALIK & KALISTO (w/Lince Dorado) vs. ERIC YOUNG & EC3
During his entrance, Renee told us that EC3 has had pep in his step due to recent success with online dating.
Metalik launched immediately into his “King of the Ropes” routine against Young, maintaining the upper hand and high ground. Kalisto tagged in and landed a somersault senton over the top rope onto Young, and was then splashed onto Young by Metalik. Kalisto covered for a two-count.
LHP soon knocked Young and EC3 out of the ring, then landed a convenient double dive attack through the ropes at ringside. We crashed to break.
Metalik again was flying over the top rope to take out EC3 at ringside. In the ring, Kalisto took down Young with a Salida del Sol, good for the three-count. Dipshit fans were shown at ringside, mugging for the camera with exaggerated celebrations.
WINNERS: Gran Metalik & Kalisto by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Analysis: It’s cool to catch glimpses of Kalisto’s blinding speed and agility. He’s severely underutilized, but that isn’t a headline anywhere. Brief and otherwise skippable.)
SHOW SCORE (0-10): 5.2
FINAL THOUGHTS: Even if you don’t want to watch a complete episode of Perfect Strangers instead of Main Event, at least check out its theme song. One of the best in the business.