WADE KELLER PODCAST - EARLY PREVIEW OF ROYAL RUMBLE 2020 MEN'S MATCH, PLUS 2019 AND 2010 LOOK-BACK ROUNDTABLES
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WWE MAIN EVENT TV REPORT
DECEMBER 4, 2019
STREAMED ON HULU TV
REPORT BY MIKE F. MEYERS, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Byron Saxton, Mickie James
REASONS TO WATCH…
- Watch as Rawley grows stronger with each chop absorbed
(1) NATALYA vs. SARAH LOGAN
During Logan’s entrance, Mickie told us that Logan’s face paint is supposed to resemble the antlers of a buck. She also said she caught up with Logan before the show, and that she is adapting her style as a “huntress of sorts.”
The women traded headlocks and waistlocks to start, until Natalya fired Logan at the ropes. Logan knocked Natalya to the canvas with a shoulder block on the rebound. Natalya took Logan down with a roll up then applied a leg lock. Natalya asked, “What are you gonna do, Sarah? Call your Viking friends?” Logan reversed the hold into a single-leg crab. Natalya escaped the crab and attempted to apply the Sharpshooter, but Logan kicked her off and rolled over to the ring apron.
Natalya approached the ropes, and Logan hit her with a knee strike to the face. Natalya came back and carried Logan across the ring, slamming her into the turnbuckles. She laid in stiff forearms to Logan, then hit back-to-back snap suplexes. Logan rolled out to ringside.
Logan got back in the ring and knocked Natalya over with another knee strike, then covered for a two-count. Logan applied an arm bar and did a nice bit of thrashing about. In spite of the thrashing, Natalya battled out and face-planted Logan. Natalya covered for two. Natalya tried again for the Sharpshooter, but again Logan kicked her off.
Logan charged at Natalya in the corner and landed a double knee strike to the chest. She lifted Natalya to her feet and set up for a suplex, but Natalya made a leverage move to roll up Logan for the pin and victory.
WINNER: Natalya by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Analysis: This was another Natalya vs. Logan match. It seemed designed for Logan to get some practice with grappling, reversals, and go-behinds.)
-Main Event recap session:
- Video package of Rollins’s town hall, and altercation with Owens and AOP from Raw
- Replay of Rollins’s “apology” from Raw
- Replay of Lashley vs. Owens, including Rusev run-in, from Raw
- Replay of Charlotte Flair vs. Kabuki Warriors from Raw
- Replay of Daniel Bryan’s in-ring promo, and the Fiend’s sneak attack, from Smackdown
- Replay of Mysterio, Ricochet, & Carillo vs. The O.C. from Raw
(2) CEDRIC ALEXANDER vs. MOJO RAWLEY
Rawley had apparently run out of blue face paint, and as a result had red lines drawn on his face. The cartography motif was the same, just with a new color scheme.
Rawley delayed the start of the match by sitting in the corner and ducking through the ropes. When the time was right, he emerged and nailed Alexander with a knee-lift to the abdomen. Alexander staggered into a corner, where Rawley drove him through the ropes with the sole of his boot against Alexander’s chin.
The ref backed off Rawley, allowing Alexander to get to his feet, then Rawley moved back in. Alexander struck him with three chops to the chest, with Rawley purposely absorbing the blows in an exhibition of badassery. He then responded with a front kick to Alexander’s gut. Rawley fired Alexander across the ring into the opposite corner, where he smashed into the turnbuckles and collapsed to the mat. We cut to break.
After the break, Alexander was handpsringing off the ropes toward Rawley, but Rawley hoisted him up into a fireman’s carry. Alexander slipped down and rolled Rawley up, but Rawley kicked out at two. Alexander jumped at Rawley again, this time taking him down with a crucifix pin for another two-count. With Rawley on his knees, Alexander kicked him in the head, stunning Rawley. He performed another handspring off the ropes and this time hit the Neuralyzer, but Rawley kicked out during the pin. Alexander looked shocked as he got to his feet.
Alexander springboarded off the ropes at Rawley, but Rawley intercepted him and planted him to the mat with the Alabama Slam. This was good for the three-count.
WINNER: Mojo Rawley by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Analysis: Some decent action. Rawley came away looking pretty tough.)
SHOW SCORE (0-10): 7.2
FINAL THOUHTS: Stay tuned next week for another Main Event report!