7/29 Powell's WWE Main Event Live review: Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio
By Jason Powell
WWE Main Event Live on WWE Network
Corpus Christi, Texas at American Bank Center
Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton introduced the show and hyped footage from Raw of the Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella segment...
Dean Ambrose made his entrance wearing street clothes. "I'm back and I'm in a foul mood," Ambrose said while standing in the ring. He mentioned his promotional tour that kept him away from Raw (storyline) and said it was an easy way for The Authority to keep him away from Seth Rollins.
Ambrose challenged Rollins to come to the ring. He asked if Rollins was going to hide backstage and eat protein bars with Triple H or come to the ring and get nuts. Ambrose took off his jacket and there was no sign of Rollins. Ambrose took a seat in the ring briefly and said, "Nothing, yeah, that's what I thought." Ambrose said he will go through whoever The Authority puts in front of him, but he will make Rollins pay the price for selling out.
Alberto Del Rio walked onto the stage and spoke as he walked to the ring. He said Ambrose looks like he just came out of a dumpster. Del Rio told Ambrose to stop worrying about Rollins and start worrying about him. Del Rio entered the ring and noted that Ambrose still had his shoulder wrapped. He said it was like a present for him and he wanted to take his arm home with him like a trophy. Del Rio kicked the shoulder of Ambrose and then left the ring...
The broadcast team spoke at ringside and recapped the segment, then shifted to discussing the SummerSlam main event. Footage aired from Raw of the John Cena and Paul Heyman opening segment... The Uso Brothers were shown walking backstage and the broadcast team said they would be in action after the break... [C]
Powell's POV: A solid setup for the Ambrose and Del Rio match. It beat going cold into the match involving two wrestlers who don't have any notable history together. Meanwhile, why hype Raw highlights as the major hook for the show right out of the gate? I assume they hyped something else for the show, but I had a network feed hiccup and I am still afraid to hit the rewind button during a live show because it never seems to work properly.
1. The Uso Brothers vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel in a non-title match. Xavier Woods sat in on commentary while Big E and Kofi Kingston stood by. Woods said he is voicing the trio's frustrations to the world. He said that despite all the secondary titles that Kingston has won, he has yet to receive a single shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He said they are watching each other's backs and now they will succeed.
Woods said he signed autographs and was a nice guy when he joined WWE, but he sees the error of his ways. He said he blames the distractions of having people tell them what to do for their past struggles.
In the ring, Ryback performed what appeared to be a top rope elbow drop, but Jey Uso moved out of the way and then tagged in his brother. Axel performed a PerfectPlex on Jimmy for a two count. A short time later, Jimmy Uso performed a top rope splash on Axel for the win. Afterward, the Uso Brothers and Woods, E, and Kingston had a brief staredown...
The Uso Brothers defeated Curtis Axel and Ryback in 7:00.
The broadcast team hyped the main event as well as the Raw footage of Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella... [C]
Powell's POV: The most interesting part of the match was Woods on commentary. He did a nice job of answering some of the basic questions about the trio. He is a good talker in that he sounds like he believes what he's saying. The match itself was fine, but it's hard to view Rybaxel as anything more than an enhancement tag team. It's not their fault as much as it is the way they have been positioned as the heel duo that puts over all the babyface tag teams.
The broadcast team set up the Raw Rebound footage of Brie and Stephanie... The broadcast team read a tweet from Daniel Bryan saying he was proud of Brie Bella, then they hyped SummerSlam... Philips said Michael Cole will have an interview with Brie Bella on the WWE website on Wednesday... Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil headed to the ring for a tag match... [C]
A Slater Gator pop-box promo was shown. Slater was once again fired up about his team name, whereas Titus said he didn't even want to be teaming with him...
Powell's POV: If only there was a group of disgruntled black wrestlers that Titus could align himself with.
2. Zack Ryder and Tyson Kidd vs. Titus O'Neil and Heath Slater. Ryder has a black goatee that brings back memories of the alternate universe version of Eric Cartman on South Park. Kidd had a nice flurry of offense on Slater, then caught Titus with a nice kick to the head. Ryder hit the Broski Boot, then Kidd performed a nice running dropkick on Slater while he was tied up in the Tree of Woe. However, Slater caught Kidd on the ropes, slammed him, and pinned him...
Titus O'Neil and Heath Slater beat Zack Ryder and Tyson Kidd in 4:50.
Powell's POV: It appears the idea is to make Slater Gator something of a bickering babyface duo with Titus not being happy with the obliviously happy Slater. It could be decent comedy relief if they play it right as Slater definitely has a fun personality when he's not playing air guitar.
The broadcast team hyped that Randy Orton would deliver a message to Roman Reigns on Friday's Smackdown television show... Dean Ambrose made his entrance for the main event... [C] Alberto Del Rio made his entrance...
3. Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio. Ambrose went right after Del Rio to start the match. Del Rio came back when Ambrose charged at him in the corner, missed, and sold his taped shoulder. Del Rio applied a hold to target the shoulder of Ambrose. The crowd clapped in support of Ambrose, who broke free with punches.
Ambrose went to the top rope, but Del Rio tripped him up. Del Rio set up for a move, but Ambrose gouged his eyes to break free and knock him to the mat. Ambrose followed up with a missile dropkick. Ambrose threw punches and kicks. Del Rio backdropped Ambrose over the top rope, but Ambrose landed on his feet on the apron. Del Rio caught him with kick that knocked him to the floor heading into the commercial break. [C]
Del Rio had a hell of a goose egg and a cut on his eye that he entered the match with. He performed a superplex for a two count. Ambrose came back with a clothesline and a running cross body block. Del Rio cut him off with a punch, but missed a running kick and went through the ropes. Ambrose went right after him with a suicide dive that knocked Del Rio into empty chairs in the front row.
Ambrose, who was bleeding from the mouth, performed a cool tornado DDT for a good near fall. Del Rio came back with a shoulder jacker and then hit his superkick on the kneeling Ambrose for a two count. Del Rio went for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Ambrose dodged it and then performed a clothesline.
Seth Rollins walked out to boos. Ambrose went to ringside and brawled with Rollins and the bell rang immediately. Ambrose got the better of the brawl initially by slamming the head of Rollins into the announcers' desk. Rollins came back with punches, but Ambrose whipped him into the barricade. Ambrose rolled Rollins inside the ring and then clotheslined him over the top rope. Amrose was announced as the winner by DQ.
Dean Ambrose beat Alberto Del Rio by DQ in 13:40.
Powell's POV: A quality match with hard work from both men. The finish didn't make much sense since Ambrose went to the floor to confront Rollins, so it's not like Rollins interfered for the DQ. I was actually waiting for Triple H to come out and have the result of the match changed. Still, I'll take a flawed ruling over the usual "apparent non-finish." Overall, a solid edition of Main Event mostly thanks to the main event and the explanation of Woods regarding his new trio.
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