WWE Main Event TV review: The Lucha Dragons vs. Curtis Axel and Heath Slater, Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro, Stardust vs. Zack Ryder
By John Moore
WWE Main Event
Taped February 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Aired February 18, 2015 on Hulu Plus
Welcome to the show that WWE Creative forgot, WWE Main Event. The broadcast team consisted of Tom Philips and John Bradshaw Layfield...
Lucha! Lucha! Lucha! Lucha! In a nice change of pace, we began Main Event with the immediate past NXT Tag Team Champions, The Lucha Dragons. This is Kalisto's WWE Main Roster "debut". JBL credited them as being the ones to knock off the undefeated Ascension in NXT. Coming out next to Axel's awesome Perfect Remix, the team of Curtis Axel and Heath Slater...
1. The Lucha Dragons vs. Curtis Axel and Heath Slater Kalisto started off the match against Heath Slater. Kalisto started off with some kicks to his innovative armdrag. Screaming Lucha! Kalisto did a tightrope armdrag. While Kalisto did his Lucha arm pump thing like an idiot, Heath Slater took down Kalisto with some kicks of his own.
Axel tagged in. Kalisto came back with a huracanrana and some kicks. It didn't last long as Axel got some kicks and stomps on Kalisto. JBL said here that he was a fan of Sin Cara ever since he was the original Mistico in Mexico (Before you get on JBL for rewriting history. This fact is in fact true. Hunico, was the first and Original Mistico [de Juarez]. Mistico [de Mexico City] was kinda the guy that stole Hunico's gimmick which is why we got the Sin Cara Negro storyline.). Slater and Axel worked over Kalisto in their corner keeping him away from Cara. Axel hit Kalisto with a nice backdrop and tagged in Slater.
Slater beat on Kalisto while playing for heat from the crowd. When Kalisto tried to come back, Slater twarted him for a two count. Heath Slater tagged in Axel while mocking that [dumb] Lucha arm pump thing. Axel landed his smooth looking dropkick for a kicked out pin. Slater came back in as the heel team continued to keep Kalisto away from his partner. The isolation didn't last long because with a backflip and a front-roll, Kalisto managed to escape and tag in the fresh Sin Cara who came in with a forearm from the top rope.
Sin Cara hit the crossbody on slater and caught him with a springboard moonsault, Axel kicked slater out of a pin. With Axel knocked to the outside, Kalisto got the blind tag where the tag team landed a flying clothesline/power bomb combo on Heath for the three count. As the Lucha Dragons celebrated their main roster win, Tom Philips transitioned us to highlights of the Ric Flair and HHH confrontation...
The Lucha Dragons beat Heath Slater and Curtis Axel via pinfall in 5:08.
Johnny's Thoughts: Standard tag team fare; but that wasn't a bad thing. This was a nice introduction of the Lucha Dragons to the main roster. The announcers did a very nice job here building up how good the Lucha Dragons were based on their success in NXT and against the Ascension. The arm pump thing is still stupid more stupid than RVD's thumbs, but everything else about them, from their entrance to their maneuvers, they looked very good here.
After the video, Stardust made his way to the ring. Tom Philips noted that Stardust was going through an identity crisis with his Cody identity. The dissolving family ties was highlighted... [C] Out next was a rare Zack Ryder sighting, straight from the hell known as injuries and WWE Superstars...
Johnny's Thought: Maybe Ryder should go back to wearing his one-legged pants to get noticed again...
2. Stardust vs. Zack Ryder. Stardust started off the match acting as wacky as ever. He dominated quickly with kicks. Stardust planted Ryder with a delayed front suplex for the two count. Ryder tried to come back in the corner, but Stardust managed to come back for another pin attempt. The crowd chanted "Cody! Cody!" which made Cody act electrified. Ryder was then placed in an angled headlock. Ryder came back with a faceplant on dust. After a double knee to the face, Ryder hit a missile dropkick on Stardust. Cody caught Ryder with a forearm. Stardust hit CrossRhodes for the three count...
Stardust beat Zack Ryder via pinfall in 2:12.
Coming up later on, we were going to get Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro. We were also getting a Cena vs. Rusev feud recap later on as well... [C]
Johnny's Thoughts: Standard squash, but the story here was the crowd picking up on the Cody identity thing and chanting Cody, while Stardust reacted according during and after the match.
Back from the break. Tom Philips started pimping the Muscle and Fitness issue featuring a ripped 69 year old Vince McMahon. Vince had a giant chain in this issue for some reason... A Cena/Rusev video was shown...
3. Titus O' Neil vs. Adam Rose. Rose won the initial lockup. Titus came back with a high big boot. Titus started some slaps in the corner. Rose reversed a slam but got caught with a shoulder block. Rose tried to escape, but Titus brought him back in the ring. The Rose Buds interfered for the DQ. As the Rosebuds and Rose beat on Titus. Darren Young came in and cleaned house to save his Primetime partner. Titus hit Clash of the Titus on the green haired bud, while Young hit his gutbuster on the pilgrim bud. The Primetime Players stood tall. Millions of Dollars... [C]
Titus O' Neil beat Adam Rose via Disqualification in 1:07
Johnny's Thoughts: So the Rosebuds help out the guy who's been abusing them for the past half year. Stockholm syndrome I guess? eh I don't know, don't really care. In other news the PTP are back together, but if they really wanted to strike some "nostalgic" chords, they should have came out to their first theme: "Move get it in in in get it in in move get it in in move move move..."
A Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns video and more on the Raw Rebound... Jack Swagger was ready for action. His opponent was Cesaro who was accompanied by Tyson Kidd and Kidd's Wife Natalya. Philips recognized the history of Swagger and Cesaro as Real Americans...
4. Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro (w/Tyson Kidd, Natalya). The crowd was behind Swagger with USA chants as Swagger landed a belly-to-back suplex on Cesaro. Cesaro rolled to the outside to ask Kidd for advise. Swagger won the next lockup with a headlock and shoulderblock. Cesaro ducked out again as Swagger went "We the People!" Cesaro got the headlock in this time, Swagger came back with the backdrop for the two count. Swagger locked in a headlock of his own
Cesaro came out with some closed fists to Swagger's face and gut. Cesaro mixed in some European uppercuts as well. Swagger quickly got Cesaro in the Ankle Lock but cesaro escaped quickly. Swagger chased Cesaro a bit, Kidd grabbed Swagger from the outside which distracted Swagger enough to turn the tide of the match as we cut to break [C]
Cesaro hit the flying bionic elbow on Swagger when we got back which led to a Cesaro Armbar. Swagger came back a bit but Cesaro was too much for a two count. On the ground, Cesaro landed some hooks on Swagger and dug in another triangle armbar. Cesaro twarted another comeback wtih a trifecta of german suplexes, but on the third, Swagger got the patriot lock. Cesaro was close to the ropes though. Cesaro tried to go high risk, but got caught into a belly-to-belly suplex.
Swagger hit the chop block on Cesaro as he fired up his offense. Swagger got the crowd awake with "We the People!". Swagger hit the Swagger Bomb for the decent nearfall. Swagger tried to get in a third Ankle Lock but couldn't. Cesaro tried to go high risk again, got caught, but reversed into a sunset flip pin attempt. Cesaro hit a standing double foot stomp only to get reversed into an Ankle Lock. Cesaro whiped Swagger to the outside. Swagger tried to get his own Sunset flip. But Cesaro sat on him with rope leverage for a pin attempt that the ref caught. With a Kidd distraction, Cesaro got neutralizer for the win, which wrapped up the show...
Cesaro beat Jack Swagger via pinfall in 10:14.
Johnny's Thoughts: A standard Main Event main event. Swagger continues to look good as an American babyface, but right now he's just playing Jim Duggan 2015 until either Zeb gets back or Creative figures out what to do with the guy. Cesaro continues to show every week how he can work well with almost anyone and bring out the best in his opponents. This was also clearly set up to give Cesaro some momentum leading to his tag team title shot this Sunday.
Standard and decent Main Event episode. Good story progression with the Primetime Players and Stardust earlier on, but I'm sure this will be ignored until Fastlane or next week's Raw. Main Event continues to be the in-ring showcase show with pretty good announcing due to the lack of attention from McMahon and Dunn. McMahon did sure make sure that his biceps, triceps, and deltoids were spotlighted on this episode though. It was cool seeing some NXT guys get a win over main roster talent though in the Lucha Dragon match. Thank you for being readers of Prowrestling.net.
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