Welcome to Bleacher Report's recap of this week's Main Event. Here is where we take a look at what happened on the show, examining the winners, reactions to matches and any possible ramifications coming out of the program.
We are firmly on the road to SummerSlam at this point, which means a lot of video packages and chatter from the announcers about upcoming matches that have nothing to do with what is happening in the ring.
The great thing about Main Event is that it can serve as a break from all of the feuds happening on Raw and SmackDown. Most weeks, it's just a few random matches, some of which end up being the most entertaining bouts of the week.
Let's take a look at what went down on this week's Main Event.
RybAxel vs. The Usos
Xavier Woods was on commentary while Big E and Kofi Kingston stood by his side. Woods complained about having to do things that were beneath him when he was a babyface while Ryback and Jimmy kicked things off.
The announcers seemed way more interested in what Woods had to say than what was going on in the ring, which was kind of sad because it was a decent bout.
RybAxel and The Usos both have a lot of classic double-team moves in their repertoires, which always make their matches feel like a throwback to the tag team scene in the '90s.
The Usos picked up another win over Ryback and Curtis Axel, making a title match between these two teams in the future seem a little less likely.
Winners: The Usos
Notes and Highlights:
I like that guys like Woods and Kofi look like they will be getting a push, but I wish there was an explanation for why Woods did this sudden 180-degree turn. They established he was angry during this match, but that was about it.
- I had RybAxel pegged as the next challengers, but The Usos have been beating them way too often for them to seem like viable contenders right now.
- It looks like The Usos are being scouted by Woods and his team. The question is whether it's because they want to recruit The Usos or take the Tag Team Championships away from them?
Usos win!! I used to hate Rybaxel but I think they are growing on me #MainEvent— Georgia Girl (@Dmt4Taylor) July 30, 2014
Pretty good match between Usos/Rybaxel. Jey hits the Superfly splash on Axel to pick up the win. Dug Xavier on commentary. #MainEvent— Benson Sam (@DeathToAllMarks) July 30, 2014
Wow can't believe Slater Gator beat Ryder and Kidd!:( #MainEvent— Tiffany (@MissPunk4) July 30, 2014
Slater and The Gator vs. Zack Ryder and Tyson Kidd
Tyson Kidd teamed up with Zack Ryder to take on the newly formed team of Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil. Kidd didn't bring any of the angst he has had in NXT with him to this bout, which was a little disappointing.
Ryder and Kidd worked well together, but it was Slater and O'Neil who picked up the win when Slater caught Kidd with a powerslam off the turnbuckle for the pin.
The whole odd-couple gimmick has been done before, but Slater and O'Neil may just have the right mix of charisma and incompatibility to make it work.
It doesn't seem likely that we will be seeing Kidd and Ryder teaming up again. This was just so Slater and The Gator could pick up a quick win to establish that they are a real team now.
Winners: Slater and The Gator
Notes and Highlights:
You have to love the fact that no matter how poorly Slater is booked, he always looks so happy just to be a WWE Superstar.
- It looks like Slater fell asleep in the sun. His front is way more tan than his back.
- I was more surprised to see Tyson Kidd than I was Zack Ryder.
#MainEvent Heath slater for president— L . A Edwards (@lukestamford) July 30, 2014
Dean Ambrose vs. Alberto Del Rio
The night began with Dean Ambrose coming out to the ring to a good reaction from the crowd. He called out Seth Rollins, but Alberto Del Rio came out instead to warn Ambrose not to overlook him.
Del Rio took a cheap shot at the wrapped-up shoulder of Ambrose before running out of the ring. This caused Ambrose to look more angry than usual during his entrance for the match later in the evening.
WWE gave these guys a lot of time to put together what turned out to be a very entertaining contest. These are two very different Superstars, but that often leads to the most exciting matches.
Del Rio is always reliable, but he is at his best when he is in the ring with someone who can match him as a striker and as a wrestler. Ambrose meets those qualifications and then some.
It's just too bad that there wasn't a clean decision because Seth Rollins came out and started brawling with Ambrose, but at least Ambrose won the brawl with Rollins and hit Del Rio with Dirty Deeds to end the show on a high note.
Winner by DQ: Dean Ambrose
Notes and Highlights:
Ambrose loves to drop the mic. Sometimes he does it, picks it up and then does it again just to make a point.
- The segment at the top of the show featured the best mic work we have seen from Del Rio in months. He actually seemed like he cared again.
- Del Rio kicking Ambrose's head into the steel post looked really brutal.
- I love how some fan yelled "Let me see your ticket" when Del Rio ended up being thrown into a row of seats.
- I get the comparisons to Brian Pillman, but I think Ambrose is crazy in a different way. Pillman was like Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, while Ambrose is more like Gary Oldman in The Professional.
Man, I cant wait for Ambrose vs Rollins. They are gonna murder each other. #MainEvent— [R]andom[W]WE1043 (@RandomWWE1043) July 30, 2014
What did you think of the show this week?
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