8/21 Kester's WWE Main Event Live Coverage Review: The Shield vs. The Uso Brothers and Kofi Kingston, AJ vs. Naomi, Jack Swagger vs. The Great Khali, and Bray Wyatt vs. Justin Gabriel
By Ryan Kester
Main Event on Ion Television
Taped earlier in Bakersfield, California.
[Q1] 1. The Shield vs. The Uso Brothers and Kofi Kingston. The Usos established control of the match early on, but Ambrose tagged in and managed to hey Jey Uso on the Shield's side of the ring. Jimmy Uso bling-tagged into the match, and the babyface team cleared The Shield from the ring.
The Usos and Kingston each hit a dive on a respective Shield member and celebrated in the ring as the show went to commercial… [C]
Back from the break, Kingston worked over Ambrose and set him up for a wrecking ball from Jimmy Uso. Ambrose got a tag off to Reigns, and the heels took over. The Shield worked rapid tags as they began to wear down Jimmy.
[Q2] Jimmy eventually got the hot tag off to Kingston, who took out each member of The Shield in quick succession. Kingston called for Trouble in Paradise on Ambrose, but Rollins ran into the ring. Kingston hit Ambrose with an SOS, but Reigns broke the count.
Rollins threw an Uso into the ring to distract the referee, and Rollins got a shot in on Kingston. Ambrose capitalized on the opening and hit his headlock DDT finisher for the 1-2-3.
The Shield defeated The Uso Brothers and Kofi Kingston in 13:33.
AJ and Layla were shown walking through the backstage area… [C]
Ryan's Reaction: A fun tag match to start the show. They kept the pace up and the action down the stretch broke the usual tag team formula enough to make the match more interesting. The Shield still feels like it's lost some of its previous steam, but when it comes to the six-man matches, their dynamic still works well.
2. AJ (w/ Layla) vs. Naomi (w/ Cameron) in a non-title match. The two women exchanged holds in the opening minute, and Naomi used her dancing and athleticism to get a bit of distance. Naomi went for a springboard maneuver, but AJ dove on the ropes and cause Naomi to land on her face.
AJ locked in a sleeper and Cameron rallied the crowd. AJ released the hold and taunted Naomi, and ate a few spin kicks for her efforts. Layla jumped on the apron to cause a distraction, and Cameron swept her off the apron. It had the desired effect, however, as AJ locked the Black Widow in on Naomi and picked up the submission victory…
AJ defeated Naomi in 4:04.
Ryan's Reaction: Is it just me, or has Layla become fairly insufferable since her heel turn? She extremely overacted her loss on Raw, and she did the same thing here tonight with her distraction bit. I'm not sure if she's just taking the piss or being directed to act like that, but it's obnoxious in a way that doesn't gain good heat. This was a better than average women's match in WWE. Naomi could use a bit more than kicks in her move set, but she's got a lot more going for her than some of the women WWE has had around for years.
[Q3] [C] Zeb Colter cut a brief promo before the following match that complained about outsourced call centers and asked Khali a simple American history question. Khali responded by blasting Antonio Cesaro with a chop.
3. Jack Swagger (w/ Antonio Cesaro and Zeb Colter) vs. The Great Khali (w/ Natalya and Hornswoggle). Khali chopped the heck out of Swagger and dumped him to the floor. Swagger returned to the ring and began to target Khali's legs.
Hornswoggle grabbed Swagger's legs and Swagger went after the man. Natalya slapped Antonio Cesaro but Swagger threw Hornswoggle into the barricade. Swagger, content he gave Hornswoggle his comeuppance, reentered the ring to eat a Khali chop. Khali covered Swagger for the pinfall victory…
The Great Khali defeated Jack Swagger in 3:34
Ryan's Reaction: I could have done without that match, but it was short enough to not outstay its welcome and was more for the young members of the live audience than it was for viewers at home.
[Q4] [C] A video package covering Daniel Bryan squaring off with the new McMahon regime aired…
Summer Rae and Fandango danced on the stage for a bit to get under The Miz' skin… [C]
4. Bray Wyatt (w/ Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) vs. Justin Gabriel. Wyatt wasted no time in taking control of the match. Gabriel got in a few kicks and ran the ropes, but the walked right into a running elbow.
Wyatt hit a corner splash and dragged Gabriel into his finisher for the 1-2-3.
Bray Wyatt squashed Justin Gabriel in 2:08.
Ryan's Reaction: Simple enhancement match. I forgot how agile Wyatt can be in the ring. I'm still enjoying the Wyatt act tremendously, but I am ready for chapter two of their story, and simple squashes don't get us there any quicker. Overall, this was a good edition of Main Event. Normally, a four-match show leads to a rather dull affair, but tonight WWE found a good pace for the matches they delivered and the hour flew by. Thanks for following along with me tonight.
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