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Csonka’s WWE Main Event Review 9.30.16

October 1, 2016 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s WWE Main Event Review 9.30.16

– Apollo Crews defeated Tyler Breeze @ 10:30 via pin [***]
– Kane defeated Baron Corbin @ 10:20 via DQ [**]

– Tom Stupid Idiot Phillips and Corey Graves are on commentary.

Apollo Crews vs. Tyler Breeze: Crews used his power early, which was frustrating Breeze as he begged off. Breeze tried to pick up the pace, but obviously forgot that Crews is a freak athlete, so he kept up with him and then took him down with a beautiful dropkick. Breeze cut off Crews with the cheap shot; hit the backdrop suplex and that got 2. Breeze worked the heat with a nice mix of aggression and complete distain for Crews, it reminds me that I want more Breeze and Fandango on Smackdown. Crew tried to fight back with corner mounted punches, but Breeze slipped out and superkicked the knee to take the heat. They worked through the break with Breeze working the heat on the knee a she grounded the bigger man. Crews cut him off with the clothesline, but couldn’t follow due to the knee. Crews slowly battled back, but Breeze stunned him off the ropes and headed up top. He jumped right into a powerslam for a near fall. I liked how Crews worked that, he never caught Breeze and stood there, it was one fluid move as he was selling the knee. Breeze again attacks the knee, Crews tried for the press slam but couldn’t hold Breeze, and he locked in the single leg crab. Crews made the ropes. Breeze again went after the leg, but ate an enziguri and Crews covered for 2. Crews tried to flip into the ring, but the knee buckled and Breeze kept attacking. Crews cut him off with the kick, kipped up onto one leg and then hit the toss up powerbomb for the win. This was a good and fun match with both guys looking good. I really wished that Crews would have used a different finish, as I felt it negated the work of the knee a bit, but otherwise the selling was on point.

– We get a long look at Reigns vs. Rusev from Raw. The match was solid, with some smart and focused work, but the lay out (Rusev’s bargain basement house show offense instead of his usual intensity and Reigns’ poor selling as he laid thee like a dead fish a lot of the time) hurt the match. And then after asking you to invest over 25-minutes, they went for the double countout. That’s all well and good, but if you’re going to do that finish to set up the next match, you have these guys work an intense 8-12 minute sprint, filled with violence and intensity, and then do the double countout. Not what they did here. You have a limited time to get people invested and to want to stay with the show instead of the debate this wasn’t the optimal way to do that. You can read my WWE Raw Review right here!

Kane vs. Baron Corbin: Corbin shoved Kane and took an early powder. Back in, they locked up and Corbin took Kane to the corner and laid in the boots. He took time to argue with the ref, which allowed Kane to fight back and works over Corbin in the corner with some boots of his own. Corbin foolishly tried for a suplex, that was stopped and Kane hit a suplex. Kane took control back, choking out Corbin in the ropes. Corbin slid to the floor, Kane followed and attacked. Corbin managed to fight back and slammed Kane to the steps as we took commercial break. Post break, Corbin took the heat, beating down Kane and working a half nelson. Kane escaped with the jawbreaker, but Corbin dropped him with a clothesline and that got 2. Big rights by Corbin followed, but Kane hit a DDT for the double down. Kane then fired up, hit corner clotheslines and a side slam for 2. Kane then hit the seated dropkick, Corbin escaped the chokeslam, but ran into the big boot and Corbin rolled to the floor. Kane followed and attacked, back into the ring they went and Corbin again rolled to the floor. Corbin then hit Kane in the knee with a chair and that was good for the DQ. It wasn’t bad, it just sort of existed. Between the slow work and Corbin repeatedly rolling to the floor (which got no heat) it felt lazy at times. Also, Corbin can’t beat Kane in 2016?

– Post match, Corbin missed a chair shot, Kane went for a chokeslam, but Corbin went to his signature move, rolling to the floor to escape.

– We then got highlights from Chris Jericho’s highlight Reel and the main event from Raw. This led to shenanigans from Owens, Jericho, Enzo and Cass and the main event match. Owens and Jericho won, and while you hate to see Enzo and Cass lose here, because they feel as if they have lost a ton of momentum, but after last week’s main event Owens needed to win here. Enzo and Cass were competitive, but they need something to get back on track. You can read my WWE Raw Review right here!

– End scene.

– Thanks for reading.

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“Byyyyyyyyyyyyyye Felicia.”

The final score: review Average
The 411
Main Event continues to be a Smackdown branded show, with Smackdown performers in the matches, but also continues to focus on Raw in the highlights, which is a complete disservice to the blue brand. The show was solid, with Breeze and Crews being the highlight of the hour.