WWE Main Event TV report
Friday, 02 August 2013 10:51
By Chris Aiken
Airdate: July 31, 2013
WWE Main Event from Houston on a longer than usual tape delay featured several house show quality matches with little to no backstory. The build continues for SummerSlam but this show was mostly filler as storylines seemed on hold until everyone returns from overseas tours. JBL filled in for Miz and returned to the Main Event broadcast booth to join Josh Matthews. The show opened with the entrance of R-Truth and he rapped his way to the ring followed by the entrance of Wade Barrett.
Wade Barrett beat R-Truth. They started slow and the fans sat on their hands accordingly but eventually the crowd got behind Truth. Most of the early stages felt like the type of match and pace fit for a house show but the pace did pick up later. Truth got the early advantage and danced while executing moves until Barrett bailed out of the ring. Back in the ring, Barrett took control of the match yet he missed a splash in the corner. Also, Barrett charged into a corner only for Truth to get the boots up. Truth then used a tilt-a-whirl head scissors to send Barrett into the turnbuckles. After a clothesline over the ropes, Barrett was sent outside the ring and Truth followed. Barrett tossed Truth into the steps before the first commercial break.
After the break, Barrett was beginning to get heat on Truth and used a big boot to send him tumbling out of the ring to the floor. On the outside, Barrett rammed Truth into the ring apron. As Barrett got heat on Truth, the crowd started to get behind the babyface. Barrett kept cutting off Truth's attempts at a comeback until Truth hit a leg lariat and began a comeback that included a sunset flip off the second rope into a power bomb. Truth went for a splash but Barrett caught him in the air, spun around and slammed him down to the mat. Barrett went for his finisher but Truth blocked it with a reverse STO. Barrett rolled out of the ring and Truth went for a dive through the ropes only for Barrett to hit the bullhammer elbow from the floor. Barrett rolled back in the ring and covered Truth for the pin.
Afterwards, a recap from Raw aired of CM Punk doing a run-in during a Curtis Axel match and the two brawled. The announcers plugged "the best vs. the beast" (Punk vs. Lesner) for SummerSlam. For Smackdown, the announcers plugged Alberto Del Rio picking his SummerSlam opponent. JBL recommended picking Barry Horowitz.
Jimmy & Jey Uso beat Darren Young & Titus O'Neil. Young got an early advantage then fed into arm drags and the Usos worked over the arm by applying an armbar. Uso used quick tags and did several flying elbows off the top rope while one brother held Young. The Usos did a switch without tagging which O'Neil protested. O'Neil tagged in before a commercial and had the advantage after the show returned from the break. Young used a cheap shot while on the apron and the Prime Time Players got geat on one of the Usos. O'Neil suplexed his partner, Young, on to the downed Uso. Eventually, Uso hit a spin kick then made the hot tag and his brother ran wild inlcuding using the Rikishi (butt) splash. Uso jumped off the top rope over O'Neil into a running uppercut in the corner. O'Neil charged towards the corner to splash him but caught Young instead. Young went up and over the top rope after an Irish whip. The Usos hit a double superkick followed by a Superfly splash for the pin.
The "Raw Rebound" featured hype for Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena at SummerSlam and a recap from Monday of the tables match with Cena vs. Ryback.
Mark Henry beat Drew McIntyre. In this glorified squash, they locked up with a collar and elbow and Henry threw McIntyre over the top rope after backing him into a corner. McIntyre had a tantrum on the outside. Back in the ring, Henry missed a splash in the corner and McIntyre briefly got in some offense but Henry scooped him up and slammed him down. Moments later, Henry hit the world's strongest slam for the pin.