Tuesday, 27 May 2014 19:55
By Chris Aiken
May 27, 2014
WWE Main Event from Atlanta during the go-home week of programming leading to Payback featured the Wyatt Family looking strong in a tag team match with the Usos. Besides that long tag team match being good, the show also had three other matches that were short but also good. In the other matches, the Rhodes brothers continued their path to imploding, Brie Bella channeled Lance Storm in a match against Natalya and Damien Sandow tried to play the part of an aspiring rapper. Sandow and R-Truth had a decent enough match despite the terrible gimmick. Likewise, the show featured several hard sell segments building towards Payback.
Curtis Axel (with Ryback) beat Cody Rhodes (with Goldust). The match was setup with an exclusive angle on the WWE website that saw Rybaxel bully the brothers backstage after the Rhodes lost to Batista and Randy Orton. In the subsequent match on this show, Cody ran wild early on and did the ten punch spot in the corner. Axel gained the advantage and he gave Cody a draping neckbreaker. Axel whipped Cody into the corner and Rhodes hit sternum first like Bret Hart. Axel grounded Cody but Rhodes made a quick comeback with a sunset flip out of the corner followed by a back elbow. Cody did some spots similar to Goldust then hit a moonsault off the top turnbuckle. Ryback got on the apron but Goldust pulled him down. However, Ryback shoved Goldust into the barricade and got back on the apron. Cody gave Ryback a disaster kick that knocked him off the apron. With the distraction, Axel did a chop block to the knee of Cody and used a schoolboy for the pin.
Before the next match, Damien Sandow came out dressed as a rapper with an Adidas track suit, a backwards ball cap and a chain with roll of duct tape hanging from it. He rapped terribly as the crowd groaned. R-Truth, who had already done his rapping entrance beforehand, interrupted him and said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
R-Truth beat Damien Sandow. This was a rematch from last week where Sandow won. Truth slapped Sandow at the outset after Sandow got in his face and talked trash. Truth punched him ten times in the corner for the second appearance of that spot on the show. Eventually, Sandow cut off Truth and got heat on him. Truth made a comeback and hit a jumping reverse STO for the pin.
A recap from Raw showed Stephanie McMahon trying to blackmail Daniel Bryan into forfeiting the WWE title by threatening to fire his wife, Brie Bella. Backstage on this show, Brie appeared nervous as she talked with her sister, Nikki, before the next match.
Natalya beat Brie Bella (with Nikki). At the beginning of the match, Natalya received a happy birthday chant from the crowd. That was nice of them. This was a good short match with few shenanigans and a lot of chain wrestling. Nattie played subtle heel with mean facial expressions in between her constantly countering moves. They mat wrestled early on and neither really gained the advantage until Brie took over and hit a missile dropkick off the second rope. Brie did a single leg and rolled through into a half crab like Lance Storm. Natalya reversed into a sharpshooter and Brie tapped out.
Renee Young interview the Usos backstage and they questioned what made the Wyatts a family. They also said the Wyatts would be facing a real family tonight. Later on after a few unrelated plugs, the Wyatt Family cut a promo with an answer to the Usos. Luke Harper said “some bonds are stronger than blood.” Bray Wyatt said his family members were all brothers in the name of cause. He also claimed the Usos were pawns in John Cena’s “game” but “together they will burn.”
Luke Harper & Erick Rowan (with Bray Wyatt) beat tag team champions Jimmy and Jey Uso in a non-title match. Rowan and Jey started the match with Rowan gaining the early advantage with power moves. Harper tagged in only to run into the boots of Jey when charging into a corner. The Usos double teamed Harper as Jimmy tagged in. Harper cut off Jimmy with a dropkick before a commercial. After the break, Jimmy tagged Jey and he ran wild. Rowan blocked an attempted Samoan drop. Still, Jey dove off the second rope with a crossbody. However, Rowan caught Uso and gave him a fallaway slam. Jey rolled outside where Harper rammed him into the apron then clotheslined Uso before rolling him back in. The heels got heat on Jey. During a hope spot, Harper broke up a pin attempt by knocking Jimmy off the apron. Harper and Jey slugged it out before Harper did the gator roll and back-to-back suplexes. Harper used a Michinoku driver as the heels made quick tags. Rowan charged into a corner and Jey got the boots up. Jey hit a missile dropkick off the top and made the hot tag.
After the tag, Jimmy ran wild with a series of moves that included a flying clothesline and a Samoan drop. Harper avoided the Rikishi splash only to get hit with a superkick for a nearfall. Rowan ran in to break up the pin attempt. Rowan threw Jey onto the apron but Jey lowbridged the top rope as Rowan charged towards him so Rowan spilled to the outside. Harper threw Jey out to ringside and Jimmy used a schoolboy for a nearfall. Jimmy backdropped Harper over the ropes to the floor. The Usos both did a plancha over the ropes to the floor. The crowd began chanting for the Usos as Jimmy climbed to the top turnbuckle. Rowan grabbed Jey by the throat on the outside and tossed him into the ropes, causing Jimmy to lose his balance and fall into the ring. Then, Harper delivered a tornado lariat for the pin.
Afterwards, Harper and Rowan attacked the Usos following the bell. Rowan posted one Uso and the Wyatts stalked the other brother. Bray Wyatt gave Uso the Sister Abigail finisher on the floor. Harper counted to ten (in reference to the last man standing match at Payback) with the Usos laid out as the show came to a close.