This week’s WWE Main Event was taped at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, before Monday’s Raw.
Kiana James defeated WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke in non-title action (4:19)
This was fine, but had a kind of lame finish. James is hardly being put over with this kind of booking.
They went back and forth early on with James really pulling out all the cheap shots she could. She was pulling hair and doing anything to get one over on Brooke when the ref’s back was turned.
Brooke used a scoop slam and a cartwheel into a splash for a near fall, but it always felt like they were going to give this one to James.
James rolled outside clutching her face, shouting that she was done and had had enough. She grabbed her bag and started to walk away. Then she launched her bag over the ref into the ring which gave her the chance to eye gouge Brooke, roll back inside and snatch the win with a schoolboy pin.
I suppose it was more of a chance for James to show off her heelish character rather than that she is a threat, but given her size and stature, they should be making her look far more dominant.
R-Truth & Shelton Benjamin defeated Von Wagner & Duke Hudson (8:00)
Before the match they recapped what happened between Truth and Benjamin last week. Then, they did a bit with Wagner and Hudson saying that if Truth and Little Jimmy can win, they will put him through college.
Later, Truth was backstage and was talking to Little Jimmy. It’s been a while, but I’m not sure it’s time to bring that skit back. What? I said 'skit.'
So, the first half of the match was Truth on his own as they teased that Benjamin had left the arena. Hudson and Wagner slowly and methodically beat Truth up in quite a dull match before we went to the commercials.
Luckily with Truth in trouble after the ads, Benjamin hit the ring and was totally pumped. He was jumping up and down banging the turnbuckle to build the tension as Truth crawled across the ring to give him the hot tag.
He secured the ankle lock on Hudson, but Wagner came in to break it up. Benjamin gave both german suplexes and then did a dive over the top rope onto both. They barely caught him which looked like it sucked.
Back in the ring, Benjamin hit Hudson with a superkick which he sold beautifully and Truth came in to hit him with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Then they hit both with individual Paydirts for the win.
Benjamin was absolutely inspired here and totally saved what would otherwise have been a pretty dull affair. We’ll see what they do after Truth’s injury scare on NXT this week.
Both matches were OK, but as has been the case for the last few months, this show is so much better for having storylines and not existing in a vacuum. But, it’s worth watching just to Benjamin back to his vintage best.