By Chris Aiken, WrestlingObserver.com
WWE Main Event from Evansville (taped 5-12-15) was part of the go-home of programming leading to Payback. While the previous few episodes featured more angles than usual, this show saw mainly first-run matches with little storyline advancement. The only angle on the show featured the Prime Time Players spoofing Los Matadores. Elsewhere on the show were matches designed to build up those involved in matches at Payback.
Naomi & Tamina Snuka beat Natalya & Alicia Fox
While Alicia is normally a heel, she was a babyface here. Nattie & Alicia gained the advantage at the outset. Nattie went for a sunset flip on Naomi but a Tamina made a blind tag in. When Naomi ducked an attempted clothesline by Nattie, Tamina hit Nattie with a lariat to set up the heat spot. The heels got heat on Nattie for a while until a hot tag to Alicia, who ran wild. Alicia hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Naomi. Tamina jumped in to make the save and break up the pin. Nattie and Tamina brawled out to ringside. Tamina hit a superkick on Alicia and Naomi covered her for the pinfall. The win helped build up Tamina and Naomi for their match at Payback against the Bellas.
Prime Time Players beat Los Matadores (with El Torito)
Before the match, Titus O’Neil cut a promo from the stage while dressed as a matador. He admitted to looking ridiculous. Conversely, he said the Matadores have looked silly for two years now while being Puerto Ricans pretending to be bullfighters. Titus then introduced “El Dyoungo”, which was Darren Young dressed in a bull costume spoofing Torito.
In the actual match, Matadores got heat on Young at the outset by attacking him at the bell. Eventually, Titus ran in to brawl and Young used a gut buster (called the “gut check” on commentary) for the pin.
Luke Harper & Erick Rowan beat Jimmy Uso & Zack Ryder
Uso and Ryder dominated on offense in the early portion until Rowan cut off Jimmy with a spin kick. The heels began to pummel Jimmy and get heat on him. After a hot tag, Ryder ran wild until running into a big boot from Harper. Rowan finished him off with a full nelson slam for the pin.
Dolph Ziggler beat Stardust
The crowd chanted “Cody” at Stardust. There were lots of reversals, leg takedowns and cradles in the opening sequences. After a commercial break, Stardust was getting heat on Ziggler when he fired up for a comeback. Stardust cut him off with a scorpion death drop for a nearfall. Moments later, Stardust used a sit-out powerbomb for another nearfall. At one point, Stardust took off one of his gloves and began slapping Ziggler with it.
Stardust went for a springboard off the top rope only to jump into a superkick from Ziggler for a nearfall. Stardust blocked an attempted zig zag to set up another nearfall. Ziggler sold being knocked out when Stardust picked him up for his finisher. Stardust went for cross roads but Ziggler countered into hitting a zig zag for the pin.