Wrestling Review: WWE Main Event, January 17 2019

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It’s back in the arena for good again on Main Event, and with the somewhat bizarre announcers combo of Tom Phillips and Percy Watson in place of Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph.

Zack Ryder & No Way Jose vs. Curt Hawkins & Tyler Breeze

Ring announcer Mike Rome helpfully pointed out that Curt’s win-loss record stands at 0-255. I was wondering whether Tyler is supposed to be a face or a heel right now, though my attention was diverted by Jose’s troupe (who Phillips’s described as “these … people”) humorously dancing to Breeze’s music. This doubles bout was fine for what it was, and at times impressive, making it one of the better Main Event matches lately. And it had a babyface ending with Jose elevating Zack into a Rough Ryder on Tyler for the victory. That’ll be 0-256 now for Hawkins.

This week’s highlights were Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley and AJ Styles’ promo and subsequent brawl with Daniel Bryan from SmackDown. We also had a rundown of the Royal Rumble card as of this time.

Ember Moon & Dana Brooke vs. Alicia Fox & Mickie James

It was the week of tag team matches on Main Event for both the men and women. On commentary, Percy Watson suggested that one of these four ladies could win the upcoming Rumble match; with the possible exception of Ember, that just ain’t happening. He also seemed to incorrectly suggest that Sasha Banks could dethrone Ronda Rousey and win the Rumble on the same night, though it was ironic given the rumours on Becky Lynch’s direction. Dana is now sporting a lavender highlight effect in her hair, which was a nice contrast to Ember’s fire-themed hairdo. They also worked fairly well together, hitting a double handspring attack on their opponents. James and Fox also had their moments, though, and it was the heels who came out on top, as an Alicia big boot on Dana led to the MickDT for the three-count.

Clips of the Universal Title shenanigans from Raw (Braun Strowman losing his opportunity at Royal Rumble, and the four-way to determine a new contender) closed out the show.

This was a more than adequate episode of Main Event. The opener was really good, and the women’s tag was acceptable too (though it threatened to fall apart just before the finish), and in front of an engaged crowd too. So, a strong showing by Main Event standards here.