It’s a new year, and so we have the first Main Event of 2019 (though it was taped in 2018, so does this count?). And after two clip shows, it’s back to regular business on ME.
The show opened with a tribute graphic for Mean Gene Okerlund.
Titus O’Neil vs. Curt Hawkins
It may be a new year, but some things never change. Indeed, Curt hasn’t won a match in WWE since 2016, and if this bout is anything to go by, the losing streak is set to continue (though he did get some “Let’s go Hawkins!” chants before bailing to ringside without a blow being thrown to boos). It was always going to be a tall order to expect Hawkins to get his first singles win in ages against Titus, and despite some moments of offence, the result was exactly what you would expect. After playing around with Curt before turning things up a notch with some hard chest slaps, and surviving a Hawkins flurry of attacks, O’Neil sealed the (big) deal with the Clash Of The Titus. Vic Joseph on commentary did suggest that Hawkins could build momentum by finally winning here and possibly going on to win the Royal Rumble match. Not happening, mate.
The highlights from the week of WWE TV included Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre inside a steel cage, along with John Cena’s return on SmackDown and his subsequent tag bout alongside Becky Lynch against Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega.
Tyler Breeze & Zack Ryder vs. The Revival
This was, as Nigel McGuinness noted,an chance for Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder to ready themselves up for their upcoming Raw Tag Team Championship match against Bobby Roode and Chad Gable. Percy Watson expressed disappointment that Breeze hasn’t brought a 24-carat gold selfie stick that he supposedly got for Christmas (hey, at least he brought his usual selfie stick instead). The action here was of a strong calibre, as one would expect from a Revival match, though it also meant that Ryder and Breeze stepped up to compete on par with Dash and Dawson. Due to the upcoming title opportunity for The Revival, however, there was only one possible outcome, and so it transpired as Tyler tasted a Shatter Machine, leading to a pinfall win for The Revival.
Footage of the fatal five way #1 contender’s match from SmackDown closed the show.
This was a good start to 2019 for Main Event. The opener was solid if unspectacular, and the doubles match was impressive, making it an entertaining episode on the whole.