- My level of interest in WWE usually boils down to how much I'm willing to dedicate to their lesser shows. I'm either riding an extreme high as a fan and want to devour every second of content, or I'm hanging on by a thread, and this is the last ditch effort to relight the fire. This recap, and future Main Event recaps, will fall under the latter. I'm not high on WWE. I'm so down on the product, I've only watched a limited amount of programming, with SummerSlam being the only PPV I've watched from start to finish since WrestleMania COVID-Canceled. As always, Main Event will give us a couple of matches with unused mid-card talent, and the biggest moments from Raw and Smackdown recapped for us.
- Taped on who the hell knows from the THUNDER DOME (a.k.a. The Amway Arena) in Orlando, FL. Michael Cole and Byron Saxton are calling the action, unless otherwise noted.
- 2 Weeks ago, on WWE Smackdown, Paul Heyman and the NEW Universal Champion Roman Reigns laid on the table all the details behind their unlikely alliance. Then, JEY USO won the Four-Corner #1 Contender's Match involving Sheamus, King Corbin, and Matt Riddle. Yes, JEY USO, the tag team guy, is challenging for the top title on a Pay-Per-View. Imagine if Headshrinker Fatu challenged for the WWF Title on a PPV. Last Friday, Jey Uso and Roman Reigns were put together for a match against Sheamus and Corbin, but Reigns was not-too-surprisingly absent from ringside, forcing Jey to work the match until the finish where Roman came in, hit his one move, and scored the pin-fall. I'm all for giving new people time to shine, but I don't think Jey challenging for the title on a PPV is the smartest direction for them to go (yet still better than RETRIBUTION). I am all for Roman's new smug persona, though.
- Last Week on Monday Night Raw, The Mysterio Family continues to be haunted by Seth Rollins and (Don't Call Me Buddy) Murphy. Murphy challenged Dominik Mysterio to a Street Fight, ending in Murphy not only losing the match, but being assaulted by the entire family as the reason for his forfeit. This past Monday (as in the September 14th episode), Dominik was scheduled for a match against Seth Rollins inside a Steel Cage. We join the match in progress, with Dominik on top of the cage and Rollins bringing him down with a super-plex and Falcon Arrow combo for a near-fall because even DOMINIK kicks out of that spot. Rollins showboats and hits Dominik with the (Don't Call It a Curb) Stomp. Rollins with a second STOMP and that's good for the three count. Post-match, Rollins assaults Murphy, but don't worry, they'll be cool by the next week, because WWE loves booking teams and factions breaking up so much, they pretend last week never happened and they do it over and over again. Rollins has a smug remark for Angie Mysterio, hoping their daughter turns out better than Dominik, before finally leaving ringside.
- Last Friday on Smackdown, Bayley had words for Sasha Banks. She was waiting for Sasha to strike at the right moment, accusing Banks of using her, but she decided to make the move first and admits she was using Sasha. She never cared about her or their friendship. Thanks to Sasha, she's the longest-reigning Smackdown Women's Champion. The Bayley/Sasha saga was probably one of the few decent storylines on Smackdown throughout the pandemic.
- Last Week on Raw, Drew McIntyre gave Randy Orton a receipt for the three punts he received a few weeks back, giving Orton three Claymore Kicks. I don't know, I think the three punts might be a bit more serious, considering they've made the move a career killer, and never held the Claymore Kick to that same dangerous standard. Orton's injury may be too serious, so the back-up plan is for Keith Lee to face Drew McIntyre for a chance at filling the potential vacancy. Keith Lee is now wearing a singlet, and I don't know what that music is, but it's terrible. I know, hot take. Everyone else has made the joke before me. We join the match between McIntyre and Keith Lee already in progress. The match is quickly interrupted by RETRIBUTION and the SHAKY CAM IS BACK. I want Kevin Dunn to disappear forever. The beat-down continues until the Hurt Business, a HEEL FACTION, interrupts and fight with the HEEL FACTION of Retribution. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until the next episode of Main Event drops for an epic rant on the storyline that I just can't keep to myself.
Final Thoughts: For the fresh content, Belair should be pushed on the main roster (and it seems like they're about to reintroduce her on Raw) based on her athleticism alone, but here she's stuck being weighed down by Billie Kay. Mustafa Ali seems to be teasing a heel turn, which is beyond dumb, but if it means giving him a sustained push on the main shows, then whatever, do it, I guess. Recapping Raw and Smackdown, Roman Reigns' new heel persona is great, but fighting his cousin Jey is not an interesting PPV level match. Bayley is a great heel, but Sasha as the sympathetic face doesn't work for me. The Mysterio/Rollins feud won't die, and I'm over Randy Orton as a top heel in 2020. As for Retributionů well, check in for the next episode of Main Event for that.