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[TV Review] ‘WWE MAIN EVENT 12.03.2020’ – Carrillo vs. Garza, Cross vs. Royce

COMMENTATORS: Tom Phillips & Samoa Joe

After last week’s fever dream Main Event returns to semi-normality these week as Humberto Carrillo continues his neverending feud with Angel Garza and Nikki Cross takes her frustrations out on Peyton Royce.

LINEUP

  • Humberto Carrillo vs. Angel Garza (*3/4)
  • Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce (*3/4)

*****

Humberto Carrillo vs. Angel Garza

The kings of Main Event return to do battle once more. Carrillo controls early, sending Garza face-first into the canvas and connecting with a middle-buckle crossbody for a one-count. Garza catches Carrillo with a shot, rips the pants off, and hits a superkick to establish offensive control. Carrillo takes a moment to recover on the floor then rolls in, only to be met with a basement dropkick by Garza for a two-count. Carrillo escapes a Gory Special attempt with an armdrag and sends Garza flying out of the corner with a monkey flip, following up with a rolling moonsault for the 1…2…Garza kicks out. Garza blocks an O’ Connor Roll, kicks Carrillo in the mush, and finishes it off with the Wing Clipper for the 1…2…3.

Angel Garza defeated Humberto Carrillo via pinfall (5:14)

  • Perfectly Acceptable Wrestling. Glad to see Garza get the win, good use of his pants rip gimmick. Phillips and Joe put over how Carrillo has added some muscle to his frame, like he’s able to do anything else with his time during the pandemic. (*3/4)

IN-RING INTERVIEW

Sarah Schreiber interviews Nikki Cross. Cross says that her former best friend Alexa Bliss chose The Fiend over her and when Bliss tricked her en route to victory last week it was a good thing because she finally accepts that “her” Alexa is gone. Sob story gets interrupted by Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce. Royce calls Cross a fool and wonders if Alexa was ever really her friend. Cross tells her to shut it and asks Evans if she’s ever even had a friend; Evans says Royce is hers, Royce corrects her as they’re “fake friends”…which is better than best friends. Cross has enough of the sass and challenges either one to fight her right now, Royce taking the challenge after a commercial break.

  • Now THIS I can roll with on Main Event. Good promo from Cross selling the hurt of losing her best friend and more importantly giving her a chance to actually talk on WWE TV. I still don’t understand Royce getting ripped away from her awesome comedy tag team so she could form a not as funny comedy tag team. 

Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce [w/ Lacey Evans]

Cross controls the early moments until Evans gets involved; Cross chases her into the ring and Royce takes advantage with a spinkick and goes on offense from there, including a double armbar over the ropes which looks nasty (uhhhh no pun intended?). Cross mounts a comeback with a series of short-arm clotheslines and a corner crossbody but Evans puts Royce’s foot on the bottom rope to prevent the pin. Cross gets distracted and leaves herself open to another kick from Royce, followed by the Deja Vu for the 1…2…3.

Peyton Royce defeated Nikki Cross via pinfall (4:28)

  • Right on. I like Nikki Cross’ emotional state after losing her best friend affecting her job and Royce kicks ass so I’m not sad she won. Apparently she pinned Bayley at the Survivor Series according to the five thousand times it was brought up on commentary. (*3/4)

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS: Fine show this week, WWE still giving Main Event a little flavor with that interview segment. I liked that much more than whatever was going on last week (no Retribution is always a plus).

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