COMMENTATORS: Tom Phillips & Samoa Joe
One week after having a surprise banger (in relation to the usual level of this show) Main Event goes back to normal as Akira Tozawa faces off against Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo steps into the ring with Retribution’s Slapjack. Also there are some recaps of the main shows but I skipped them, sorry.
- Akira Tozawa vs. Angel Garza (*3/4)
- Humberto Carrillo vs. Slapjack (**)
Angel Garza defeated Akira Tozawa via pinfall (5:03)
Garza sported a red velvet suit for his entrance gear, so red in fact I think my eyes were starting to hurt looking at it. Tozawa tried to ride the wave of this supposed “ninja power” but Garza quickly took control by countering a multi-revolution spinning headscissors with a sit-out faceplant. Garza continued the onslaught, connecting with a running field goal kick as Tozawa was tied up in the Tree of Woe, and bending him nearly in half with a modified bow and arrow. Tozawa made a brief comeback, snapping off a hurricanrana and a spinning kick but Garza proved to be the better man, popping Tozawa up and into the Wing Clipper to get the win.
- A big slice of Perfectly Acceptable Wrestling here. Garza at least brought back the pants gimmick here, having seemingly left it behind on a previous episode. Both guys are great but this is a big ol’ waste of time for them, no matter how fine it is. (*3/4)
Slapjack [w/ Mustafa Ali] defeated Humberto Carrillo via pinfall (7:44 shown)
Carrillo controlled the opening minutes, springboarding into an armdrag and a back elbow, but Slapjack took control after a cannonball in the corner. Slapjack tried to get the submission, seamlessly transitioning from a Side Russian Legsweep into a double wristlock with a knee in the spine, but Carrillo eventually battled out and mounted a comeback, including two tilt-a-whirl backbreakers and a standing moonsault that nearly got him the win. Carrillo kicked out of a Falcon Arrow and went to take flight but Ali, like last week, caused a distraction which allowed Slapjack to trip him up and finish him off with the Snapback.
- Another good outing for Slapjack who has become my favorite Retribution member pretty much because he’s the only I’ve actually seen wrestle. Strange to see Carrillo take a loss after winning SO MANY TIMES on this show at the end of last year but it’s time for a new crop of Main Event stars to take over! (**)
FINAL THOUGHTS: Main Event certainly had a couple of matches you can watch if you have like 15 minutes to kill! I enjoy it I guess but I can’t really shout anything out wrestling-wise; Phillips and Joe are pretty fun on commentary though, feels like they let loose for this one.