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Main Event: Big Show knocks out Rowan
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


A new force has arrived in the tag team division of the WWE. The unlikely duo of Big Show and Mark Henry have taken the division by storm. Tonight on WWE Main Event, after receiving a bodyslam at the hands of Erick Rowan, Big Show aims for revenge against the Wyatt Family member. Plus, tag team action and the WWE United States Champion is in action! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE Main Event!

Video package recaps SummerSlam.

We are LIVE from Phoenix, Ariz. Michael Cole and Byron Saxton have the call for this week.

Prior to the match, Cesaro makes his way to ringside and joins the commentary team.

Match One: Sheamus vs. Curtis Axel

Lockup sees a stalemate between the two. Curtis Axel ducks between the ropes to avoid WWE United States Champion Sheamus. Waistlock from Axel elbowed out of and turned into a throw from Sheamus. Side headlock and shoulder bump combo from Sheamus leads to a hip toss. Scoop slam connects and Axel moves outside. Axel on the apron and moves inside to work Sheamus in the corner. Chops and strikes connecting for both men. Back bodydrop attempt from Sheamus countered by a boot from Axel, but Sheamus with a tilt-a-whirl slam for the first nearfall of the contest.

Axel moves to the apron and Sheamus turns him over for the Beats of the Bodhran. Axel counters with a hangman's neckbreaker, but runs into a clothesline inside. Ring apron held on by Axel and Sheamus trying to drag Axel to the middle of the ring. Axel pulls Sheamus into the ropes and kicks him outside to earn a nearfall inside. Axel stomping Sheamus down, only to receive a back elbow in the corner. Sheamus sat up top and hung in the tree of woe, where Axel stomps him down. Axel moves outside to turn it into a backbreaker and lands a kick to the back of the head for a nearfall inside as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Axel working a rear chinlock on Sheamus. Sheamus working the body to get out and he gets sent to the apron. Shoulder ram lands and Battering Ram countered by a strike from Axel to land a Perfect-Plex for a nearfall. Punt to the ribs connects for Axel and Sheamus wore down across the ring. Axel slapping Sheamus and Sheamus firing back. Sledges connecting and a running knee lead to a suplex. Battering Ram from the top connects and Axel sent to the apron for the Beats of the Bodhran. Rolling senton slam leads to a Brogue Kick.

Winner by pinfall: Sheamus

Post-match, Cesaro takes the WWE United States Championship and flings it to Sheamus in the ring as he walks away.

WWE COO Triple H has a special video announcement. John Cena has submitted his request for a rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. At Night of Champions, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will defend his title against John Cena in a rematch.

(Commercials)

Match Two: Nikki Bella vs. Emma

Nikki Bella tosses Emma down off a lockup. Monkey flip into mount for Bella off another lockup. Emma gets the wiastlock and rolls through for a nearfall. Rollup for a nearfall again for Emma and she runs into a back elbow in the corner. Tornado kick out of the corner gets Bella a nearfall. Bella applies a front facelock and Emma fights out, only to land on a facebreaker for a nearfall.

Front facelock again applied and Emma striking out, only to be sent into the corner face-first. Bella runs into a boot and Emma applies the Dil-Emma in the corner. Up top, crossbody misses as Bella moves under and drops Emma with a right hand. Backbreaker rack converts for Bella.

Winner by pinfall: Nikki Bella

Renee Young with Big Show and Mark Henry. Big Show is excited for his match with Erick Rowan. Big Show rarely gets to wrestle someone matches his size and athleticism. Big Show promises an ugly fight tonight, but he asks Mark Henry if he should do some luchador moves. Henry tells Big Show no and wants to Big Show to get out there and win so they can eat. Big Show loves that Henry is straight to the point and Henry says he has something for Luke Harper if he tries to interfere.

(Commercials)

Match Three: Titus O'Neil & Heath Slater vs. Los Matadores (w/El Torito & Hornswoggle)

Heath Slater with Diego. Side headlock and shoulder bump from Diego. Springboard crossbody gets Diego a nearfall. Corner work landing on Slater and Diego reversed on the whip. Headstand in the corner gets Diego a headscissors takeover and Fernando in with a senton off a suplex for a nearfall. Slater punching back, only to receive a headscissors takeover from Fernando. Slater in the corner and a mule kick gets him out to land a clothesline.

Titus O'Neil in and stomping before landing a pair of backbreakers. Chops in the corner convert for O'Neil and Slater returns with shots to the midsection. Rear chinlock applied by Slater off the snapmare and Fernando fighting up. Flapjack plants Slater and Diego in with a springboard chop. Corkscrews land for Diego and he stops Slater with an "OLE!" Springboard neckbreaker connects and the nearfall is broken by O'Neil.

O'Neil sent out by Fernando. Fernando sent out by Slater and Diego rolls up Slater for a nearfall. Small package gets Diego another nearfall and Slater connects with a Smash Hit.

Winners by pinfall: Titus O'Neil & Heath Slater

Post-match, El Torito and Hornswoggle, dressed as a cow known as La Vaquita, get into the ring and team up to send Slater into O'Neil on the apron. The two taunt Slater Gator and are chased out of the ring.

The Wyatt Family interrupt the feed. Luke Harper says they were taught to walk amongst the clouds, but tonight, a giant will be brought down. Erick Rowan tells Big Show to run.

(Commercials)

Raw Rebound recaps the falls count anywhere match between "Mr. Money in the Bank" Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

Renee Young joined by Seth Rollins. Young asks for an explanation. Rollins says he didn't choose that match or that stipulation. Rollins says the blood is on the hands of the WWE Universe and asks why people feel bad for Ambrose, who is in good company of fallen heroes like John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Jack Swagger.

Jack Swagger interrupts and says Rollins is talking tough without Kane and Rollins remarks the same without Zeb Colter. Rollins says he beat Ambrose at SummerSlam and Raw and that Swagger would know if he wasn't taking a nap on his country. Swagger wants a fight and Rollins tells him that he will fight him at SmackDown. After he is done with Swagger, Rollins tells him that he will be able to hang with Dean Ambrose on the missing persons list.

(Commercials)

Match Four: Big Show (w/Mark Henry) vs. Erick Rowan (w/Luke Harper)

Lockup sees Erick Rowan get a side headlock. Big Show ducks Rowan and hits a shoulder bump before clotheslining him outside. Big Show follows and is whipped into the ring post by Rowan. Back inside, Rowan stomping Big Show down. Kick caught by Big Show and he lands a clothesline. Chops connect in the corner and Rowan sent into the corner where the turnbuckle is exposed. Rowan comes back with a chop block and Big Show cornered. Big Show gets his boot up and Rowan turns it into a kneebreaker. Clothesline lands for a nearfall for Rowan.

Rowan with a knee drop and landing punches. Splash in the corner connects for a Rowan nearfall. Rowan grinding his fists into the head of Big Show and raking the face. Big Show fighting back and hitting a Russian legsweep that puts both men down. Big boot from Rowan puts Big Show down for a nearfall. Rowan again grinding the fists into the head of Big Show and Big Show snapmares out. Show runs into a boot in the corner and Rowan hits a top rope elbow. Rowan stalking Show and he slams him for a nearfall.

Rowan again waiting on Big Show. Rowan picks him up and Big Show shucks the arm to land the Knockout Punch.

Winner by pinfall: Big Show

Post-match, Mark Henry jumps in the ring and celebrates the win with his tag partner. The show closes with The Wyatts watching outside as Big Show and Mark Henry celebrate.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments.