WWE Main Event doesn't get much attention, but the wrestling world was treated to another intriguing show on Wednesday night.
The action started with a 20-man Battle Royal for the No. 1 contender spot at the U.S. title. The match certainly wasn't full of marquee names, and several people won't like who came out on top, but it's difficult not to be at least a little entertained by a chaotic match with wrestlers constantly being tossed over the top ropes.
And that was just half of the show.
Let's take a look at all the action.
Great Khali Wins 20-Man Battle Royal for Shot at Antonio Cesaro
Yoshi got things started when he decided to attack Great Khali and was subsequently tossed to the outside right away.
From there, it was chaos, but it was still very clear that Khali was going to be a main focus. The big man tossed fellow massive wrestler Brodus Clay over the ropes as well as knocking out both Prime Time Players and Damien Sandow.
Thanks to that domination, the 20-man field eventually dwindled down to just Khali, Santino, Zack Ryder and Wade Barrett.
After Santino knocked out Ryder and Khali responded by tossing Marella, "The Punjabi Nightmare" and Barrett were the left to face off. They battled it out for a few minutes, but Khalil eventually got Barrett over the top rope and smashed him to the ground with a huge slap, which is how he eliminated several opponents.
Khali never seems to go away, but it's pretty clear the WWE is simply trying to build him up so Cesaro can earn an impressive win—and possibly even a Neutralizer on an extremely large opponent—next week in another U.S. Championship title defense.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel Defeat Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre
3MB was met with immense boos, and that pretty much sums up how most of the WWE world is starting to feel about this trio and its silly antics.
Still, though, once they put the microphones down and stopped playing their air instruments, Mahal and McIntyre were entertaining from a wrestling perspective.
Of course, Kidd and Gabriel, like always, were still significantly better, and this time around, they were rewarded with a win when Kidd landed a huge neck-breaker from the top rope for the pin.
Many fans will be hoping this is a move in the right direction for International Airstrike, who continue to work well as a tag team.
WNBC4 New York's Scott Stanford was hoping for a massive upset in the Battle Royal:
Battle Royale on Main Event! My money's So on Yoshi!! Yoshimania runnin' wild!!— Scott Stanford (@scottstanford1) December 27, 2012
That didn't quite work out so well, as Yoshi was eliminated in, oh, about the first seven seconds. Tough luck.
Several tweeters weren't happy with the night's first match, but it's hard not to be at least a little entertained by a 20-man battle, no matter who is in the ring. WWE fan Nisar Khan echoed that statement:
That was a great battle, many noteworthy moments in that match. #MainEvent— Nisar Khan (@iNisarKhan) December 27, 2012
Scott M. Fishman of the Miami Herald, much like many others, wasn't too excited about Great Khali—who has never impressed, well, anyone—getting yet another shot at a title:
Fishman (@smFISHMAN) December 27, 2012
Michael Cupach of PWtorch.com noticed that a few of the same wrestlers have been appearing on the past few Main Event shows:
Is it just me or is Main Event quickly becoming the Antonio Cesaro, 3MB, and Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd show?— Michael Cupach (@MJCupach) December 27, 2012
Fortunately, this not-so-optimistic wrestling fan was only half correct with his tweet:
Gabriel and Kidd were once again splendid inside the ring, but this time they were rewarded with a win. We'll see if they continue in that direction.
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