For the first time since WrestleMania 29, the WWE brought us an episode of Main Event. In what was a stacked show, we saw some of the fastest rising stars in the company take center stage.
So how did it all transpire?
In what can only be described as a crowd-pleasing match, we saw The Shield in action on cable television. The trio took on Brodus Clay, Tensai and Kofi Kingston in a six-man tag team match.
Was that trio enough to end The Shield's reign of terror?
Later in the show, we saw Big E. Langston step into the ring and wrestle Zack Ryder in a singles bout. The question is, could Langston follow in Dolph Ziggler's footsteps and pick up the W?
Let's find out.
The Shield Defeat Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston & Tensai via Pinfall
There's no secret that The Shield has been the most dominant stable in this current age of professional wrestling. No matter how badly Aces & Eights tries to act 20 years younger than they are, The Shield has decimated the competition in awe-inspiring fashion.
Coming off a WrestleMania win over Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show, they were intent on taking down Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston and Tensai. For a quick spoiler alert, they succeeded.
Once again, it was as impressive a performance as you'll see by three individuals.
The match started out with Dean Ambrose and Kingston, as the two traded blows during the opening minutes of battle. Kingston utilized his high-flying ability to leapfrog Ambrose over and over again until he connected with a back elbow.
Ambrose attempted to exact revenge, but was sent flying over the top rope. Just as he attempted to get back up, Kofi came in with a baseball slide—only for Ambrose to reverse it.
The two would send shots each other's way along the outside until they re-entered the ring. While there, Ambrose tagged in Seth Rollins, who instantly became the aggressor.
Unfortunately for The Shield, Kingston reversed Rollins' hip toss attempt into a monkey flip.
From there, Clay and Tensai would take turns entering the ring, utilizing their size advantage to the fullest extent. From headbutts to double-team sidewalk slams, The Shield found themselves on the brink of defeat.
After a big splash and a running senton, Rollins needed to be saved by his partners.
From there, it was all about the gang mentality. The Shield cornered Tensai and took it to him with punches, head butts and even an impressive Samoan Drop by Roman Reigns.
The Hounds of Justice nearly got a pin fall with a double team by Rollins and Ambrose, as both came off the top rope to ground Tensai.
Tensai would regain momentum, catching Rollins off an Irish whip and eventually making the hot tag to Kofi. Kingston proceeded to level The Shield, connecting with elbows, kicks and The Boom Drop.
Just as Kingston went for the S.O.S., however, he was leveled by a clothesline from Ambrose.
After Rollins hit a flying knee off the top rope, Brodus entered the ring to break up the action. Unfortunately, he ended up on the receiving end of a vicious spear by Roman Reigns.
With Rollins in the cover, that was all she wrote.
Big E. Langston Defeats Zack Ryder via Pinfall
In a rare taste of WWE singles action, Big E. Langston was tasked with taking down the Internet champion, Zack Ryder. With a mix of power and finesse, Langston managed to move to 1-0 on his own.
A consolation prize for losing at Wrestlemania 29.
Ryder attempted to take it to Langston, utilizing high-flying maneuvers to mount offense against the colossal figure. Unfortunately, every time Ryder appeared to be gaining momentum, Langston was there with a power move.
That includes a body slams, a shoulder tackle and a beautiful belly-to-belly suplex—that was basically all we could say about this one.
It was over as soon as it started, as Langston planted Ryder with The Big Finish. This led to his first victory as a single man—you know, wrestling-wise—and AJ Lee smiling.
It's been a good week for Langston, Lee and Dolph Ziggler.
Jack Swagger Defeats Yoshi Tatsu via Submission
Jack Swagger was on a tear up until WrestleMania, securing victories over top superstars by way of his ankle lock. Excuse me, I mean to say by way of the Patriot Lock, because we've never had an "all about America" wrestler use it before.
But I digress.
Zeb Colter came to the ring with a microphone in hand, walking the thin line of playing a character and just being racist. He introduced Swagger and himself as real Americans and promptly began to question whether those in Boston, Mass., were American themselves.
You know, because they play hockey.
Yoshi Tatsu comes out to respond—because he's all about Boston—and Colter begins to question his culture. For instance, why use chop sticks if you can just grab a fork?
Tatsu takes exception, but agrees to shake hands and bow heads—only to take a kick to the face.
The match wasn't much different, as the contest was predicated on brawling. Swagger landed knees to the gut, while Tatsu connected with kicks and punches.
It wasn't until Swagger missed a leg drop that Tatsu really had a chance.
With a series of kicks, Tatsu managed to fight back and garner a near fall. Unfortunately, Yoshi got greedy, went to the top rope and came up short.
After crushing Tatsu with the vicious Swagger Bomb, Swagger put Yoshi in the Patriot Lock and picked up the win.
During our first match of the evening, The Shield took on Kofi Kingston, Brodus Clay and Tensai. While the match was entertaining, there appeared to be questions about the dress code.
Apparently Kofi didn't get the memo.
Tonight: @BrodusClay, @WWETensai & @TrueKofi to battle The Shield in the treacherous trio's WWE Main Event debut. http://t.co/T83eDbg3BX4/10/2013, 8:16:09 PM
To make matters worse, he lost.
Unlike Kingston, Clay and Tensai, there was an individual who managed to achieve victory. That man, of course, was Big E. Langston, who wrestled in just his second singles match since being promoted to the main roster.
Some viewers were most impressed about the theme music Langston used.
Theme song debut for @BigELangston! They're using his NXT theme song and I'm loving it! #MainEvent4/11/2013, 12:31:13 AM
Langston used "I Can't Keep Still" by KPM Music, for those curious.
To close out the evening, Zeb Colter disgraced us with his presence by bashing Boston and Japanese people. There was no one more proud of his actions than, you know, Colter.
Zeb Colter @DirtyDMantell
On MAIN EVENT ON ION NETWORK TONIGHT...@RealJackSwagger and I gave a history lesson to Boston and to Yoshi Tatseu. #wethepeople4/11/2013, 12:55:45 AM
To make matters worse for the WWE Universe, Swagger won.
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