WWE returned with another edition of Main Event on Wednesday, Aug. 7. With three matches for your viewing pleasure, four champions were in action.
The Shield returned to six-man tag team action, taking on Mark Henry and The Usos. This is the latest chapter in a feud between the two sides, with Henry's mean streak seemingly turning him face.
In Divas action, Aksana took on Natalya in a rare instance of screen time for both wrestlers. With both looking to pick up a win and gain some momentum to get back into the title picture, the pressure mounted higher than ever.
In our main event, WWE Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel took on Sin Cara in a non-title match. With Paul Heyman at ringside, there was an elevated level of expectations for Axel, who looks to enter the ranks of the elite.
Here's how it all transpired.
- The Shield defeated Mark Henry and The Usos.
- Natalya defeated Aksana via Sharpshooter.
- Curtis Axel defeated Sin Cara.
The Shield Defeated Mark Henry and The Usos
In a continuation of a budding rivalry, The Shield faced Mark Henry and The Usos in a six-man tag team match. This is yet another match between the two sides, following The Usos' unsuccessful attempt at winning the tag team titles at Money in the Bank and The Shield attempting to attack Henry at the following Raw.
The result was no different.
The Shield defeated Henry and The Usos in a highly competitive match, with both sides securing near-falls. In the end, The Shield managed to win the numbers game, as they always do, despite having a match of even sides.
Yet another standout performance by the Hounds of Justice.
Untouched they remain.
The Shield have experienced an odd un-push, if you will, as they continue to win matches but have seen their importance minimized. Fortunately, they've responded by earning the last laugh against Daniel Bryan and John Cena on Raw and defeating their rivals on Main Event.
The only question remaining is what Summerslam holds for these rising stars.
Natalya Defeated Aksana via Sharpshooter
Natalya, one of the most skilled female wrestlers in WWE, took on Aksana, the enigmatic star. Both of these divas have displayed potential, but neither has been given many opportunities for screen time or the pursuit of a title.
This time around, it was Natalya who capitalized on a golden opportunity.
It's about time.
Natalya is the daughter of Jim Neidhart and a product of The Hart Family Dungeon. Arguably the most respected active female wrestler in the world, she's translated her lineage into a WWE Divas Championship reign.
The issue is, there's only been one.
Natalya last held the title on Jan. 30, 2011, when she lost the belt to the no-longer-employed Eve Torres. Since then, she's been underwhelming, mostly on the behalf of the booking team that refuses to push her in the right direction.
This is certainly a quality start.
Curtis Axel Defeated Sin Cara
Curtis Axel received a heavy push, winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship and enlisting the services of Paul Heyman. Since then, he's played a pivotal role in Heyman turning on CM Punk and taken part in multiple high-profile matches, albeit unsuccessfully.
This week on Main Event, he took to the ring to face Sin Cara with Heyman sitting at the announcer's table.
As you can imagine, those words were pointed at the match set to transpire between Punk and Brock Lesnar at Summerslam.
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As for what was happening in the ring, Axel managed to pick up the victory over Sin Cara in a non-title match. This is a rare moment of success for Axel, who has been used primarily as a lackey of sorts against Punk.
As if Brock Lesnar needs protection.
The hope here is that Axel's victory will propel him to more success in the ring. From an improvement to his in-ring prowess to elevated confidence as a heel, victories are the only thing that can make Axel a more legitimate force.
Tonight, he took a step in the right direction with a win over Sin Cara.