Main Event is severely underrated.
The weekly hour-long show is never really crucial as far as storyline development goes, but it consistently churns out terrific, well-done matches.
The same was once again true this week with three high-quality battles: intercontinental champion Curtis Axel vs. Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston vs. Fandango and Mr. Money in the Bank Damien Sandow vs. Justin Gabriel.
Goodness. That's a ton of in-ring talent.
Let's take a look at what went down from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel Defeated Dolph Ziggler
Ryback and Paul Heyman were ringside for this one, and unsurprisingly, Mr. Feed Me More served as distraction to help Axel get the pin.
Also unsurprisingly, it turned into a terrific match between the two talented wrestlers, which many fans were quick to note:
@WWE Main Event has PPV caliber matches well done Curtis Axel & Dolph Ziggler— Michael (@EviLDeMoN521) September 19, 2013
Ok that was a shockingly awesome match between Ziggler and Axel on Main Event. Not like 5 star but way better than I expected.— Taylor (@tnbarnes) September 19, 2013
What a great way too start off #MainEvent. The Curtis Axel and Dolph Ziggler was great.— Kevin BlackBeard (@BlackBeardFAM) September 19, 2013
Some won't be happy with the finish. Ziggler, who was once on the cusp of pay-per-view main event status, has lacked a bit of direction lately, and fans would like to see him start racking up some victories.
But a dirty finish makes sense. As much as the WWE has tried to convince us otherwise in the past, the intercontinental champion shouldn't be losing consistently. And as we just noted, Ziggler doesn't exactly need losses right now, either. It wouldn't have made sense for either wrestler to see a clean defeat.
In the end, both wrestlers came away looking very strong after an extremely solid match. That's ideal.
Kofi Kingston Defeated Fandango
This is a match we've already seen a few times in the recent past, but it's a battle worth watching on multiple occasions.
Fandango has pretty much fizzled since making his way onto the WWE scene several months ago, but he is capable of doing some extremely talented things inside the ring. Kofi, meanwhile, has loads of athletic, high-flying ability and is always able to put on a thrilling, must-see show.
They combined for a scintillating, exciting, back-and-forth battle, and these fans put it simply:
This Kofi-Fandango bout has been excellent so far #MainEvent— Saif Quadri (@SaifQuadri) September 19, 2013
Fandango and Kofi deserve better than trading wins and losses with other midcarders. They deserve to be pushed. #MainEvent— Bill Pratt (@blpratt1982) September 19, 2013
Neither of these guys really seem to be going anywhere right now, but they both proved once again they can seriously keep an audience entertained inside the ring.
Damien Sandow Defeated Justin Gabriel
Well, look at that. Damien Sandow got a win.
The uncrowned heavyweight champion has been on a severe losing streak ever since his win at Money in the Bank, as the assumed thought is that if he keeps losing it will be a surprise whenever he cashes in.
When do you think Sandow will cash in?
But we all know that's fairly ludicrous.
Perhaps this win over Justin Gabriel is the start of a deserved winning streak, or perhaps the company is just trying to throw us off the scent.
Either way, it's something to pay attention to, because The Intellectual Savior of the Masses' progression is currently one of the most intriguing-albeit-perplexing storylines in the business.