This week's edition of WWE presents Main Event was one of the most star studded in recent memory. While some familiar faces may have appeared on the Wednesday night wrestling show, there were big names making rare appearances.
Here's how it all went down.
The Usos took on a makeshift team of Fandango and Big E Langston in tag team action, looking to take a step in the right direction towards the WWE Tag Team titles. Speaking of championship gold, Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel was in action against Justin Gabriel.
Between those matches was the biggest match of all, as Mr. Money in the Bank Damien Sandow took on Big Show.
- The Usos defeated Big E Langston and Fandango via pinfall.
- Big Show defeated Damien Sandow
- Curtis Axel defeated Justin Gabriel
The Usos defeated Big E Langston & Fandango
The Usos are one of the fastest-rising tag teams in WWE, securing big wins in recent weeks and becoming involved in a major storyline against The Shield. Big E Langston and Fandango are two of the most underutilized wrestlers in the company.
On Main Event, The Usos continued their hot streak, and Fandango and Langston continued their respective downward spirals.
Jey and Jimmy Uso picked up the win via pinfall after making the hot tag and hitting their signature diving splash. It was a sign of the lack of team chemistry that Langston and Fandango possess, likely due to the fact that they've been packaged as singles wrestlers.
Langston was visibly frustrated after losing to the Usos.
Hopefully we see more of this young man on Raw and SmackDown.
Can Big E Langston become a top WWE superstar?
Fandango has a polarizing gimmick as a ball room dancer, but there's no rational way around the fact that he sells the character to perfection. That type of commitment warrants a greater push, especially when live crowds are so into his entrance music and approach.
Unfortunately, a win over Santino Marella on Raw created short-lived success.
Anyone who has watched NXT knows that Langston is not only an incredible athlete, but a solid worker on the mic. He can play heel or face, and if given the proper storyline, would emerge as one of the next big stars in WWE.
Until he's used as something other than a lackey or a jobber, however, Langston will just be a wasted talent.
Big Show defeated Damien Sandow
Big Show has made noise since returning from injury, playing a key role in WWE's biggest storyline with Daniel Bryan and the McMahon-Helmsley family. Damien Sandow holds the Money in the Bank briefcase, but couldn't buy a win if he wanted to.
You can guess how this match ended.
Big Show defeated Sandow via his signature knockout punch, securing the three count over WWE's most confusing superstar. Since winning the Money in the Bank briefcase, Sandow has won a grand total of three singles matches in more than three months.
Now, he gets to go home with an imprint of Big Show's fist on his face.
The confusion continues.
It's hardly surprising that Big Show would secure a win over Sandow, as the goliath superstar is one of the most formidable wrestlers in the WWE Universe. While Sandow had won consecutive matches—earning a singles victory over Justin Gabriel and a tag team win over Gabriel and Zack Ryder—he's struggled against big names.
Sandow is being buried while holding one of the most valuable pieces of hardware in wrestling. Someone explain that to me.
Curtis Axel defeated Justin Gabriel
In the headlining match of Main Event, Curtis Axel took on Justin Gabriel in a non-title match. It was expected to be a competitive bout, and a case could be made that it was, but the crowd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin just didn't get into it.
In the end, crowd support or not, Axel walked away victorious.
While it'd be nice to see Gabriel get a win, Axel does carry championship gold—it's just hard to notice while he's busy not defending it.
This is a continuation of Axel's tumultuous reign as WWE Intercontinental champion, as he simply can't get over with the fans. The reason for this isn't hard to find, as being labeled a "Paul Heyman guy" just isn't enough.
WWE told us that Axel is a heel, but fans don't have a reason to dislike him.
Until WWE develops Axel's character and gives him a reason to draw heat, he'll continue to be the champion that no one pays attention to. Rather than wrestling in memorable matches for the Intercontinental championship, he's losing left and right in a storyline that he's in by association.
There was no true buildup to him winning the Intercontinental title, and now, Axel is paying the price for WWE's creative lapse.