Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, WWE presents Main Event provides viewers with a night full of extraordinary action. More times than not, the superstars that fans love but rarely get to see on the main shows will be given an opportunity to shine.
This past week, four matches transpired and multiple wrestlers turned heads on an excellent edition of Main Event.
Damien Sandow and Santino Marella opened the show with a singles match and The Prime Time Players battled The Wyatt Family in tag team action. Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel faced Zack Ryder in a non-title match and the Real Americans faced Tons of Funk in the main event.
If you missed all of this, you better find a replay.
- Damien Sandow defeated Santino Marella
- Luke Harper & Erick Rowan defeataed The Prime Time Players
- Curtis Axel defeated Zack Ryder
- Real Americans defeated Tons of Funk
Damien Sandow defeated Santino Marella
Damien Sandow hasn't been too successful since winning the Money in the Bank briefcase. Not only was he thoroughly decimated during his feud with Cody Rhodes, but Sandow has fallen to every main event—not the show—competitor that he's faced.
On Main Event—the show—Sandow picked up his fourth win in five matches to begin his career turnaround.
Sandow pulled the Cobra off of Santino Marella's arm, but all is fair in love and war.
Sandow has three wins over Justin Gabriel—including one tag team victory over Gabriel and Zack Ryder—that took place during his winning streak that saw him win four out of five matches. Defeating Marella is a step in the right direction, but Sandow couldn't buy a win over a quality opponent.
At this point, it would be a complete disaster to have Sandow cash in and win the World Heavyweight Championship.
Sandow has the charisma and in-ring ability to be the world champion, but his current status in WWE is that of a midcard star. To slap the world title on him in anything close to the near future would not only be a mistake, but it'd severely damage his career trajectory.
Going from a nobody to a somebody is often a fun storyline, but with a heel that claims to reign supreme, it simply doesn't make any sense—not until WWE gives him some wins over high-profile competition.
The Wyatt Family defeated The Prime Time Players
South of The Shield, The Wyatt Family is the most dominant unit that WWE has to offer. It's been close to untouchable thus far, but since disposing of Kane, the trio of Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper has either been appearing on NXT or facing midcard tag teams.
On Main Event, The Wyatt Family continued its winning ways against The Prime Time Players.
Unfortunately, going from Kane to The Prime Time Players is a downgrade.
The most ideal approach for The Wyatt Family would be to continue targeting professional wrestling's biggest names. Upon doing so, it'd build up a reputation in a similar manner to The Shield, thus looking believable when going over the top stars in the future.
Instead, it seems like WWE Creative has run out of ideas until Kane returns.
Bray Wyatt and company have lost some steam since debuting, but The Wyatt Family is still over with a strong portion of fans. What's truly hurting their progression is the fact that they're going over few main event stars, with Wyatt's win over Dolph Ziggler coming nearly a month ago.
Wins are fine and well, but until The Wyatt Family is entered in more high-profile feuds, Bray Wyatt will lose momentum.
Curtis Axel defeated Zack Ryder
Despite holding the Intercontinental Championship, one of the most prestigious belts in professional wrestling history, Curtis Axel is a Main Event mainstay. He's feuded with CM Punk in a high-profile manner, but he wasn't even the main villain.
That was Paul Heyman, who continues to draw more heat than the wrestler he's managing.
On Main Event, Axel went toe-to-toe with Zack Ryder, who is slowly working his way back into the spotlight. Once an internet sensation who was involved in storylines with John Cena, Ryder is now back to jobber status after losing momentum.
Axel went over Ryder on Main Event.
It's good that Axel is above the lesser competition, but the Intercontinental Championship is losing value.
This is a continuation of what started with Wade Barrett, as the Intercontinental Championship has become a title with minimal value. Rather than signaling a wrestler's rise up the ranks, its been a transitional title between a wrestler being a rising star and their decline.
It's been quite an uneventful reign.
The Real Americans defeated Tons of Funk
Brodus Clay and Tensai are one of the most physically intimidating tag teams in WWE history. Brodus Clay is 6'7" and 375 pounds, and Tensai is 6'7" and 360 pounds.
On Main Event, Antonio Cesaro offered up one of the most incredible displays of strength you'll ever see by hitting a lengthy Big Swing on Clay. Not too far after, the Real Americans emerged victorious and moved up the tag team rankings.
Who else is still marveling Cesaro's athletic feat?
Cesaro = the most misused talent in WWE. #Raw— Bobby The Brain (@BobbyTheBrain_) October 1, 2013
Cesaro and Swagger are two decorated champions, but they lack the recent success to be tag team title contenders. There may be a slate of victories on their resume, but the Real Americans have lost their luster in a progressive manner.
Hopefully Cesaro continues to shine.