Another week, another solid WWE Main Event.
With just three matches on the card, each bout had plenty of time to build the drama through in-ring stories and wrestlers offending each other. While Main Event lacks the shine of Raw or SmackDown, it's a good program if you want to watch some solid wrestling.
Tables, Ladders & Chairs is less than two weeks away, so the hype train has already started as the company looks to rebound from what has been a string of underwhelming pay-per-views. One of the wrestlers from Main Event on Wednesday already has a match for TLC, with two more looking sure to be on the card.
The show presented a great time to continue building toward the PPV.
Goldust def. Ryback via DQ
This was an enjoyable opener. Although Main Event is a distant third in the pecking order when it comes to WWE's weekly programming, it's good for a match like this.
Goldust has been great ever since making his return, and he's able to get a good match out of a limited wrestler like Ryback. Considering how little momentum Ryback had coming into the match, it's no surprise that the tag team champion walked away with the victory.
Goldust looked to be putting Ryback down for the three count following a Final Cut, when Curtis Axel broke up the count and got Ryback disqualified, per WWE:
Cody Rhodes came into to help his brother. Goldust knew that if he was in trouble, he could count on his tag partner:
It made for a nice dynamic with Axel and Rhodes on the outside of the ring. Having both teams there paints the picture that this wasn't just some random match, rather part of something larger between the two. Axel breaking up the count also made sense, because he shouldn't just sit back and watch his tag partner get pinned.
The fans at home were happy with what they saw:
#mainevent Great match starting off the show, Goldust defeating Ryback and Rhodes Brothers walk talk once again— Sid Malik (@TheSidneyMalik) December 5, 2013
You can't expect Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleWar 1989 on Main Event, so this was good for what it was.
The Usos def. 3MB (Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre)
There wasn't much to this, and it was certainly a downgrade from the opener. The Usos' entrance was about as long as the match itself and garnered much more of a reaction from the crowd.
The Usos won with the splash off the top rope:
The Miz and Josh Matthews played up Heath Slater's absence quite a bit, discussing whether the breakup is looming for 3MB. Slater wasn't present at ringside, which only fueled that speculation. This was perhaps the only notable thing about the match.
Damien Sandow def. R-Truth
Damien Sandow built some nice momentum heading into his TLC match against Big E Langston for the Intercontinental Title with a win over R-Truth. Sandow hit the You're Welcome to get the victory after what was a back-and-forth match:
Even if it's against a guy like R-Truth, this is a win that Sandow desperately needs. It's going to take a long time before he is ever thought of as a legitimate contender or threat in the company. The way he lost that World Heavyweight Championship match to John Cena was an abomination and killed whatever credibility he had left after his win at Money in the Bank.
Maybe Sandow will be able to turn this win into a defeat of Langston at TLC.