With Tables, Ladders & Chairs days away, Main Event acted as the bridge between Raw and SmackDown, when the build toward TLC really culminates.
As with almost every edition of Main Event, there was some solid wrestling interspersed with recaps of what happened on Raw. There was also plenty of buildup toward Sunday's pay-per-view.
When you tune into this show, you forfeit the right to complain about what's happening.
Without further ado, here's a quick recap of the goings-on at this week's Main Event.
Curtis Axel def. Dolph Ziggler
Sure, Dolph Ziggler is only in the kickoff match on Sunday, but why in the world would you have him lose right before the PPV, especially to Curtis Axel of all people?
At least Ryback figured in the outcome. Ziggler knocked him off the apron, giving Axel the window to hit the Hangman's Facebuster.
The match itself was what you'd expect from a Curtis Axel match. There are only a few people in the company who can make Axel entertaining in the ring, and Ziggler isn't one of them, which says more about Axel than it does Ziggler.
Maybe WWE could cut this down and use it as his catchphrase instead.
Natalya def. Alicia Fox
Give WWE credit. It found a way to make you long for a Curtis Axel match.
The less said about this match, the better. Natalya won with the Sharpshooter. As BryanIsWWE points out, who could've seen that coming?
Natalya locks on the Sharpshooter on Alicia Fox for predictable submission victory. #MainEvent— Bryan (@BryanIsWWE) December 12, 2013
At least WWE gave somebody who's got a match at TLC some momentum going into the event.
The best moment was when Natalya did a kip-up and immediately ate a boot from Fox. It was a cool moment and something you don't see too often on WWE TV.
Perhaps the only noteworthy takeaway from this match is that Natalya won without getting an entrance. As soon as Main Event returned from commercial, she was already in the ring. You don't often see the victor not have an entrance.
If they started doing that with Randy Orton, they could cut 38 minutes from every show.
Xavier Woods and R-Truth def. Tons of Funk
This was a cool matchup considering what happened on Raw. Brodus Clay had to be pulled off Xavier Woods after beating him down with elbows and splashes. So there was actually a narrative told with this match, rather than throwing two people together to wrestle.
The story continued throughout the match, as Tensai was telling Clay to keep his head in it and not let his anger at Woods cloud his judgment. All of it was really good.
It even made sense for R-Truth to get the blind tag and surprise Clay with quick pin.
They teased Tensai and Clay fighting after the match, so it looks like it's full steam ahead for the Clay heel turn, which could be really good.
Of course, you'll probably see the exact same thing on the next Raw, where WWE recycles all the best stuff that happened on the shows it doesn't care about.