Main Event is back.
Of course, WWE's weekly staple never actually went anywhere, but the normally solid show has been lacking recently, and last week it left television and was just posted on WWE.com.
But the show returned to Ion this week, and with it came Mr. Main Event Antonio Cesaro, the talented-yet-boring Alberto Del Rio, appearances from the tag team champions and Divas champion, and Kaitlyn's finale with the company.
As such, there were plenty of talking points from an exciting show. Let's get to it.
The Real Americans defeat R-Truth and Xavier Woods (with Cameron and Naomi)
This was a fast-paced, back-and-forth match that featured some solid offense from both sides. In the end, The Real Americans earned the victory when Truth and Woods were distracted by Fandango.
It wasn't exactly the most thrilling battle, but anytime you get to see Cesaro's crazy blend of strength and athleticism (as well as his huge uppercut), it's a joy.
This fan summed it up best:
That ridiculous little hip wiggle from Cesaro made me laugh out loud. Hope for better things for Antonio in 2014. #MainEvent— Caleb Baumgartner (@MidcrdManifesto) January 9, 2014
Cesaro has the potential to be a great heel. He can create heat on the mic and has plenty of personality (as evidenced by the aforementioned wiggle), but more importantly, he is supremely talented inside the ring.
Afterward, Fandango put on a pretty funny promo that included this gem, via the WWE Universe Twitter feed:
Alberto Del Rio defeats Justin Gabriel
It sure would have been nice to see this one get more time. Both Del Rio and Justin Gabriel are capable of doing some really impressive things inside the ring. Alas, no one is interested in Del Rio, and a push for Gabriel seems impossible at this point.
As such, this match didn't last long before Del Rio landed a huge kick for the win. WWE Universe put it simply:
The noteworthy moment came after the match, though, when Del Rio talked about how he was coming after Batista at the upcoming Royal Rumble. Translation: Del Rio, who has fallen to the point where he's battling Gabriel on Main Event, is going to get absolutely crushed by Batista at the Royal Rumble.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeat 3MB's Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal
No real surprise here. The tag team champions handled McIntyre and Mahal with relative ease.
Interestingly enough, though, Heath Slater may have earned himself some fans with the entertaining job he did on commentary:
Heath Slater needs to be on commentary more often, he's hilariously amazing. #MainEvent— The Hybread Diva (@HidamariBread) January 9, 2014
AJ Lee defeats Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn wasn't able to get the victory in her final WWE match, but it was an appropriate swan song nonetheless. She took on friend and rival AJ, whom she had so many memorable matches with, and the two put together one last terrific battle.
Favorite match of the night?
After some solid back-and-forth action and very impressive spots, the story was put together perfectly, as AJ got to shake Kaitlyn's hand and give her a big hug at the end, yet it still worked in her character well with Tamina landing the superkick following the embrace.
It was a perfectly fitting end and a nice moment for the duo.
Earlier in the day, AJ tweeted out her respect for Kaitlyn:
To @KaitlynWWE : Thank you for letting me have your tryout, your first match, your last match, and your Savage Garden CD. I could not have— A.J. (@WWEAJLee) January 8, 2014
survived or succeeded without you. But I’m really psyched my reproductive organs won’t have to endure any more spears. @KaitlynWWE— A.J. (@WWEAJLee) January 8, 2014
Kaitlyn will be missed, but the Divas division is in good hands with AJ.