Welcome to Bleacher Report's recap of WWE Main Event. Here is where we take a look at what happened on the show, examining the winners, reactions to matches and any possible ramifications coming out of the program.
Main Event featured four matches this week, which is not the negative thing it used to be when the show had full commercial breaks while airing on Ion.
This was the final Main Event before Payback, so all the big storylines were given video packages during the show, including a great video for the Shield vs. Evolution feud.
The show itself featured three singles matches and a tag match in the main event, but the surprise of the evening came when Brie Bella and Natalya had a good, albeit short, technical matchup.
Let's take a look at what went down on this week's Main Event.
Curtis Axel vs. Cody Rhodes
A backstage confrontation from Raw was shown before the match that showed Ryback shoving Goldust after he was destroyed by Batista and Randy Orton. Cody stepped in to protect his brother, but no fight ended up taking place.
The match was not that long, but the pace was quick. Axel and Cody had a very good exchange in the short time they had.
These are two multigenerational wrestlers who have a lot of similarities and great technical ability. This match easily could have lasted a lot longer and ended up being one of the best matches of the week.
Curtis Axel ended up picking up the win after Ryback caused a distraction that allowed Axel to take out Rhodes' knee and roll him up for the pin.
Axel held the tights to get some extra leverage, which is exactly the kind of thing a heel should be doing to pick up a win like this.
Winner: Curtis Axel
Notes and Highlights:
- Ryback and Axel doing the thumbs down with a fart noise is the most immature thing I have ever seen a heel do in WWE. I can't tell if it works to get heat or if it's just stupid.
- WWE is really taking its time with whatever it has planned for Cody and Goldust. They haven't shown signs of animosity in a couple of weeks, but they are still losing matches, so obviously WWE has something planned down the line. Perhaps SummerSlam is when they will finally have their match.
- Cody and Axel had really good chemistry in the ring. I would love to see more matches from them in the future.
I wish they would get to the Cody Rhodes/Goldust breakup already. I think it's time they start to see other people. #MainEvent— Bill Pratt (@blpratt1982) May 28, 2014
Curtis Axel gets the 1..2..3... over Cody Rhodes by hooking the tights as Axel steals one and Cody just can't catch a break. #MainEvent— Bryan (@BryanIsWWE) May 28, 2014
D-Sizzle vs. R-Truth
This match was even shorter than the first one and provided none of the same technical prowess we saw from Rhodes and Axel.
Damien Sandow came out in a track suit pretending to be a rapper named D-Sizzle. He did not portray anyone in particular like he has done during his last few matches, but he did seem to be enjoying himself a little more than usual.
R-Truth got the win to even the score after Sandow defeated him last week in a Sherlock Homes outfit. While there were a few laughs to be had, the match as a whole was a throwaway.
Sandow's outburst during the Raw Pre-Show a few weeks ago made it seem like WWE was going to run an "angry wrestler" storyline with him, but now he is not even acting pissed off that he has to wear these costumes every week.
Notes and Highlights:
- A lot of people will disagree with me on this, but I think this gimmick could be a good thing for Sandow. Changing outfits and characters every week has been done before, but Sandow's delivery makes a lot of what we saw humorous.
- Sandow did not act like a heel all that much during his entrance. I wonder if WWE is going to test the waters with him as a babyface at some point. This gimmick might actually help get him over if he is funny enough each week.
- Remember when Charlie Haas was imitating other wrestlers? The crowd was always into it. Sandow could get the same type of reactions if he embraces the gimmick.
- Sandow was great as the intellectual savior character, but it wasn't getting him anywhere after a while. He may be losing more often right now, but at least he is doing something that gets people talking.
- The duct-tape necklace Sandow was wearing was hilarious.
Brie Bella vs. Natalya
This was a surprisingly good match with a nice exchange of technical skills between the two. Natalya has always been known as a good wrestler, but Brie has really stepped up her game in the past few months.
Natalya picked up the win with a Sharpshooter after reversing a half Boston crab, but it was Brie who really stood out in this match.
The two running knees she hit to the face of Natalya looked really aggressive, and her wrestling skills were really put to the test.
It's not often when the Divas show up some of the men on the roster, but I think that's what happened in this match.
Notes and Highlights:
- Natalya has faced a few other babyfaces recently. This could signal an upcoming heel turn, which might be exactly what she needs.
- Isn't "Brie mode" what Nikki calls it when Brie gets really drunk? Who thought yelling "Brie mode" during matches was a good idea?
- Natalya took an extra second to break the Sharpshooter after the match.
- Stephanie McMahon is in great shape right now. I could see her and Brie having a match eventually, especially if Bryan is out longer than expected and WWE wants a way to keep the storyline going.
Brie Bella vs. Natalya on #MainEvent was surprisingly good. If only Natalya was as personable as she is talented.— Will Pruett (@itswilltime) May 28, 2014
The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan picked up the win in a pretty good tag team match with The Usos to cap off Main Event.
They also attacked The Usos after the match so Harper could do his creepy 10-count as they lay helpless outside the ring.
Both teams looked good in this match. They have built up a good chemistry, and hopefully their feud continues for a little while.
Winners: Harper and Rowan
Notes and Highlights:
- Luke Harper's dropkick caught me off guard. It looked better than previous dropkicks he has hit.
- It's officially fashionable for Wyatt to be wearing white pants now that it's summer.
- So, is removing Rowan's mask the same thing as ringing the bell for Festus?
I want Luke Harper to count over me while I fall asleep. #MainEvent— Donny Shot (@donnyshot) May 28, 2014
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