WWE Main Event Results: Winners, Twitter Reaction and Analysis from August 19

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

Welcome to Bleacher Report's recap of this week's 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.

This week featured some good action from a wide variety of Superstars. 

There was also a special announcement from Triple H stating that John Cena will get his rematch against Brock Lesnar at Night of Champions.

There was a change to the announcing team on this episode, as Michael Cole joined Byron Saxton at the table. It looks as if it may be a permanent change, which could mean Tom Phillips is being used elsewhere or possibly on his way out as part of the ongoing cost-cutting.

Main Event usually features one good bout and some filler, but this week actually had two enjoyable matches.

Let's take a look at what went down on this week's Main Event.


Sheamus vs. Curtis Axel

Cesaro joined the commentary table for the show's opening match between Curtis Axel and Sheamus. It looks like he will be pursuing Sheamus and his United States Championship, which should be an awesome feud.

As far as the match goes, Axel and Sheamus wrestled a very physical bout. Axel stepped up his aggression quite a bit to keep up with The Celtic Warrior, looking better than he has in months in the process.

Maybe teaming up with Ryback has allowed him to find his more violent side. Despite upping his game, Axel still took the loss.

Cesaro ended up grabbing the U.S. title and tossing it into the ring to Sheamus, making it very clear that he has his eye on the belt he once held.

Winner: Sheamus

Grade: B+

Notes and Highlights:

  • Ryback was noticeably absent from Axel's corner after receiving what was arguably the best reaction on Monday's Raw.
  • Cesaro appears to have broken into Vince McMahon's luggage and stolen one of his suits.
  • Cesaro would make a great commentator, but I have to wonder if anyone is monitoring what he says in other languages. If I was him, I would be saying the most ridiculous things I could think of if I could get away with it.
  • Do you think it was a coincidence that the trailer for Leprechaun: Origins was shown during the match featuring an Irishman?

Twitter Reaction:


Nikki Bella vs. Emma

This was about what you would expect from these two women, but Nikki did a good job transitioning to a more heel-ish style.

The crowd was chanting "You sold out" at Nikki, which is exactly the kind of reaction WWE should want after her turn at SummerSlam.

The end of the match ended up looking kind of awkward because it took the ref a few seconds to tell Nikki her foot was under the rope, which prevented him from making the count.

There won't be any real ramifications from this one. These two are not going to start a feud just because Nikki beat Emma. All it did was help establish Nikki as a heel.

Winner: Nikki Bella

Grade: D+

Notes and Highlights:

  • Nikki's springboard kick off the turnbuckle was the most impressive thing she has ever done in the ring. That could be seen as a good or bad thing.
  • Emma's whole goofy-dancing gimmick was charming in NXT, but it is never going to get her over on the main roster. She needs to find a new niche.
  • Is Saxton a heel announcer? Why was he defending Nikki?

Twitter Reaction:


Slater and The Gator vs. Los Matadores

Diego is fresh off returning from an injury and back in action in this tag team match. Or is it Fernando? It doesn't really matter.

Hornswoggle accompanied Los Matadores and El Torito to the ring dressed as a cow, complete with a set of udders. This has to be the lowest point of his career thus far.

This was a decent filler match, but it wasn't anything to write home about. The one thing that might be noteworthy is that Heath Slater kept up his winning ways by getting the pin for his team.

Winners: Slater and The Gator

Grade: C

Notes and Highlights:

  • Michael Cole knows a lot about cows.
  • It seemed like Titus O'Neil was the odd man out here. He just didn't have as much history with his opponents as Slater.
  • It's funny that almost no mention of the previous feud involving Slater and Los Matadores was made. It was probably because two members of 3MB are no longer with WWE, but it was still disappointing.

Twitter Reaction:


Big Show vs. Erick Rowan

It's always interesting to see two gigantic powerhouses like these two men have a match. You never really know if it's going to be good or not, but this one delivered.

Rowan looked very impressive against Big Show in this match. It's not often that you see someone who can just about match power with Show, but Rowan is one of those guys.

He showed some versatility as well, proving he is not just a maniac who throws punches and big boots around. Big Show even managed to throw in a few moves he would not normally use.

Rowan was able to get Big Show up for a body slam, but Show would end up winning with a KO Punch out of nowhere.

This bout could have gone either way, but it ended up being better than expected. It wasn't five-star material, but it was fun to see Big Show actually struggling to overpower someone else for once.

Winner: Big Show

Grade: B

Notes and Highlights:

  • Big Show and Mark Henry had an interview with Renee Young earlier in the show. Big Show was actually kind of funny, but the most hilarious thing was seeing Young stand between two men who eat as much as she weighs on a daily basis.
  • The short promos from Harper and Rowan are awesome, providing just the right amount of creepy.
  • Rowan really needs more singles matches. He has more to offer than most people realize because Harper has had so many great performances that overshadowed him.

Twitter Reaction:


What did you think of this week's Main Event? 

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