By Graham "GSM" Matthews
United States Champion Sheamus Interrupted Paul Heyman
Heyman's promo, while repetetive, was good as most of his promos are. It brought out Cesaro, who stayed serious for once and had a nice verbal exchange with Heyman. Cesaro played the heel role perfectly by jumping Sheamus from behind and teasing the crowd with the Cesaro Swing only to not give it to them. It's not often nowadays that you see a segment at the start of Main Event to build toward a match later on in the show, so I liked that they took that approach here and it made the match between Sheamus vs. Cesaro feel more meaningful.
Dolph Ziggler def. Damien Sandow
You've seen one match between these two, you've seen them all. Not to slight either individual at all as they had a good match, but we've seen it so many times in recent months that I've just grown numb to it, especially since neither guy means anything at the moment. It wasn't given the time it deserved, but they made the most out of the brief period of time they were allotted. And no, I don't think Sandow's new "outspoken" gimmick is a sign that he's going to get pushed again any time soon.
Emma def. Alicia Fox
It figured that this would be a total squash for Fox given that she lost on Monday's Raw, but I like the direction they took instead. Emma may not have gained much from the win since the focus wasn't on her, but Fox losing again furthered her frustration. Her post-match meltdown angered me as a viewer to the point where I wanted to see her ass handed to her (this kind of heel is rare nowadays), so I really like the recent resurgence of Fox. She'll probably need to be built up more before she can be taken as a serious threat to Paige's Divas Championship, but at least she's garnering good heat.
United States Champion Sheamus vs. Cesaro Went to a Double Count-out (Non-title)
I had a feeling going into this match that it was going to be a good one and definitely did not disappoint. Both Sheamus and Cesaro are great workers and they instantly developed chemistry with each other. They had a difficult time getting the crowd invested in the action early on, but it was a well paced wrestling match before becoming an all-out brawl toward the end. Neither guy should have lost here, so I was happy with the double count-out finish. It keeps the feud alive and allows the two to fight again (possibly for the title) down the road.
It was an enjoyable episode from start to finish with one solid segment and three good matches with two of them furthering storylines. It wasn't a must-see show, but it was one that you wouldn't regret watching in its entirety if you have an hour to kill. WWE has done a great job in making Main Event feel relevant again now that it's on the WWE Network and I hope they continue to doing so going forward.
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