Wednesday, Oct. 16 marked another edition of WWE presents Main Event on ION Television. It was one of the biggest nights in the history of the program, as the United States championship was defended and some of the most high-profile wrestlers in the industry took center stage.
Here's how it all transpired at The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the United States Championship.
- Santino Marella & Tons of Funk defeated 3MB
- Damien Sandow defeated R-Truth
- The Great Khali defeated Fandango
Dean Ambrose Retains United States Championship
It's been a rough past few weeks for The Shield, as Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins lost two critical matches against Cody Rhodes and Goldust. The first was at Battleground, when the Rhodes family earned its reinstatement in WWE, and the second was on Monday Night Raw, when The Shield lost the WWE Tag Team Titles.
Fear not, fans of the Hounds of Justice, for Dean Ambrose has protected his title.
On Main Event, Ambrose put the United States Championship on the line against "The Showoff" Dolph Ziggler. At times, it looked as though Ambrose was going to lose his belt to make it three titles dropped in one week for The Shield, but he prevailed.
Ambrose's reign of just under five months continues.
The question is, what does WWE think of Ambrose and Ziggler as main event wrestlers as opposed to superstars who appear on Main Event?
Ambrose has earned victories over some of the top stars in WWE today, and it shouldn't be too concerning that The Shield dropped the Tag Team titles. The belts had to change hands at some point, and Reigns and Rollins did hold them for 148 days.
Until further notice, Ambrose is keeping gold within the group and remaining one of the fastest rising stars in the industry. As for Ziggler, he's gone from the wrestler with the biggest crowd pop in the company to a guy whose success is rapidly declining.
He's still in a title picture, but one has to believe that he could be used better than he currently is.
Tons of Funk & Santino defeated 3MB
It's very rare that a group of wrestlers will enter a new gimmick or storyline, skip a push and go right into becoming a group of resident jobbers. That's been the case for Three Man Band, commonly known as 3MB, which consists of Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal.
On Main Event, 3MB fell to WWE's resident PG-friendly wrestlers in Brodus Clay, Santino Marella and Tensai.
Marella is one of the most popular superstars in the WWE Universe, combining comedy with cartoon-like antics. Brodus Clay and Tensai should be the most dominant tag team in the company, standing at a combined 735 pounds, but they too are used for entertainment.
The dancing Clay and Tensai defeated the in-a-band-but-not-making-music 3MB on Main Event.
A win is a win.
McIntyre was once one of the fastest rising superstars in WWE, but his push appears to have withered away. Three Man Band either needs a push or a break up to see if any of these three men can prove their worth in singles competition.
Until then, they can have fun not making music.
Damien Sandow defeated R-Truth
The Intellectual Savior of the Masses' winning ways have returned.
Damien Sandow continues to take apart the lesser competition and fall flat against the biggest names in WWE. Over the past two weeks, Sandow is 1-3 with losses to Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler, but he does own tonight's win over R-Truth.
At least he's winning something.
At some point in time, WWE will need to answer a question that no one has been able to: How can the company transform Sandow from an upper mid-card jobber into the World Champion?
It's hard to remember, but Sandow does currently hold the Money in the Bank briefcase. That gives him the right to cash in and challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at any given moment.
Since winning the briefcase, however, Sandow hasn't experienced any form of luck in the ring.
It's one thing to have the briefcase make Sandow's career, but it's another to reverse months of failure with one cash-in. That's poised to be the case for Sandow, who is in dire need of some victories to build up momentum.
A win here is a nice place to start.
The Great Khali defeated Fandango
Well, that happened.
Every time The Great Khali steps into the ring, it's safe to assume that the match is going to be short and sweet. He's a 7'1" and 347-pound monster who, even on his worst day, can overpower the biggest in the business.
You know, if he isn't the biggest himself.
On Main Event, Fandango had the unfavorable task of going toe-to-toe with The Punjabi Playboy. As one might imagine, The Ballroom Brawler wasn't so lucky when he stepped into the ring with a man who stands nine inches taller than he.
Fandango may need to rearrange his face after this one.
One day he'll get on a winning streak.
Fandango has experienced quite the strange ride in WWE, going from the man who defeated Chris Jericho in his debut at WrestleMania to the guy who's feuding with Santino. It hasn't been ideal, but Fandango is still committed to one of the most difficult characters a wrestler can play.
Commend him for that, if nothing else.