By Chris Aiken | @lariatrope
Airdate: October 2, 2013 WWE Main Event
from Baton Rouge featured a lot of filler programming and one giant swing spot that was really the only notable moment on the show. Besides the giant swing, the show was part of the go home week leading towards Battleground but it was seemingly less of a hard sell for the pay-per-view than usual. Also unusual, the format of the show typically features three matches but this episodes had four. All four matches were relatively short and uneventful except for a giant swing spot in the final match.
Before the first match, Damien Sandow cut a promo and said, "In the valley of the stupid, the halfwit is king." He then proclaimed Santino Marella to be "King of the Stupid", which was kind of stupid and not humorous as surely intended. Damien Sandow beat Santino Marella
. Sandow got most of the offense and they tried some comedy. Twice Santino teased using the cobra without the cobra sleeve and Sandow begged off each time. Marella also teased doing the elbow of disdain but Sandow cut him off. Sandow threw Marella out of the ring before a commercial. After the break, Sandow was applying a body scissors but Marella fought free. Still, Sandow maintained the advantage and threw Marella out of the ring again. While Sandow was getting heat on Santino, he rammed Santino's head in to the turnbuckle. Marella no sold it a few times and hulked up. However, Sandow used the elbow of disdain moments later. Santino made a comeback then got out the sleeve and went for the cobra, but Sandow bailed out of the ring. Santino gave chase and Sandow stepped on Marella's arm when he tried to get back in the ring. Sandow took off the cobra sleeve and hit the full nelson slam for the pin. After the match, Sandow announced he was still the Money In the Back contract holder and the "uncrowned" world champion. Triple H had a chat about the Big Show.
In what has become a weekly feature akin to the Fireside Chats, HHH did another sit down interview with Michael Cole and they discussed Big Show. HHH said he was tired of seeing Show cry and added no one likes to see that. He basically portrayed him as a big crybaby that needed to get over it. In addition, HHH plugged the Smackdown main event (for Friday's broadcast) with Big Show in a handicap match against The Shield. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper (with Bray Wyatt) beat Darren Young & Titus O'Neil.
The Prime Time Players got more offense than most teams do in television matches against the Wyatt Family. Harper started the match with Young and they had a slugfest until Rowan tagged in followed by O'Neil. Rowan briefly wore the sheep mask in the ring before attacking O'Neil. When Rowan charged into a corner, O'Neil got a boot up to change the momentum. The Prime Time Players did a double shoulder block but Rowan cut off their momentum by hitting a spinning leg lariat on Young. The heels draped Young on the top rope in a corner and pummeled him. Harper used a slingshot on Young to clothesline him with second rope. Harper did a gator roll while applying a front facelock. The heels continued to get heat on Young until he used an enzugiri and made the hot tag. O'Neil ran wild and hit a splash on Harper in the corner before a slam for a nearfall where Rowan made the save. Rowan threw Young out of the ring and O'Neil tossed out Rowan. As O'Neil turned around, Harper hit him with a lariat clothesline for the pin. Afterwards, Bray Wyatt left his seat in the rocking chair and came into the ring. Wyatt hit O'Neil with Sister Abigail while also doing his usual routine that concluded with "follow the buzzards". Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel (with Paul Heyman) beat Zack Ryder in a non-title match
. Early on, Ryder got two quick nearfalls and started off strong but Axel quickly cut him off and gained the advantage. Axel looked impressive like he usually does on Main Event, a secondary show compared to Raw. Too bad he usually looks secondary on the flagship show despite his great work in the ring. Despite Ryback not being present, the crowd seemed to chant "Goldberg" and they also clearly chanted "ECW" at Paul Heyman moments later. Ryder got a comeback and used a flying clothesline. Then, he hit a missile dropkick off the second rope and gave Axel the broski boot. Axel grabbed Ryder by the tights and sent him into the second turnbuckle to cut off the comeback. Shortly thereafter, Axel hit the hangman's facebuster for the pin all while Paul Heyman looked on and clutched the Intercontinental title.
Afterwards, a lengthy ad plugged the WWE title match at Battleground with Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton. Likewise, new ad featuring the Miz and others plugged the Main Event show on Ion.
A video package aired that highlighted the recent history involving the Rhodes family and their dealings with the power couple, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. The highlights showed each incident with Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Dusty. The segment hyped the six man tag team match at Battleground with the Rhodes vs. The Shield. Antonio Cesaro & Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) beat Brodus Clay & Tensei (with Naomi & Cameron).
Clay and Swagger started the match, which was short yet slow paced at first. Clay gave Swagger a bodyslam three consecutive times before missing a splash in the corner. Swagger clipped the knee. Cesaro tagged in and stomped on Clay's knee then did the giant swing spot. After a Swagger bomb, Cesaro leaped over the shoulders of Swagger into a double foot stomp. Clay made a hot tag to Tensei and he briefly ran wild including a senton in the corner. Clay knocked Swagger off the apron to block the save. Tensei and Clay sandwiched Cesaro. Swagger tripped Clay and pulled him out of the ring. That caused a distraction and allowed Cesaro to hit the neutralizer on Tensei for the pin to end a show full of filler and one giant swing.