By Chris Aiken | @lariatrope
Airdate: October 16, 2013
WWE Main Event from Kansas City, MO featured a very strongly worked title match after a fairly weak show the previous week. After splitting the roster with one crew working the domestic tapings last week and the others being sent to Abu Dhabi, the show was quite poor with star power. This week, the show featured a title match that was also plugged earlier in the week.
Dean Ambrose beat Dolph Ziggler to retain the United States title. Ziggler hit a dropkick just after the bell sounded and got a quick nearfall followed by another quick nearfall after a roll up. Ambrose bailed out of the ring and Ziggler gave chase only to get caught by Ambrose getting back in the ring. Ziggler blocked a hiptoss and used a swinging neckbreaker before delivering several leaping elbow drops. Ambrose reversed the momentum and he cut off a Ziggler comeback moments later. Still, Ziggler flipped out of suplex and hit a running clothesline to start a comeback. Before a commercial break, Ziggler did the Cactus Jack clothesline that sent himself and Ambrose over the ropes to the floor.
After the break, Ambrose had the advantage and he used a foot stomp off the second rope before grounding Ziggler. Ambrose threw Ziggler through the ropes to the floor. Ziggler snapped Ambrose’s neck on the ropes before hitting a missile dropkick for a nearfall. After Ziggler rained down punches in the corner, he used a sunset flip for a nearfall. They traded several reversals for nearfalls. Ambrose sidestepped the famouser and went for a backslide. Ziggler flipped over Ambrose’s back and hit the famouser for a nearfall. Ziggler went for the zig zag finisher but Ambrose bailed. Ziggler again gave chase only to get caught and Ambrose gave him a snap suplex on the floor.
Back in the ring, Ambrose went to the top rope but Ziggler caught him and used an X-factor off the top turnbuckle for a nearfall. Ziggler applied a sleeper hold and Ambrose broke it up. Ambrose missed a charge into the corner and hit the ringpost. Ziggler got a roll up for a nearfall. Ziggler leaped into the corner and landed on the second rope. Ambrose grabbed hair and tights to send Ziggler crashing off the rope to the mat. Then, Ambrose hit the bulldog DDT for the pin.
Afterwards, a plug for John Cena’s return included a video package timeline of his recovery process. A video diary chronicled his recovery and he will reportedly return soon to challenge for the world championship at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. There is an old saying about how they cannot miss you unless you stay gone. Nevertheless, Cena is Superman and will be back soon.
Santino Marella & Brodus Clay & Sweet T (with Cameron & Naomi) beat Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre. Slater and Clay started the match. Slater sold he hurt his hand when punching Clay in the head. Clay clubbed him then tagged Santino, who quickly tagged Sweet T. Santino teased using a double team suplex with T but waived off picking him up. Sweet T did a monkey flip out of the corner on Mahal then used a delayed butterfly suplex. Mahal and McIntyre double teamed Clay to gain the advantage. 3MB used quick tags and briefly got heat on Clay until McIntyre got caught jumping off the second rope. Santino tagged in and ran wild. He pulled out the cobra and everybody ran wild to start a brawl. Santino used a cobra stunner on Mahal. Slater and McIntyre wrestled with the cobra and tried to restrain it before getting sandwiched by Tons of Funk. Santino delivered a cobra strike on Mahal for the pin.
Following the match, the “Raw Rebound” highlighted Cody Rhodes and brother Goldust winning the tag team titles from the Shield last Monday night. Also, a PSA with WWE personnel plugged the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breat cancer awareness.
Damien Sandow beat R-Truth. At the outset, Truth applied a hammerlock and Sandow escaped after using a snap mare. Sandow backed Truth in a corner and pummeled him. Sandow avoided the ax kick and gave Truth a snap suplex. Truth changed the momentum momentarily but Sandow threw him out of the ring. Back in the ring, Sandow did the Elbow of Disdian after a side Russian legsweep. Sandow grounded Truth until he got nailed with a leg lariat. Sandow missed a splash and Truth ran wild. Truth hit the ax kick for a nearfall. Moments later, Sandow blocked a suplex attempt and used the full nelson slam for the pin.
After the match, a replay from Raw recapped CM Punk winning the Beat the Clock challenge from Monday that set up Punk vs. Paul Heyman & Ryback in a Hell in a Cell match.
Great Khali (with Natalya & Hornswaggle) beat Fandango (with Summer Rae). Natalya was back in Khali’s corner. Fandango begged off after trying to chop Khali to no avail. Khali also blocked a kick and pushed Fandango back on to his ass before chopping him in a corner. Summer Rae got on the apron and Natalya pulled her down. Still, the distraction allowed Fandango to gain the advantage and work over the Khali’s leg. Khali found back and eventually delivered a few overhand chops. Fandango dropkicked Khali’s knee. Fandango jumped off the top rope only to get caught with an overhand chop from Khali for the pin. Natalya and Hornswaggle danced with Khali afterwards as the show ended.