By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Goldust def. Alberto Del Rio
Goldust and Del Rio worked a nice match in the time they were allotted, but the bout was given even less time than Cody Rhodes vs. Del Rio from Monday's Raw, which was strange. Goldust's clean victory over the former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion was a pleasant surprise and told the story that he could defeat Del Rio when Cody couldn't. I also liked their post-match interview with Renee Young, as it gave this storyline the mic time it deserves. A lot of things get lost in the shuffle on Raw, so I'm glad it was given some focus on this show. Both Goldust and Cody played their parts well and their split, of course, is only inevitable.
Divas Champion Paige def. Alicia Fox (Non-title)
The match was kept short and sweet and was basically a showcase for Paige going into her Divas title defense at Extreme Rules. The victor was never really in doubt, so I have no issues with the short match time. It was nice of Paige to debut yet another finisher (which looks very cool) that can be used as an alternative to the submission. WWE hasn't done this in years (with the exception of AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn last year), but why not give Paige and/or Tamina Snuka a segment to sell their upcoming match? Snuka, while a good wrestler, has very little personality, so perhaps that's why, but at least they encountered one another as Paige was on the stage (though the live crowd couldn't have cared less).
Bad News Barrett def. Kofi Kingston
We known how well these two can work together based on past matches, but I was content with keeping it brief given that it wasn't intended to be anything more than a squash match for Barrett. It established him as a threat to Big E's Intercontinental Championship on Sunday and furthered his momentum in the process. His pre-match promo was also solid and the live crowds have really been taking to him lately. I've been enjoying the rejuvenation of Barrett's character as of late and hope it isn't short-lived much like his past pushes. It was interesting to see him play to the audience during and after the match despite being a heel, so a face turn could quite possibly be on the horizon if he continues to get over.
Bray Wyatt def. Sheamus
I expected this to be a great match going in and definitely did not disappoint. Sheamus, for all the flack his character gets, is a strong in-ring worker, and I personally believe Wyatt is underrated in the ring as well. Wyatt just needs the right opponent to have a memorable match and Sheamus was certainly that guy. They were given very good time and the action was superb from start to finish. The final few minutes were especially excellent and the "This is awesome" chants were warranted. Granted, Wyatt won after distractions from Luke Harper and Erick Rowan at ringside, but it was about as clean of a victory as one can get over Sheamus. The Usos making the save afterward seemed to indicate that they're either setting up a six-man tag team match or establishing Haper and Rowan as the next No. 1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships, and either would be fine with me. The Usos are in need of credible challengers and they could have a great series of matches with The Wyatt Family.
This may have been the most action-packed edition of Main Event, but everything featured was enjoyable and served a purpose. The opener furthered a story, the subsequent squash matches gave the victors momentum going into Sunday, and Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt was awesome and definitely worth going out of your way to see. Main Event is usually a one-match show, but I'd suggest sitting through this show if you have the time for an enjoyable one hour episode.
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