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WWE Main Event: Rhodes, Sandow in action
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


While Team Rhodes Scholars is no more, Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes still remain best friends. Tonight on WWE Main Event, both men embark on their solo careers. Rhodes faces a stiff test in Sheamus, while Sandow will take on fellow beard aficionado and current WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan. Will the former team prove to be equally as dominant in singles action?

We are on tape from Jacksonville, Fla. Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield have the call this week.

Cole updates us on Vince McMahon's status, stating that he had successful hip replacement surgery and that there is no timetable set for his return.

Cody Rhodes enters. Rhodes calls the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view a farce. Rhodes is upset that he has not yet been given a spot in the Elimination Chamber match. Rhodes rambles on and asks for a chair. Rhodes sets the chair up in the ring and says that Booker T needs to show up to address his concerns. Michael Cole informs Rhodes that Booker T is not here, as he is not in authority on this show.

Sheamus comes in and has a mic. Sheamus says that they have a match right now, informing Rhodes that he should put the chair away and take a Brogue Kick like a man. Rhodes mocks Sheamus, but Sheamus insists that they will be throwing down tonight. Rhodes tells him that he wants nothing to do with him unless his name is Booker T. Rhodes wants an authority figure and threatens to go over the head of Booker T. Sheamus has a bit of a laugh impersonating Booker T and Vickie Guerrero, but Rhodes doesn't find it all too funny and threatens to go all the way to Mr. McMahon. Sheamus attempts another impression, but Rhodes clocks him with a cheap shot. Sheamus sends him outside.

Match will be officially started next.

(Commercials)

Match One: Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes

Match begins with a grappling exchange that Sheamus wins via strength. Shoulder block by Sheamus puts Rhodes down. Rhodes resets and gets a side headlock. Sheamus desperately looking for a way out, but Rhodes clinging for dear life. Sheamus shakes him off and lands a few shoulder blocks. Rhodes moves outside for a break and takes his time getting back inside.

Both men once again circling, with Rhodes working Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse backbreaker after Rhodes is caught running the ropes. Armbreaker from Sheamus earns him a nearfall. Sheamus targeting the left arm still, locking in an armbar. Rhodes attempts to fight out, but Sheamus sends him hard into the corner. Knee drop and nearfall for Sheamus. Suplex by Sheamus. Clothesline puts Rhodes down. Sheamus tosses Rhodes out, but he skins the cat back inside. Sheamus just sends him back to the apron and lands his signature clubbing forearms to the chest.

Rhodes knocked to the outside and Sheamus follows. Rhodes slams Sheamus' head into the apron. Sheamus fights back and looks to drop Rhodes into the post. Rhodes pushes and almost sends Sheamus into the post, but Sheamus bear hugs Rhodes to ram him into the post. Fallaway slam from Sheamus puts Rhodes into the apron.

Sheamus in control as we break.

(Commercials)

Sheamus sent into the post on the apron as we return. Rhodes keeping Sheamus grounded inside the ring. Knee to the stomach of Sheamus. Rhodes with a nearfall on Sheamus. Neck crank locked in for Rhodes. Sheamus gets out and Rhodes charges, eating an Irish Curse. Both men down and the referee starts a count. Sheamus up and gets the axhandle blows. Spear in the corner into the running knee lift for Sheamus. Sheamus up top, but Rhodes with a Disaster Kick that sends Sheamus to the mat. Nearfall for Rhodes.

Rhodes looking for Cross Rhodes, but Sheamus with a snapmare. Rhodes is up and Sheamus hits White Noise. Sheamus poised and ready for the Brogue Kick. The big boot lands on the face of Rhodes.

Winner by pinfall: Sheamus

(Commercials)

Prior to his match, Damien Sandow would like to air grievances. Sandow is upset at Rhodes' loss to an "albino Irishman" who does poor impressions of WWE authority figures. Sandow says he will avenge Rhodes.

"Bearded goatface, I summon thee."

Match Two: Damien Sandow vs. Daniel Bryan

Match starts with Bryan landing forearms. Running knee by Bryan. Roundhouse kick to the back of Sandow. Sandow using punches, but Bryan with a running clothesline and running dropkick in the corner to garner a nearfall. Sandow tries to use some power offense, but Bryan uses his momentum against him to send him outside. Running knee from the apron by Bryan.

Fire hits and Kane enters to watch his partner.

Sandow with a sneaky rollup, but he only grabs a nearfall. Bryan with a series of roundhouse kicks to the chest of Sandow. Kane summons fire and Bryan is confused at his partner's actions. Sandow with a shoulder ram to the stomach and hits Terminus.

Winner by pinfall: Damien Sandow

Brodus Clay making the rounds backstage, encountering a catering table. Aksana meets up with Clay, soon followed by Tamina. The two want Clay to fire The Funkadactyls and hire them. The Funkadactyls do not take kindly to this and it seems a match will be set. Before the encounter ends, Tamina and Aksana get a bit of food thrown in their faces.

(Commercials)

Video package recaps the confrontation between The Shield and the team of Sheamus, Ryback, and John Cena.

Match Three: The Funkadactyls vs. Tamina & Aksana

Prior to the match, Tamina and Aksana sneak attack the group, leading to a brawl ringside as we break.

(Commercials)

Match starts with Tamina and Cameron. Cameron with a kick to the face of Tamina. Arm drag from Cameron sends Tamina into the corner. Running bulldog from Cameron earns a nearfall. Tamina drops Cameron on the turnbuckle and unleashes some power offense. Bodyslam and leg drops lead to a sleeper hold being locked in by Tamina. Cameron yanked down by her hair and dragged into the opposition's corner.

Aksana in and she chokes Cameron on the second rope. Sidewalk slam by Aksana earns a nearfall. Sleeper hold locked in for Aksana. Cameron fights out, but Aksana puts her down before a tag is made. Cameron moves out of the way of an Aksana corner splash. Rollup from Cameron earns a nearfall.

Naomi in and she cleans house. Tamina and Aksana are taken out on the outside. Splash on the top rope lands for Naomi for a nearfall. Aksana wobbled and Naomi hits a giant running kick.

Winners by pinfall: The Funkadactyls

We fade to black with Brodus Clay and The Funkadactyls dancing in celebration.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments. Click here to follow Nolan on Twitter.