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WWE Main Event: Sheamus and Barrett rekindle their rivalry
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


Not unlike their respective homelands, Sheamus and WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett have a bit of a rivalry that seems to come and go. Tonight on WWE Main Event, the two renew that rivalry if only for one night in the featured contest of the evening. All of that and more on this week's edition of WWE Main Event.

We are on tape from Edmonton, Alta. Josh Mathews, The Miz, and Ricardo Rodriguez have the call for this week.

Match One: Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett

Lockup leads to a Sheamus side headlock on Wade Barrett. Shoulder block puts Barrett down. Another lockup and Barrett knocks Sheamus down with strikes. Barrett works Sheamus in the corner and whips him into the opposite corner. Sheamus explodes out with a clothesline. Knee drops from Sheamus. The two men exchanging strikes all over the ring. Barrett attempts a hip toss, but Sheamus counters with a clothesline for a nearfall.

Barrett moves outside to regroup. Back inside, Sheamus with a sweep of the leg. Suplex attempt is blocked, but Sheamus gets him the second time around for another nearfall.

Barrett cornered and Sheamus unloads strikes. Sheamus runs into the boots of Barrett. Barrett sends Sheamus off the ropes, but Sheamus comes back with a boot. Barrett chases Sheamus as he runs the ropes and sends him over the top with a clothesline as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Barrett working the sleeper. Action from the break shows Barrett whipping Sheamus into the steel steps. Barrett places Sheamus across the top turnbuckle and lands the knee to the abdomen. Sheamus is sent falling outside and the referee begins his count.

Sheamus makes it to the apron and hits a shoulder bump to the stomach. Battering ram connects and Barrett is cornered. Sheamus charges, but doesn't connect with Barrett. Rollup off of the failed splash gets Barrett a nearfall.

Clothesline and elbow drop from Barrett leads to a sleeper. Barret transitions into an armbar. Sheamus gets to his feet and throws punches, but he comes off the ropes into a knee to the stomach from Barrett. Barrett chokes Sheamus on the ropes, then ties him up in them. Greco-Roman clinch initiated and Barrett unleashes a barrage of knees and a big boot to send Sheamus outside.

Outside, Sheamus is reeling on the arena floor. Barrett takes to the apron and hits a running elbow drop.

We return inside and Sheamus fights back with body shots .Barrett thwarts this by sending Sheamus into the corner with a whole lot of velocity. Barrett up top, but he misses the flying elbow drop. Sheamus looking to land a clothesline, but Barrett meets him with a running boot for a nearfall. Sheamus again looking for some offense, but Barrett with a dropkick for another nearfall as we break.

(Commercials)

Barrett choking Sheamus on the second rope as we return. Sheamus fights back with blows to the body and plants Barrett with a DDT. Barrett charges Sheamus, but Sheamus with axhandle smashes. Shoulder ram and a running knee followed by a fireman's carry slam. Battering ram from the top rope gets a nearfall from Sheamus.

Barrett sent into the corner, but Barrett catches him with a back elbow. Barrett looking to follow up, but Sheamus with a Texas Cloverleaf. Barrett inching towards the rope and he gets it. Sheamus again looks for the submission, but Barrett rolls through to get a nearfall.

Side kick to the abs of Sheamus puts him on his knees. Barrett follows up with on to the head for a nearfall. Barrett has Sheamus up, but Sheamus wiggles out. Sheamus gets Barrett up and brings him down for White Noise. Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick and Barrett nails the Winds of Change for a nearfall.

Barrett attacks Sheamus, but Sheamus ducks under to get the Irish Curse backbreaker for a nearfall. Both men down. Sheamus in the corner and he skins the cat to get up top. Barrett meets him and slams the ropes to trip Sheamus up. Wasteland from Barrett gets another nearfall.

Barrett pulls the elbow pad down and he is looking for the Bull Hammer. Sheamus ducks and Barrett tumbles to the apron. Sheamus picks him up and unloads the signature clubbing forearms to the chest. Sheamus brings Barrett in, but Barrett rams Sheamus into the ring post shoulder-first twice. Barrett charges, but Sheamus connects with a hail mary of a Brogue Kick.

Winner by pinfall: Sheamus

Recap of John Cena vs. Curtis Axel from Raw.

(Commercials)

Video package about Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family replays.

Recap of Paul Heyman's appearance on Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel from Raw.

Match Two: Justin Gabriel vs. Antonio Cesaro

Antonio Cesaro grabs the back of Justin Gabriel, but Gabriel reverses. Cesaro with a pair of European Uppercuts. Gabriel with the headscissors takeover in the corner to send Cesaro out. Hurricanrana from the apron by Gabriel sends Cesaro tumbling on the floor.

Back inside, Cesaro moves to the opposite apron and hits a hangman's neckbreaker. Running clothesline puts Gabriel down for a nearfall. Cesaro stomps the stomach. Karelin lift into a gutwrench throw gets another nearfall.

Cesaro with a sleeper in. Gabriel fights up to his feet slowly and hits a jawbreaker. Gabriel in the corner and Cesaro runs into the boots of Gabriel. Cesaro misses another splash by meeting the turnbuckles. Gabriel on the apron and he gets a springboard crossbody for a nearfall.

Gabriel attempts a discus forearm, but Cesaro gets a sleeper after ducking. Gabriel runs him into the corner. Springboard moonsault into an inverted DDT by Gabriel for a nearfall.

Gabriel heads up top, but Cesaro shakes the top rope to send Gabriel down. Cesaro again locks in the sleeper. Gabriel fighting off the hold, but he goes limp. Cesaro uses the to land a Neutralizer.

Winner by pinfall: Antonio Cesaro

(Commercials)

Match Three: Tons of Funk & R-Truth vs. 3MB

Heath Slater kicks things off with Brodus Clay. Slater opens with a jab, but Clay soon takes control by slamming Slater into the corner. Tensai brought in on a double-team attack. Delayed Tiger Suplex gets a nearfall.

The referee gets distracted and Drew McIntyre kicks the back of Tensai as he runs off the ropes. Tensai bites and sends McIntyre off the apron, allowing Slater to nail a heel kick. McIntyre in with a leg drop and some strikes.

Jinder Mahal in and he lands a flying knee. Elbow drop misses. R-Truth in and he lands clotheslines. Truth floats over in the corner and lands a heel kick. The rest of 3MB break up the nearfall, but are soon sent out by Tensai and Clay. Tensai and Clay sandwich Mahal and Truth gets Little Jimmy.

Winners by pinfall: Tons of Funk & R-Truth

Show closes with the group dancing.

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