The April 17, 2013 Edition of Main Event is a Professional wrestling television show of the WWE, it was taped at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 16, 2013.


Another chapter in the heated rivalry between WWE NXT alums Justin Gabriel and Wade Barrett is written as Gabriel won a high-stakes battle royal and challenged The Bare-Knuckle Brawler for the Intercontinental Championship.

Following Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett's defeat at the hands of R-Truth on Raw, it appeared as though Barrett's momentum since reclaiming the title 24 hours after losing it at WrestleMania was coming to a screeching halt. On WWE Main Event, The Bare-Knuckle Brawler kicked off the evening by acting as though he wasn't concerned about any of the battle royal participants. His nonchalant attitude quickly changed when he was interrupted by The Great Khali — who then proceeded to enter the contest.

Barrett watched the action from the locker room area as Khali, Justin Gabriel, The Usos, 3MB, Santino Marella, Primo, Epico, Yoshi Tatsu and Alex Riley tried to be the last Superstar left standing and earn an immediate opportunity for the title. Although former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali was certainly the biggest threat, the other Superstars in the battle managed to remove The Punjabi Playboy from the battle fairly early.

As the field began to thin out, the excitement from the WWE Universe inside Knoxville's Thompson-Boling Arena mounted. Following the shocking elimination of former U.S. Champion Marella, Gabriel managed to stave off elimination by Drew McIntyre, only to skin the cat and pull the former Intercontinental Champion to the floor below. As the South African Superstar regained his footing inside the squared circle, Primo charged forward but Gabriel's quick reflexes allowed him to secure the victory by countering Primo's attack, resulting in the Puerto Rican Superstar tumbling to the floor below.

Justin Gabriel and Wade Barrett share a history with each other dating back to their time as Rookies on WWE NXT season one. Both Superstars have competed against one another many times, including earlier this year on WWE Main Event. With momentum in his favor and the stakes higher than ever before, however, Gabriel was set on shifting the course in this heated rivalry.

Feeding off the energy from his impressive battle royal victory, the South African highflier's initial offense was fast-paced and effective. Having been both an ally and opponent of Barrett, Gabriel was well aware that his onslaught had to be constant.

Unfortunately for Gabriel, though, he could not match the strength and resilience of The Barrett Barrage and the two Superstars engaged in another back-and-forth contest that has become the staple of their rivalry. Gabriel nearly pulled off a major upset on more than one occasion, but when the Intercontinental Champion found an opportunity, he seized it and grounded his South African nemesis with a powerful Bull Hammer elbow to retain the title.


Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Battle Royal eliminations

Eliminated Eliminated by
1 Jimmy Uso Drew McIntyre
2 Yoshi Tatsu Epico & Primo
3 Epico The Great Khali
4 Jinder Mahal The Great Khali
5 The Great Khali Everyone
6 Jay Uso Alex Riley
7 Alex Riley Primo
8 Santino Marella Drew McIntyre
9 Drew McIntyre Justin Gabriel
10 Primo Justin Gabriel
11 Justin Gabriel WINNER

Other on-screen talent

Ring announcer

Image Gallery

Ten Man Battle Royal

Wade Barrett v Justin Gabriel

See also

External links

List of WWE Main Event results
2012 List of Main Event results
2013 List of Main Event results
2014 List of Main Event results
2015 List of Main Event results
2016 List of Main Event results
2017 List of Main Event results
2018 List of Main Event results


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