Randy Orton battled Wade Barrett, Antonio Cesaro took on Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes fought Zack Ryder and more! Check out 411's full WWE Main Event report for all the details!
Hello and welcome! Michael Benjamin here with another EXCITING Main Event recap! Both of our secondary champions are in action tonight and I'm sure that WWE will be putting them over strong!
WWE Championship Roll Call: WWE Champion: The Rock World Champion: Alberto Del Rio IC Champion: Wade Barrett US Champion: Antonio Cesaro Unified Diva's Champion: Kaitlyn WWE World Tag Team Champions: Daniel Bryan and Kane
WWE MAIN EVENT 3.06.13
- Michael Cole and The Miz welcome us to the show, pimping everything from Marine 3, The Undertaker vs. CM Punk at Mania and gun policies before Orton's theme even finished up with the second chorus. Impressive.
- Barrett makes his way down to the ring equipped with his Intercontintental Championship and a microphone. He cuts another cocky/delusional promo about how big of a star he is, He sends us to a video of Dead Man Dawn on the tron that barely features him in it (again). He rambles on a bit more at ringside before Orton hears enough and tosses him in the ring to get things started. I really can't stand Barrett working this character. Just let him go back to Bull Hammering people.
Non Title Match: Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
Orton unloads on Barrett right of the gate and doesn't let up. He dominates with methodical offense for a moment once Barrett is grounded. Miz is on commentary calling Wade Barrett nothing more than a featured B character in his movie, essentially summarizing Wade's entire new gimmick for casuals. Are these two going to tangle at Mania? Sets itself up rather well. Back to the action, Orton and Barrett exchange blows (giggity) before Orton gives him an uppercut and sends Barrett to the outside as we head to our first commercial break.
We're back and Barrett's in control. He hits a nice swinging DDT for two. He delivers a knee drop and locks in the headlock as the crowd cheers for Orton. Orton powers out of the headlock with a side suplex and follows up with a nice elevated dropkick for two. Orton corners Barrett and delivers the ten count punches in the corner, following up with a float over suplex. Wade escapes and heads to the outside to buy time. Orton follows and Barrett gets in a cheapshot and sends Orton into the ring steps. Wade is back inside and Orton is on the apron. They struggle for control for a moment before Barrett manages to sneak a nice kick to the gut sending Randy falling to the outside as we head to our second commercial break.
Back from commercial and Barrett locks him up in the ropes for his patented kidney elbows followed by a boot to the outside. Barrett follows and Orton tries fighting back with some bare knuckle offense of his own before succumbing to an Irish whip into the ring steps. Barrett is quick to roll him in and covers Randy for two. Barrett goes upstairs and signals for a potential elbow drop before Orton cuts him off. An RKO chant breaks out as he delivers a crisp superplex on Barrett. Orton gets a burst of adrenaline, delivering a flurry of offense ending with an assisted DDT off of the second rope! Barrett hits a boot to the face out of nowhere and gets a nearfall on Orton! Barret's loading up the elbow! He charges at Orton but gets caught with a powerslam! RKO! THREE COUNT! This was a very good match. Both men walk away looking strong. As Intercontinental champion, Barrett needs to do more than just look strong though. He needs to WIN. Otherwise, he doesn't look credible, the belt doesn't look credible and everybody forgets that he beat five men in one week with the Bull Hammer a month ago.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Randy Orton @ 16:51 via pin
Cody Rhodes vs. Zack Ryder
Jobber entrance for Zack Ryder, They go back and forth for a moment before Ryder hits a flapjack for two. Cody Rhodes heads to the outside and Ryder is quick to follow, Cody heads back in and cuts Ryder off on the apron with an elbow. Cody goes for the pin but only gets two. He doesn't let up, as he stomps away at Ryder. The announcers are totally ignoring this match in favor of talking about Old School Raw, a show that already happened. Cody charges at Ryder in the corner but Ryder gets his knees up. He goes for the Broski Boot but nobody is home! Disaster Kick! Cross Rhodes! It's over! Alright guys, forget the fact that Cody's been jobbing for two months straight. He just won a squash and he's totally dominant now!!! That said, I'm obviously not going to argue with a Cody Rhodes push. I will point out gaping holes in basic logic however.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Cody Rhodes @ 3:01 via pin
- We get a recap of the Triple H promo from Raw. The booking for his match with Brock Lesnar is fundamentally solid but I'm personally not into it. Despite these characters being positioned rather well over the past year and a rematch making complete sense, I didn't enjoy their first encounter too much and I believe the Summerslam crowd reaction should have been enough to em make threconsider this rematch.
Non Title Match: Antonio Cesaro vs. Sin Cara
Antonio Cesaro takes Sin Cara down immediately and taunts him by slapping him in the back of the head. Cesaro rolls to the outside and Sin Cara hits a nice springboard huricanrana! Cesaro rolls back to the inside and Cara catches him with a sunset slip. Cesaro catches him and throws him accross the ring like a rag doll. Cesaro's in control now as delivers a flurry of boots to Sin Cara. Cesaro powers him up and gut wrenches him for two. He locks in and a sleeper hold and Sin Cara is beginning to fade! Sin Cara makes it to his feet quickly and hits the ropes! He hits a nice Code Red on Cesaro for two, sending Cesaro to the outside with a beautiful arm drag. Sin Cara charges to dive through the second rope but Cesaro catches him with an uppercut! WOW! Back in the ring and Cesaro attempts a powerbomb off of the top rope but Sin Cara hits a huge hurricanrana for the win! This match ROCKED for being four minutes long.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sin Cara @ 4:16 via pinfall
- We get a video recap of the Cena/Rock debate from Raw. I liked the serious tone of the segment.
OVERALL: This wasn't a bad Main Event despite the head scratching decision to continue sacrificing secondary champions to make everybody else look better. Cody's win, while delightfully surprising, is still a frustrating result and shows exactly how haphazard the booking can be at times. "THIS GUY HAS A STORY. GIVE HIM A SQUASH!" It makes sense in theory but reminds the viewers how on the fly some of this stuff is written. Cody has been on the receiving end of squashes all year. Anyways, despite that, all of the wrestling was pretty good. I'm dying to see a full length Cesaro/Sin Cara match now as well. I'll see you guys on Friday with the Smackdown Report. Thank you for reading!