WWE Main Event TV report

By Chris Aiken | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @lariatrope

Airdate: May 22, 2013

WWE Main Event from Omaha opened with Ricardo Rodriguez introducing Alberto Del Rio. The entrance of Big E Langston followed along with highlights from Raw of Langston beating Del Rio in a match. During Langston’s entrance with chalk in his hands, Big E clapped his hands together several times and powder went flying around. Lebron James does a similar gimmick and it works for him but Langston just looked as if he inhaled a bunch of chalk. Plus, Lebron is way more over. The advertised match between Wade Barrett and Sin Care got no mention and never took place. Apparently, plans change.

Alberto Del Rio beat Big E Langston.

In the opening moments, Langton overpowered Del Rio after blocking a suplex. Big E whipped Alberto into a corner a few times and began to work him over. Del Rio fought back with a kick and ducked when Langston charged towards him. Big E went over the top rope to the floor then Del Rio hit a tope. AJ screamed at Del Rio as he tried to get back in the ring. The distraction allowed Langston to knock Del Rio off the apron and send him crashing into the barricade before a commercial break.

After the break, Big E had Alberto grounded and, when Del Rio tried to mount a comeback, Langston caught him as he dove off the top rope and he delivered three backbreakers. Once again, Del Rio tried to start a comeback but he missed a splash in the corner and Langston worked him over more. Alberto tried a sunset flip but Big E broke up the attempt. Langston charged into the corner and caught a boot from Del Rio before taking a tornado DDT. At ringside, Ricardo led the crowd in clapping for Alberto. Big E cut off the comeback of Del Rio but missed a charge in the corner and hit the ring post shoulder first. Moments later, Langston hit a belly-to-belly suplex and took down the strap on his gear to set up his finisher. Del Rio caught Langston and tried to apply the armbar but Langton blocked it. Del Rio blocked the “big ending” finisher and used an enzuigiri from behind and rolled up Langston for the pin.

Following the match, a recap aired highlighting the feud between Ryback and John Cena. The video package put over Ryback as a strong monster heel and would help establish the ambulance gimmick for an angle later on in this episode.

Jimmy & Jey Uso beat Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal (plus Ryback kidnapped Heath Slater).

The match started at a slower pace than most of the secondary matches on this show usually do but the match started about halfway through the show instead of being in the final segment. The Usos used some double team moves and the action went back-and-forth until 3MB began to get heat on one of the Usos. After nailing a spin kick, the Usos got the hot tag and the fresh brother ran wild on 3MB. After Jey Uso went to the top rope, McIntyre distracted him and Mahal crotched him on the turnbuckle. 3MB got heat on Jey until a hot tag was made. After Jimmy hit the Rikishi (butt) splash in the corner, sirens sounded and an ambulance appeared. Ryback came out of the ambulance, marched down to ringside, attacked Heath Slater and threw him in the back of the ambulance. So he kidnapped Slater on national television and, if he is not renting the services of the ambulance, apparently committed grand theft auto beforehand. Nevertheless, the Usos used a splash off the top on to McIntyre and got the pin.

Afterwards, highlights aired of the closing angle from Raw where Triple H collapsed during his match with Curtis Axel. In an “update” on the condition of Triple H, Michael Cole said he suffered from post-concussion syndrome that he attributed to the sledgehammer shot at Extreme Rules.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?