WWE Main Event TV report
By Chris Aiken |
| Twitter: Chris ropes @lariatrope
Airdate: July 10, 2013
WWE Main Event from Hampton, VA during the go-home week for Money In the Bank featured a great match between Dolph Ziggler and Antonio Cesaro. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter accompanied Cesaro to ringside and remained in his corner throughout the match. Colter cut a promo before the match and ranted about illegal immigration then turned that into a hard sell for the money in the bank ladder match with the "rising stars" with a climbing the ladder to success analogy. Much of this show was a hard sell for the pay-per-view.
Dolph Ziggler beat Antonio Cesaro via disqualification. They started with a lock up and pushed each other around the ring with a collar and elbow. Cesaro got the first advantage and worked over Ziggler's arm but Dolph escaped and monkey flipped Cesaro out of a corner. Ziggler grabbed a headlock but Cesaro reversed it and went back to working the arm. Ziggler again escaped and after a few more reversals, Cesaro hit an uppercut then landed a shoulder block as they ran the ropes. After a drop down into a leap frog spot, Ziggler strutted around and taunted Cesaro. Ziggler used repeated elbow drops and Cesaro bailed out of the ring before the first commercial.
Following the break, Cesaro had the advantage but Ziggler quickly reversed and they slugged it out. Cesaro used a hot shot and dropped Ziggler on the top rope then stomped on him before doing the Fargo strut. Cesaro was gettin heat on Ziggler until Dolph hit a drop kick out of nowhere. Before he could make a comeback, Cesaro used the gutwrench suplex and a vertical suplex. After an uppercut in the corner, Cesaro applied an abdominal stretch that Ziggler eventually reversed into a roll up. Ziggler got a second roll up then Cesaro tossed him into the air and landed a big uppercut before a commercial break.
Just after the break, Cesaro hit a gutwrench suplex only to miss a splash into the corner and Ziggler hit a neckbreaker and a Rocker dropper (famouser). When Cesaro regained the momentum he stood on the second rope and picked Ziggler up from the apron over the top rope in a dead lift spot into a superplex. (Miz put it over as something he had never seen so he must not have seen the great match from a few months ago with Cesaro doing the same spot with Kofi Kingston. He should really watch that match because it was aweseome.) Cesaro threw Ziggler into the air again but this time, as Ziggler came down, he hit a DDT. They exchanged several nearfalls and Ziggler used a Stinger splash. Swagger jumped on the apron so Ziggler knocked him off. With the distraction, Cesaro landed a stiff uppercut and went for a suplex but Ziggler reversed it and hit the zig zag. As Ziggler went for the cover, Swagger pulled him out of the ring for the DQ.
After the match, Swagger went to apply the patriot (ankle) lock on Ziggler at ringside but Dolph fought him off. Cesaro went for the neutralizer in the ring but Ziggler back dropped him over the ropes to the floor. Moments later, Ziggler leaped over Colter and left up the ramp.
Afterwards, a video package aired hyping the WWE title match with Mark Henry and John Cena.
Tons of Funk & Great Khali beat Team Rhodes Scholars & Heath Slater when Khali pinned Slater. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes cut a promo before the match and claimed they were a cohesive unit before vowing to be victorious at the pay-per-view. 3MB members Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre were at ringside in the heel corner. Cameron and Naomi were in the babyface corner along with Natalya. Early in the match before a commercial, Rhodes tries to moneky flip Tensei but Tensei monkey flips him. Eventually, the heels get heat on Tensei until Sandow misses a leaping knee drop and Tensei makes the hot tag to Brodus Clay. When Clay hits a splash in the corner, Rhodes and Sandow regroup on the outside and bail on the match. As Rhodes and Sandow leave up the ramp, Mahal jumps on the apron, gets clubbed by Khali and falls on McIntyre. Khali clubs Heath Slater with an overhand chop and covers him for the pin.
Following the match, a recap aired highlighting the Raw debut of Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family. In addition, another recap focused on McMahon family drama and the job evaluation of Vickie Guerrero from Raw. Mostly, the show was a hard sell for Money In the Bank but the match with Ziggler and Cesaro was very good.
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