Thursday, February 14, 2013

2/13/13 Main Event

This week's episode is in Little Rock, AR. Cole and JBL on commentary. Miz is selling shoulder injuries from Cesaro's attack on RAW.

Highlight Reel begins the show. Since Miz is selling injuries, Jericho has a new guest: Alberto Del Rio. Ricardo Rodriguez pops in the ring to announce ADR. ADR says he'll beat Show at the Elimination Chamber PPV. Jericho has respect for ADR's family, but says he's gonna win the EC match and go on to face him at WM 29. They have a war of words in Spanish and Ricardo loses his breath in the fiasco. Dolph Ziggler and company interrupt. Jericho of course has to get in his two cents on AJ Lee and Big E Langston. Ziggler promises he's cashing in MITB between now and WM 29. Tonight, it's Ziggler vs. Del Rio.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler: Non-title match. ADR goes shoulder-first into the ring post and Ziggler is able to seize control a few minutes in. Couple of Ziggler dropkicks get two. ADR over the top and his head hits the ring steps. Ziggler crotched on the top and ADR with a reverse superplex from the top. Ziggler with a dropkick again, but ADR with the big moves. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and superkick to a kneeling Ziggler for two. Ziggler counters the cross armbreaker and hits the jumping spike DDT for two. ADR with kidney punches and a backstabber for two. AJ put Ziggler's foot on the ropes to stop the count. ADR distracted and Ziggler hits a Rocker Dropper for two. Crowd's really loving it. Ziggler's pissed. ADR with a kick to the left arm and double knees to that arm. Ziggler avoids the running kick in the corner and gets the sleeper locked in. ADR fights out and the running enzuigiri for two! Holy crap this is awesome. Ziggler again counters the cross armbreaker. AJ distract the ref. Langston decks ADR. Ricardo hits Langston with the bucket and Langston no-sells. Ricardo gets Langston to chase him to the back. Ziggler can't hook the Zigzag and ADR locks in the cross armbreaker. Ziggler taps. Probably the best match in the history of WWE Main Event right there. ****

That's the only match on this episode. The rest of the show was RAW highlights.

First, the end segment where Punk finally got the GTS on Rock thanks to Heyman's interference. Then the Shield segment where they call out Cena, Sheamus, and Ryback. The supposed "all-star team" fights off the Shield again. Should hopefully set up a Shield win at the PPV. I'm picking Sheamus to get pinned, although maybe Cena could stay down as well since it's a virtual lock that Shield win = dirty win. Ryback will get booked strong again.

WWE pre-show match is Brodus Clay and Tensai vs. Team Rhodes Scholars. So Rhodes Scholars mutually decided to part ways, but they're back as a tag team. WWE logic!

Elimination Chamber match is set: Jack Swagger, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, and Kane. I like Jericho's chances here, although Swagger and Henry should also be booked strong.

This should be the time Ziggler ends up cashing in the MITB briefcase. At the time of this blog post, Ziggler's still not booked for a match at the Elimination Chamber PPV. ADR's retaining the title again. Show could easy KO Del Rio after the title match and walk away in frustration. Ziggler can pick the bones, cash in the briefcase, and basically steal the title. Ziggler and Jericho could work. Triple threat with ADR, Jericho, and Ziggler for the title could work.

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