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Main Event: Royal Rumble Warm Ups
Written by Scott Anderson   
Jan 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM

This week on WWE Main Event two of WWE’s strongest went one-on-one when Ryback faced United States Champion Antonio Cesaro in a non-title match, each looking to build momentum before the Royal Rumble match today.  And the Rhodes Scholars prepared for their WWE Tag Team Championship match at Royal Rumble by taking on the tight-knit team of twin brothers, The Usos.

Antonio  Cesaro came down to the ring, carrying bedecked in red, white and blue, waving the United States flag in one hand, holding a microphone in the other, all the while deriding the fans and his opponent as being symptomatic of America's sense of entitlement and greed.  The crowd responded appropriately, chanting "feed me more!" until Ryback made his entrance, much to Cesaro's disgust.

After initial lock ups the differences in style became apparent.  Ryback was a hulking presence, over-powering Cesaro each time they got close, so Cesaro turned to his tall frame and explosive leg strength to use speed and impact to take the battle to his opponent.  But an attempt to launch at aerial attack off the top rope saw Cesaro caught in mid air, and Ryback slammed Cesaro into the corner of the ring, running in for a series of splashes before simply standing over the United States Champion to lift him up before smashing his face down into the mat time and again.

There was no flair or guile in Ryback's offence, just pure power and aggression, and Antonio Cesaro began to look more and more out of sorts as he failed to find a way to prevent Ryback from dominating him physically.  Ryback gave Cesaro the chance, however, when the big man simply lifted Cesaro high above his head before throwing him over the ropes to the floor.  Cesaro leant for a moment against the announcer's desk catching his breath before an idea occurred to him, and he stood with a smile and waved on for the referee to continue the count out.

The Miz, however, was having none of that and, as the referee turned back to Ryback to prevent him from heading out of the ring to attack Cesaro, Miz stood from commentary and grabbed Cesaro from behind, rolling him back under the ropes to where the Big Hungry awaited.  A big back body drop followed, but Cesaro - inflamed by Miz's interference -found his second win and struck Ryback squarely on the jaw with a running knee.  This secured Cesaro a two count, but the comeback was short lived as Ryback responded with a brutal clothesline, nearly turning Cesaro inside out. 

Ryback then wound up for his meat hook clothesline, before turning to the fans to call out "finish it!"  But meanwhile Cesaro had rolled out of the ring and, without looking back and without his title around his waist, the Swiss-born United States Champion limped up the ramp and out of the arena.  Back in the ring the referee reached the count of ten, awarding the match to Ryback, but the burly monster seemed far from satisfied with the manner of his victory.

The second match of the evening saw the number one contender's for Team Hell No's WWE Tag Team Championship, the Rhodes Scholars, take on the hard-working team of The Usos.  Chops and kicks filled most of the early going on the match as the two teams jostled for position, but a smooth bit of tag team wrestling from the twin Uso brothers saw Cody Rhodes lariated across the top rope, shifting the momentum firmly towards The Usos.

With Rhodes discombobulated, The Usos focused their attention on Sandow, tagging together smoothly, obtaining a few near falls as they attempted to wear the "Intellectual Saviour of the Masses" down.  But as Jey attempted to follow up a whip to the corner with an avalanche splash Sandow sidestepped before immediately swinging back around to stomp down hard on Jey as he collapsed in the corner of the ring.  Sandow then dragged Jey to his corner of the ring, tagging in Rhodes and from there the Rhodes Scholars showed why they'd come so far in such a short time as a tag team, working together to beat down Jey Uso. 

A leg scissors from Sandow was followed by The Elbow of Distain, giving Sandow a near fall, before tagging Rhodes who locked Jey in an abdominal stretch.  But Jey showed great strength by pulling himself upright and sending Rhodes flying with a back body drop before diving to the corner to tag in his brother.

Rhodes also made the tag but the fired up Jimmy Uso got right on top of Sandow, beating him down with a flurry of offence until eventually Sandow was down and dazed in the middle of the ring after a Samoan Drop.  Jimmy then tagged back in Jey who called for his finisher, climbing atop the turnbuckle for the Superfly Splash.  Jimmy, meanwhile, went to cut off Cody Rhodes, but this proved to be his undoing because as he battled on half of the Rhodes Scholars outside of the ring, the other half had recovered and run at the ropes, toppling Jey from where he was perched on the turnbuckle.

With Rhodes preventing Jimmy from re-entering the ring it was a simple matter for Sandow to quickly scurry across to cover Jey, and the referee counted the pinfall, handing the Rhodes Scholars another victory earned mostly by smart opportunism. 

WWE Main Event results:

  • Ryback def. United States Champion Antonio Cesaro (via count out)
  • Team Rhodes Scholars def. The Usos



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