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WWE Main Event: Punk, Sheamus kick off show in style
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE Main Event: The debut edition of WWE's network television show in the United States was a good one. In an ode to the old days of Saturday Night's Main Event, the advertised featured bout went first as CM Punk and Sheamus met in a fantastic match between the company's two world champions. Who came out on top? Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Tulsa, Okla. Michael Cole and The Miz are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

We open the show with Cole and Miz in the ring talking about the show, who kick it to a CM Punk video package. I'm assuming these are clips from his upcoming DVD. Actually makes this seem like a must-see DVD.

Matt Striker is backstage with CM Punk and Paul Heyman to talk about his match with Sheamus tonight. He says he's looking forward to tonight's match and talks some more about respect.

And back to Cole and Miz in the ring, who kick it to Josh Mathews, who is backstage with Sheamus. Wow, what is this, WrestleMania? Just trying to get everyone on the show here. Sheamus says he's going to show Punk respect the only way he knows how: Shoving his boot down his throat.

Now we get a Sheamus video package.

And here we go!

Match #1 - Sheamus (Dublin, Ireland) vs. CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.)

Hot match. Punk in total control, but Sheamus gets rolling and hits a high knee and then a power slam for a near fall. Sheamus goes for the clubbing blows on the apron, but Punk shifts and hits a kick to the head. He has to come back into the ring and Sheamus kicks out at two.

(Ads)

Punk in control but Sheamus hits a forearm and then a battering ram for two. Sheamus sets up for the Brogue Kick but Punk moves out before Sheamus can deliver the move. In the scramble, though, Sheamus loads up Punk for the clubbing blows. He wants the White Noise and hits it for two. Sheamus with knees to the back. He goes for the Texas Cloverleaf but Punk rakes his eyes. Sheamus into the corner and Punk hits the corner knee and a clothesline. He goes to the top and hits the flying elbow for two.

Punk gets up gloating and calls for the GTS. He loads Sheamus up and puts him up but Sheamus catches the knee on the way down, scoops him and locks in the Texas Cloverleaf. Punk is able to make the ropes, though.

Both men to their feet and Punk hits some kicks but runs right into the Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but Punk hits the deck for a drop-toe hold that sends Sheamus into the exposed middle turnbuckle. Punk covers and pulls the tights in the process and gets the pin.

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

Striker goes in the ring to interview Sheamus. Sheamus asks for the mic and says the way this match ended up is why Punk asks for respect and doesn't get it. And he promises that when he meets Punk again that Punk will be the one taking it on the chin with a Brogue Kick.

(Ads)

Match #2 - WWE Tag Team Tournament - Santino Marella (Calabria, Italy) & Zack Ryder (Long Island, NY) vs. Tyson Kidd (Calgary, Alberta) & Justin Gabriel (Cape Town, South Africa)

Kidd with a big kick on Ryder and then a rolling sunset flip for two. He whips Ryder into the corner but Ryder gets his knees up and hits the Broski Boot. He tags in Santino who hits the Cobra on Kidd and Ryder hits a flip dive over the top onto Gabriel. That does it!

Winners via pinfall: Santino Marella & Zack Ryder

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@gmail.com. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.