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WWE Main Event: Sandow steps up to face Cena
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on WWE Main Event: It's time for the debut of John Cena on WWE's newest program as he faces a man in the biggest match of his young career: Damien Sandow. How will Sandow respond to the pressure? In other action, Antonio Cesaro shows his strength against Zack Ryder. Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Bossier City, La. Michael Cole and John "Bradshaw" Layfield are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

We get the usual video packages on our featured competitors tonight John Cena and Damien Sandow. We also see a Tout from Cody Rhodes wishing his tag team partner well in likely the biggest match of his career tonight.

Match #1 - John Cena (West Newbury, Mass.) vs. Damien Sandow (Palo Alto, Calif.)

Before he makes his way to the ring, Sandow wants to beg our indulgence for a moment. He presents a quote from Socrates and says Cena's run of ignorance is going to come to a just and swift end. And he's welcome.

The crowd is loud in its support for Cena, so Sandow slides out of the ring and slaps on the mat. That's how it goes for the early portion of the match. Cena hits a shoulder tackle and Sandow takes a walk up the ramp, but Cena quickly goes and gets him, clubbing him from behind, bringing him in the ring and hitting the running bulldog for an early two count.

Sandow, though, is able to turn the tide as we go to break.

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We're back and Sandow is in control. He hits a knee drop and is getting frustrated at his inability to put Cena away. But he hits the Elbow of Disdain for another two count. Sandow, though, immediately locks in a rear chinlock. Cena tries to fire up out of that and does. He hits the ropes and wants another jumping shoulder tackle, but Sandow ducks and Cena goes flying out of the ring and to the floor.

Cena on the apron and Sandow follows up only to get his neck snapped on the top rope. Cena quickly gathers himself, charges into the ring but runs right into a clothesline and Sandow goes back to work on the rear chinlock. Cena is able to escape and we get a double clothesline. The two rise and start slugging it out. Cena gets the better of it but Sandow deftly hits a drop-toe hold to end the rally.

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Sandow retains his control and Cena gets tied up in the ropes. Sandow takes this time to do a cartwheel, then he puts the punches and kicks to Cena despite the referee's protestation. Cena finally gets unhooked and comes flying at Sandow. Sandow peels to the outside and Cena follows right up and pounds away. He wants to throw Sandow into the ring steps but Sandow gets some good momentum and shifts the tide, chucking Cena into the steps.

Sandow gets Cena back into the ring and goes for a cover but can't get it. Sandow setting Cena up now and hits a jumping neckbreaker but Cena kicks out at two. Another cartwheel for Sandow and he hits an exposed kneedrop on Cena and goes back to the rear chinlock. Cena works to a vertical base and backdrops Sandow.

Cena charges into the corner but Sandow is waiting with a back elbow that drops Cena straight to the canvas. Another cartwheel now. Sandow again goes for the kneedrop but Cena moves and starts firing up. He hits a series of shoulder tackles and then the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena lines him up and wants the Attitude Adjustment but Sandow slips it and hits a face buster for two.

Sandow grabs Cena and wants the neckbreaker, but Cena is able to power out of it and drops Sandow face-first to the mat and locks in the STF. Sandow with an instant tap.

Winner via submission: John Cena

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Josh Mathews is supposed to be joined backstage by Sandow, but instead Sandow has delivered him a prepared statement. It says the day of enlightenment has been postponed due to ignorance.

Match #2 - Antonio Cesaro (Lucerne, Switzerland) vs. Zack Ryder (Long Island, NY)

A quick series of counters early, but Cesaro hits a lifting spear that puts Ryder down. Cesaro stomps a mud hole in Ryder and walks it dry and then hits a running corner European uppercut. Nice. Ryder is able to rebound and drop kick Cesaro to the floor and then hits a drop kick through the ropes.

Cesaro, though, takes over on the apron and chucks Ryder onto the post. Ryder is down and in pain.

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Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker lands for Cesaro but Ryder kicks out at two. Vicious shot to the back of the head. Cesaro grabs Ryder and hits a gut-wrench slam and goes to work with a rear head lock. Ryder back to a vertical base and is able to hit a clothesline but Cesaro is up before Ryder is. Ryder with a knee and then a missile dropkick.

Ryder hits a jumping corner elbow and sets up for the Broski Boot but Cesaro slides out. Ryder goes to slingshot out but comes right down into a giant European uppercut. Cesaro brings him back into the ring and it's academic from there, as he hits the Neutralizer and that is all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall: Antonio Cesaro

Cesaro gets the mic and says Ryder represents everything wrong with America. He says he's disgusted with the fans and hates coming to the southeast, but he has to because he is our United States Champion. He says he is the greatest champion in WWE history.

This brings out Kofi Kingston, who just happens to be the Intercontinental Champion. He questions Cesaro being the best champion in WWE since he's one, too. Kingston takes the opportunity to challenge Cesaro to a match next week on Main Event.

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!.