WWE Main Event: Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel leads to match
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
Chris Jericho made his return at WWE Royal Rumble last month, shocking many fans. Tonight on WWE Main Event, Jericho's trademark Highlight Reel mini-show is featured for the first time on the show. With The Miz injured and Elimination Chamber in just a few short days, Jericho booked a special new guest. Who could it be? All that and some in-ring action tonight!
We are on tape from Little Rock, Ark. Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield have the call.
Chris Jericho makes his way out to the ring to host this episode of the Highlight Reel. Jericho tells the crowd that The Miz will not be joining him tonight after his injury at the hands of WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. After some footage, Jericho announces that he has someone of even more value.
Ricardo Rodriguez hops in the ring and asks for the mic, announcing the entrance of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio hits the ring. He thanks Jericho for having him, but he does not want to talk about Big Show, because the time for talk is over and he wants to defend his belt on Sunday. Jericho wishes him luck and explains his history with Del Rio's family, talking about his time in Mexico under the wing of Del Rio's father Dos Caras. However, Jericho tells Del Rio that, if he wins on Sunday, he will beat Del Rio for the belt he carries currently.
The two begin an exchange in Spanish, with Ricardo Rodriguez interrupting and talking gibberish, garnering a laugh from the crowd and the men in the ring.
Dolph Ziggler enters, flanked by Big E Langston and AJ Lee. Ziggler informs the group that they are wasting their time talking about the World Heavyweight Championship if they aren't talking about him. He asks AJ to remind him how many times they've counted him out, to which AJ replies somewhere around 80. Jericho remarks that AJ has kissed that many WWE wrestlers, to which Big E takes umbrage. Jericho taunts him, but Ziggler defuses it, saying he will cash in his contract to win the title. Del Rio thinks that Ziggler needs to be taught a lesson and he will do it right now.
Match is set and will begin after the break.
Match One: Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler
The two former amateur wrestlers lockup, with Del Rio grabbing a side headlock takedown. Ziggler scrambling and gets to his feet. Del Rio comes off the ropes with a shoulder block. Ziggler misses a hip toss attempt, as Del Rio counters and lands one of his own for a nearfall.
Ziggler moves outside to get some affection from AJ, then scoots back inside. Ziggler unloading with strikes on Del Rio in the corner. Del Rio turns the tide and lands a few roundhouse kicks to the chest. Step-up enzuigiri in the corner puts Ziggler down for a nearfall. Del Rio looking for a suplex, but Ziggler counters and grabs one of his own. Ziggler choking Del Rio on the bottom rope. Swinging neckbreaker from Ziggler grabs a nearfall.
Del Rio on the mat and Ziggler grabs a sleeper hold. Del Rio fights out with body shots and goes off the ropes, but Ziggler gets a running knee to the stomach for a nearfall. Del Rio with a body shot and a snapmare, launching a right roundhouse kick to the back of Ziggler for a nearfall. Armbar locked on the left arm of Ziggler. Ziggler gets out, but Del Rio presses him to the sky and Ziggler gets a crash landing. Ziggler in the corner and Del Rio charges, but his shoulder cracks the ring post and he falls out to the arena floor. Momentum in the favor of Ziggler as we break.
Ziggler in control with a neckbreaker as we return. Ziggler dropping elbow after elbow. Footage from the break shows Ziggler slinging Del Rio into the barricade. Ziggler with a neck crank submission in, but Del Rio gets out. Ziggler looks for a back bodydrop, but Del Rio kicks him in the face. Del Rio looking for offense, but eats a dropkick for a nearfall.
Ziggler with another dropkick for a nearfall. Ziggler goes to the well one too many times, as Del Rio swats him away and slingshots him into the corner. Ziggler in the corner, but Ziggler bodydrops him to the outside and Del Rio's face smacks the steel steps. Ziggler brings him back and goes up top, but Del Rio crotches him. Ziggler has his back towards Del Rio, so Del Rio goes up top and hits a reverse superplex, putting both men down before break.
Del Rio unloading right hands as we return, but Ziggler drops him with a dropkick. Ziggler misses a splash in the corner and Del Rio goes on the offensive, clotheslines into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Sidekick to a kneeling Ziggler earns Del Rio a nearfall.
Del Rio looking for the Cross Armbreaker, but Ziggler pushes him into the ropes and plants Del Rio with a jumping DDT for a nearfall. Ziggler eats an elbow in the corner from Del Rio. Del Rio hangs him between the top and middle rope, unloading punches to the kidneys. Backstabber lands, but AJ puts her beau's foot on the rope. Del Rio distracted by AJ and eats a Famouser, but only a nearfall.
Kick to the shoulder by Del Rio. Armbreaker from Del Rio. Ziggler in the corner and Del Rio looking for the enzuigiri, but Ziggler ducks and locks in a sleeper. Del Rio has the ropes, but loses them and Ziggler pulls him to the middle of the ring. Del Rio pushes him off and hits the running enzuigiri for an unbelievably close nearfall.
Cross Armbreaker attempt, but AJ gets on the apron to distract the referee and Big E clobbers Del Rio. Ricardo hits Big E with a bucket, prompting Big E to chase Rodriguez backstage. Ziggler gets hit with a body shot and Cross Armbreaker is in. Ziggler taps out.
Winner by submission: Alberto Del Rio
Recap of CM Punk's confrontation with WWE Champion The Rock from Monday night. We will have Punk talking about the confrontation and Elimination Chamber next.
Recap of the matches that will be featured on Sunday's Elimination Chamber.
Matt Striker with Paul Heyman. Striker is a bit surprised, but Heyman says that he is the "voice of the voice of the voiceless" and Punk is in the arena training. Heyman proclaims that Punk will be leaving Sunday night as the "reigning, defending WWE Champion."
Recap of The Shield being confronted by Sheamus, Ryback, and John Cena closes the show.
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