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WWE Main Event: Sheamus battles Cesaro in European battle
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


International talent makes up for some of the WWE roster. The continent of Europe is a hotbed for talent with its deep roots in wrestling history. Tonight on WWE Main Event, Ireland's own Sheamus takes on the "superior Swiss" known as Antonio Cesaro. Will the mat master or the brusing brawler prevail? All that and more on this week's edition of WWE Main Event!

We are on tape from Long Island, N.Y. Josh Mathews, The Miz, and Ricardo Rodriguez have the call for this week.

Match One: Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro

Lockup leads to a stalemate between the two. Antonio Cesaro gets a side headlock in, but Sheamus tosses out. Side headlock takeover by Sheamus. Cesaro trying to fight out and he grabs a headscissors choke. Sheamus prying out, but Cesaro bites his hand. Reset in the action. Front headlock by Sheamus into a hammerlock for Cesaro. Sheamus escapes off the ropes with a shoulder block. Action again resets. Gutwrench takedown from Cesaro. Karelin lift into a gutwrench throw by Cesaro. Sheamus out to the apron, but he catches Cesaro sleeping with a battering ram for a nearfall.

Sheamus with an arm wrench, but Cesaro works out of it in the corner. Uppercut from Cesaro leads to a barrage of fists from Sheamus. Cesaro off the ropes and he kicks away a back bodydrop attempt. Cesaro ducks a clothesline, but Sheamus catches him for a tilt-a-whirl slam for a nearfall.

Action moves outside. Sheamus lays a few licks on Cesaro and tosses him into the barricade. Sheamus up to the apron and attempting to club the chest, but Cesaro fights out and rams Sheamus into the ring post from inside. Cesaro on the apron now and he hits a running boot that slams the head of Sheamus into the ring post as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Cesaro holding a chinlock. Sheamus fights out, but he eats a powerslam for a pair of nearfalls. Cesaro working Sheamus on the ropes with chokes and strikes. The two exchange strikes, but Cesaro sends Sheamus off the ropes and hits a lariat for a nearfall.

Cesaro gets Sheamus down in the corner and uses this to lock in a sleeper. Sheamus fights out and the two exchange strikes. Cesaro with a back elbow and some body blows, but he runs into an Irish Curse. Both men down and the referee begins the count. Sheamus up with running axhandles, a knee lift, and he attempts a slam. Cesaro wiggles out, but Sheamus sends him to the apron for the forearms to chest. Cesaro now sent into the ring post on his shoulder. Sheamus moves to the apron and hits a running battering ram off the apron.

Back inside, Sheamus looking for White Noise. Cesaro yanks on a double wristlock and swings to the back to lock in a cross-face chicken wing. Cesaro is sent away and Sheamus gets a rolling fireman's carry slam for a nearfall.

Sheamus goes up top for the battering ram, but he lands right on a European Uppercut from Cesaro that grabs a nearfall. Cesaro heads up top and lands a flying knee drop onto the head of Sheamus for a nearfall.

Cesaro again gets the cross-face chicken wing in. Sheamus brought down by the hold, but he inches to the bottom rope and gets the rope break. Cesaro with multiple strikes. Neutralizer attempt doesn't connect as Sheamus rams him into the corner. Brogue Kick connects.

Winner by pinfall: Sheamus

(Commercials)

Recap of the drama from Raw between Triple H, Stephanie, and Vince McMahon.

Match Two: The Usos vs. Rhodes Scholars

Jimmy Uso starts with Cody Rhodes. Lockup and Jimmy grabs a side headlock. Rhodes reverses out to get one of his own, but he falls into a drop toehold. Chops to the chest of Rhodes.

Jey Uso in and a double-team elbow drop gets a nearfall. Rhodes with a knee to the stomach and he tags out. Sandow receives a hip toss and a chop the chest. Diving forearm puts Sandow down again.

Jimmy Uso in again. Jey tosses him into a strike from Jimmy for a nearfall. Arm wrench in for Jimmy, but Sandow elbows out and tags in Rhodes. Rhodes off the ropes, but he drops down and lands a strike. Blind tag to Jey. Jimmy sents Rhodes off the ropes and hotshots him into a hangman's neckbreaker from Jey. Nearfall inside for Jey.

Armbar locked in for Jey. Rhodes grabbing the hair, but Jimmy tags in and smashes the arm of Rhodes. Jimmy off the ropes and Sandow strikes him with forearm to the back of the head. Snapmare and running knee from Rhodes gets a nearfall.

Sandow in and he stops the arm of Jimmy. Jimmy off the ropes with a sunset flip, but Sandow avoids it and tries a knee drop. No dice and quick tag to Jey. Running forearm smashes and a shoulder bump knock Sandow down. Side kick and uppercut put Sandow down. Jey up top, but Rhodes drags Sandow out for the save. Jey just turns his attention outside and knocks both men down on the floor with a flying crossbody as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with a Jimmy Uso splash for a nearfall. Jimmy has an armlock in on Sandow, but Sandow yanks him down by the hair to tag out. Rhodes is immediately put down. Rhodes eats chops in the corner. Jey in he lands an axhandle smash from up top. Rhodes being worked over in the corner. Splash misses in the corner and Rhodes uses this to land a neckbreaker for a nearfall.

Sandow in once again. Shoulder rams in the corner lead to a Russian Legsweep in the corner. Elbow of Disdain connects for a nearfall. Sandow locks in the sleeper. Jey fighting back out and manages to put Sandow down. Jey looking for a tag.

Rhodes tagged in and he prevents the tag by the skin of his teeth. Rhodes stomping the stomach. Front suplex from Rhodes connects. Quick tag to Sandow as they keep Jey in their corner. Jey ducks a Sandow clothesline and they both go off the ropes for a double clothesline. Both men down and the referee begins the count.

Rhodes and Jimmy in. Jimmy cleaning house. Enzuigiri drops Rhodes in the middle of the ring. Running butt bump in the corner gets a nearfall. Sandow breaks up the pin and is immediately taken out by Jey. Slam attempt by Jimmy is avoided and Rhodes springs off the ropes for the Disaster Kick. Nearfall broken up by Jey.

Jimmy works to his corner and gets the blind tag from Jey. Rhodes runs into a superkick from Jimmy. Jey up top with the splash landing on Rhodes.

Winners by pinfall: The Usos

Recap of Ryback and WWE Champion John Cena have a few choice encounters on Raw.

(Commercials)

Match Three: Justin Gabriel vs. Curt Hawkins

Lockup into a side headlock for Justin Gabriel. Curt Hawkins out, but shoulder block puts him down again. Arm drag into armbar from Gabriel. Hawkins pulling the hair to get out. Gabriel rammed into the ropes on his throat. Lariat from Hawkins gets a nearfall. Suplex from Hawkins gets another nearfall.

Knees delivered to the back of Gabriel and Hawkins locks a chinlock in. Gabriel tosses Hawkins out and lands some slick kicks. Gabriel rolls off the back of Hawkins and gets a spinning heel kick. Sitout powerbomb by Gabriel gets a nearfall.

The two men exchanging forearm after forearm. Hawkins gets the best of this with an enzuigiri and grabs a nearfall. Gabriel cornered and he kicks Hawkins to the mat. Gabriel up top and 450 Splash connects.

Winner by pinfall: Justin Gabriel

Show closes with Gabriel playing up to the crowd.

Nolan Howell can be reached at nth993@gmail.com for any questions or comments. Click here to follow Nolan on Twitter.