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WWE Main Event: Jericho squares off with Rhodes
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


The man known as Y2J wears many hats, one of those being one of the most popular stars in WWE history. Tonight on WWE Main Event, the legendary Chris Jericho takes on the mustachioed Cody Rhodes. Will the younger lion be able to match the bag of tricks that Jericho carries? All that and more on this week's edition of WWE Main Event!

We are on tape from Columbia, S.C. Josh Mathews and The Miz have the call for this week.

Match One: Chris Jericho vs. Cody Rhodes

Lockup between the two starts the match with a stalemate. Lockup again leads to a Cody Rhodes side headlock. Chris Jericho sends him off the ropes, but Rhodes shoots back with a shoulder block. Rhodes off the ropes, but he eats a dropkick and is sent outside by a clothesline.

Baseball slide kick to the outside from Jericho. Rhodes gets his head bounced off the barricade and has his chest brutally chopped. Action back inside sees Jericho working Rhodes in the corner, only to get his eyes raked. Rhodes following with strikes and stomps. The two exchanging strikes and Rhodes hits a snapmare. Running kick gets Rhodes rolled up and Jericho gains a nearfall.

Chops from Jericho. Back bodydrop attempt is stopped with a boot to the head by Rhodes. Rhodes tosses Jericho into the ring post on his shoulder. Jericho in a world of hurt on the floor as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Rhodes working the sleeper on Jericho. Jericho fighting back to his feet. Rhodes tossed away, but Jericho is too overzealous and gets hit with a drop toehold. Nearfall for Rhodes. Rhodes working the raked eye. Front suplex gets Rhodes another nearfall.

Rhodes striking away. Jericho fights back with punches and sends Rhodes into the corner. Back elbow to the eye by Rhodes and a moonsault gets Rhodes another nearfall. Neck crank locked in on Jericho. Jericho fights out and gets control with clotheslines. Axhandle smash from the top connects. Walls of Jericho is kicked out of by Rhodes. Disaster Kick from Rhodes connects and garners a nearfall.

Jericho with a flurry of offense and a crossbody from the top for a nearfall. Chops from Jericho, but he is sent into the corner. Float over attempt is caught by Rhodes, who connects with an Alabama Slam for a close nearfall. Rhodes swings at Jericho, who ducks and hits a Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall. Bulldog from Jericho, but Lionsault misses. Rhodes is there for Cross Rhodes, but Jericho kicks out. Codebreaker for Jericho connects after the men get back to their feet. Rhodes gets his foot on the ropes for the save.

Jericho looking to launch more offense, but Rhodes with a closed fist to the eye. Rollup only gets a nearfall. Rhodes looking to get Jericho up, but sweep of the leg leads to the Walls of Jericho being locked in. Rhodes struggling, but can't get to the ropes.

Winner by submission: Chris Jericho

Zeb Colter heads out to the top of the stage with Antonio Cesaro. Colter talks of the gamecock, the mascot for the University of South Carolina. Colter says he will wake up America like the gamecock does each morning.

Colter says that SmackDown this week will feature Alberto Del Rio's "fiesta" and a Dublin Street Fight. Colter laments that they are in America and that the multitude of languages that are spoken really irks him. Colter says that Antonio Cesaro is "95%" more of a "real American" than anyone watching tonight.

Cesaro says he is better than most, having a sense of pride instead of a sense of entitlement. Cesaro talks about his legal entry into the United States and how he has worked his way to the top in the "American way."

Colter closes that he wants "his country" back and he will find a way to take it back.

(Commercials)

Match Two: Dean Ambrose (w/Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns) vs. Christian

WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose immediately rolls outside to start. Christian chases and Ambrose takes advantage as Christian reenters by stomping him down. Ambrose grating the elbow across the face in the corner. Ambrose eats the boots as he charges in. Christian up top and Ambrose charges into the corner. From behind, Christian attempts the Killswitch. Nothing doing, but Christian pulls the rope down as Ambrose charges.

Christian goes for a baseball slide kick, but Ambrose evades the attack. Stiff clothesline lays Christian out on the floor. Action back inside sees Ambrose working a methodical, grinding style. Running dropkick to the chest of Christian gets a nearfall.

Leg locked up and Ambrose drives the elbow into the spine. STF transition from Ambrose. Side suplex attempt is flipped out of by Christian. Clothesline and sunset flip out of the corner get Christian a nearfall.

Christian charges at the wobbled Ambrose, but he eats a knee to the stomach. Christian moves to the apron, where he baits Ambrose into a reverse hangman's neckbreaker. Up top, Christian looking to come down on Ambrose. Seth Rollins pushes him down blatantly with the referee right in view.

Winner by disqualification: Christian

The WWE Tag Team Champions join Ambrose in putting a group beating on Christian. The Usos run out and clean house with little resistance to make the save.

(Commercials)

Raw Recap shows the tense meeting between CM Punk and Paul Heyman.

(Commercials)

Prior to the matchup, The Funkadactyls give a live introduction with new WWE Diva, JoJo.

Match Three: Tons of Funk (w/The Funkadactyls) vs. The Prime Time Players

Match starts with Darren Young and Brodus Clay. Young immediately sends Tensai off the apron. Young sent off the ropes by Clay, but he moves outside to avoid punishment. Clothesline from Tensai lays him out.

Young sent back inside, but Clay clotheslines him outside once again. Titus O'Neil brought in with Tensai. The two men trade shoulder blocks, but neither budge. Tensai gets to drop O'Neil first, but O'Neil lays him out with a boot in return.

Young brought back in. O'Neil front suplexes his partner on top of Tensai for a nearfall. O'Neil brought back in and he whips his partner into Tensai, then follows up with a clothesline. Splash in the corner on Tensai from O'Neil. However, he goes to the well one too many times. Tensai uses the miss to toss O'Neil outside.

Clay brought back in after O'Neil can't make it to the ring in time to stop the tag. Clothesline followed by a T-Bone Suplex. Powerslam pin attempt broken up by Young. Clay attempts a splash in the corner on O'Neil, but he misses and Young assists to further the impact. Young holds the leg of Clay on the pin.

Winners by pinfall: The Prime Time Players

Show closes with Darren Young and Titus O'Neil celebrating their victory.

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