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Main Event: Del Rio and Ziggler fight for momentum
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


Alberto Del Rio has not been able to best WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena over the last few months to regain his title. Tonight on WWE Main Event, Del Rio looks to rebuild some momentum against another superstar on a skid in Dolph Ziggler. Plus, a rematch from last week will finally be resolved! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE Main Event!

We are on tape from Uncasville, Conn. Josh Mathews and Alex Riley have the call for this week.

Match One: Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio

Alberto Del Rio feigns the lockup to land a leg kick. Side headlock in for Del Rio on Dolph Ziggler. Shoulder bump off the ropes from Del Rio is followed up by some ground strikes for a quick nearfall. Side headlock reapplied by Del Rio. Off the ropes, Del Rio is leapfrogged and ducked under by Ziggler, who hits a dropkick to get some corner work in. Snapmare is followed up by a series of ten elbow drops for a nearfall for Ziggler.

Corner work from Ziggler leads to a missed splash. Del Rio now stomping and kicking at the head of Ziggler. Off the ropes, Ziggler runs right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker that gets Del Rio a nearfall. Snap suplex gets Del Rio another quick nearfall.

Sleeper locked in for Del Rio. Body shots break the hold for Ziggler. Ziggler hooks the ropes as he is sent off and Del Rio charges through the ropes, catching himself on the apron. Ziggler dropkicks him to the floor and follows up. Whip attempt from Ziggler is counter and Del Rio sends Ziggler crashing into the barricade as we break.

(Commercials)

Flying chops from Del Rio get a nearfall and he locks in the rear chinlock. Ziggler fights out and gets sent into the corner. Counter back elbow from Ziggler lands, but he charges Del Rio and is pressed into the air. Ziggler splatters on the mat and Del Rio goes up top. Flying chops again from Del Rio connect. A choke with the boot gets Del Rio another nearfall.

Chinlock once again applied. Ziggler again fights out, but he is yanked down by his hair. Del Rio once again heads up top for the flying chops, but he lands on the wrong end of a dropkick from Ziggler. Both men down and the action returns to the feet as they trade blows. Double clothesline connects. Ziggler with a corner splash and a neckbreaker for a neearfall.

Famouser attempt from Ziggler misses and Del Rio gets the German Suplex into a bridge to counter for a nearfall. Whip attempt Del Rio is countered into a Famouser by Ziggler for a close nearfall. DDT from Ziggler is pushed away by Del Rio, who hits a step-up enzuigiri for a nearfall.

Del Rio headed up top, but Ziggler meets him up top to land a facebuster that nearly gives him the win. Super Kick attempt misses and Del Rio with a schoolboy rollup that gets a nearfall. Back to the feet again, but Ziggler puts him down with a DDT for a nearfall. Ziggler up top, but Del Rio crotches him and goes to work with strikes. Reverse suplex connects for a nearfall by Del Rio.

Cross Armbreaker attempt from Del Rio is countered by a swinging neckbreaker by Ziggler for a close nearfall. Ziggler tries for a sleeper, but Del Rio shucks him off. Ziggler's leapfrog is caught by Del Rio and turned into a powerbomb. Cross Armbreaker in.

Winner by submission: Alberto Del Rio

History of the WWE DVD preview is introduced by Josh Mathews and Alex Riley.

(Commercials)

Prior to his match, Damien Sandow is inspired by Thanksgiving and announces that he is thankful for no longer wanting to help the WWE Universe. Sandow wants a worthy opponent, but will settle for Santino Marella tonight.

Match Two: Santino Marella vs. Damien Sandow

Santino Marella rolls over to Damien Sandow and the lockup is started on the feet. Marella is able to reverse Sandow into the corner. Lockup leads to Marella getting a side headlock, but he is dropped with a shoulder bump. Sandow has his back taken by Marella, but elbows get him out. Marella off the ropes to power-walk, but he is tossed outside by Sandow. Sandow bouncing Marella off the barricade. Action returns inside with a knee drop from Sandow that earns a nearfall.

Rear chinlock applied by Sandow. Marella slowly makes it up and out of the hold with an arm drag. Sandow off the ropes and he gets hip-tossed and headbutted by Marella for his troubles. The Cobra is out, but Sandow ducks under into the You're Welcome full-nelson bomb.

Winner by pinfall: Damien Sandow

(Commercials)

Raw Rebound shows the new conflict between WWE Champion Randy Orton and WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena.

WWE.com exclusive interview between WWE COO Triple H and Michael Cole discusses the potential for a unified belt and Orton's current rank in the company.

(Commercials)

Match Three: Fandango (w/Summer Rae) vs. Kofi Kingston

Lockup and Kofi Kingston with the rollup for a surprise nearfall. Kingston nabs the hammerlock as the two reengage. Fandango gains position, but Kingston with a sunset flip that earns him another brief nearfall. Backslide gets the same for Kingston and a leg sweep only repeats the nearfall process.

Side headlock takeover connects for Kingston and he maintains the hold on the mat. Kingston off the ropes and he goes for a monkey flip. Fandango chucks him away into the corner and hits a monkey flip. Kingston lands on his feet and hits a monkey flip of his own that sends Fandango outside temporarily. Back inside, lockup sees Fandango dropping Kingston with strikes. Side headlock in for Fandango, but Kingston fights out.

Action moves to the floor. Kingston sends Fandango outside and charges, but Fandango catches up with him and Kingston hits a flip dive that takes out Fandango as we break.

(Commercials)

Kingston torquing on the chinlock as we return. Fandango backs him into the corner, but is whipped into the opposite corner. Kingston bodydropped to the apron, but he hits a forearm. Fandango pushes Kingston off the top and he falls to the floor. Kingston has his head bounced off the apron. Nearfall for Fandango as we return inside.

Chinlock in for Fandango. Kingston fighting out, but he is yanked down to the mat. From the apron, Fandango with a leg drop that gets a brief nearfall. Grinding offense from Fandango. Snapmare into a sleeper hold on Kingston. Once again, Kingston up, but a knee to the body and a high-impact whip into the corner gets Fandango another nearfall.

Corner work further beats Kingston down. Kingston fighting back with some success, but a European Uppercut and a knee drop gets Fandango another brief nearfall. Sleeper locked in once again and Kingston breaks the hold with a pair of jawbreakers. Both men staggered. Splash misses for Fandango and Kingston with a few clotheslines and a dropkick. Boom Drop connects and Kingston looking for the Trouble in Paradise. Summer Rae yelling from ringside distracts Kingston, but he hits a pendulum kick in the corner and a springboard crossbody for a nearfall.

Both men ducking under strikes from the other and Fandango connects with a head kick that nearly gives him the victory. Fandango headed up top for the leg drop, but Kingston crotches him up top. Kingston unsuccessfully attempting offense and he is powerbombed off a sunset flip that earns Fandango a nearfall. Fandango up top once again, but he misses the leg drop and Trouble in Paradise connects.

Winner by pinfall: Kofi Kingston

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