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Main Event: Rumble hype continues alongside three matches
By MATT MACKINDER- SLAM! Wrestling


WWE Main Event comes to us tonight from Grand Rapids, Mich., and we have three matches scheduled on the card, which can possibly be a good thing with this being just a one-hour show.

The hype for Sunday’s Royal Rumble continues, but to kick things off, R-Truth struts to the ring rapping his signature tune and has Xavier Woods in tow.

Damien Sandow is out next on the mic and blah, blah, blah, he’s going to win the Rumble, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Someone named Tom Phillips is ringside, along with The Miz and Woods joins them to call this match.

Match #1 – R-Truth vs. Damien Sandow

The commentary is limited to 80 percent Rumble hype, including verbal jabs at each other between Woods and Miz. The match itself is pretty decent and Truth gets the win with an inverted facebuster-type move that puts Sandow down for three.

Winner via pinfall: R-Truth

Next up is a video package promoting the Daniel Bryan-Bray Wyatt match for Sunday at the Rumble. How Bryan is not in the Rumble match itself is beyond me, but this whole feud, if you can call it that, with Wyatt seems very, very rushed. Remember back in the day when feuds would last months, even years? No longer the case these days.

Backstage, the Bella Twins are confronted by Aksana and Alicia Fox, who call Brie’s impending wedding to Bryan a “swamp wedding,” or something like that.

Match #2 – The Bella Twins vs. Aksana and Alicia Fox

Really not a bad match that sees Nikki drape Fox across her shoulders in a torture rack-like move and then drop to her knees to get the pinfall.

Winners via pinfall: The Bella Twins

The John Cena-Randy Orton rivalry gets plugged next. Now THIS is one of those old school feuds that never dies and WWE actually gets it right with these guys.

A cool Rumble stats package is next and it goes over items like shortest time in the ring, longest time in the ring, how many competitors have been in all 26 matches, how many winners have gone on to win gold at WrestleMania, things like that.

Match #3 - Sin Cara vs. Alberto Del Rio

It’s just not the same with Del Rio being announced by Tony Chimel and not Ricardo Rodriguez.

The match is contested under a yellow spotlight for some reason, but I kind of like it.

This great match, which goes somewhere around 10 minutes, ends when Cara misses a Swanton Bomb and Del Rio kicks Cara in the face for a two count. The two go up top and Del Rio blocks a superplex attempt. Cara is hung up and Del Rio drops down with a double stomp from the top. A spinning cross armbreaker is next and Cara taps almost immediately.

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio

My first time watching WWE Main Event was pretty decent. I’m normally a Ring Of Honor guy, but pinch-hit tonight in what I term was best for business for SLAM! Wrestling.

Matt Mackinder enjoys contributing to SLAM! Wrestling in any way he can and has been with the site since 2006. Contact Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com.