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Main Event: Undertaker makes his presence felt
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling


WrestleMania season has arrived for the WWE. "The granddaddy of them all" is defined by the best of the best, whether that be current talent stepping up to the plate or names of old returning to prove themselves yet again. Tonight on WWE Main Event, a man that has become a hallmark of WrestleMania returns, as The Undertaker makes a surprise appearance. What will "The Deadman" have to say in response to Brock Lesnar representative Paul Heyman? Plus, tag action! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE Main Event!

We are LIVE from Houston, Texas. Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton have the call for this week.

Match One: Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The Real Americans (w/Zeb Colter)

Jack Swagger starts off with Goldust and grabs the side headlock. Shoulder bump sends Goldust out of the ring. Lockup sees Goldust repeat the same process and get an arm drag. Atomic drop followed by an uppercut and an arm drag into an armbar. Cody Rhodes in with a smash to the elbow and tries some offense on the arm of Swagger. Swagger shucks him off into the corner.

Cesaro in and he unleashes a barrage of knees before tossing Rhodes out. Rhodes skins the cat and lands a clothesline for a quick nearfall. Rhodes sent outside by Cesaro and Swagger with a sneak attack. Cesaro follows him out and takes the brawl to him to earn a quick nearfall inside. Sleeper hold locked in and Rhodes fights out, but receives a backbreaker across the knee for another Cesaro pin attempt.

Swagger returns and the duo get a double elbow that gets a quick pin. Front facelock working the upper body of Rhodes. Shots to the body from Rhodes get him out and he flips out of a backdrop suplex. Disaster Kick lands before Cesaro can make the save and both men down.

Goldust and Cesaro in. Clotheslines galore from Goldust before he gets an uppercut and atomic drop. Big boot lands and puts Cesaro in the corner. Goldust mounts Cesaro for some punches, but he has to take out Swagger first and he does so. Sunset flip bomb on Cesaro nearly gets the victory. Swagger clotheslined outside and Cesaro soon backdropped out. The Rhodes brothers both fly to knock down The Real Americans and get a nearfall inside. Goldust back inside and he looks for a crossbody, but Cesaro catches him and puts him down for a backbreaker as we break.

(Commercials)

We return with Swagger sending Goldust outside with a clothesline. Cesaro made the legal man and he jumps outside to clothesline Goldust down. Back inside, Cesaro gets a quick pair of nearfalls before choking Goldust on the ropes. Front facelock preventing the tag for Goldust. Body blows get Goldust out into the corner. Up top, hurricanrana connects for Goldust. Tag made and Swagger in with stomps to prevent the tag for Goldust. Swagger Bomb in the corner connects Cesaro in and he connects on the leapfrog double stomp.

Cesaro deadlifts into a gutwrench throw for another pin attempt. Swagger returns and keeping Goldust grounded. Tag attempt unsuccessful for Goldust as he fights off Swagger and Cesaro returns to the match. European uppercut and Cesaro Swing nearly get the victory for Cesaro. Rhodes finally able to step in and taking out both of the Real Americans. Dropkicks for both teammates and a kick to the midsection of Swagger. Cross Rhodes attempt on Swagger countered by Cesaro, who in turn eats a powerslam from Goldust. Moonsault off a kick from Rhodes nearly gets the win.

Swagger down and struggling. Disaster Kick is blocked by Swagger and he turns the opportunity into a Patriot Lock. Cesaro outside and pulling the rope back, not allowing Rhodes to gain the rope break. Goldust soon takes him out. Rhodes struggles back to break the hold and is able to connect on the Cross Rhodes attempt.

Winners by pinfall: Cody Rhodes & Goldust

(Commercials)

Match Two: The Funkadactyls vs. Alicia Fox & Layla

Naomi starts out with Alicia Fox. Lockup sees Fox target the injured eye with shots, but Naomi pushes her into the corner to get a quick rollup nearfall. Cameron makes her way in with a double-team suplex that is followed by a double leg drop. Fox countering back with shots, but she is soon tossed by an arm drag.

Layla makes her way in and the two exchange dance moves before Cameron opens with a kick to the midsection. Layla soon follows with a jackknife roll that nearly gets the win. Dropkick to the back of the head from Cameron connects and is soon followed by a drop toehold and clothesline combo that get a nearfall. Big kick from Layla gets her a nearfall as well.

Layla working the sleeper. Cameron fights up, but is yanked down by her hair as Fox tags back in. Northern Lights Suplex with a bridging cover nearly gets the pinfall and Fox now working a sleeper of her own. Cameron fights up and Layla returns with some chokes. Snapmare leads to a missed leg drop for Layla.

Naomi and Fox now in. Dropkick and somersault attack convert for Naomi before she sends Fox into her own partner. Hurricanrana off a float over in the corner nearly grabs Naomi the win, but Layla makes the save. Layla and Cameron soon taken to the outside and a Rear View connects on Fox.

Winners by pinfall: The Funkadactyls

(Commercials)

Raw Rebound recaps the confrontation between WWE COO Triple H and Daniel Bryan that closed the show.

(Commercials)

Match Three: Big Show vs. Titus O'Neil

Both men face-to-face to start. Big Show dumps Titus O'Neil outside with a big shove after O'Neil shoved the face to start. Show with chops outside before moving it back inside. Body blows and chops connecting for Show. Clothesline attempt is ducked by O'Neil and he hits a chop block to the knee. O'Neil grounding Show before locking in the sleeper. Show struggles up to his feet and hits a backdrop suplex that puts both men down.

O'Neil first up and he moves to the corner. Show runs into a boot from O'Neil, but catches him for a Chokeslam. The hand is shaken off by O'Neil and he is able to connect with the Clash of the Titus that nearly puts Show down for the count. O'Neil clubbing Show down and he connects on an elbow drop for a nearfall.

Splash in the corner connects for O'Neil. O'Neil spending a lot of time taunting and he gets caught in a choke from Show as he runs into the corner again. KO Punch connects for Show.

Winner by pinfall: Big Show

(Commercials)

Recap of the video package on Undertaker's WrestleMania streak shown by Paul Heyman.

Paul Heyman at ringside asking for an introduction before promptly stepping in the ring and reintroducing himself. Heyman would like to take some time before The Undertaker makes his appearance. With no disrespect intended, Heyman says Undertaker will get all the disrespect he expects at WrestleMania. After taking a shot at the Texas crowd, Heyman has a message from his client, Brock Lesnar. Himself and his client are aware of the value of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but they plan to take out "The Streak" of equal value at WrestleMania. Heyman declares that "The Streak" will end this year at the hands of Brock Lesnar.

The Undertaker's theme hits and he is nowhere to be seen. Undertaker soon pops up behind Heyman and takes him by the throat. Undertaker tells Heyman that the only reason he will walk out tonight is for him to tell Lesnar that he will slay the beast in New Orleans. Undertaker will take Lesnar to hell and tells Heyman that he will personally deliver this message to Lesnar on Raw this coming Monday in Brooklyn if it isn't clear enough.

The show closes with Undertaker telling Heyman to leave while he's still able and triumphantly posing in the ring as Heyman cowers up the ramp.

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