Main Event: Cesaro turns the table on Henry
NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
As Paul Heyman's newest client, Cesaro has new weapons in his arsenal. Riding the momentum of becoming a Paul Heyman guy, Cesaro has found ways to beat opponents down both within and outside of the rules. Tonight on WWE Main Event, Cesaro takes on Mark Henry. Without the strength advantage, what will Heyman have up his sleeve for his client tonight? Plus, Divas action! All that and more on this week's edition of WWE Main Event!
We are on tape from London, U.K. Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton have the call for this week.
Paul Heyman is in the ring to kick us off. Heyman introduces himself and states that he wants to try something new tonight. Heyman realizes that this is Main Event and, since he considers himself to be the best advocate for main eventers, declares that the show should be renamed "Paul Heyman's Main Event." Heyman reminds us of Brock Lesnar ending "The Streak" at WrestleMania and informs us that his client tonight will main event tonight and will main event Raws and WrestleManias in the future.
Cesaro is introduced and makes his way to the ring. Heyman calls the WWE Universe "forgiving wannabes" and touts Cesaro as the premier athlete from Europe before exclaiming that Cesaro left for bigger checks from Heyman in America. Heyman says WWE United States Champion Sheamus will forgive him for ducking his handshake and Mark Henry will be equally forgiving when he finds out Cesaro is the true strongest man in the WWE.
Mark Henry hits the ring. Heyman says he wasn't done and Henry tells him that he will decide when Heyman is done. Henry tells him that he is truly the strongest man. Heyman says he intended no disrespect and it is okay for Henry to be second. Cesaro pokes the chest of Henry and gets bearhugged. Cesaro and Heyman leave the ring to stay prepared for the main event.
Damien Sandow dressed as Sherlock Holmes is making his way to the ring next.
Damien Sandow out before his match. Sandow plays up the Sherlock Holmes bit and declares that he is a problem-solver. Sandow delivers a riddle about the truth.
R-Truth interrupts and asks London what's up. Truth doesn't have a rhyme tonight. Truth recalls Sandow's times as a bad Santa and Magneto, stating that he didn't get either of his portrayals. Truth heads to the ring and declares that Sandow has lost it.
Match One: Damien Sandow vs. R-Truth
Lockup and Damien Sandow and R-Truth grapple to a stalemate. Reset sees Truth grab the side headlock and hold it. Both exchanging counters and Sandow with a kick to the midsection. Truth sent off the ropes and he hooks them. Truth goads Sandow into an arm drag and an armbar before Sandow moves outside on a rope break.
Sandow inspect his suit and returns to the ring. Truth worked into the corner, where he ducks an attack from Sandow to land some corner work. Sandow brawls back and gets rolled up on a sunset flip for a nearfall from Truth.
Sandow again moves out and begins to chew on his pipe to regroup. Truth follows and lands a strike. Ring apron used to bounce the head of Sandow. Sandow rolls outside immediately after Truth puts him back in the ring as we break.
We return with Truth getting a nearfall after bouncing the head of Sandow off the turnbuckles. Truth landing strikes, but Sandow sends him over the top. Sandow now ramming the head of Truth into the ring apron. Stomps and kicks to Truth connect back inside. Snap suplex gets Sandow a nearfall.
Sandow works the armbar. Truth fights out and gets yanked to the mat by his hair. Rear chinlock in for Sandow. Truth fights out of the hold and runs into a dropkick that nearly steals the match for Sandow. Sandow landing strike after strike and choking Truth on the second rope. Russian legsweep into the Elbow of Disdain nearly puts Truth down for a three count.
Rear chinlock reapplied by Sandow and a jawbreaker gets Truth out. Drop toehold puts Truth on the second rope and Sandow splashes into him for a quick nearfall. Sandow striking Truth relentlessly. Truth gets some space with a drop toehold into the second turnbuckle on Sandow. Rights landing for Truth and clotheslined put Sandow down. Sitout front suplex gets Truth a close nearfall. Sandow gets up and runs into a heel kick that nearly wins it for Truth.
Scissor kick from Truth missed and Sandow knocks him down. Sandow gets the back of Truth and lands You're Welcome.
Winner by pinfall: Damien Sandow
Raw Rebound shows WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon asking for WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan to surrender his title.
Match Two: Aksana vs. Naomi (w/Cameron)
Naomi opens up with forearms and kicks. Sunset flip is nearly countered with a knee drop by Aksana. Naomi with flipping clotheslines and a rear splash. Naomi floats over in the corner and gets headscissors. Aksana counters and slings her to the mat for the first nearfall of the contest.
Forearms land for Aksana before she applies the surfboard stretch. Naomi out with a kick. Dropkicks land as both ladies get to their feet. Aksana knocked down and on the apron. Headscissors used to DDT the head of Aksana into the mat for a nearfall by Naomi.
Aksana nearly takes the win with a tilt-a-whirl slam. Naomi comes back with a full-nelson bomb for a nearfall of her own. Uppercut lands for Naomi and Aksana slams her to the mat for a nearfall. Aksana with a headlock and looking for more, but Naomi sends her off the ropes and into the Rear View.
Winner by pinfall: Naomi
Raw Rebound shows John Cena being taken out by The Wyatt Family at the end of the show.
Prior to the match, Paul Heyman tells Mark Henry he made a mistake. Heyman wants to atone for it because that's what he does. Heyman made a mistake by getting Cesaro this match when he already defeated him in the WWE Intercontinental Championship tournament. Heyman wants to change the competition to an arm wrestling match. Henry accepts and Heyman tries to weasel his way out and tells Cesaro he believes in him.
The two lock arms and Heyman implores his client to take off his jacket. Heyman grabs the bicep of Henry and allows Cesaro to land a forearm over the table. Cesaro lifts the table and tilts it on top of Henry. The show closes with Paul Heyman declaring Cesaro the winner of the arm wrestling contest as referees attend to Mark Henry.
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