|By Kian Terani | January 23, 2013 | Comments|
- We begin with the opening intro followed by pyro and crowd shots. We are in Sacramento, CA. Michael Cole is at ringside with The Miz as they plug this Sunday's Royal Rumble. We go the 'Countdown' package that has run in the past few years of numerical Rumble stats. It segues into this year's clips.
- Matt Striker is standing by with Ryback. He asks him how he's preparing for his first ever Rumble match. Ryback says it's his for the taking. Striker interjects with 'devouring,' but Ryback just looks at him and Striker apologizes. Ryback continues that he will start preparing by facing Antonio Cesaro tonight and says he will make "Swiss Miss look like Swiss cheese." He turns and stares at Striker and says he can be funny too and walks off. Striker laughs nervously and sighs with relief.
- Antonio Cesaro makes his way down the ramp as we hear about Miz vs. Cesaro on the Royal Rumble Pre-Show for the United States Championship. Cesaro cuts a promo and says the greatest U.S. champion in history is back on Main Event again while some are just on commentary. Miz basically says touché with a loud, "OOHHH!" and applauds at commentary. Cesaro says his opponent tonight represents everything that's wrong with this country. He says that Ryback is a caveman who yells 'Feed Me More'…the crowd begins to chant and he scolds them in one of his languages. Cesaro continues that all these people feel like they are entitled like Ryback but they are not. I thought he was going in the 'obesity' direction. He starts to give the fans a crash course in manners as he is interrupted by Ryback's music. Ryback comes to the ring as we take a break.
Ryback vs. Antonio Cesaro
Ryback shoves Cesaro back and pounds his chest. Cesaro comes back with a big boot to the head which makes Ryback take a step back but he stays on his feet. Cesaro goes for another kick but Ryback catches his leg and pushes him down on the mat. Ryback throws Cesaro by his head halfway across the ring. Cesaro unloads in the corner but Ryback fights out. Cesaro hits a clothesline out of the corner to take Ryback down for a 2. Ryback Irish Whips him hard into the corner to resume control. Ryback works Cesaro over in the corner; Cesaro creates some space and comes off the top with a nice uppercut and takes Ryback's head off. Ryback kicks out at 2 as we go to commercial.
Cesaro is in control on the mat with a modified Million Dollar Dream. Ryback escapes and comes off the ropes with a Thesz Press and keeps dropping Cesaro on the back of his head. Ryback drops Cesaro in a gorilla press and clotheslines him over the top. The ref counts to seven and Cesaro waves it off. Miz gets up from commentary and tosses Cesaro in the ring; Ryback hits a big back bodydrop but misses with the splash. Cesaro jumps on Ryback with both feet and Ryback kicks out at 1. Cesaro charges Ryback in the corner but Ryback starts to do his thing. The crowd chants as Ryback hits the Meat Hook clothesline and Cesaro rolls out of the ring. The ref counts as Cesaro walks up the ramp. Miz says he's running like a coward.
Winner by count out: Ryback
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