|By Marc Middleton | January 27, 2013 | Comments|
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- The 2013 WWE Royal Rumble pre-show opens with Matt Striker and Tony Dawson at ringside as fans pile into the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. They hype tonight's pay-per-view card.
- Josh Mathews is backstage with Big Show. We see footage of Alberto Del Rio winning the World Heavyweight Title three weeks ago. Show is upset the footage was shown again. He goes on about Del Rio and says he hit the lottery when he won the title. Show says Del Rio doesn't have what it takes to beat him twice. Show says it's not happening. WWE's pre-show feed keeps stalling. The feed comes back on and we're in the middle of a "Rumble by the Numbers" video.
WWE United States Title Match: The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. The Miz is out next to a decent reaction.
They lock up and Miz goes for a quick roll up. They lock up again and Miz applies a headlock. Cesaro fights out and they trade holds. Cesaro drops Miz but misses a clothesline. Miz drops Cesaro for 2. Miz with another roll up for 2. Miz with a headlock takedown now. More back and forth action. Cesaro catches Miz in mid-air with a backbreaker for 2. Miz comes back but Cesaro catches him in mid-air with a slam this time for another pin attempt. Cesaro with another 2 count. Cesaro uses the ropes now.
Cesaro with an uppercut and a gutwrench suplex for a 2 count. Cesaro with lefts and rights in the corner now. Miz fights back and charges but once again gets caught in mid-air with a big slam for another pin attempt. Cesaro with a chest stomp and kick to the back. Miz fights out of a hold and hits the backbreaker neckbreaker combo. Miz unloads in the corner and hits a big clothesline. Miz goes to the top but lands bad on his leg after Cesaro counters. Miz still manages to hit a DDT for 2. Cesaro gets caught with his feet on the ropes. More back and forth. Miz with a big kick to the face. More back and forth. Cesaro gets the win with The Neutralizer.
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