Welcome to the WrestlingINC.com WWE Main Event Recap.
- The show begins with a memoriam to William "Paul Bearer" Moody, 1954 – 2013. Personally, I was deeply saddened when I read the news last night. The Paul Bearer character is part of the fabric of my childhood. That signature creepy but iconic voice was a familiar staple in the home. I love Mr. Moody for that and express my deepest condolences to his family. Sadly, we often don't appreciate what we have until it's gone.
- We go to the opening package then pyro and crowd shots from Albany, NY. Michael Cole says we are 32 days away from WrestleMania and welcomes us to the show.
- Randy Orton's music hits and he makes his way to the ring. The Miz is on commentary with Cole. Wade Barrett cuts a promo on his way down the ramp. Barrett wants to give us a glimpse into his life as a major Hollywood superstar. He says he was hobnobbing with Hollywood's elite during the premiere of his movie, Dead Man Down. Barrett sends to footage and interviews from the red carpet. Barrett makes his way in front of the announce booth and takes note of a "Marine" and "Hollywood wannabe" he hopes was paying attention to the video he just played. Orton finally gets tired of waiting and brings Barrett in the hard way. The ref backs Orton up in the corner as Barrett removes his shirt and the bell rings.
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett goes at Orton immediately but Orton ducks and unloads in the corner. Orton hits a reverse elbow after some back-and-forth and proceeds to systematically stomp on Barrett's body. Barrett fights to his feet and puts on the brakes off the ropes but Orton clotheslines him over the top as we take our first commercial break.
Barrett has gained control as we return to action. He gets 2 on Orton and drops a big knee across Orton's gut. Orton fights up from a headlock and counters with a side suplex. Barrett slowly gets to his feet and Orton is happy to catch his breath. Orton hits a standing dropkick for 2. Miz says he has never been in a singles match with Barrett but he has been in the ring with him and says Barrett is a guy you have to watch. Orton hits mounted shots in the corner and hits a snap suplex for 2. Barrett immediately rolls out of the ring and draws Orton into a trap as he slams Orton into the steel steps and sends him back in the ring. They battle on the apron and Barrett hits a mule kick to Orton's gut, sending him back to the floor.
Back from a break as we see a replay and Cole tells us that Barrett has been working Orton's abs while we were away. Barrett hits a big kick to Orton's skull and gets 2. Orton rolls back out of the ring and lures Barrett out but Barrett sends Orton to the steps again. Barrett wastes too much time up top in the corner and Orton takes advantage with a huge superplex. Orton slides into position but Barrett kicks out. The pace quickens with some nice back-and-forth. Orton hits his ropes DDT. "Vintage Orton," says Cole. Orton coils-up but Barrett escapes and drives Orton's throat across the top ropes as he drops to the floor. Barrett quickly reenters and kicks Orton in the face. Orton barely kicks out. Barrett pulls up his elbow pad and calls for the end but Orton counters with a powerslam and follows-up with the RKO for the win.
Winner by pin: Randy Orton
- Cody Rhodes walks in the back, toward the ring as we go to break.
- A new WrestleMania promo runs with Cena and Rock featured and narrating.
- We're back at the end of Cody's entrance. Zack Ryder is already in the ring.
Cody Rhodes vs. Zack Ryder
Ryder hits an early armdrag and a reverse elbow out of the corner. Ryder plants Cody face-first and Cody goes out to regroup. Cody gets the advantage back in the ring as Miz and Cole talk about the picture of the Internet Championship belt on Ryder's tights. Cole says it's goofy. Cody hits a front suplex on Ryder for 2. Ryder hits a face-plant and a double knee out of the corner to Rhodes. Ryder hits a missile dropkick and sets Cody up for the Broski Boot but Cody avoids. Cody hits the Disaster Kick and Cross Rhodes for the win. Cole calls it before the ref hits '3.'
Winner by pin: Cody Rhodes
- We go to Cole and Miz at ringside and Miz talks about how much fun he had with Ric Flair on Monday. Cole sends to video of Triple H's promo on Brock Lesnar.
- We go back to the ring for the entrance of Sin Cara, dressed in pink, and then a break.
- We return as Antonio Cesaro removes his shirt in the ring and hands over at ringside and the bell rings.
Sin Cara vs. Antonio Cesaro
Cesaro takes Cara down immediately and slaps him around on the back of the head to add insult. Cara hits a beautiful takedown on Cesaro to send him out of the ring. Cara leaps out of the ring and delivers a hurricanrana to Cesaro on the floor. Cara throws Cesaro back in and sunset flips in the ring himself. Cesaro tries to keep his balance in the same spot we saw last week and finally reaches down between his legs and grabs Cara by the head and tosses him across the ring.
Cesaro keeps control and hits a gutwrench slam for 2. Cesaro goes into a sleeper but Cara gets to his feet and Cesaro just lets go and sends Cara in. Cara counters off the ropes and rolls Cesaro up in a small package for 2. Cara slams Cesaro in a beautiful lucha lubre exchange and gets 2. Sin Cara hits a ridiculously cool-looking extended tilt-a-whirl head scissors takedown and Cesaro goes flying out of the ring. Cara charges but Cesaro catches him with a beautiful uppercut through the ropes from the floor.
Cesaro smiles and adjusts his neck and goes up top. Cara hits the Enzuigiri and runs up for a hurricanrana but Cesaro blocks it and locks in for a powerbomb. Cara reverses momentum in mid-flight and hits the hurricanrana; Cesaro sells it beautifully. Cara scrambles in for the cover and gets the surprising win.
Winner by pin: Sin Cara
Cara celebrates and runs up the ramp. Cesaro doesn't know what hit him. Cesaro clutches his title in the ring after a replay.
Instant Reaction: Going into this match I was sure The U.S. Champ Cesaro would get the win especially after losing so prominently to Ryback on RAW and Orton recently. That is a whole other issue I won't tackle here but I will say that it should come as no surprise that Cesaro gave Sin Cara what is likely his best match to date since joining the company. These two had great chemistry and their timing was crisp. Cara's offense has rarely looked better on WWE television. It will be interesting to see how this win for Cara plays out and hopefully something comes from it because WWE having their U.S. Champ lose again on TV for no good reason is not a good thing.
- A video package runs of CM Punk's win on RAW mashed-up with a vignette for his match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
- The last eight minutes of the Rock-Cena promo from RAW is shown. We go off the air with a shot of Cena and Rock standing with the WrestleMania NY/NJ sign in between them.