On WWE Main Event, Antonio Cesaro battled Kofi Kingston in a rematch for the highflier’s U.S. Championship. Also, former WWE Tag Team Champions Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater squared off in a battle in the evening’s second contest.
Just two nights after being defeated by World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler on Raw, new father and United States Champion Kofi Kingston faced the challenge of former U.S. Title holder Antonio Cesaro, who was eager to reclaim his championship. Luck has not been on The Swiss Superman’s side in recent weeks, but he strived to refocus on WWE Main Event — the show that highlighted his dominance during his title reign.
The Swiss-born Superstar was certainly determined — he was not yodeling and was sporting a Swiss Army beret and aviator sunglasses. His strategy for reclaiming the U.S. Title was certainly wise — using his raw strength to keep the high-flying Kingston grounded. Cesaro displayed an excellent variety of technical maneuvers, specifically targeting the U.S. Champion’s legs — no doubt in an effort to neutralize Kingston’s signature Trouble in Paradise. Alas, motivated by his loss to the World Heavyweight Champion and riding high on emotions after the birth of his son, Kingston persevered. Kingston regained control of the match and Cesaro was defeated with the very move he was trying to prevent — Trouble in Paradise.
Following the contest, Matt Striker interviewed the victorious U.S. Champion who was ecstatic to go home to his new son as a champion. After the bout, however, Cesaro attacked the U.S. Champion and savagely pulled out one of “The Wildcat’s” dreadlocks, exacting revenge for the loss of the U.S. Title.
South African daredevil Justin Gabriel and 3MB leader Heath Slater have a storied history dating back to their time as WWE NXT season one rookies. In addition, both Superstars were members of The Nexus and The Corre and together they were three-time WWE Tag Team Champions. Both competitors are no doubt familiar with one another — but Gabriel remained in control throughout the majority of the contest.
Slater’s lifeline — 3MB bandmates Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre — attempted to interfere on his behalf but were unceremoniously ejected from ringside by the official. With his insurance policy removed from the equation, Slater stood alone against his former tag team partner. The battle raged back and forth before Gabriel capitalized on an opportunity after pushing Slater from the top rope to the mat below. With his opponent in prime position, “The Cape Town Dare-wolf” executed an impressive 450 Splash to secure the victory.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Kofi Kingston (c) defeated Antonio Cesaro to retain the WWE United States Championship (20:28)
- Justin Gabriel defeated Heath Slater (13:58)
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