Raw results: Undertaker & Kane honor Paul Bearer, and CM Punk makes his most despicable move yet
BY Anthony Benigno
March 11, 2013
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio def. U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro
It wasn’t so much a match as an international incident when Mexico’s Alberto Del Rio went head-to-head with The Swiss Superman, Antonio Cesaro, in a hotly anticipated first-time matchup on Raw. The inaugural bout between the two mat technicians lived up to every inch of the hype as well, with The Essence of Excellence’s smooth efficiency matching up perfectly against the raw power of the United States Champion. Cesaro had built up a strong head of steam and nearly had victory in hand with a skull-rattling, very European uppercut, but the champion recovered fast and countered with a swift Cross Armbreaker, forcing Cesaro to tap out and ending Del Rio’s night on a note of triumph.
Alberto Del Rio: Born in Mexico, made in America and one victory heavier in the win column as WrestleMania approaches.
Jack Swagger def. Sin Cara
Jack Swagger’s dubious version of patriotism stood tall in a battle with Sin Cara when the No. 1 contender to the World Title unleashed his unabated fury on The International Sensation. Sin Cara had come out swinging (and soaring, and kicking, as is his wont) against Swagger, but the “Real American” stood firm against the lauded luchador, grounding the highflier and wrenching him into the Patriot Lock for a vicious submission victory.
Unwilling to stop at mere victory, Swagger opted for punishment instead when he refused to relinquish the hold, but Alberto Del Rio came to his countryman’s aid by rescuing Sin Cara and trapping Swagger in a ruthless Cross Armbreaker. Colter moved swiftly to pry his disciple from Del Rio’s clutches, but it’s unlikely the self-styled defenders of the homeland will underestimate The Pride of Mexico in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania.