WWE Main Event results: Warming up for The Biggest Party of the Summer

BY Kevin Powers

August 14, 2013

SAN JOSE – Just days away from SummerSlam this Sunday, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes battled in a match that would grant the victor a great deal of momentum heading into their respective bouts at The Biggest Party of the Summer. Also, The Usos took to the skies against 3MB and Justin Gabriel tried to take down the massive Big E Langston.

Just days away from facing Christian with his World Heavyweight Title at stake, Alberto Del Rio made his way to WWE Main Event to battle Cody Rhodes in one-on-one competition. For Rhodes, a victory against the World Heavyweight Champion would bolster his confidence before his match with World Heavyweight Championship contract Money in the Bank winner Damien Sandow at SummerSlam.

With both Superstars looking to build momentum, a back and forth contest commenced that quickly became a battle about seizing opportunities. The mustachioed son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes was certainly a formidable foe for the Essence of Excellence, forcing the champion to alter his strategy in the heat of combat. If Del Rio wants to emerge victorious against a seasoned veteran like Christian this Sunday at SummerSlam, the tactics employed against Rhodes – targeting and weakening his opponent’s arm – would be the place to start.

Although Rhodes continued to fight, Del Rio’s strategy was effective in allowing the champion an opportunity to lock in the Cross Armbreaker to secure the victory.