WWE Main Event results: Showdown in Des Moines
February 05, 2014
Alberto Del Rio def. Zack Ryder
Determined to show 2014 Royal Rumble Match winner Batista his abilities, Alberto Del Rio – who also won the Royal Rumble Match, back in 2011) – squared off against former United States Champion Zack Ryder. In his last two consecutive appearances on WWE Main Event, The Mexican Superstar had been successful, and he sought to continue his string of victories. Aggressive in his approach, Del Rio almost immediately took the battle to the outside, where he promptly threw Ryder into the barricade.
Back inside the squared circle, the former World Champion maintained control by applying pressure to his opponent’s back and neck. However, Long Island Iced-Z managed to build momentum and nearly defeat Del Rio. Hoping that The Mexican Superstar’s rivalry with Batista would be a distraction, Ryder charged forward, nearly annihilating Del Rio with a powerful Broski Boot to the face.
After kicking out of Ryder’s pinfall attempt, Del Rio seized an opportunity to regain control. Backing his opponent into a corner, the former World Champion viciously stomped Ryder to the canvas before lining him up and taking him out with a sidekick to the jaw. Securing the pinfall and his third victory in as many weeks, Del Rio certainly sent a message to The Animal.