With just days remaining until Elimination Chamber, WWE fans in Little Rock were given a treat during Wednesday night's Main Event:
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler.
It was the only match of the night, but what a match it was.
Alberto Del Rio Defeats Dolph Ziggler
The show started with none other than crowd-favorite Chris Jericho, who came out for The Highlight Reel (via WWE Universe):
WWE Universe @WWEUniverse
"Welcome to the Highlight Reel for the first time ever on #MainEvent!" - @IAmJericho2/14/2013, 1:04:31 AM
The Miz was originally scheduled to be his guest, but because of a shoulder injury (something tells me he'll be OK for SmackDown), Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez filled in.
After a few minutes of arguing in Spanish, Dolph Ziggler (along with A.J. Lee and Big E Langston) interrupted and said that he would cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase before WrestleMania and enter the massive pay-per-view as the World Heavyweight Champion.
That led Del Rio to challenge Ziggler, which Jericho and the Little Rock audience were on board with.
This turned out to be the only match of the night, but it wasn't really surprising that these two men could carry an entire show.
It was an entertaining, impressive, compelling back-and-forth battle with each wrestling getting a lot of time to showcase some top-notch offense and execution.
After several thrilling moves and near-falls from each side, Del Rio got Ziggler into the cross armbreaker to score the win.
One-on-one matches with zero stipulations hardly ever get better than the absolutely amazing battle Del Rio and Ziggler put together on Wednesday night. Both of these men are clearly at the top of the business.
Main Event doesn't always get a lot of attention, but Del Rio promised an opening match that wouldn't disappoint:
Alberto El Patron @PrideOfMexico
And don't miss #mainevent this Wednesday you'll see one of the best matches ever on the show!! WHC Alberto Del Rio vs Ziggler2/13/2013, 5:11:05 AM
According to this fan, the champ stayed true to his word:
This Ziggler vs Alberto match is really good. #MainEvent2/14/2013, 1:18:39 AM
In fact, pretty much everyone seemed to feel that way. One fan in particular even decided to compare it to other WWE shows:
Carlos V @SimplyMessi
Great wrestling match by Ziggler and Del Rio, #MainEvent has more wrestling than a 3 hour #Raw.2/14/2013, 1:39:39 AM
Finally, one fan took it one step further:
J. Tidwell @jtidwell808
Pretty sure that Del Rio/Ziggler thing on MAIN. EVENT. is match of the year so far.2/14/2013, 1:43:36 AM
Ho-hum. Another week, another wildly successful Main Event.