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September 23, 2013

World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio def. Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston’s unquestionable skill may yet make him the face of WWE per Triple H’s open challenge, but all the innate skill of The Boom Squad General wasn’t enough when faced with the gilded fury of Alberto Del Rio. With a rematch looming against Rob Van Dam at WWE Battleground, The Essence of Excellence needed a big win and had to fight for every inch of it after a leaping somersault-clothesline combo from Kofi left “Mexico’s Greatest Export” laid out at ringside.

Photos: Kofi grounded | El jefe stands tall

Del Rio took control by targeting Kingston’s arm, ramming it into the ring post and barricade, yet Kofi bought some time by dropkicking the champion out of the sky when Del Rio went for a top-rope axe handle. The move turned to be little more than a temporary solution, though; despite Kofi’s DDT reversal of Del Rio’s tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, the champion capitalized on a missed cross body by ramming his foe arm-first into the turnbuckle and locking in the Cross Armbreaker until Kofi tapped out.

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