Fine match with Ryback defeating Darren Young. It was basically what you'd expect from a typical Ryback squash, so there was nothing out of the ordinary here. I was hoping of a mention of the Nexus history between the two, but no such luck. It was also enjoyable to hear Titus O'Neil on commentary during the course of this contest, who is really allowing his personality to shine through as of late. Insert racist joke about Ryback dominating two African-Americans on Black Friday here.
Decent match between United States Champion Antonio Cesaro and R-Truth. Much similar to their Survivor Series encounter, I didn't care all that much for this rematch, but the action was fine for what it was. The finish was nicely done and sets up a future title rematch between the two. Although I don't want to see the feud continue, it's logical in order to keep both guys something to do for the foreseeable future.
Nice between Alberto Del Rio and Sin Cara. As much as the dimmed lights annoy me, the match itself was fun while it lasted and consisted of some cool spots from both guys. There weren't any blatant botches from Cara as far as I could tell and the win was necessary in rebuilding Del Rio. Quite frankly, I'm not sure how much a win over Sin Cara means at this point for Del Rio, but it was still a good match nonetheless.
Great match with Kofi Kingston defeating Damien Sandow to successfully retain his Intercontinental Championship. They received much more time than last week, so that was nice to see. The action was solid and Sandow looked strong in defeat. I have no problem with Sandow losing here as his loss was expected with Kingston moving into a Intercontinental title feud against Wade Barrett. Speaking of Barrett, he greatly added to commentary during this bout with his marvelous mic skills and brought up a handful of fun facts regarding his storied history with Kingston.
Excellent main event match between Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler. It was a great way to follow up their clash from Survivor Series and undoubtedly earned Match of the Night. These two have amazing chemistry and are simply incapable of providing bad matches. Sure, Ziggler won via dirty tactics, but it was still a huge victory nonetheless considering the massive week he's had since Sunday. The post-match attacks with Del Rio targeting Orton and Cena applying the STF to Ziggler on the stage were well done and it was an exciting way to end the show.
Overall, a great show that featured some nice fallout from Survivor Series and had a better flow to it as opposed to this past week's Raw. Nothing on this week's SmackDown felt meaningless aside from the Handicap match, which wasn't even that bad to begin with. The opening and conclusion of the show were entertaining and I throughly enjoyed the episode as a whole.