By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Dolph Ziggler def. Jack Swagger
I was disappointed with the Main Event match Swagger and Ziggler had about a month ago due to the brief time they were given, so I was glad their match on this show ran a lot longer. They had a good matchup and developed nice chemistry together. Zeb Colter was entertaining on commentary and didn't take away from the action at all. Adam Rose coming out to distract Swagger was logical given their confrontation on Raw, indicating that the two are set to feud going forward. Swagger wasn't my ideal opponent for Rose, but at least he has more credibility than Fandango or any of the other enhancement talent do. Personally, I love the Adam Rose persona and while it may not have much lasting power, I'm still extremely entertained by it for now.
Natalya and The Funkadactyls def. Alicia Fox, Aksana and Tamina Snuka
I was glad to see the storyline between Natalya and Cameron from a recent episode of Total Divas acknowledged here. Since the stars of the show aren't in the title picture at the moment, carrying over the storylines to WWE TV is what will keep them relevant. It's not overkill, either (Total Divas vs. Non-Total Divas for example), so I don't mind it. I don't think the animosity will lead to anything, but I'd love to see Cameron go heel on Naomi at some point so The Funkadactyls can break off on their own. As for the match, there was no real focus on it, nor did there need to be because it was mostly forgettable.
Goldust def. Curtis Axel
While the match was decent enough, the sole purpose it served was to further tease tension between Cody Rhodes and Goldust. Cody seemingly going for the Beautiful Disaster kick on Goldust only to hit it on Ryback instead was well done, and Cody's facial expressions after Goldust won were really telling in that a heel turn for him is imminent. They told the same story last week with Cody losing on Raw and Goldust winning on Main Event, so it wasn't anything new. As excited as I am to see them finally feud, I'm afraid not many people will care if WWE doesn't bother to give them any mic time on Raw.
John Cena Responded to Bray Wyatt
This was your typical promo in which Cena basically preached his positive message and screamed at the end. He told some jokes here and there, but at least he stayed serious for a good portion for the promo. The only issue is that this came one week after Cena was doubting himself at the start of Raw, and now he's talking about how the WWE Universe is fully behind him and how he will never quit. It seemed like he was trying to sell me on his merchandise more so than on his character. Cena has undergone several character changes in this one feud with Wyatt over the last few months and by this point it's just getting confusing. Personally, after their crap match at Extreme Rules, I have no desire to see them face off yet again at Payback next month.
Obviously, John Cena's appearance (his first on the show since November 2012) was the biggest selling point of the episode, but anything special that it's worth going out of your way to see. The other three matches were decent to good, but again, they were fine for what they were yet not must-see. It wasn't the worst hour of wrestling to sit through, but it was a middle-of-the-road show at best.
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