Great opening from Edge and Cody Rhodes. It's always awesome to see the Rated-R Superstar, and exchanging words with the now improving Rhodes was a nice change of pace after making some good points. The DiBiase beat-down was logical, but needed and intriguing. However, it's a shame they've waited this long to hype the Intercontinental Championship match for Night of Champions.
Decent action from Daniel Bryan and Sin Cara, but nothing amazing as we've seen in the past. The stare down between the original Sin Cara (Mistico) and the recent Sin Cara (Hunico) was awkward and confusing, as the crowd didn't really know how to react or seem to care.
Nice squash from Beth Phoenix, she desperately needed it going into this Sunday. AJ is always a nice opponent to squash quickly, but being one of the better Divas on the roster, I'd like to see a longer performance from her next time around given the right Diva to work with.
Solid tag team match featuring Christian and Wade Barrett taking on Sheamus and Justin Gabriel. The main purpose of this match seemed to be getting Gabriel over with the crowd, and it certainly worked. However, Christian and Barrett have too much potential to be credible heels to be beaten so often as they are. I hope this upcoming Christian-Sheamus rivalry can help re-establish that.
Stale opening segment to kick off the show. John Cena continues to bury WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio, and neither characters are interesting enough to this viewer anymore. Bret Hart added a nice hometown feel to the promo, but it couldn't save the dying program.
Lackluster tag team match pitting Alex Riley and John Morrison against the falling out team of Jack Swagger and United States Champion Dolph Ziggler. It's hard to believe Morrison has been reduced to this. The contest was too short and the green Riley didn't make it that great either. Hopefully, we see a new champion this Sunday and move away from the tension between Ziggler and Swagger.
In what eventual got my vote for Match of the Night, familiar foes The Miz and Kofi Kingston had a very fun contest. They were given great time, which shows they serious about rebuilding the tag team division. With Miz's victory, I see Air Boom successfully retaining their titles at Night of Champions, but hopefully the feud doesn't end there.
What is the whole point of Jerry Lawler feuding with the likes of Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga? If a Raw commentator keeps stacking up wins against younger talent, it serves no purpose on the flagship show. The latter team really needs to be demoted back down to FCW, but Sheamus looked great in this bout in other news.
Another very strong segment from Mark Henry, who is becoming one of the hottest commodities in the entire WWE. I was afraid the entering Zack Ryder might take some momentum off, but he played his role well and showed major guts for standing up to Henry before getting pummeled.
I've been anticipating an eventual showdown between Mark Henry and Ezekiel Jackson for quite some time now, but the match wasn't what I hoped it to be. It's no secret they are both slow workers, but the quick squash over Big Zeke got the World's Strongest Man over in a big way.
Fun match between Sin Cara and Tyson Kidd for what's it worth, but we've seen this squash so many times that it's become predictable and boring. It doesn't make sense to keep reverting Sin Cara from face to heel constantly, so hopefully they straighten out the controversy very soon by revealing the current Sin Cara as Hunico.
Lackluster Divas match yet again this week, but Natalya was the only thing keeping the bout going and saving this from being an utter disaster. It disappoints me seeing Natayla lose to someone who can't even run the ropes, but all signs point to Kelly Kelly dropping the Divas Championship to Beth Phoenix at Night of Champions.
After opening the show with the same logical promos each week, this drama between CM Punk, Kevin Nash and Triple H really seems to be cooling off big time. The overall segment did nothing for me, and the revealing of Nash as the texter was a horrendous conclusion to what used to be an intriguing storyline.
Pretty good tag team bout featuring the WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne defeating the team of The Great Khali and Jinder Mahal. I was impressed with Mahal here, and I'm glad he did the work for his team. I'm not sure where this tension where the two is going with Khali turning heel only a few months ago, but I'm certainly excited to see Air Boom finally bring some prestige back to the tag team division.
Although the #1 Contenders Match between Beth Phoenix and Eve was okay, the semi-botched Glam Slam was what ruined it. Even worse, the bickering duo of Divas Champion Kelly Kelly and Natalya took much away from the action. Hopefully it's in an attempt to hype an eventual Kelly vs. Natalya match somewhere down the line.
Despite R-Truth's stupid PG comedy, I'm loving the duo of The Miz and Truth, as they have excellent chemistry and will make great opponents for the tag titles. Truth's match with CM Punk was solid, and it's nice to see the Straightedge Superstar finally pick up a pin-fall victory. I'm not psyched to see Punk and Triple H competing in a No Holds Barred match this early in the feud, but I guess it might possibly improve pay-per-view buys.
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