Jack Swagger talks down to Kermit the Frog.
The Rock's promo regarding whether he'd join John Cena at Survivor Series was a smart way to kick off the show. Everyone knew he wouldn't be there live, but his promo was great besides the fact it was via satellite WWE should continue to heavily hype his return to the ring in coming weeks to effectively increase pay-per-buys.
CM Punk and World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry could have gone much longer in their bout, as two minutes seemed way too short. Alberto Del Rio's tactics were logical, but inadvertently makes Ricardo Rodriguez come off as a sympathetic babyface. On the brighter side of things, WWE successfully saved this match for a future date while also protecting both Punk and Henry respectively.
Personally, I found the segment featuring Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy being confronted by Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger highly entertaining. Vickie's meeting with Piggy was anticipated, and it certainly delivered. Not only that, but it also set up two matches for later in the night. Comedy well done.
The Divas battle royal for the number one contender-ship to the Divas Championship was what it was, but was thankfully over quickly. No one really stood out, and giving Eve another shot at the belt does nothing for me. If they were heading in this direction the entire time, then what was the point of signaling a push for Alicia Fox last week with her victory over Natalya?
In another Muppet highlight of the night, the Sheamus and Beaker got a major chuckle out of this Muppet fanatic. I never originally thought of the similarities between these two, so it was quite the surprise. Hey, at least Sheamus is actually humorous, unlike John Cena on the other hand.
Solid tag team match that saw Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett defeat WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom in a non-title bout. As much as I like Rhodes and Barrett as singles competitors, I can't help but think that a tag team consisting of Christian and Cody or Barrett and William Regal would make for better chemistry. Nonetheless, I'm really enjoying the idea of Christian leading a stable consisting of Barrett and Rhodes, but why does Sheamus continue to attack Christian? Didn't he already beat him twice? Despite that, I'm sure we'll see a rematch between the two teams tonight at the SmackDown tapings due to Evan Bourne's recent suspension.
Christian takes flight against CM Punk.
Quality promo to kick off the show from SmackDown General Manger Teddy Long, Christian and CM Punk. Although Punk wasn't as edgy on the mic here as usual, he was still able to provide an entertaining war of the words with Christian. Teddy Long succeeded in hyping both the main event and the aftermath of Vengeance's World Heavyweight Championship match.
Extremely fun match between WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom and Awesome Truth. These two teams have excellent chemistry, and were able to match their performance from Night of Champions last month. The double-team finish from Awesome Truth was very well done, as well as their promo that followed after losing heat on Monday night.
Quick, yet very effective quash match between Wade Barrett and Trent Barreta. Both Superstars manage to put on a quality performance every time they cross paths, as shown by the impressive series of moves to conclude the contest. I'm glad Barrett is finally getting the meaningful push he deserves, and hopefully Creative can stick behind him so he can once again regain credibility going to WrestleMania 28.
Another solid match from Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler. They were given great time, and Ziggler was able to shine in numerous moments throughout the match. Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes added to the bout and his rivalry with Orton respectively on commentary as well. However, Rhodes must regain the lost momentum he's suffered in recent weeks if the feud looks to continue for the foreseeable future.
Huncio's promo left a lot to be desired, but I wasn't expecting much from a guy who just recently debuted and can hardly speak English. The loss of his identity doesn't intrigue me at the least, neither does his on-going rivalry with Sin Cara. WWE must establish Hunico as a threat to Sin Cara if this is the case, and the best way to accomplish that is to give him efficient squash match victories in coming weeks.
Kevin Nash mercifully attacks former friend Triple H.
Triple H's promo to kick off the show was strong at first, but his "Kevin Nash broke my heart" line really killed it. The segment came off as tacky and phony, especially when Nash "attacked" HHH while attached to the stretcher. I understand Nash's dirty tactics are in an effort to help him regain heat, but I doubt it will benefit him in the long run. Despite the ridiculous nature of the first twenty minutes of the program, I'm glad Nash once again has a definite place on programming again while feuding with former friend Triple H.
Solid tag team match between SmackDown members Randy Orton and Sheamus and Christian and Cody Rhodes. Putting the faces over only a day after they buried their respective opponents at Vengeance was illogical, but the action is what kept the contest from becoming a total miss.
Throwaway match between United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and Santino Marella. Marella means absolutely nothing at this point, and Ziggler should rather be featured in more prominent matches on the card. I'm not looking forward to Ziggler's upcoming program with Mason Ryan over the belt, as Ryan is so green that the match will obviously be nothing to write home about.
Great promo between WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk. It's a nice breath of fresh air knowing John Cena is finally out of the title picture, and Punk is the perfect opponent to take his place. These two got well deserved mic time, and it plants the seeds to an apparent title match between the two at Survivor Series.
Quick, painless match between Alicia Fox and Natalya. Fox's new music is garbage, but it signals a renewed push for the recently turned Diva. This contest was as short as any other Diva match, but it served its purpose. With Kelly Kelly and Eve already receiving their respective shots at the title, I'm glad Phoenix will receive a fresh opponent for the meantime.
Awesome Truth lay a beating to John Cena.
Exciting tag team match to kick off the show between WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom and the team of United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. It's no secret both of these tandems can work, so it was a very smart move in having it start the show. The belts have finally reached maximum prestige, and hopefully they can keep the hot streak going with fresh challengers for Air Boom in coming weeks.
Another suspenseful match from Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder over the United States Championship. Although Ryder does look a bit weak for not being able to defeat a weary Ziggler, these two made the best out of the five minutes they were given. It's a nice test to see if Ryder can get over on pay-per-view, and he certainly succeeded. I'm afraid this might be the end of Ryder's contention for the title, as Mason Ryan or Swagger might be next in line. I really enjoyed the unpredictable Superkick from Ziggler to close the contest, but hopefully it doesn't become as frequent as the Zig-Zag or sleeper to avoid constant comparisons to Shawn Michaels.
One of the better Divas matches we've seen in a good while from Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres. It's a nice break to see neither Kelly Kelly nor Natalya at ring-side, as Beth's clean cut victory made Eve's offense look that much more impressive. However, I'm not sure where they go from here, as there doesn't seem to be any other popular babyface Divas other than the overused Kelly and Eve.
Another solid encounter between Christian and Sheamus in this rematch from Hell in a Cell. The result was painfully obvious given Christian's momentum in recent weeks, but their chemistry inside the ring made up for that aspect of the match. I predict these two to be on opposing teams come Survivor Series next month.
Michael Cole begs John Cena for mercy.
Decent promo from John Laurinaitis to open up the show. He looks to be showing more of a personality following some hilarious moments, but at the same time hyped the unusual main event for Raw very nicely with the inclusion of the returning Jim Ross.
Fun six-man tag team match that succeeded in continue to build the respective rivalries involved as well as provide good hype for SmackDown. The match result become extremely predictable once Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Sheamus and Christian fled the scene, but the finish was an impressive nonetheless.
Better than expected Divas match between Natalya and Eve despite a short time frame. It's no secret these two can work quite well, so it was a nice change to see some quality women's wrestling for once. It's logical for Eve to pick up the victory given she's challenging for the Divas Championship this Sunday, but what has she done recently that makes her deserving of a title shot?
Solid match between The Miz and CM Punk. Triple H's involvement wasn't really needed half-way during the bout, but it didn't screw up the bout's momentum With CM Punk's victory, it just goes to show that Awesome Truth has lost all possible heat since returning last week. If Punk can overcome the odds by himself, then why would he need to tag with Triple H against the devious duo this Sunday? Awesome Truth's chances look slim, and the team of HHH-Punk doesn't excite me at the least.
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