The Shield lay a brutal beating on WWE Tag Champ Daniel Bryan.
Decent opening segment featuring World Heavyweight Champion Big Show and Sheamus. Contract signings are never that exciting to begin with, so I'm not sure what purpose this served. Sheamus and Show did well on the mic here, but the contract signing itself seemed unnecessary. However, the segment helped hype two matches for the show.
Good match between World Heavyweight Champion Big Show and WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan. It's nothing we haven't seen before, but it still featured nice action. Bryan works well with Show given the vast size difference, so his loss was understandable. The Shield ambush was smart booking and gives the group excellent exposure on the blue brand.
Entertaining promo featuring Damien Sandow and The Miz. Sandow's weekly segment with him calling out a member of the live crowd is reminiscent of the Million Dollar Man and it's consistently hysterical. I enjoyed Miz's interference, as his humorous lines were short, sweet, and got him over with the crowd. I'd be all for a feud between these two at some point.
Fine six-man tag team match with 3MB defeating Brodus Clay and the Usos. There was nothing all that significant about this match except for the fact that the action was rather mediocre. The outcome was never in doubt, but it was still nice to see McIntyre back in the ring and picking up the win for his team via the Future Shock.
Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston distracts Wade Barrett.
Solid match between Randy Orton and Wade Barrett. There was nothing wrong with the match whatsoever, but because we've seen it countless times in recent months, it felt stale. I have no problem with Barrett losing here merely due to the fact that it was his rival Kofi Kingston who cost him the victory with a distraction from ringside.
Throwaway tag team match with The Great Khali and Hornswoggle defeating Primo and Epico. Anything involving the former duo is an automatic miss, so that shouldn't come as any surprise. I just don't see the point in burying a potential tag team that actually acquires talent in favor of two of the company's biggest comical attractions.
Great match between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio. Of course, we've seen it numerous times before (which was a common theme throughout the night), but I always enjoy their matches together. They may not be two of the most compelling characters in WWE today, but they're both great competitors and contain nice chemistry with one another. The Celtic Warrior's victory could be seen coming from a mile away, but I still enjoyed the finishing sequence regardless. As far as the post-match angle goes, it did nothing for this viewer in particular, but I assume it was a way of sending the crowd home happy.
Overall, a decent show that felt like a repeat with many matches that have grown stale by this point. The two hours didn't drag that much, but nothing seemed successfully furthered coming out of it. That being said, the highlight of this week's edition was most certainly anything involving The Shield, so go out of way to see their attack on Bryan and subsequent video package if you missed it.
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