Brock Lesnar demolishes John Cena at the end of the show.
Intense segment to kick off the show with Brock Lesnar and John Cena engaging in a brutal brawl. I'm not a huge fan of Lesnar aligning with John Laurinaitis right upon his WWE return, as bringing back Paul Heyman as his manager would be much easier and flow better. I was surprised to see Lesnar vs. Cena at Extreme Rules announced so anticlimactically, but it gives the viewers an incentive to look forward to the pay-per-view in a few weeks. The impromptu brawl between the two was very well done and Lesnar's legitimate punch to Cena causing his nose to bleed was a very cool visual. Having everyone come out and attempt to stop the brawl seemed a bit silly, but Cena and Lesnar came of as monsters because of it.
Fun match with United States Champion Santino Marella and Brodus Clay defeating Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. I'm glad Clay was able to pull off more than his usual five moves and is finally engaged in an actual angle. Ziggler sold very well here and made the offense from Clay look even more impact-full than it actually was. As much as I like the Funkasaurus going over, it shouldn't have been at the expense of the future WWE Champion Dolph Ziggler. Both Ziggler and Swagger should be elevated higher on the card and not treated as enhancement talent each week.
Meaningless match between Cody Rhodes and R-Truth that accomplished absolutely nothing. Why is Big Show determined on embarrassing Rhodes if he already beat him for his Intercontinental title at WrestleMania 28? Show interrupted Cody's match last week as well, so this just felt repetitive. Truth gains nothing since the bout only lasted a bit longer than a minute, while Rhodes continues to get buried for no good reason.
Typical squash match with Lord Tensai demolishing Yoshi Tatsu. I see potential in Tensai as a monster heel, but the crowd doesn't seem to be reacting to him whatsoever despite the "Albert" chants referring to his former persona. His chemistry with fellow Japanese wrestler Yoshi Tatsu is there, but it amounted to nothing the end. I think giving Tensai shorter bouts would be a smarter move since these lengthy squash matches seem to drag on for too long.
Chris Jericho brutalizes CM Punk with alcohol.
Effective segment featuring WWE Champion CM Punk, Chris Jericho, and Mark Henry. Sure, the match was brief, but at least Henry went over again via disqualification and earned himself another title match for next week's show. However, the main focus here was between Punk and Jericho, who once again made this rivalry personal and Jericho getting the better of the Straightedge Savior. Punk's promo wasn't the best acting, but Y2J saved it with his brilliant antics once again even if we saw much of the same from last week.
Quick match with Alberto Del Rio defeating Zack Ryder. It was fine for what it was worth, but these two deserved more time to provide a better match. However, it was successful in giving Del Rio a quick win that he desperately needs. Any reason why Ryder and Eve didn't confront each other again on this week's show?
Throwaway match between John Cena and David Otunga. The outcome of Cena emerging victorious was obvious from the start, and Otunga posing for most of the bout didn't help matters. Brock Lesnar attacking Cena post-match was logical, but a good move in helping him garner more heat.
Overall, a disappointing show that wasn't near as entertaining as last week, but not a horrible edition as a whole. The action was brief, while the promos weren't all that strong this time around. In a nutshell, this week felt like a repeat of the previous edition and didn't progress many angles by adding more intrigue in any of them. If nothing else, Lesnar didn't feel as special by the end of the program due to being overexposed throughout the night, but his presence is still awe-inspiring nonetheless.
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