WWE COO Triple H gets physical with Paul Heyman.
Strong promo to kick off the show featuring Triple H and Paul Heyman. I believe they could held off another week with Triple H's return until after Over the Limit, but it was one of the few highlights of this show. Both HHH and Heyman played their roles extremely role, and this segment has me intrigued regarding the Brock Lesnar angle going forward.
Good tag team match with WWE Champion CM Punk and United States Champion Santino Marella defeating Daniel Bryan and Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes. Punk had great chemistry with Rhodes throughout, and it was smart to have Punk and Bryan keep their distance going into Sunday. Santino felt like the odd man in this bout, whose comedic antics didn't do anything to enhance the action in this action. Santino's newfound feud with Rhodes feels a bit random, but at least it brought more star power to this match.
Quick Divas match that saw Beth Phoenix squash Alicia Fox. Like most Divas matches, the action was kept under a minute, so it didn't mean much other than getting Phoenix over as a threat to the title. However, that momentum was quickly diminished when Layla rushed the ring and get the better of the Glamazon.
Throwaway match between Big Show and Kane that served no purpose. Sure, Kane got the victory, but it meant nothing since it was due to a distraction from John Laurinaitis. The firing of Big Show showed nice emotion from Show, even if it was a bit over the top. The feud between Lauinaitis and Show seemed odd at first, but it's successful in the sense that it's getting heat on Johnny Ace. However, Show's "firing" was quickly forgotten by the end of the show since they only lasted about a week or two these days.
Randy Orton delivers a drop kick to Chris Jericho.
Decent match with WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth with Brodus Clay defeating Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, and The Miz. The action was fine for what it was worth, but it wasn't given enough time to truly get anyone excited about the pending tag team title match at Over the Limit. Having Clay pin Miz to end the bout wasn't the best way to give anyone involved any real momentum going into the show on Sunday.
Strong match between Randy Orton and Chris Jericho. The disqualification victory for Jericho was a smart move, as it saves this match for another day while giving Jericho momentum going into the World title match on Sunday. These two are excellent workers, so I hope to see them engage in a legitimate feud somewhere down the line. I'm also glad they actually acknowledged that Orton was the one who put Jericho out of action back in 2010, since that's where the bad blood between them comes into play. Once again, Sheamus was great here and the tension between him and Orton certainly adds to the Fatal 4 Way at Over the Limit. While Del Rio may not have been present, the other three competitors sold me on this feud.
Lousy promo featuring John Laurinaitis and John Cena to close the show. Cena has been awesome in his serious mannerisms the last few weeks, but all that was erased when he started cracking jokes and made their Over the Limit match feel meaningless. The only saving grace of this segment was how Laurinaitis slapped Cena before leaving, which gives him even more heat going into the match.
Overall, a lackluster episode that did little to get me excited about Over the Limit this coming Sunday, despite it looking like a solid card. The action and promos were decent as a whole, but nothing noteworthy happened that got people talking by the time this program ended.
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