By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Adam Rose def. Zack Ryder
As a fan of Rose's, I cringe every time I see Rose and Rosa Mendes together. They're simply not clicking as a unit and I really wish WWE would wake up and just repackage the guy. It was also mind-boggling to see Ryder go from taking the fight to John Cena a mere two weeks ago and coming close to beating him for the United States Championship to decisively losing to Rose on this show. The match wasn't much of note, though it was depressing to watch for the aforementioned reasons.
Naomi and Tamina def. Emma and Layla
The silence during this match spoke volumes. As I've been constantly saying over the last few weeks, the lack of character development in the Divas division is the reason why fans don't care about the matches. For example, what were fans supposed to think of Emma? She works as a heel on NXT, yet still does her babyface shtick on the main roster despite the updated attire. I believe Layla was a heel the last time I saw her compete, and as for Naomi and Tamina, I guess WWE has already lost interest in pushing the act. It was a well wrestled match, but the crowd was so quiet throughout that you could hear a pin drop.
Stardust def. Fandango
Both Stardust and Fandango are excellent athletes, but they're saddled with terrible gimmicks. It's hard to believe we're coming up on the one year anniversary of when the Stardust character debuted and it's overstayed its welcome, to say the least. As for Fandango, he's damaged goods and will likely remain an enhancement talent until the day he's released. They contested a nice match, but I wasn't invested in the action at all.
NXT Champion Kevin Owens def. Heath Slater
Owens is absolute money, but you don't need me to tell you that. His promo was the only thing on this show that had anything to do with the Money in the Bank pay-per-view and he did an effective job of getting under the skin of viewers by saying he's proved them wrong once and he'll prove them wrong again in his rematch against John Cena. Slater accepting the open challenge was comical and he was the perfect opponent for Owens, who decimated him in the matter of one minute. Does this mean Slater will finally stop begging Cena for a title shot?
As noted in the previous paragraph, Owens' pre-match promo was the only thing on this episode that had anything to do with Money in the Bank on Sunday as the rest was forgettable filler. His NXT Championship open challenge was a nice treat (when was the last time we had a title match on this show?), but everything else felt like a waste of time.
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