By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Erick Rowan def. Curtis Axel
As Tom Phillips mentioned on commentary, we saw this same match the week following the Royal Rumble, but it was nice of them to bring up how it was Rowan who got Axel shafted from the Rumble in the first place. The match was pretty ho-hum with Rowan taking most of the offense only to come out on top. I don't have a problem with Axel in the "lovable loser" role as he's done a swell job of running with this Axelmania thing, but Rowan feels so directionless. It still bothers me his feud with Big Show served zero purpose.
Fandango def. Adam Rose
Is it in the contract of Rose that he can only face Zack Ryder or Fandango every week? I realize he has "feuds" going on right now with both men, but man, would it kill them to switch it up? Why not integrate these two in a tag match or something? The constant singles matches and the trading of the wins don't do anyone any favors, and the fans have no reason to care. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but Fandango's "face turn" will continue to flop until WWE establishes a true identity for him.
Prime Time Players def. The Ascension
This has been bothering all week long: why are two teams who have direction and a feud going (Prime Time Players and The Ascension) not in the tag team title match at WrestleMania while two teams the fans couldn't care less about (Los Matadores and The New Day) are? They worked a pretty decent matchup here than the fans seemed to be into, but much like Rose's rivalries, there isn't much to this feud other than the tandems trading wins. Still, I'd take them over over the lousy Los Matadores and The New Day. It's sad officials have already apparently given up on The Ascension when it was their terrible Creative that killed them in the first place.
Naomi def. Divas Champion Nikki Bella (Non-title)
It may not have been a five star classic, but compared to most of the Diva matches we see on Raw and SmackDown nowadays, it was great to see them get as much time as they did. Not only that, but they managed to tell a story as well! See what happens when you don't relegate the women to four minute throwaway matches? Naomi sold her leg "injury" well, but what was the point in her going over? She had an out for losing, and to make the champion lose so close to WrestleMania in non-title action seemed worthless unless they give Naomi a title match soon (which I doubt they'll ever acknowledge).
Aside from the Diva match, this was another glorified Superstars-tier episode if I ever saw one. The first three matches were anything but bad, but we've seen them before and were nothing of consequence. Even the women's match, which was well-wrestled, had a questionable outcome. All in all, it wasn't a cringe-worthy show, but it's hardly worth your time to sit through.
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