By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Dolph Ziggler def. Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus in a Triple Threat No. 1 Contender's Match of the Intercontinental Championship
First off, it's a shame that Christian had to pull out of the title match. The commentators cited a concussion sustained on Raw as the reason, though I've also heard a torn pectoral muscle, but as of this writing, his injury has yet to be confirmed. Either way, I'm pretty disappointed he likely won't be a part of WrestleMania (again). As for the match, it was very well wrestled and just as entertaining as the Fatal 4-Way from Monday night. Everyone put forth a strong effort and they built greatly to the finish. Ziggler was once again very over here and the crowd was happy to see him win. His post-match promo with Big E was a nice touch and I'm glad they acknowledged their history together.
Tamina Snuka, Summer Rae, Alicia Fox, Aksana and Layla def. The Funkadactyls, Emma, Natalya, Eva Marie
It was your basic multi-Diva tag team match. It was nothing good, nor was it anything bad, but it was a train wreck of a match with so many Divas involved and not many of them being great in the ring. It served its purpose of hying the Divas Invitational for WrestleMania and didn't last longer that it needed to, so there's that. I was surprised to see Naomi take the pinfall loss for her team here considering she just returned a week ago, but Tamina going over leads me to believe that we'll be seeing more tension teased between her and Divas Champion AJ Lee in coming weeks.
Intercontinental Champion Big E def. Dolph Ziggler
If anyone can pull double duty in one night, it's Dolph Ziggler (along with Daniel Bryan). He didn't at all look like he wrestled a match less an hour beforehand, but I understand why the match wasn't given much time nor was it as competitive as it could have been. They've had better matches together in the past, but it was a good what while it lasted that gave Big E a nice, clean victory and successful title defense. The show of respect from Ziggler toward Big E was a cool way of getting Big E over as well.
As I've said time and time again, WWE has done a great job with making Main Event feel relevant again by promoting marquee matches ahead of time on Raw. This show was fully focused on the Intercontinental Championship, so it helped give that strap a boost and made it feel important for once. The Divas tag team bout was fine filler that didn't take away from this solid, easy-to-sit-through show.
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