By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Fandango def. Curtis Axel
Yes, I will continue to rant about it until the issue is addressed: why makes Fandango a babyface? Crowds are confused as to whether to cheer or boo him because he hasn't been positioned as a face since "turning" several weeks ago. If anything, they had more incentive to cheer Axel after all the momentum he's built for himself in recent weeks with his AxelMania shtick. It was a well wrestled match, but the lack of character development for Fandango is what killed any crowd interest.
Adam Rose def. Zack Ryder
Props to Ryder and Rose for making a storyline for themselves by "feuding" over Twitter. It may not seem like much, but it goes a long way in making these kind of matches feel slightly more meaningful. I'm a fan of both Ryder and Rose, so perhaps I enjoyed it a bit more than some others did, but it was a fine a match for what it was. The bottom line seemed to be that both will be involved in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania.
Paige def. Summer Rae
It's always nice to see the women get more time, but the live crowd sat on their hands for almost all of this matchup, sadly. Paige is over with the audience, but too much damage has been done to Summer since she split from Fandango that it's hard to care about her character right now. Even still, the Divas division isn't going to be revamped overnight, so here's hoping they don't see that the crowd was silent for this match and go back to giving them only a few minutes/30 seconds. If they position the women more prominently, then the crowds will begin to get invested in their matches.
The Usos def. The Ascension
Now that The Ascension have finally suffered their first loss (albeit in anticlimactic fashion), they're capable of losing and working with more established names. This was easily their best and longest match since joining the main roster and they had an impressive performance. Needless to say, The Usos are always awesome and they carried the match for the most part. It was logical for The Usos to pick up the win given they're currently chasing the WWE Tag Team Championship. I still say The Ascension are capable of great things if they shed the silly aspects of their gimmick and they showcased their talent in this match.
After two fairly enjoyable episodes the last two weeks, we were back to a standard show this week. It was a glorified episode of Superstars for the most part, but on the whole, the in-ring action was solid. Outside of the main event, however, there wasn't anything worth going out of your way to see. At the very least, nothing featured frustrated me, so that's always a plus.
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