By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Naomi and Tamina Snuka def. Natalya and Alicia Fox
At what point did Fox turn babyface? She's turned so many times over the course of her career that I stopped caring after the third or fourth turn, but it makes it difficult for her opponent(s) to get over as well since the crowd won't care what happens to her. Other than that, this was a decent tag team match that thankfully featured four really good workers. The in-ring quality was there, but it was evident that this was designed to give Naomi and Tamina an easy win before they face off against The Bella Twins at Payback.
Prime Time Players def. Los Matadores
Of all the matches on this show, this one felt the most unnecessary. I usually enjoy the Prime Time Players, but their mocking of the Matadores was pretty stupid and not funny. They're entertaining if they are just being themselves, so I don't see the purpose in having them mock other tandems if it's not doing anything for them. The match was fine for what it was, but it lasted only a few minutes and didn't feature anything out of the ordinary. There also wasn't any more teasing of the tension between Los Matadores, so it remains to be seen whether that angle was dropped or not.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan def. Zack Ryder and Jimmy Uso
Well, this appears to be what Jimmy Uso will be relegated to until his brother Jey returns from injury: teaming with random partners and serving as an enhancement talent. It's a shame, but there really isn't much else they can do with him. This was a simple squash match and not much more than that, which is exactly what it needed to be. As I expressed in my Raw review, it's great to see Harper and Rowan back together as it was asinine to split them up to begin with. Hopefully they can finally get a tag team title run this time around.
Dolph Ziggler def. Stardust
How is it even possible that these have been in the company together for the last eight years and they've never had a singles encounter before this? I was shocked to hear that, but also excited to see them finally go one-on-one. I had read that the match received "rave reviews," and while it was a very good match, I wouldn't go so far to call it great because the window of time they were allotted was brief. Regardless, it was a quality matchup that showcased the skills of both men.
The Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores match was a waste of time, so that could have been cut so the other three matches could have gone longer. They were all well wrestled and even hyped multiple matches for the Payback pay-per-view. That comes as a surprise because very rarely does storyline advancement occur on Main Event, so that was cool to see and it made this episode more newsworthy than usual.
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