By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Prime Time Players def. The Ascension
Prime Time Players have a bit more going for them right now than The Ascension, but not much. That's a shame because although I like both teams, the Players have more of an upside and they need more television time in order to establish their characters (and no, mocking tag teams in goofy vignettes doesn't count). This was one of the better matches these two teams have had, but nothing too special. It was quick, simple and effective, giving the Players a nice momentum boost going into the WWE Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber.
Zack Ryder def. Heath Slater
Obviously, going from contending for the United States Championship against John Cena in his hometown on Raw to facing Heath Slater on Main Event was a giant step back, but what else did you expect to happen for Ryder? I wasn't disappointed by it because I figured it was going to happen, and better yet, that one-off on Raw this week seemed to really motivate Ryder as he appeared to be in great spirits here. He and Slater worked a fun little match for what it was and Slater deserves credit for putting forth a good effort as well.
Divas Champion Nikki Bella def. Summer Rae (Non-title)
An appearance by a champion on Main Event? Sweet! Summer had a huge opportunity to make an impression in facing the Divas Champion here, and while I won't say she failed, she certainly didn't do anything to impress me. I saw her work from NXT and saw that she was coming along very well, but she hasn't had a half-decent match on the main roster in some time, which is unfortunate. If nothing else, it got a victory under Nikki's belt before her upcoming title defense on Sunday.
Neville def. Adam Rose
Where was that promo by Rose six months ago? He finally explained his heel turn in saying the people just "didn't get him" whereas Rosa Mendes (who I'm shocked is still employed) does. Hey, here's an idea: why not have him come out and ditch the Rose character all together and just be Ray Leppon? Just a thought. Despite all that, the match was better (and longer) than I thought it would be. Ultimately, it was a showcase for Neville, but Rose scored some offense and proved his worth as a wrestler. Too bad he won't get a chance like this on any of the main shows. By the way, Neville did a swell job of selling his kayfabe knee injury which I'm sure will play a big factor in his pending match with Bo Dallas.
I was pleasantly surprised with how much hype there was for Elimination Chamber on Sunday. Granted, it didn't do anything to make me more or less excited for the event, but I still very much appreciate the effort, especially on a show that usually goes to waste. All of the matches ranged from decent to good, and the sole match that had nothing to do with the pay-per-view (Ryder vs. Slater) was enjoyable in its own right, so this show gets thumbs up from this viewer.
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