By Graham "GSM" Matthews
United States Champion Dean Ambrose def. Dolph Ziggler
I was wondering why Ziggler never received a rematch for the U.S. title after his last title match ended in disqualification, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the feud be blown off once and for all on this show. I was even more surprised that the match was featured in an advertisement this past week on Raw, something that hasn't been done for as long as I can remember. Anyway, the match itself was great and they maintained a consistent pace throughout. These two have excellent chemistry together, so it was good to see them receive as much time as they did. Ambrose winning clean established him as a credible champion, but it leaves me thinking what is next for Ziggler.
Tons of Funk and Santino Marella def. 3MB
Normally, I would complain about how random this match is, but this specific contest had a particular story going into it. Since Tons of Funk couldn't overcome the odds by beating 3MB in a 3-on-2 Handicap match last week, it was only logical for them to enlist a tag team partner to take on the trio in six-person tag action, and who more fitting than Santino? The action was of course targeted toward the kids in the audience, but it was pretty painless for the most part.
Damien Sandow def. R-Truth
These two have had countless matches in the past, so this bout was nothing out of the ordinary. It could have used a few more minutes, but what we received was fine for what it was. After receiving a short-lived push, it looks like Truth is back to being an enhancement talent, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone. As for Sandow, it appears he is back to being a heel, which I am content with since it isn't the right time to turn him face anyway. I appreciate him defeating Truth on this show, but he needs more wins on Raw and SmackDown to feel like a legitimate threat in the eyes of the fans.
The Great Khali def. Fandango
As expected, this was nothing more than a joke of a match, so I can't say I was all that disappointed. Fandango may have picked up the win over Khali maybe three or four months ago, but with his push dead in the water, the ending result of this contest could been seen coming from a mile away. If nothing else, at least Fandango didn't do his signature "walkout" on Khali. I am fine with Fandango taking the pinfall loss, if only because he doesn't mean anything at the moment.
The show kicked off on a high note with a great and meaningful United States title match, but everything else about this episode was completely forgettable. The subsequent three matches weren't terrible by any means, but they were simply filler and did nothing for the competitors involved. I will say, though, that I am thankful a marque match in Ziggler vs. Ambrose was held on Main Event and actually advertised in advance, which is rare nowadays. Watch the opening match of this show, but feel free to skip the rest of the matches, as you won't be missing much.
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