By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Intercontinental Champion Big E def. Damien Sandow (Non-title)
To my knowledge, these two haven't faced off since their clash over the title at the WWE TLC pay-per-view in December, so this match felt fresh. The crowd was more invested in the action this time around, which might have been due to the fact that this kicked off the tapings on Monday and crowds are always hot for openers. They were given good time and both of them put forth a strong effort. I really wish they would do more with Sandow, but he's been underutilizied for so long that it's probably not even worth whining about at this point. As for Big E, I like the winning streak he's been developing as of late, but he has literally won on every show except for Raw, where wins matter most. What gives? Big E's post-match promo was fine for what it was, but it showed
Kofi Kingston def. Titus O'Neil
I believe these two met in singles competition on Superstars a few weeks back and O'Neil won, so it would have been nice if the commentators played up the fact that Kingston was out to even the score. Nevertheless, they had a decent enough match and I liked how O'Neil dominated Kingston for most of it. He's built to be a dominant heel, but he hasn't been booked like one since turning a few months ago, so this was encouraging. I didn't mind Kingston winning if only because he got his win back, but the match was meaningless otherwise. Then again, aren't most Superstars matches?
I don't know if airing at 8 o'clock on Saturday mornings is the new permanent time slot for Superstars or if it's only temporary, but if it is indeed moving to Saturdays on a regular basis, but not air it a little later on in the day? Regardless, this was a good show with two solid matches. I, personally, skip all the Raw recaps and whatnot, but if you're like me and only watch the matches, then this isn't a bad show to check out this week.
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