CHRISTIAN vs. SHEAMUS
Christian, much like Kane and at times Matt Hardy, can get great reactions with his punches. I think it's great when a guy can just do a punch and get a nice pop from the crowd. Christian's cat and mouse formula is one of the best in wrestling and Sheamus is more than good in playing his role as Cat.
I'd like to point out that Michael Cole, of all people, said "Christian is a great WRESTLER." I know people love talking about the banned words and thought they'd love to dissect how Michael Cole could say such a thing.
Even in winning I feel like Christian still kept Sheamus looking strong while showing that he can eek out a win on anyone. Very cool match and an awesome way to start the show.
After the match Mizark comes down and joins Sheamus in a beat down on the #1 Contender. Orton comes out and chills for a spell before deciding to run down and help out. Christian hadn't noticed and thanked Randy for the assist. I really like that.
BRIE BELLA vs. NATALIA NEIDHART
This is a pretty solid Diva match. Natty is pretty damn slick in how she moves. She's very clean and very precise. Brie takes quite a bit of punishment and keeps a good pace, but I don't find her particularly engaging as a heel wrestler.
|Earning that paycheck.|
Ezekiel Jackson gets promo time to talk about his story with the Corre. I think this would have been better if it was 10 seconds long and just him growling and posing in a taped interview backstage. Won't be shocked if we don't hear many more promos from Zeke again. At least not in front of a live audience.
JACKSON, BIG SHOW, & KANE vs. THE CORRE
No joke, Heath Slater is a performer in the best way possible. I loved him breaking up a pin by the Big Show and practically jumping into the crowd to get away. He's kind of like Shawn Michaels when Shawn started his singles run away from Jannetty. The way he launches himself into Kane for a failed Choke Slam and later a Kane Punch, makes it look like he's really going for something instead of looking like he's a guy who's launching himself into a counter.
Big Zeke finishes it up with a Torture Rack, which is one of my favorite moves. When he actually gets into it looks awesome, but he needs to work the move as soon as he gets Gabriel up. It's like he's moving him around on his shoulders and then posing in the ring before he does it. It's about a 7 on the Luger Scale
CHAVITO vs. DANIEL BRYAN
Chavo says he's going to beat Daniel Bryan in under 5 minutes which is 1/3 less time it took Sin Cara last week with Chavo's help. The Clock IS ON!
Chavo really is a class act. They have a solid 5 minute match with Chavo hitting 3 Amigos and a Frog Splash with Daniel Bryan kicking out to make it the full 5 minutes. That's two weeks he's been protected while they build this feud despite being a secondary character. Sin Cara comes down to save the day. This really is a decent story so far, and I'm excited to see how they work at Over The Limit.
TED DIBIASE vs. TRENT BARETTA
|No Jokes. I just wanted to say that I want that tie, please.|
THE GREAT KHALI vs. JEY USO
Ahhhh yes. The Uso guy we got in the draft. Uso seems to hold his own until Jinder comes down and tells Khalie to get in there and take care of business. Khali steps in and chops Uso down and gives him the choke bomb. Uso's brother, the other Uso, comes in and and gets a chop to the ol' noggin for being so concerned. This really is moving a long nicely. Can't wait to see how Ranjin Singh responds to this, as he wasn't out there during the match.
RANDY ORTON vs. MARK HENRY
Mark is still working at a solid level. Before the commercial break, Randy hits a drop kick and all I could think was that he doesn't get nearly as much elevation as he used to. Then they come back from the break and he throws another dropkick to prove me wrong. Randy can throw a really good standing dropkick.
Sheamus comes down to muck up the match and Christian pulls an Orton, stretching out on the entrance before running down to make the save. When they clear everyone out Orton is pissed that Christian gave him a taste of his own medicine. Then the heels come in again and Orton RKO's Mark Henry to make everyone happy.
Then this happened:
So yeah. That happened.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Another really solid show with the main stories progressing nicely. Cody Rhodes deal with Teddy really makes no sense whatsoever but he still gives a 100% in his act, which is good for now. I actually find myself wanting to know what happens next week, which isn't always the case with WWE TV. It's nice to want to watch because they're telling me a good story as opposed to watching out of habit.