If you want to kick a show off right you put Rey Mysterio in. He may not move as fast as he used to but he's created spots that make him look evasive and sneaky, which serve him well. Cody's the perfect compliment to Cara and Rey, as he can keep up and make all their offense look great. Both Rhodes and Sandow are two of the best heels in the company, coming off as completely unlikeable ALL THE TIME. Loved the finishing bit with Cara trying to out run the two on a squeaky wheel and it just wasn't fast enough. Awesome counter to his spring board that gives Rhodes Scholar a win and looks flukie enough to not hurt Sin Cara. Fun times.
US TITLE MATCH
ANTONIO CESARO(c) vs. R-TRUTH
Cesaro changed the pace and worked over R-Truth and the crowd like a dick. He's so comfortable that he doesn't feel the need to do anything until he wants to. The little pauses and smirks were just as good as any moves he could have done. Thankfully R-Truth as great at getting fired up so his comeback was solid and had the crowd going the whole time. Decent finish with the "almost ref bump" leading to R-Truth getting creamed. Nice short match with solid work.
3MB ON MTV
Okay talk segment. I think all three of the 3MB guys did fine, and at least two of them are pretty good rasslers. It's not the best gimmick, but everyone can't be a world champion, I guess.
I'm kind of into the idea of Del Rio being face. If you've seen any of his public interviews, he seems like a really cool and genuine cat, and that might be something the crowd can get into just as much as they got into hating him.
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
KOFI KINGSTON(c) vs. WADE BARRETT
This match almost worked. It started off pretty spiffy, but after that it became a match that was good on paper but not in execution. Really my big beef is that Barrett loves to work the back and ribs, but doesn't do enough to make a show of it. JBL isn't even picking up on it. It also doesn't help that Kofi can't be bothered to sell it. It would have added more drama to his desperate pin attempts. I did like his reversal of the elbow into Trouble In Paradise. It's nothing to write home about though.
CM PUNK STATUS UPDATE
KNEES 2 FACES. CLAP CLAP CLAPCLAPCLAP
THE SHIELD vs. RYBACK & TEAM HELL NO
Ryback is awesome fuck everything else. He just beats the shit out of dudes and looks beastly doing it. Him Vader splashing Ambrose and Rollins made my day. And the very best part is when he BAITED the crowd into chanting Goldberg with the spear and tongue thing and then OWNED them by getting the "FEED ME MORE" chant going. Brilliant.
There was obviously some selling issues, like Ambrose and Rollins getting suplexed onto a ladder and then being in control seconds later. But I did like The Shield's over all game plan of isolate and destroy. Reigns was great as an enforcer and looked like a beast when he needed to and D-Bryan is the PERFECT guy for them to beat up on. He took some nice bumps and made everything look like death like that double superplex.
Kane did a good job of evening things out and Ambrose got to utilize his freak show bumping ability when paired with him.
The Seth Rollins bump was disgusting. I'm sure a lot of people will complain about it being dangerous, but I don't like Rollins so I'm okay with it.
The Shield winning was a good call by the WWE and they did it in a way that still made Ryback look bad ass. Hopefully he starts killing these guys one by one leading to him squashing them all in a 3 on 1 match.
It's the best TLC match, it kind of meandered at the 3/4 point, but they did a great job of making it into a fight instead of a contrived stunt show that we get with guys who went to the Hardy School of Ladder Matches. Really fun match with an engaging result that almost has me ready to get back into WWE. Depends what happens later in the Main Event with my boyfriend Dolph Ziggler.
WWE DIVA TITLE MATCH
EVE(c) vs. NAOMI
I'm not even watching it live and I missed this so I could go peepee. I got back just in time to see Eve getting her picture taken with Naomi KO'd which cracked me up pretty good.
CHAIR MATCH FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
THE BIG SHOW(c) vs. SHEAMUS
Love Big Show in this. When he's on top he's so confident, but when Sheamus comes in with the chair Big Show takes off like a punk. Good heel stuff there. This was a fun match with some great bits. The White Noise through the chair was gross. If JR was calling the match he would have yelled "By GAWD that chair has a family and Big Show's love handles JUST DON'T CARE!"
It was a bomb fight and I think it delivered for the most part. Liked the counter into the WMD and Sheamus kicking out was a nice way to make him feel special. This really wasn't close to some of his best stuff though.
The Big F'n Chair is totally going to fail the Wellness Policy.
THREE MAN BAND vs. ALBERTO DEL RIO, THE MIZ & BROOKLYN MOTHER F'N BRAWLER
Maybe it's Dailymotion but Brawler actually looks kind of Shane McMahon-ish. JBL continues to be my favorite commentator by making a Doink reference. A man after my own heart. Del Rio actually shown quite a bit of flair as a face, letting loose with some nice spots. Heath and Drew still look really good in the ring and I think one of them will transcend this gimmick one day, just like the legendary Dolph Ziggler did his cheerleading gimmick.
Brawler winning was a fun feel good moment that didn't really hurt anything. Three jabrones getting beat up by two former WWE champions is fine, and no one cares about Jinder tapping out.
LADDER MATCH FOR DOLPH'S MONEY IN THE BANK BRIEFCASE
JOHN CENA vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER(THE GREATEST)
Great match. Some really fun spots, a hot crowd, and the best result ever. Cena really took some great bumps here and despite the interference put over Ziggler in a big way. Ziggy had the counters and the smarts looked very much like an equal, not just a guy who was lucky. As many of you may know, my love affair with Dolph Ziggler started years ago and I thought for sure he'd just be the greatest midcarder in the world. Now he's got a win over the biggest superstar in wrestling. From jobbing to Batista, to working a Khali feud, to a billion Kofi Kingston matches, to this, I'm so happy.
The crowd had a lot to do with it, and I hope it carries over to other cities.
Pretty fun show. Plent yof good car crash spots and some great results. The Shield and Ziggler going over in two very high profile matches is a great result and livens up the product.
Also thank goodness JBL is on commentary. That guy makes everyone look good. Back when he was a Smackdown regular he made me believe Matt Hardy was going to be a WWE Champion, and I'm glad to see he's still got his mojo. He does a better job of putting guys over than just about anyone. It feels genuine and makes sense, not like when Cole does it.
I might be back on the WWE wagon after this show. If you haven't seen it, definitely check it out.