Well, I may have taken a week off for Thanksgiving, but as we all know, WWE never takes a break. I hope you all watched the "other" shows during the week I didn't write, or at the very least found another writer who can give you some updates.
We're all anxiously awaiting Tables, Ladders & Chairs and any new developments that may strengthen a pay-per-view that has the potential to bomb. Fighting for whatever PPV exposure they can get, this is the time of month the regulars from Superstars and Saturday Morning Slam are trying to catch the booking team's attention.
But to see how they're doing, you're gonna have to pay attention to shows like NXT, Main Event, Superstars and Saturday Morning Slam. They're not going to show "Saturday Morning Rebounds" on Monday Night Raw or "NXT Notes" on SmackDown.
My "highlights" version of all four shows is below.
If it piques your interest enough to read on, the slideshow breaks down the shows individually, segment by segment, complete with my questions and predictions. And for all of Dustin's Diamonds, I expect your input on those questions. Especially on this week's Zack Ryder question.
On NXT, Leo Krueger got a victory over Trent Baretta in a short but solid match, while Xavier Woods and Audrey Marie squashed their opponents, Memo Montenegro and the debuting Emma, respectively.
Roman Reigns was "too busy" to show up for a scheduled backstage interview, and Michael Cole made an appearance to moderate a face-to-face encounter between pre-Shield NXT Champion Seth Rollins and pre-3MB Jinder Mahal.
In the main event, Team Hell No defended their WWE Tag Team Championship successfully against Johnny Curtis and Michael McGillicutty, a title shot that Johnny Curtis earned when he won season four of NXT.
On Main Event, Damien Sandow was unable to rid the WWE Universe of their "false idol" John Cena, but it was a great match that made Sandow look like a legitimate contender.
Antonio Cesaro defeated Zack Ryder in a similar (yet much quicker) fashion, and his post-match anti-American rant eventually led to a champion vs. champion match being set up for next week, Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston.
On Superstars, Santino Marella defeated David Otunga, Brodus Clay defeated JTG, and the rest of the program was filled with Raw recaps.
On Saturday Morning Slam, we were treated to matches taped in England, including Jinder Mahal defeating Ted DiBiase and The Usos defeated Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd.
In other segments, Layla talks about language barriers between England and the United States, the Video Vault focuses on English-born WWE Superstars (Davey Boy Smith, Paul Burchill, William Regal, Wade Barrett) and Wade Barrett was the the star of this weeks Superstar Spotlight. The show ended with Heath Slater accepting John Cena's open challenge for next week's SMS.
Now, if you care to read more about any of these happenings, please enjoy the slideshow.