This week's Miz TV was a solid opening-promo segment that furthered the eventual split between Daniel Bryan and Kane while also adding the element of Randy Orton to the story. The Miz, who has a tendency to overshadow his guests at times, did a good job of standing by and letting the other performers tell their story before Teddy Long arrived and announced the main event.
The segment earns its "great" status because it accomplished its goal without dragging on forever, added another layer to the Bryan-Kane tag team split storyline and set up the night's main event.
If only it were that easy every week...
Damien Sandow rediscovers his aggression
Damien Sandow desperately needed to get the upper hand in his rivalry with Sheamus because, in all honestly, no one really bought him as a threat to the "Celtic Warrior."
Sandow finally got the upper hand Friday night as he unleashed with great anger and rage on Sheamus following the former World champion's Brogue Kick to a TV, on which Sandow was playing a game of chess against computer program Deep Blue.
"The Intellectual Savior of the Masses" assaulted Sheamus, repeatedly bashing his head into a table and leaving him stunned, battered and bruised. The look on Sandow's face after his attack of his latest rival sold the entire segment, as fans got a look at a man who prides himself on being smarter than everyone else but who had been the butt of so many jokes that he finally lost his cool and snapped.
It was a great new layer to one of the best, most underutilized characters on the roster.
Kane vs. Ryback
The semi-main event of the evening featured Kane taking on Ryback in a match that was the direct result of the latter's post-match assault of Daniel Bryan on this past Monday's Raw. Kane, no matter how fed up he was with Bryan earlier in the night, stood up for him and accepted a match with Ryback.
The bout was a clash between two behemoths, with each guy dealing out his power-based offense. In the end, however, a power bomb by Ryback to Kane through a table ended the match via disqualification.
Like Miz TV did earlier in the evening, the match served a number of purposes. First, it was a logical continuation of the Kane-Daniel Bryan story. Second, it continued to make Ryback look like a dominant beast heading into Payback's Three Stages of Hell match against John Cena. Lastly, it hyped said Three Stages of Hell match by, once again, introducing the tables match segment of that bout.
It is multi-faceted storytelling like this that often times goes overlooked when fans criticize the creative team. Like it or not, Kane vs. Ryback from SmackDown is wrestling booking 101.