If you had told me prior to the show that both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan's matches would be major disappointments, I might have sat this pay-per-view out all together. Those were the main bouts and the ones with the most promise.
That clearly would have been a huge mistake.
Yes, Bryan's match with Randy Orton for the WWE championship was an overbooked cluster, the kind of match that makes long-time fans wonder if Vince Russo is back in Stamford, Connecticut at WWE headquarters.
Not only did Big Show knock both wrestlers cold, he also took out a pair of officials, including heel referee Scott Armstrong. The show went off the air with the title still up for grabs. The WWE title, and both wrestlers in the main event scene, are merely the backdrop for another storyline. The McMahons, once again, have taken center stage.
Best for business? Time will tell. But calling that match a huge mess is an insult to messes.
Luckily, as much as that belt means in the wrestling business, there was another match with even more at stake. Dusty Rhodes watched as his sons, Goldust and Cody, beat The Shield with the entire family's future at stake. It was a classic tag team match, one that more than made up for the main event failures.
The Rhodes boys weren't the only ones to succeed beyond my wildest hopes tonight. What follows are the match results in real time, complete with instant analysis and our trademark letter grades.
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