Title Unification Announcement
The announcement itself lands in the "good" section of this week's article because the combination of the WWE and world titles has been a long time coming.
With so few legitimate challengers to one title, let alone two, it is a much-needed move. With one title at the top of the card, it will prevent one or the other from losing value because of its spot on the card.
While the participants in the unification match itself may be the subject of much argument, the result of the bout will go a long way in helping the quality of WWE programming and the flow of every pay-per-view card that follows.
Divas Tag Team Elimination Match
In a rematch from Sunday night's Survivor Series, the Total Divas cast took on the rest of the Divas roster in a seven-on-seven tag team elimination bout.
Monday's match featured a few rapid eliminations but also played up two of the stories from its predecessor.
The interactions between Divas champion AJ Lee and Natalya seem to be hinting at a title match between the two, perhaps as early as TLC on December 15.
The better follow-up from Sunday was the JoJo-Tamina story. At the pay-per-view, Tamina planted the spunky rookie with a Samoan Drop, allowing AJ to enter the ring and easily pin her. Just 24 hours later, JoJo capitalized on an attack by Natalya and pinned Tamina for an elimination.
Summer Rae being the lone remaining member of her team, then deciding to repeat her mistake from the previous night, followed by Nikki Bella repeating her shtick as well, was questionable but made for an entertaining final fall.
An inoffensive match that got all of the Divas on television (this writer still totally digs Alicia Fox) and served as suitable hype for Total Divas which, love it or not, has been a big success for the company.
Hamptons Hardcore Match
This lands here for the match itself.
Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow worked hard for the second week in a row to make chicken salad out of, well, you know. Some of the spots involving the various items around the ring were fun, but the DDT to Sandow onto the steel chair looked like it hurt Ziggler's back and the oar shot a few seconds later could not have made it feel much better.
Sandow picked up a big win after the You're Welcome onto a trash can. His removal of the can to ensure that Ziggler's shoulders were pinned on the mat was outstanding and one of the small things that sets some performers apart from others.
Main Event Tag Match
John Cena and Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton lands here rather than in the great or awesome section of the article because the match was largely uneventful for its majority, and the Big Show injury angle late in the bout really bogged it down.
The post-match activities, involving Orton blasting Cena in the face with the WWE Championship was lazy booking, but it did make for a cool visual as Orton stood over Cena's body with the titles held high overhead.