Big E vs. Cesaro and Jack Swagger
I understand that both of these matches were done in order to further the ongoing story between Cesaro and Swagger, but the matches themselves felt pointless. The same finish being done twice on the same show grew tiresome, especially after it was done last week as well. I look forward to when Cesaro eventually reaches his breaking point and snaps on Swagger, but Big E comes off as the third wheel in this whole thing.
Christian vs. Sheamus
Personally, I enjoyed this match and thought it was very well wrestled, but the live crowd simply didn't care. I don't think Christian and Sheamus deserved the unruly chants they received during this match, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this feud just isn't clicking. Christian has gotten one over on Sheamus twice, but he has yet to defeat Sheamus in singles competition. Can someone please enlighten me on what the whole point of this rivalry is anyway?
Daniel Bryan and Big Show vs. Batista and Kane
Similar to the aforementioned match, this was a solid tag team main event for SmackDown, but it felt randomly thrown together. I realize Bryan has history with Kane and Batista, but as of now, he isn't set to face either guy at WrestleMania. This marked Big Show's return, but he doesn't have much recent history with either Batista or Kane either, leaving me to wonder what purpose this match was supposed to serve in the long run.
The Bella Twins vs. Alicia Fox and Aksana
This was the third or fourth week that AJ Lee didn't appear on Raw. I realize she wrestled on SmackDown and officials possibly didn't want the Chicago crowd chanting CM Punk-related things at her, but why give us this pointless tag team match instead? Not only was it poorly wrestled, but it did nothing for anyone involved, so it served as filler and nothing more.
Emma vs. Charlotte
Obviously, Charlotte didn't improve much in the ring during her time away. She isn't as bad as she once was, but this was proof that she still isn't competent holding her own in matches. Emma attempted to bring the best out of her and make it an exceptional bout, but it would be wise to keep Charlotte out of action until she gets a bit better.
Los Matadores vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback
Both teams tried hard to deliver a good match, but the live crowd just didn't care. I don't think jobbing Ryback and Axel out to Los Matadores will make them look like credible threats to teams such as The Usos and others. Furthermore, the post-match interview with Los Matadores and Jerry Lawler was so bad that I can't even put it into words.
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