John Cena vs. Luke Harper
If the SmackDown main event between Cena and Harper hinted at crazy good chemistry between the two, then Monday night's match confirmed it, as the two Superstars nearly stole the show with their hard-hitting, high-impact match. The fans in Brooklyn ate up the action, and rightfully so.
The lack of finish means that neither man can claim victory and that the company can go back to that match when the time comes.
The conclusion of the match, in which the lights went out and came back on to see Cena trapped in the ropes with the lamb mask covering his face, was outstanding and really added a new element to the story the performers are telling. Cena has done an exceptional job of putting over the fear and uneasiness he feels in regard to Bray Wyatt.
While much of the hype may be surrounding the rise of Daniel Bryan and his match against Triple H, the Cena-Wyatt feud may be the best, most focused story heading into WrestleMania on April 6.
The Shield vs. The Real Americans
Take four of the best workers in the roster, put them in a tag team match in front of a passionate Brooklyn crowd and the results will be awesome, indeed.
The Shield's match against the Real Americans Monday night, the result of Cesaro and Jack Swagger working alongside Kane and the New Age Outlaws last Friday night on SmackDown, was the best match on Monday's show and featured A-plus performances from both Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.
In fact, Ambrose's performance may very well have been the best of his main-roster career. The facial expressions he displayed as he took the brunt of the offense from Cesaro and Swagger were outstanding, and the body language he expressed, especially after each slap from Cesaro, only added to the quality of the bout.
Rollins, the so-called architect of The Shield, continues to roll following his pinfall victory over Swagger, and Reigns tore Cesaro up following the bell, planting him with the Superman Punch and the spear before joining Rollins and Ambrose in a triple powerbomb of the Swiss-born Superstar.
The crowd absolutely exploded for the intensity and aggression shown by the Hounds of Justice and treated them like huge stars.
The post-match promo by Kane made the six-man tag match between him, the Outlaws and The Shield official for WrestleMania, which was expected following Friday's SmackDown.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus vs. Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio
Over the last month, Ziggler, Sheamus, Christian and Del Rio have intermingled in singles and tag team action while the company has tried to figure out what to do with them at WrestleMania. The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal saved the writing team from having to come up with anything remotely creative or interesting to compliment the great in-ring action those four Superstars have been responsible for.
Monday night, they once again mixed it up, this time in a Fatal 4-Way match to determine the No. 1 contender to Big E's Intercontinental Championship. Considering that all four competitors are former World Heavyweight champions, it is quite a step down for them to find themselves in contention for the secondary title.
They did not allow that to prevent them from turning in stellar performances in a match that got the show off to a great start. Ziggler really shined, as he has of late, but it was Christian who capitalized on an opening and pinned the resident Show Off following the Killswitch.
He will receive his title opportunity Tuesday night during a live broadcast of Main Event.