John Cena vs. Kane
After Cena easily disposed of Kane during their 2012 feud, viewers had no reason to believe Kane was any kind of threat to Cena on Raw this week. Not only that, their match wasn't all that good and the finish felt abrupt. After nearly ending the career of Daniel Bryan, Kane was quickly dismantled by Cena within minutes. Way to keep your top monster heel looking strong, WWE.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
These two never fail to have a good match together, and I actually enjoyed their encounter from Raw. The biggest problem was that Del Rio won. I realize Ziggler can't win them all, but let's face it: Who do a majority of the fans care about more, Ziggler or Del Rio?
Del Rio has been irrelevant since late last year and hardly gets much of a reaction anymore, which is why it's a mystery to me how he was put in the Money in the Bank Ladder match over Ziggler. Ziggler would have made an excellent addition to the match and to not insert him was mind boggling.
Damien Sandow and Big Show
I realize many people in attendance thought this was hilarious and enjoyed it, but I, not being an NBA fan at all, wasn't aware of the joke being made and therefore didn't like the segment. Perhaps that's my own fault, but it's not even that. Sandow has been making the most of these impersonations, but it's been a complete waste of his time and talent over the last month. Did anyone notice that Big Show was even gone?
This segment was effective in garnering good heat for Rusev, but the fact it dragged on for as long as it did and didn't have a payoff felt pretty pointless. Rusev has impressed me since his debut, and he had a fun match against Big E at Payback, but I would have much rather seen a rematch between those two than this segment. They seem to be killing time with Rusev at the moment, and I surely hope the long-term plan isn't to feed him to Cena by the end of the summer.
Los Matadores vs. 3MB
Do I really need to explain why this match is in this column? While it wasn't as great as their WeeLC match from Extreme Rules, the Mask vs. Hair match between El Torito and Hornswoggle at Payback was fine for what it was. To continue the feud past that point is simply irritating. I know WWE has nothing else to do with either faction, but if that's the case, don't put them on TV at all! I have zero desire in seeing Los Matadores vs. 3MB in any incarnation going forward.
Paige vs. Alicia Fox
Their Payback match wasn't half-bad, but it simply paled in comparison to everything else on the show. Both are very good workers, but they aren't being allowed to have as solid of a match as they're capable of having together. It doesn't help that Fox has gone back to feeling like the flavor of the month now that she's lost the title match. Paige has the potential to be a strong Divas champion, but she needs to be booked in feuds that people actually care about and can invest in. This came days after the gem of a match between Charlotte and Natalya at NXT Takeover, so that overshadowed this bout a bit as well.
Rusev vs. Xavier Woods
Okay, we get it. Rusev is superior to Woods. I understood that the first time and still understand it a million matches later. Aren't there any other enhancement talents WWE can feed to Rusev? If nothing else, Woods dressing up in the red, white and blue brought back memories of his Consequences Creed days.
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Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.