WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder match
Although I gave the nod to the Money in the Bank match as the better Ladder match of the night, this insane Ladder bout for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship was very good in its own right.
It featured more star power than it did exhilarating action, but there were several innovative spots that caught the attention of the viewers and made everyone involved look good. Yes, the ending result could be seen coming from many miles away, but take nothing away from the strong effort all the combatants put forth in this contest.
The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family
Was there ever any doubt that this would be a great match? These two teams have always worked so well together, and their Money in the Bank match was no exception. It was entertaining action from start to finish and served as the perfect opener to the show.
As awesome as their matches have been together, I hope to see The Usos move on to a new feud in the near future, hopefully with the debuting Ascension act from NXT.
Chris Jericho and The Miz return
There's a lot to say about this stellar segment, but I'll try my best to keep it brief. First of all, and I'm in the minority on this one, it's good to see Miz back and with a new Hollywood gimmick. He shines as a full-fledged heel, and he can flourish in this role.
Jericho's return came as a major shocker, and it made for a great moment. His interaction with The Wyatt Family was also a pleasant surprise, and I loved how they jumped right into that feud. How many wrestlers put over another talent their first night back? What a class act Jericho is. I can't wait to see what he has in store for this summer.
AJ Lee wins the Divas Championship
AJ's return was a hot moment because it was very well timed. It wasn't too soon for her to come back nor was it too late. I really liked how her segment with Paige was a callback to their first encounter the night after WrestleMania 30. I also liked how the title match between the two was kept relatively brief, as it saves their eventual blockbuster match for a later date. The reversing of the roles was interesting, and hopefully Paige can find her footing better now that she's a heel.
Jack Swagger turns face
This was long overdue. It's crazy to think that Swagger has been in WWE for six years and not at any point in his tenure has he been a babyface. His character has been stale for so long that this face turn freshens things up significantly. It's logical to have him feud with Rusev and it will benefit both guys in the process. Yes, Swagger will probably come out of this rivalry on the losing end, but at least he's doing something of note for once.
Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam
On an absolutely stacked Raw, I don't think this match received the rightful credit it deserved. Both guys worked tremendously hard to have an excellent match, and they delivered. The crowd popped for all of RVD's high-flying maneuvers, and it was cool to see him do the honors for Rollins here. Yes, RVD has been losing left and right as of late, but a win over the one-of-a-kind competitor still means something in my book.
Sami Zayn vs. Justin Gabriel
As expected, Zayn and Gabriel had a very good match together. It started out slow, but they picked up the pace down the stretch and delivered a fun final few minutes. It was another nice win for Zayn and Gabriel's post-match heel turn was intriguing. The matches Zayn and Adrian Neville will produce with Tyson Kidd and Gabriel should be fantastic.