WWE has proven once more that low expectations can bring out some good results. I think that with the matches on the card, it was a recipe for goodness. Some of them were below average, most were good or great. And the best part, there were a whole lot of surprises.
First Match: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Drew McIntyre for the Intercontinental Championship
It’s nice to see that Kofi gets to retain the Intercontinental Championship for a little while longer considering the fact that he had it almost two years ago. The match was pretty good and Drew is getting better in the ring. There was some back and forth action and then Drew knocks out the referee. The big surprise though is that he made Teddy Long ref the rest of the match and when little McIntyre didn’t get his way, he threw a fit.
While the ending of the match was predictable (Matt Hardy comes out and lays out Drew, Kofi gets the pin), it sets up the Matt Hardy vs. Drew McIntyre feud and plus, I love Matt Hardy and I hope he gets in shape. So while Kofi holds on to the Championship a while longer, Matt and Drew feud. Pretty good start of the pay-per-view.
Match Rating: 8/10
Second Match: Eve Torres (c) vs. Gail Kim vs. Alicia Fox vs. Maryse in a Fatal Four Way Match for the Divas Championship
While a lot of people hate the Divas division, I have a soft spot for it so I’m gonna be fair. The match did show some skill out of the divas and since it was the first Fatal Four Way match of the night, it had to give us a preview of what’s gonna come out later in the event. If anything, I though Eve would retain the championship but Alicia Fox finally won the Divas Championship which will probably set her up for a face turn or a feud with Gail Kim.
Match Rating: 6/10
Note: Don’t blame the Divas for sucking, blame the WWE for misusing them.
Third Match: Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne
It’s an obvious equation: Put two great wrestlers in a match and you have an excellent match. Chris Jericho shows off his excellent (yet boring) mic skills and challenges Evan Bourne to a match. It’s the first impromptu match of the night and it may be the best match of the night. There was a lot of back and forth action between the two and both wrestlers can sell the crap out of moves. It ended with a Shooting Star Press to the back of Chris Jericho which I never would’ve expected.
This match reminded me of two things: Chris Jericho has always been good at pushing younger talent over (just ask John Cena and Kofi Kingston), and Evan Bourne came a long way from a little dude named Matt Sydal. This match continues Evan’s well deserved push which will lead him to a singles title in a matter of time. As for Chris Jericho, it may be the beginning of the end for him unfortunately.
Match Rating: 9.5/10
Fourth Match: Jack Swagger (c) vs. Big Show vs. CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio in a Fatal Four Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
I find a lot of things funny and seeing CM Punk and Rey Rey work together early in the match was one of them. Each wrestler got their chance to shine but it should’ve been a little longer. Big Show didn’t slow the match down surprisingly and he didn’t win. My favorite wrestler on Smackdown won and I was surprised, shocked, but overall, I was happy that WWE gave him one more title reign. His first one wasn’t that short but it seems like he pops in to the world title scene out of nowhere. Also I find it ironic that he won and he injured the first contender in the match.
Storyline wise, I would’ve given the title to Punkers (yes CM Punk) since it’s implied that SES has something to do with Undertaker’s “vegetative” state and Kane is hell bent on Vengeance. But, I am happy to see Rey Rey get one more shot at the title before his rumored retirement. I know that most of this bit was talking about Rey Rey but I’m just happy. Again the match was good but it should’ve been longer. It is the main event of Smackdown after all.
Match Rating 8.5/10
Fifth Match: The Miz vs. R-Truth for the United States Championship
This is what pissed me off: how was this match longer than the Smackdown main event? All it did was drag on and on. I was a fan of The Awful One since his reality tv days and R-Truth since his TNA days don’t get me wrong, but honestly, midcard matches should not drag on this long unless it’s a ladder match or something. R-Truth shouldn’t have lost the title in the first place. It didn’t show what these guys could really do at all. One note is that it might set up The Miz to be in a program with Evan Bourne but nonetheless, the match sucked in my opinion.
Match Rating: 5.5/10
Sixth Match: The Hart Dynasty vs. The Uso Brothers and Tamina in a Six Person Tag Team Match
The second and last impromptu match didn’t disappoint. It was my first time seeing the Usos in action (since I don’t watch Superstars) and I have to say I was impressed. The Hart Dynasty didn’t impress me, they amazed me. A lot of domination by the Usos and I loved the Samoan Drop by Jey (or Jimmy) into the barricade. Tyson Kidd showed some of his aerial prowess surprisingly and I finally got to see Natalya wrestle for the first time in a long time, but there wasn’t so much D.H. this time around. I don’t even remember him being tagged in.
The match was good and hopefully it sets up a tag title match with Tyson & D.H. and The Usos. Also another note, give Smackdown a face tag team and divide the belts so we can restart the tag team division.
Match Rating: 7/10
Seventh Match: John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Sheamus vs. Edge in a Fatal Four Way match for the WWE Championship
As much as I hate to admit it, it was time for Super Cena to lose the belt (yes I like John Cena) but this match did aggravate me towards the end. To start, it was like the Smackdown main event, but longer and with a little more flair: Edge and his sneaky ways, Sheamus being an Irish dunderhead powerhouse, Cena’s shoulder block, shoulder block, proto-bomb, five knuckle shuffle combo, and Randy time. Everyone pulled off their finishers and there was a lot of outside action. And then, the NXT alumni wreck stuff up yet again. All we need to know is why.
This was when I started getting pissed off. Sheamus won. Why Sheamus when you have Edge? This is gonna set up a program with Hunter and we see that he wins the belt for the Ninth time. Whoop de do! At least with Edge and Randy Orton, you have a feud with a purpose and Edge is the Ultimate Opportunist anyway, so treat him like it! Except for the ending, the match was great and the pay-per-view ended with Daniel Bryan chants. Music to my ears!
Match Rating: 9/10
Overall, this was a good pay-per-view. Much better than Over the Limit and Extreme Rules, but worse than WrestleMania XXVI and Elimination Chamber. The best part is that it makes want to watch Raw and Smackdown this week to what goes down with NXT.
Best Match of the Night: Evan Bourne vs. Chris Jericho
Worst Match of the Night: The Miz vs. R-Truth
Overall Rating: 8/10 (not an average rating)
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