Okay, time to get this review over with because I’m tired and want to do other things.
The preshow match with Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow was enjoyable. Dolph won, and he’d better move on to bigger and better things, like his World Title, asap.
The first match was the Hardcore match for Dolph Ziggler’s World Heavyweight Championship between Alberto Del Rio and Rob Van Dam. This match was a lot better than their match at Night of Champions, but I still found myself not caring too much because this feud is still BS. Regardless, there were still some nice spots, and I enjoyed the finish as well with Del Rio getting the Arm Bar on while the chair was around RVD’s arm. Now we can just hope Dolph gets his belt back.
Next came a random tag team match with the Real Americans defeating The Great Khali and Santino. It’s a 1/2 Star match that’s going to still count positively towards the show because Khali lost to a freaking Giant Swing. LMAO.
Next, they killed the crowd with Curtis Axel defeating R-Truth to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a very boring match that no one cared about.
A.J. Lee then defended her WWE Third Rate Women’s Championship against Brie Bella. I was actually moderately impressed with Brie in this match. Well, except her inability to sell. The closing couple of minutes were alright but most of this was boring. A.J. retains her rightful title but the feud will unfortunately continue.
Next, in what was definitely the best match of the night, Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to get their jobs. Everything about this was really good – it’s no five star match or anything, but everything was done exactly how it should have been. Well, except for them coming out to Dusty’s music and not Cody’s, because let’s not forget this is about Cody more than anyone else. Anyways, great match, perhaps the biggest moment of Cody’s career so far to be honest.
Next was Bray Wyatt vs. Kofi Kingston. This wasn’t a squash like I expected – Kofi got a lot more offense in than I expected. Also, Random Bray Wyatt Crab Walk for the win! Bray wins.
Next was C.M. Punk vs. Ryback. I’ll be honest, this match is average at best. I think only Daniel Bryan seems to be able to get a good quality match out of Ryback. Jericho couldn’t do it, Punk didn’t really do it here – their TLC match wasn’t bad though. Anyways, I wasn’t really interested in much of this – and if I can’t get excited for a Punk match you know it’s not great. Punk wins thankfully via random low blow, but that’s really the only saving grace.
Then the power went out for four minutes in Buffalo. I blame John Scott.
And finally, Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan for the vacant C.M. Punk’s and Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship. This was fun, but honestly not much better than the Night of Champions match. It really did need a stipulation. And the ending with the Big Show Quadruple Cross of Doom didn’t help anything to lead to the obvious No Contest. Big Show should have no involvement in this storyline whatsoever. I’m so tired of his continued existence.
Overall, this is a middle of the road show at best. Nothing spectacular outside of the Rhodes family vs. the Shield, really. But I enjoyed watching it for the most part – worth the $6 I spent at the bar and watching it with friends, but not something I’d spend $45 on.
Overall Rating: **1/2
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