Very fun WWE Tag Team Championship match to kick off the pay-per-view. I, along with those in attendance, were disappointed with the disqualification finish, but it fit in with the "conspiracy theory" talk nicely. It's great to see the tag titles finally receive emphasis and be given a lengthy contest.
A rather boring Intercontinental Championship match, and the live crowd pulled no punches. However, I don't blame them, as this particular contest wasn't advertised up until a few days ago, and the crowd wasn't entirely buying into DiBiase as a face. The finish was flunky, but hopefully it leads to the rivalry to continue and further expand.
Getting Christian and Sheamus involved on show was a brilliant idea, as it keeps their feud alive and develops it as an ongoing story for those who don't watch SmackDown. Although I don't think Christian earning one more title match would be smart at this point, his campaign to receive one is rather interesting. Sheamus' interference was logical, but having him destroy Christian does not get the latter over as a legitimate threat in any way.
Great four way over the United States Championship, but nothing less than expected given the Superstars involved. I was pleasantly surprised with Ziggler retaining the title, as it gives the belt even more prestige with Ziggler overcoming the odds. The main focus of this bout was regarding the love triangle involving Ziggler, Swagger and Vickie, and it looks to resume after tonight.
Great opening from Edge and Cody Rhodes. It's always awesome to see the Rated-R Superstar, and exchanging words with the now improving Rhodes was a nice change of pace after making some good points. The DiBiase beat-down was logical, but needed and intriguing. However, it's a shame they've waited this long to hype the Intercontinental Championship match for Night of Champions.
Decent action from Daniel Bryan and Sin Cara, but nothing amazing as we've seen in the past. The stare down between the original Sin Cara (Mistico) and the recent Sin Cara (Hunico) was awkward and confusing, as the crowd didn't really know how to react or seem to care.
Nice squash from Beth Phoenix, she desperately needed it going into this Sunday. AJ is always a nice opponent to squash quickly, but being one of the better Divas on the roster, I'd like to see a longer performance from her next time around given the right Diva to work with.
Solid tag team match featuring Christian and Wade Barrett taking on Sheamus and Justin Gabriel. The main purpose of this match seemed to be getting Gabriel over with the crowd, and it certainly worked. However, Christian and Barrett have too much potential to be credible heels to be beaten so often as they are. I hope this upcoming Christian-Sheamus rivalry can help re-establish that.
Stale opening segment to kick off the show. John Cena continues to bury WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio, and neither characters are interesting enough to this viewer anymore. Bret Hart added a nice hometown feel to the promo, but it couldn't save the dying program.
Lackluster tag team match pitting Alex Riley and John Morrison against the falling out team of Jack Swagger and United States Champion Dolph Ziggler. It's hard to believe Morrison has been reduced to this. The contest was too short and the green Riley didn't make it that great either. Hopefully, we see a new champion this Sunday and move away from the tension between Ziggler and Swagger.
In what eventual got my vote for Match of the Night, familiar foes The Miz and Kofi Kingston had a very fun contest. They were given great time, which shows they serious about rebuilding the tag team division. With Miz's victory, I see Air Boom successfully retaining their titles at Night of Champions, but hopefully the feud doesn't end there.
What is the whole point of Jerry Lawler feuding with the likes of Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga? If a Raw commentator keeps stacking up wins against younger talent, it serves no purpose on the flagship show. The latter team really needs to be demoted back down to FCW, but Sheamus looked great in this bout in other news.
Another very strong segment from Mark Henry, who is becoming one of the hottest commodities in the entire WWE. I was afraid the entering Zack Ryder might take some momentum off, but he played his role well and showed major guts for standing up to Henry before getting pummeled.
I've been anticipating an eventual showdown between Mark Henry and Ezekiel Jackson for quite some time now, but the match wasn't what I hoped it to be. It's no secret they are both slow workers, but the quick squash over Big Zeke got the World's Strongest Man over in a big way.
Fun match between Sin Cara and Tyson Kidd for what's it worth, but we've seen this squash so many times that it's become predictable and boring. It doesn't make sense to keep reverting Sin Cara from face to heel constantly, so hopefully they straighten out the controversy very soon by revealing the current Sin Cara as Hunico.
Lackluster Divas match yet again this week, but Natalya was the only thing keeping the bout going and saving this from being an utter disaster. It disappoints me seeing Natayla lose to someone who can't even run the ropes, but all signs point to Kelly Kelly dropping the Divas Championship to Beth Phoenix at Night of Champions.