Triple H with the complainers of the WWE.
Decent segment to open the show. Triple H's comedy was light, I'm glad some potential great heels were able to get some spotlight. It set the stage for the rest of the night, and the week as well. Usually I moan at the mention of a lawsuit in pro wrestling, but the cowardly heels teaming up should be interesting.
Quick, but harmless impromptu battle royal for the Intercontinental Championship. Originally, I was disappointed most of the credible guys were being eliminated so quickly, but it was successful in furthering the rivalry between Christian and Sheamus. It's about time Christian got some momentum in this rivalry, and it further exposes the Raw crowd to this on-going feud.
The finish with Beth Phoenix pinning Divas Champion Kelly Kelly is what I wanted to see last week, but nonetheless, I'm extremely glad the Glamazon is getting one last chance at the title. Given that it's her third time contending for the belt, it's about time she finally walked away with the strap around her waist and to rejuvenate the dying Divas division.
Yet another strong showing from World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry. Smart move not to have the Great Khali wrestle, as the World's Strongest Slam performed on him by Henry was quite impressive.
Surprisingly short match from WWE Champion John Cena and Christian, as I was expecting something much more lengthy given their past history. However, ending it in a disqualification allowed the feud to be refreshed another day as well get Hell in a Cell opponents CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio involved.
The Mexican aristocrat, Alberto Del Rio.
Rather quick match over the United States Championship between Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder. Jack Swagger getting himself involved was logical, and the crowd seemed disappointed not to see Ryder capture the championship, which is good given that it gives Ziggler major heat for defeating a hot babyface.
The six-man tag team match featuring Air Boom and Zack Ryder against the crumbling team of Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger could have been saved for another week, but great action nonetheless. Mason Ryan's return to television was very intriguing, as many speculated for him to come back from injury as that monster he was before he left. Turning on Swagger and Ziggler sets him as a perfect face given the crowd's hot reaction to the turn. With Ryder scoring the pin over Ziggler in the end, one can only hope he receives one more chance at the U.S. Championship. I enjoy the thought of Swagger and Ziggler teaming for the meantime and contending for the WWE Tag Team Championships, but it has me question which of the two would turn face when their stable reaches a boiling point.
As stated before, the lawsuit involving Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes and Christian is compelling for this viewer. Does it tie into the story regarding Kevin Nash and Awesome Truth? Who knows. But having the boring David Otunga debut a new gimmick (that is actually based off a realistic lifestyle) out of no where didn't have me take him as serious as I should.
Solid main event with CM Punk defeating Alberto Del Rio. Although the finish seemed to be out of the blue, it gives the effect that any move could end a match and not just the typical finisher. Thankfully, Punk is feeling important again, but his rivalry with Cena isn't as much anymore. Del Rio getting the better of the two helped him regain some heat, but had no doubting that the Champ is retaining this Sunday.
Overall, a decent show that failed to provide some solid for the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Obviously, I blame the poor scheduling of putting pay-per-views two weeks apart, but WWE attempted to make the best of it last night by cramming in last minute additions to the card. Despite what it occurred on the show last night, most of the results for this Sunday are fairly predictable, which won't help the slacking pay-per-view buys in the end.
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