By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett def. Sin Cara (Non-title)
Barrett's bad booking has gotten to the point where crowds don't really react when he comes out, which is sad. He was on a massive roll before he got hurt last June, and he looked to be primed for big things upon his return, but WWE has effectively ruined him by having him take so many losses since he won back the title. In fact, the crowd was more receptive toward Sin Cara in this match, which is saying something. The match wasn't nearly as smooth as some of their recent encounters and the botches down the stretch took away from the bout significantly. Barrett is going to need many more wins in order to reestablish himself as a credible champion.
Brie Bella def. Summer Rae
Did I miss Summer's face turn? Then again, I also missed the part where Brie forgave her sister and turned heel, but such is the sad state of the Divas division at the moment. They contested a fine match, but it was hardly memorable due to the lack of time they received. Part of the crowd was actually cheering Brie after she won, so why they had her face a "heel" Summer (or whatever she is) isn't exactly going to get her heat.
The Ascension def. Local Athletes
After defeating two legitimate tag teams in The New Age Outlaws and Gold and Stardust, The Ascension are back to facing enhancement talent. I suppose we'll be seeing more squash matches like this until they move into a feud with The Usos, which could very well be after Fast Lane. On a side note, JBL continuing to criticize The Ascension makes no sense to me. I see the point he's making, but he's a heel commentator, he should be backing them up. I hate the idea of heel commentators, but if you're going to have one, at least keep him consistent.
Cesaro and Tyson Kidd def. The New Day
You'd think they'd take time the time at some point during Black History Month to turn The New Day heel, but I'm not holding my breath. Atrocious gimmick aside, Kofi Kingston and Big E are excellent athletes and had a heck of a matchup with Kidd and Cesaro. It wasn't as hot as their match from the Royal Rumble Kickoff show, but it was still very good and the final few minutes were fun. Cesaro and Kidd were logical winners since they're being set up as the next contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship and I liked they actually put effort into making their feud with The Usos mean something with the pre-taped segment that aired before the bout.
As noted in my last few reviews, Main Event will continue to presented as nothing special until it gets back on WWE Network. Until then, it's just an unaired version of WWE Superstars. Still, though, this was better than most of the recent episodes, though that's not saying much. The only match that was worth watching was the main event, as the other three matches were either disappointing or nothing to write home about.