Sheamus hits a brutal backbreaker on Jack Swagger.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Sheamus def. Jack Swagger
These two have faced off countless times in recent years, but because it's been so long since their last encounter, this felt fresh in a way. Swagger and Sheamus have similar statures and are both capable of holding their own in the ring, so this was a good match. Sheamus' leg injury tied in nicely with Swagger's Patriot Act ankle lock, which was the primary focus of the bout. Sheamus emerging victorious doesn't surprise me, but it's a shame to see Swagger back to where he was before he took a hiatus from WWE late last year.
Sin Cara def. Drew McIntyre
I'm not exactly sure why, but McIntyre has always managed to work well with Sin Cara. They had some fun matches on WWE Superstars last year and this bout was no different. It was only mere minutes long, but the made the most out of the time they were allotted. It's a nice win for Sin Cara, who hasn't won many matches as of late, but I'm still disappointed in both acts. Sin Cara is currently lost in the shuffle, whereas McIntyre should be back to being "The Chosen One" and should separate himself from 3MB as soon as humanly possible.
Daimen Sandow def. Justin Gabriel
The fact that Damien Sandow's match was hyped throughout the night was a nice touch. His promo was excellently executed and I'm eagerly awaiting his eventual Money in the Bank cash-in and subsequent run with the World Heavyweight Championship. His match with Gabriel was fine for what it was, but Gabriel hasn't meant anything in ages (if ever), so this was more of a glorified squash match than anything. I, personally, think Gabriel has a ton of potential, though, so I hope he becomes a stable mid-card act sooner rather than later. His new entrance music/video and attire seem to indicate that WWE at least has something in mind for him, but time will tell.
This was mostly a middle-of-the-road show. The opening match was good, nothing too great that you should go out of your way to watch it again. The other two bouts were well wrestled, but didn't mean much in the long scheme of things. Thankfully, the Raw recaps weren't too long and didn't waste a lot of time. Remember when WWE actually used to take Main Event seriously by advertising monumental matches ahead of time? Yeah, me either.