By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Adam Rose def. Zack Ryder
I just got finished watching the E:60 "Behind the Curtain" special on WWE NXT last night, and I looked at Rose in a completely different light coming into this match. It really makes be wish they'd drop the Adam Rose persona and just him be himself, or at very least go back to being Leo Kruger. I know the Rose character worked for a cup of coffee in NXT, but it's failed to get over as a face or heel on the main roster, and pointless wins over Ryder won't help him get his career back on track. The match was fine for what it was, but we've seen them clash so many times before that it was nothing new.
Jack Swagger def. Bo Dallas
This was another case of two guys who were on the receiving end of some pretty strong pushes around this time last year but now find themselves on the bottom of the card. Alas, there's no use in harping on the past, is there? I never found myself invested in any of their encounters last year and this match wasn't much different. It wasn't bad per se, but it was hard to care because neither of these guys mean anything.
Macho Mandow def. Curtis Axel by Disqualification
Well, this was fun. In all honesty, I was surprised they didn't save this for SmackDown instead, but perhaps they wanted to test it out in front of a live audience before they repeat it on Raw next week. I really want to see Damien Sandow get over as himself, and he did well for himself in the Macho Mandow role, it has a short shelf life. The match was entertaining and I got a kick out of his and Axel's mannerisms, but it didn't help that JBL was burying it the entire time on commentary. The Ascension's interference sets up a tag team between the two teams which should be a blast, but again, hopefully it's a one-off thing so Sandow can go back to doing his own thing.
Stardust def. R-Truth
Their first match in the King of the Ring tournament was total throwaway and so was their rematch the next week on Raw. Thus, how did they expect fans to care about the "rubber" match? As much as I like Cody Rhodes and respect the dedication he shows to the Stardust character, it's hard to get excited about anything he's involved in when it doesn't get any storyline support, especially when he's feuding with Truth of all people. Needless to say, this wasn't the right match to close the show with.
Other than the Mandow vs. Axel match, the show was a complete afterthought. Rose vs. Ryder was same old, same old, Swagger vs. Dallas was mediocre at best, and Stardust vs. Truth felt like a waste of time. That said, I'd strongly suggest you find a way to catch the Mandow vs. Axel match. It was pretty enjoyable as you'd expect and it'll be interesting to see where it leads next. Again, on a show that rarely receives any storyline support, I was shocked that was given away on this program and not saved for Raw or SmackDown.