By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Neville def. Heath Slater
This didn't vary much from their recent encounters on Main Event and Superstars, but it was still a nice showcase for Neville. The Chicago crowd ate up all of his offense and it kicked off the night on a high note before Raw. Slater has always been great in the enhancement talent role, though I've always wondered if he could wok at a midcard level. My fear continues to be that WWE has nothing for Neville right now, and his absence from Raw this week was indicative of that.
WWE Tag Team Champions Prime Time Players def. The Ascension (Non-title)
These two teams have contested at least a million matches (okay, maybe not that many) in the past, so I wasn't too excited to see them do battle again, bu this was easily one of, if not their best bout to date. The Ascension didn't rely on as many rest holds as usual and even though the hot tag to Titus O'Neil was formulaic, the crowd was hot for it and it made for a fun finishing sequence. It's encouraging to see the Players getting more over week by week, so hopefully that trend continues going forward.
This week's two featured matches weren't anything we haven't seen before, but both bouts featured entertaining in-ring action with the crowd much livelier for the Superstars taping than usual. Then again, that shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering this took place in Chicago, a well-established awesome audience for wrestling. This isn't a must-see show by any stretch, but if you have some time to kill, it's an easy hour to digest (and who can complain about seeing a replay of Brock Lesnar's Cadillac massacre from Raw?).