By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Cesaro def. Adam Rose
As I was in attendance for Monday's Raw in Boston, I was planning on getting there in time to catch the full Superstars taping, but our train arrived late, so I only caught the second half of the tag team match. When I heard Cesaro's music play as I was in line getting merchandise, however, I sighed. I held out hope his match against Heath Slater last week would merely be a one-off, but apparently not. Rose even took a shot at Cesaro before the bout when he said guys like Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were megastars whereas Cesaro was stuck facing Rose. It wouldn't surprise me if that was a direct line from someone in the back (I'm looking at you, Vince). The match was over within minutes, but at least the crowd was treated to a longer-than-usual Cesaro Swing.
The Prime Time Players def. The Ascension
The crowd was very much into the Players before, during and after the match, and it didn't come across as strongly on TV, so it leaves me wondering if that's always the case with the Superstars shows. We've seen the match a million times and it was nothing new: Darren Young was on the receiving end of Ascension's offense for most of it up until Titus O'Neil made the hot tag for the win. It was fine for what it was, but nothing fans haven't seen before. The camera didn't show it, but it was cool seeing the Players do the Millions of Dollars dance with the breast cancer survivors in the front row afterward. And yes, I did do the dance myself as well. What kind of person would I be if I didn't?
Like I said, the Boston crowd was hotter for the taping than it came across on TV, but it was still a fun kickoff for us before Raw started. Neither match was memorable, especially the tag match that's been done to death, but it was a treat to see Cesaro. Then again, it was depressing at the same time because it means WWE has absolutely no idea how to utilize him at the moment. Ugh.