WWE Champion CM Punk stated again this week that he has no intentions on fighting John Cena at Hell in a Cell. Just like last week, it was more of the same weasel-heel antics from Punk. He picked on Jim Ross this week and again just like last week, Ryback came to the rescue, with no resolution.
With a few weeks left until the pay per view, whom will the WWE champ defend the belt against then? Ryback? Dolph Ziggler? Rather than focus on the belt, the AJ Lee saga has taken over the show.
Nothing against the sultry Lee, but this angle is a mess. Rather than fueled by semantic storyline, WWE needs great in-ring work with storyline that makes the drama in squared circle that much worthwhile.
That simply isn’t the case now.
Lets not even get started on the World Championship debate. A complete waste of time, even The Big Show said the thing was ridiculous. A way to build heat for an angle that has no steam, the debate segment did nothing. Sheamus’ meandering to the crowd didn’t help. This will be a decent match and to prep the audience, the WWE needs Show and Sheamus to work over other opponents over the next few weeks and gain momentum, and not make body odor jokes and show appreciation for Jim Ross.
#1 Contenders Tag Team Tournament: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs. Primo and Epico w/ Rosa Mendez: Mysterio and Cara’s outfits made it difficult to tell who was who. Even Jim Ross fumbled on the play-by-play. Cara’s tilt-a-whirl DDT was the main bright spot in an otherwise routine, but enjoyable cruiserweight encounter. Mysterio won the match with a top-rope splash. The Primetime Players watched the match from the entrance ramp.
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro vs. Brodus Clay: The challenger went through his offense in a hurry and Cesaro nailed The Neutralizer on the 350-pound Clay in a win that cements his spot in the company for the time being.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Zack Ryder: The champion was vicious. The kicks alone were enough to earn a wince, but Ryder battled back. After he nailed The Miz with the Broski Boot, Ryder missed the Rough Ryder and Miz hit the Skull-Crushing Finale for the win.
Ryback vs. Tensai: Terrible match. All botched high impact. Ryback couldn’t hit his marching finisher, so he hit two clotheslines instead.
Divas Champion Eve vs. Beth Phoenix: The champion made the most of every opportunity. She sneaked and clawed her way to a victory after her signature neckbreaker.
Santino Marella vs. Heath Slater w/ Jinder Mahal and Drew MacIntyre: Does anyone care who won this match? Slater was in control but Marella stuck in it. After the former United States Champion hit the Cobra on Slater, Mahal and MacIntyre jumped in, ending the match in a DQ. After the bell, the trio beat up on Marella some more.
World Champion Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow w/ Cody Rhodes: This was a surprisingly good match, easily the best on the program in months. So much so that it was obvious by the bell that Sandow more than stood his ground with the World Champion. Sandow kept Sheamus on the ground and was deliberate in his attack, with no wasted motion. He was actually in control for the majority of this match. If nothing else, this proved Sandow, although in tag team action now, is a singles competitor worth keeping an eye on. The finish wasn’t as impressive as the actual match though, as Sheamus won with a Double Brogue kick to both Rhodes and Sandow.
Alberto Del Rio w/ Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Kofi Kingston w/R-Truth: Del Rio won a routine encounter with the arm-breaker.
WWE Champion CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler w/ Paul Heyman and Vikki Guerrero vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Kane and Daniel Bryan: AJ Lee served as special guest referee. This was a by the numbers fight. Ziggler and Punk went through their shtick; Hell No had their usual problems communicating. The only cool segment was when Lee ejected both Heyman and Guerrero, which caused Ziggler to follow and leave Punk all alone. Kane capitalized on Ziggler’s betrayal, hitting his signature chokeslam for the win.
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