- Neville def. Bad News Barrett via Pinfall
It was actually a substitute match for Bryan vs Barrett. But that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the best preshow matches WWE has had in a very long time. Filled with moments that complimented both competitors, Neville and Barrett kicked off a show that seemed doomed to be boring to a great start.
- Dean Ambrose def. Luke Harper via Pinfall
Keeping the momentum of the preshow match, Ambrose and Harper started the show with a hard hitting match that would eventually end later in the show. I would have loved for the match to have remained a recurring theme throughout the entire show before ending close to the main event, but the match we were given delivered a good enough performance as is.
- Dolph Ziggler def. Sheamus via Pinfall
The night continued to give us a surprisingly good show with Ziggler taking on Sheamus in a quick paced match. After a great match fueled by a ridiculous stipulation, Sheamus had a chance to push his heel gimmick further by shoving Ziggler’s face in to his arse. As awful as it was to witness a man forced to kiss another man’s behind in a wrestling match, it was funny to watch the referee try to enforce the stipulation after the match. A kiss my ass, foot, or any other body part match no longer has a place in modern wrestling. It’s too predictable that the heel will never go for it, and usually ends with someone being physically forced to go through with it. So that alone renders the stipulation useless other than a way to get a heel cheap heat.
- The New Day def. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro via Pinfall
Another surprisingly great match for the night. What an amazing tag team match worthy of the show instead of the original preshow slot it was suppose to take place in. The fact that this match for the tag team titles wasn’t originally scheduled for the main show clearly indicates that WWE has no idea of what their talent is capable of. It also feels like they have no idea of how to handle the tag titles if The Usos aren’t involved. Kidd and Cesaro were underutilized as the tag team champs. So now that New Day is over as a heel group and have the titles, let’s hope WWE’s creative team finally attempts to do something with both New Day and Kidd and Cesaro instead of sitting on their hands and hoping for the best.
- John Cena def. Rusev in a
Strap MatchRussian Chain Match
This was the point in which the show started to go down hill. Lana, who wasn’t really involved in the match, got the biggest pop while it was going on. It wasn’t a bad match, it just wasn’t as interesting and suffered from an tired gimmick dressed up as something new.
- Nikki Bella def. Naomi via Pinfall
I’m still confused about which Diva WWE wanted the fans to get behind in a heel vs heel match. Fans sat there awkwardly as Brie’s screaming voice echoed through a mostly quiet arena. So let’s look at the fall out of this match. WWE turned the only face that fans were behind other than Paige heel in an attempt to make her seem fed up. Then she lost to Nikki Bella at the event. What’s next for Naomi? Even if she attacks Nikki from behind on another show, who cares? Why would WWE’s creative team go out of their way to make sure a simple feud between a face and a heel is ruined by giving fans no reason to feel anything for either competitor?
- Roman Reigns def. Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match
Let’s hope this is the end of their feud. Because it’s hard to watch a guy with very few moves take on a guy who could barely move. The only thing interesting about this match was the ending. Reigns hit an obviously set up spot on top of the commentary tables before flipping one on top of Big Show. Everything before that was forgettable.
- Seth Rollins def. Randy Orton in a Cage Match
Aside from a few good spots, this match felt more like an episode of Raw than the main event of a PPV. The cage match element was extremely cliched with outside interference like every other cage match stipulation chosen by a face to get his hands on a heel. And can we all agree that it’s time for Kane to pick a side? This storyline of if he’s with The Authority or not is starting to run its course. No one cares. WWE has destroyed Kane’s image over the years by making him flip flop from dangerous, to less than threatening. He added nothing of interest to this match.
The show started off better than expected before descending in to very familiar territory with the last half of the show. While not an awful show at all, the event did suffer from an inconsistent tone as it moved in to the later half of the event. Other than that, it was mostly entertaining while being an obvious indication that WWE doesn’t know what their midcard is capable of. Perhaps some of the excitement from this show will rub off on Raw and give us a few decent episodes before we head into the next event. But as far as the show goes, I’d take more of this over what we have received within the last few weeks.