The Results

  • Sheamus def. Ryback via Pinfall

I’m not sure if Ryback is actually injured, or if it is just a work. But Sheamus exploiting the injury to gain a pin was the best possible way to end this match. The competition between the two was great, but an injured Ryback was no match for Sheamus.

  • King Barrett def. Neville via Pinfall

Another match in which an injury cost one of the competitors a win. The match was quick and to the point with setting up a feud between Neville and Bo Dallas.

  • Bray Wyatt def. Dean Ambrose via Pinfall

The best match of the night consisted of Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt colliding in the ring like only the two can. Unfortunately, outside interference cost Ambrose the match in the end.

  • Tyson Kidd and Cesaro def. The New Day via DQ

Tyson Kidd and Cesaro and The New Day have had an amazing series of matches with each other. The New Day knows how to work the crowd on the mic, and dominate in the ring. But their aggressiveness cost them the match this time around.

  • Dolph Ziggler def. Stardust via Pinfall

The match was short and slightly above a squash match. The only thing memorable about it was Ziggler awkwardly making out with Lana afterwards. I’m not a fan of how the segment played out. I would have liked a little more build up, such as Ziggler flirting with her in the back before she gives in to his advances. The segments could have even showed off her conflicting views of having a stance against America while being attracted to an American. Simply having her to come out and make out with him for no reason is awful writing. But since Ziggler didn’t steal the show this time, at least he stole Rusev’s girl.

  • Erick Rowan and Luke Harper vs. Fandango and Zack Ryder via Pinfall

It was a squash match, plain and simple. Fandango and Zack Ryder never stood a chance. But at least Ryder got some television time out of it.

  • Nikki Bella def. Naomi via DQ

The match was decent for what it was, but ended in a disqualification. I’m not sure why Naomi received a title shot on Raw instead of the pay per view, but it seems like WWE has been more focused on tag matches than Nikki actually defending her title as of late. This match basically set up that Nikki Bella would have defeated Naomi if the outside interference wouldn’t have ended the match and gave her the win anyway. I’m not sure where WWE is going with this feud, but it should end with Naomi winning the title to give us some sort of payoff. And despite the two competitors going at it in the ring, Paige got the biggest response from the crowd during the segment.

The night was basically filled with filler until Elimination Chamber. That can be expected since the event is only two weeks away. I’m expecting next week’s episode to be in the same boat as this one as far as entertainment goes. It wasn’t an awful episode, but it was one that couldn’t stand on its own due to having to rush trough storylines to prepare for the next event. Aside from the Cena/Kevin Owens segment along with multiple tag teams running in after The New Day match, the night was forgettable.