I didn’t realize present day PPVs have multiple skits and interview sections. Hopefully it won’t be like this all evening.
Sheamus’ interview was okay, he had good vocabulary and microphone skills, but his anecdote of the difference between his and Del Ro;s cars…seemed a little ridiculous.
The Miz did a brilliant interview, he had slight remnants of The Rock, arrogance but determination, with the audience drawn in as soon as his music started. His inclusion into the Raw Money In The Bank wasn’t that surprising, but he will add a new dimension to the match, which should help it do even better.
World Heavyweight Championship Match.
Alberto Del Rio vs Sheamus (champion)
Now the build-up to Alberto Del Rio vs World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus. It was okay, nothing mind blowing. Ahh, yay, the beautiful Lillian Garcia is introducing them, I’d missed her. Del Rio’s car entrance just makes me nostalgic for Eddie Guerrero, my old favorite. Sheamus’ entrance is much more simpler, but I like his music, I admit. Sheamus looks ill, really white, but red, flushed cheeks?
The style of this match seems to be a mesh of styles, Del Rio seems quite technical, focusing his attack on the injured arm of Sheamus, whilst Sheamus tries to brawl his way out of trouble, minimizing the usage of his injured arm, using hammer blows, as well as smashes, I like the story the used in the match. Good victory from Sheamus, the victory has the air of a strong babyface champion who battles against injuries. My first match seeing Sheamus as Champion, and he looks like he’s earned his position. Although, now, I wonder if Del Rio will try and enter the Raw MITB match, as a former champion?
Winner: and still Champion, Sheamus.
Wow, Dolph Ziggler came down, to try and cash in the contract, but the bell never tolled in time, and then Sheamus smashed Ziggler in the face. Little teaser for the Money In The Bank winner, a good inclusion.
Daniel Bryan had a good solid interview, showing strong intensity, which was good.
WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston came out to the announce table, followed by a manager called AW? Never heard of him before, but he’s with The Primetime Players? And they look like they are facing a team with a leggy Diva as their valet. I’m currently struggling to even care right now.
Prime Time Players vs Epico & Primo
I can’t help but be confused by the fact the Tag Team champions wrestle on the pre-show match, but the number 1 contenders have a throw-away match on the PPV..is that just me? The valet, Rosa(?) just keeps on jumping up and down whilst AW won’t shut up on the microphone, both are annoying me. Epico and Primo are demonstrating a good high flying style, which works well against the powerhouse heels, with Epico & Primo eventually stealing the win. That was an okay match, but I could’ve watched this match for free on RAW, which makes more sense, I’d be annoyed if I’d paid for this. And then, R-Truth splashes AW with water, and the Prime Time Players ARE SO SHOCKED, they can’t actually defend him. What a waste of time.
Winner: Epico & Primo
I skipped the AJ interview. Sorry.
No DQ, WWE Championship Match
Daniel Bryan vs CM Punk (champion), AJ as Special Guest Referee.
The only problem I have with this match is that AJ is the referee, it usually means that the ref will decide the match, which gets very boring and frustrating. The match is a No DQ match, so that could allow at least 20 minutes, but I am slightly worried about how this match would go. The special referee just isn’t needed.
When AJ seemingly got injured and taken to the back, there seemed to be a weight taken off the match, it allowed Punk & Bryan to build a match up, physical smashes from both, just the usage of a kendo stick in the build up, creating a story with the battling over the kendo stick, as well as some good back-and-forth moments.
And then AJ returned. As soon as she did, the match was instantly feeling weighed down again. This was the sort of thing that put me off wrestling ages ago, the incessant need to ruin good matches with storyline interference, AJ introduced a chair to battle over, and then got in the way of both a chair & a kendo stick, ruining the pace and flow of the match. AJ is not a bad wrestler or wrestling personality, she seems to have good screen presence and sells her character well. BUT, she was an albatross for the match, several times the camera missed an important moment in the match, i.e. battling over the chair or Punk reversing Bryan on the top turnbuckle, because they cut to AJ instead, meaning the audience at home missed moments, it was frustrating.
However, a fantastic build-up to the end of the match, with Punk’s back suplex through a table off the top turnbuckle was a great victory move, which just destroyed Bryan. Punk with a good victory in a mostly strong match, minus AJ.
Winner: and still WWE Champion, CM Punk.
Probably match of the night so far, for me.
And then they follow it up with a handicap, squash match…*sigh*
Ryback vs Tyler Reks & Curt Hawkins
Well, this was completely unsurprisingly, a squash match featuring Ryback looks like it has replaced the Divas match as the pissbreak.
Six Diva Tag Team Match.
Layla/Kaitlyn/Tamina Snuka vs Beth Phoenix/Natalya/Eve
Not really a match I got into, or enjoyed. In fact, I went and made a cup of tea whilst it was on.
Winners: Layla/Kaitlyn/Tamina Snuka
I really hate to say it, but apart from the Money In The Bank match, and Punk vs Bryan, minus the AJ bit, I have been unimpressed. These two matches are the only ones I feel are PPV worthy so far. I’m hoping the main event will make some sort of impact.