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Opening Promo - I thought it was good. Not mindblowing, but I wouldn't say it disrupted the show and it added to this whole Punk/Laurinaitis issue which is turning into a kind of Austin/McMahon issue. Personally I think it's enjoyable enough, and I despise Laurinaitis so he does he work as a heel successfully. And Punk is defining anti-authority so clearly this dynamic works and the heat is generating Punk more momentum from fans. Overall good segment and it's leading somewhere.
Pushing a WWE Title Match - Thank God. Saying the match will happen in a week and then hyping it is exactly what you do to get ratings. You don't announce it at the start of the show and put it at the top of the second hour. Good job WWE.
Del Rio looking strong: Okay I know he beat Ryder but hold up. Ryder got some good offense in, was memorable in almost pinning Del Rio a couple of times and got a rub off fighting the former WWE Champion. Regardless of him not being the strongest champion. Del Rio showed excellent fire here and his arm breaker looked like a million bucks. Legit submission.
Sheamus/Swagger - Good TV Match. Again both men looked solid and when WWE needs somebody to come in and be a good mid carder when Sheamus becomes Champ again or Ziggler is finally elevated, Swagger is ready for the upper midcard spot.
Booker/Rhodes - Rhodes showed good fire, is in the shape of his life, cut a solid promo and then began a program with Booker T. Good person to see Booker have his final run with and for Rhodes to say he beat on his way to being a World Champion. Nice way to plant the seeds. All we need is Booker reacting on Twitter (But not go crazily overboard).
Ziggler/Punk - Wow. Need I say more? Absolutely terrific and exactly why Punk should be WWE Champion for a year and stop this hot potato with the title and exactly why Ziggler needs to be a main eventer for years to come. Excellent match with high drama, top notch offense and just incredible TV performances. Both men look excellent coming off this and it's exactly what WWE needed. We now have a program to lead up to Wrestlemania with. Even if this was at Wrestlemania I would be excited because these two can offer much, much more.
Big Show Promo - Short and to the point. Good enough, though not happy this is continuing.
Barrett/Kofi and the Barrett/Orton rivalry - Good showing by both men. Kofi never really grabs me to be honest but this was solid. Barrett is carrying himself like a star at the moment and is someone SmackDown! can elevate into the main event picture like Ziggler on RAW. Orton plays his part well as the silent in-ring-does-the-talking kind of character. Interesting to see where this goes.
Splitting up Miz/Truth - I know Truth was suspended but honestly there is no need for them to be together now. Miz could do with a solo run and some focus again as he's a media magnet for WWE and is good for interviews. He's also a big Merch seller so perhaps a face turn could make him a megastar in the company. Also Truth is solid in ring so their matches will be good upper midcard quality.
It Begins: Now I guess we know why Twitter is being rubbed. It'll generate buzz but I don't know who it'll be. Most likely Undertaker though it's a different style promo to him, unless he returns as American Bad Ass.
Nash promo - Poor delivery, he forgot some lines, stuttered and blabbed his way through it which made his intensity look odd. He's not settled on the mic really and this feud needs some HHH to be taken seriously.
Cena - Thing is now he has nothing to do and that is scary. Unless he's placed into the Miz/Truth storyline and Truth takes the fall that's okay. I don't want to see Cena/Miz again as I don't think their chemistry is that good. I don't want him to destroy Ziggler/Del Rio/Miz but he has nothing to do. Saying that he'll probably end up calling out the Rock for a couple of weeks until someone interrupts him.
Cole - He was really annoying this week, screaming at Booker for having water poured over him. Really took away from Booker/Cody being in the spotlight and made it all about him needing a towel.
Laurinaitis' size - He really does tower over everyone. Not really good when he's staring down Punk and he looks a threat. I can get over it, I just think he's crazily tall and makes some of the smaller guys look...less tough. Punk included.
Overall I really enjoyed the show. Storylines progressed nicely and there was a lot of positives. Now WWE needs to not mess it up next week, which they can easily do. Thanks for reading! Let me know if you agree/disagree and if you enjoyed it, rep would be lovely.
Have a good week everybody!