I had double holiday parties to attend this weekend, so I was unfortunately unable to catch the show. So here's the Q'n'D:
-Show starts with Josh Matthews interviewing Booker. The thought of Cole raving like the annoying little pissant that he is already makes me glad I missed this. Cody rebuts and delivers a dynamite promo, from the reviews I've seen. The idea that this is no movie and Cody will triumph.
-Cody Rhodes d. Daniel Bryan. Bryan's still sporting the DDP rib tape and the injuries come to play, as Rhodes wins with Cross-Rhodes.
-Alicia Fox d. Natalya with a fluke roll-up in one minute. NEXT!
-Jack Swagger's backstage prepping for his match with Big Show. Mark Henry enters the picture and promises Swagger a world title shot if he takes out Show. Swagger says that he'll take out Show for himself and not for Henry. This segment is not relieving my fear that we're getting a double turn this Sunday.
-Epico & Primo (w/Rosa Mendes) d. The Usos with the Backstabber. The cholo faction with Epico, Primo, and Hunico looks to be toast, as now Rosa's managing Epico and Primo. That's...not a bad idea.
-The Big Show d. Jack Swagger (w/Vickie Guerrero) in 6 minutes with the Mayweather Sucker Punch. Notable only for the post-match shenanigans. Henry destroys Swagger with a chair. He then whacks a cameraman in the back with the chair! Yikes! Show checks on the cameraman.
-Zack Ryder tries to talk to Randy Orton backstage and gets...eh...somewhere...with him. CATCHPHRASE! YOU KNOW IT!
-Ted DiBiase d. Heath Slater with Dream Street. Haven't we seen this match before? Post-match, Jinder Mahal attacks DiBiase, so THAT insipid feud isn't over yet. Teddy Long then segues us to...
-Sheamus d. Jinder Mahal with the Brogue Kick. Nothing to see here.
-Randy Orton & Zack Ryder d. Wade Barrett & Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) with the RKO. Yes, Dolph jobs to Orton again. Formula tag match.
Back to normal next week and I'll see you guys tomorrow for the PPV!
WHAT WORKED: I kind of liked the AMW vs. Siaki/Apollo match. Some awkward parts in the beginning as Team Mulato wasn’t on the same page as to whether they were delivering double arm drags or double flap jacks.