• Alberto Del Rio's refusal to compete until SummerSlam was ignored again, as AJ booked him into a "surprise" match. Del Rio had to rush to get ready to face Christian, which was kind of funny to watch. The match itself was good, a drastic step above watching Del Rio face Santino Marella again. They worked a competitive match with some good counters. In the end, Del Rio clocked Christian with his boot to pick up the win. It was nice to see a more aggressive side of Del Rio, which is what he needs to be to portraying against Sheamus at SummerSlam.

 

  • Primo and Epico scored a pinfall victory over the Prime Time Players in a match that saw some continuity from recent weeks. Abraham Washington tried to get Titus O'Neil and Darren Young to bail after a decent match, but Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth came out to make sure that didn't happen. This three-way rivalry has been developing for several weeks, so hopefully it will have a good payoff with a triple threat tag team title match at SummerSlam. This could really be the start of the tag team division revitalization fans have been begging for. 

 

  • The segment with AJ, Punk, Cena and Big Show on the microphone was a typical show-opening promo, and it had a number of problems. All four seemed comfortable and confident on the mic, but the content of their speeches had a number of gaffes and logic gaps (Punk questioning Cena's ability to hit an Attitude Adjustment on Big Show, no mention of Punk's triple threat title defense earlier this summer, etc.) Overall, it wasn't a horrid opening or a bad segment, but it raised a number of eyebrows with some of the remarks.

 

  • Randy Orton and Big Show were actually having an entertaining match when it ended via countout. As I mentioned in the Smackdown recap Friday, it seems WWE is intent on protecting Orton, so this ending makes sense. After the match, though, Orton hit an RKO on Show, which is questionable, as Show is the one with an upcoming WWE Championship match while Orton is in flux.

 

  • Alex Riley scored a huge win over Dolph Ziggler, courtesy of a distraction by Chris Jericho, who was on commentary for the match. The match was a showcase for Ziggler, but his cockiness got the best of him and allowed Riley to capitalize on his opponent's misplaced attention. This was a good way to build the Jericho-Ziggler feud while keeping them physically apart.

 

  • A vignette hyping the return of Wade Barrett aired, showing footage based around a bare-knuckle fighting scene. This was an extremely well done hype video, and it appears Barrett will have a new look and a new character when he returns. I'm personally excited to see what's in store, as Barrett never got a chance to fulfill his potential before being injured.

 

  • As Brodus Clay made his way to the ring for a match, he was jumped and assaulted by Damien Sandow. I really like the direction these two are heading, and I hope their eventual match is something meaningful, and not just a squash victory for Clay. Both men have practically begging to do something significant, and it seems they're on the right track now.