• Brodus Clay worked one of the longest matches he's had yet, and his opponent was... Heath Slater? But even with the help of United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, who distracted Clay and almost allowed Slater to win, the One Man Rock Band had the plug pulled. Clay and Cesaro seem headed for a collision. While Clay wouldn't be my ideal opponent, beating him will make Cesaro look good, and it will certainly be better than Santino Marella.

 

  • Former stablemates Wade Barrett and Justin Gabriel collided in the ring, and the Brit proved his dominance over the South African. Both men looked good in the ring, but the match left me wondering why Gabriel doesn't get more TV spots. The kid is talented. Barrett seems to be getting a new push, and I'm okay with that. His new finisher looks great against smaller opponents, but it would look out of place against someone like Big Show or Kane. Definitely better than Wasteland, though.

 

  • Dolph Ziggler got some of his heat back after a loss to Randy Orton last night by easily disposing of Marella. Ziggler wasn't having any of Marella's signature comedy and laid waste to the former United States champion. Beating Marella isn't much of an accomplishment, but at this point, a win helps Ziggler get back on the right track. Vickie Guerrero's involvement in distracting Marella for the finish also helps rebuild her role as Ziggler's manager.

 

  • Beth Phoenix looked more dominant than she has in recent weeks, but in the end, she still lost to new Divas Champion Eve. Layla, on commentary, tried building a case that Eve has changed and that the new champ is the one who took Kaitlyn out. I'd suggest it's a swerve and Layla is the one turning heel here, but that would mean thought went into a divas rivalry, and I'm not ready to accept that yet.

 

  • Randy Orton defeated Tensai in a pretty good match that saw Orton get worked over for most of the match before hitting his signature offense and catching Tensai with an out-of-the-corner RKO. Orton was able to look strong, as he toppled a big opponent like Tensai the night after going head-to-head with Ziggler. The story they were telling clicked and the result was a fun little basic match.

 

  • Damien Sandow and Zack Ryder had a surprisingly good - and lengthy - match in the semi-main event slot. When Ryder interrupted a Sandow promo, I expected a squash match, but these two worked a high-quality and engaging match. Both men could have big things in their futures if they play their cards right.

 

  • The Miz debuted his new talk show, Miz TV, but it didn't get off to a great start. After cutting a good promo calling out Booker T, which the sheepish crowd called boring, he was introduced to Ryback, who destroyed his set. The Miz being Ryback's first real opponent is interesting to say the least.