Even if Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow had a better match on Raw than they did at Battleground (not to mention this match going longer), we could do away with the immediate rematches the following evening. It is happening too often – luckily, this immediate rematch featured two superstars we cannot get enough of. This tag team match was reminiscent of past Raw main events where unlikely partnerships headlined the show, but it was not equally as good as The Attitude Era duels. Curtis Axel and Ryback form a unique and exciting tag team, and that is a possibility the company will want to look into moving forward. The good news is Randy Orton did not repeatedly call Kofi Kingston “stupid” in this match, and that infamous moment was the first thing that came to mind when we found out that these two would be squaring off against each other. This was a good match between a major player and someone who cannot quite find his way to the top, even though he deserves it. This match should be included because we finally got to see the potential of Big E Langston, who usually gets squashed on Raw and SmackDown however he was the one delivering the squashing this time. He is a good worker and he showcased that against Zack Ryder – he will just need to improve on a few aspects before he wins over the bookers. In another immediate rematch from the pay-per-view, Curtis Axel and R-Truth are developing a good working relationship although one cannot help but wonder if Truth is serving as a jobber to get Axel over as a heel. Axel usually topples mid-card talent but he cannot keep on feuding with guys like Truth forever. There is something unique about Aiden English. His character is highly promising going forward, he does not resemble your typical wrestler and he seems to be a quick learner. Having guys like Rob Van Dam come in and work with stars like English will propel their careers and NXT should do more of this on a weekly basis. Having successful matches with Sami Zayn on the program, Antonio Cesaro sure is the man to be matched up with for someone to prove their worth; he is tough, stiff (in a good way) and executes moves and spots that require for his opponents to take serious bumps. Cesaro is like initiation – if you survived against him, you have what it takes. Besides a great tag team combination of Daniel Bryan and The Rhodes brothers, seeing The Shield headline the major shows every week is not getting tiring, and they have really sold themselves as the premiere villains in the company alongside Randy Orton. They have an uncanny way of drawing heat – and praise from their peers and fandom as well. In their third partnership in under a week, Cody Rhodes and Goldust are certainly delivering as a tandem, and who would have thought they would be so popular during this corporate takeover. They delivered The Wyatt Family their first loss (at least Harper and Rowan), and with the WWE Universe backing them, sky’s the limit. Finally, we get to see fresh blood against Alberto Del Rio. The WWE was onto something here – either they are seeing how a feud between Del Rio and Damien Sandow would play out, testing if Sandow has general face appeal, or simply putting together a solid match for the broadcast. Sandow is becoming such a lovable character and is really doing well against whomever he is matched up with. Let us hope something comes to fruition from this match – whatever it may be.
For the first time in this feature’s history, WWE’s premiere place for development talent, NXT, gave us two matches worth talking about and are included in the top ten list. Last week had some decent matches, and with all the criticism that came forth based on their pay-per-view, WWE Battleground, it is safe to say the company bounced back as we take a look at the best matches of last week.