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What I Liked:
CM Punk and Paul Heyman start the show, which had to be how we got the night off on a good note. They talk about what happened last week with the botched call and the referee in question. Even though Punk is not talking as much because of Paul Heyman, I feel like it is actually more effective. When he talks, you know he has something to say and will not have to continuously repeat what he feels. A different voice means so much. With AJ Lee coming out and not firing the referee, this is where Heyman shined. He talked about AJ's past with Punk, and they show her crying to Punk. This was excellent on so many levels, and made for great dramamtic television. She would end up slapping Heyman and really looking upset. Punk and AJ can still be in the minds of the fans, but not always in the forefront. This rehashes the story, but they will not get carried away with it. I thought the jab at the NFL was classic Vince. You know he will never shy away from a moment where he can mock his "competition."
Dolph Ziggler Defeats Kofi Kingston
What I Liked:
Can we say that Dolph and Kofi are excellent each time they wrestle? Absolutely, because their extreme similarities are showcased tonight. I can easily say "Why is Dolph not in a better feud" but he is going to be world champion. It is only a matter of time for Ziggler, so let's enjoy the actual wrestling he gives us each week. Ziggler takes control of the match with an inverted suplex for a near pinfall. He continues to work on Kofi, and exploiting the fact he is stronger than Kingston. He locks in the old school headlock, slowing down the pace at the perfect time. I also enjoyed that Kofi used a neckbreaker, something he rarely pulls out. As the match continues, multiple reversals and attempts fail Kofi, which allows Ziggler to connect with a Zig Zag. The pacing of the match was superb, fast when it needed to be, and slowed down at the right times to focus on the struggle in the ring for both men. Well done.