Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
This match could have been much better than what was presented. The match was not bad, and Dolph Ziggler showed that he could put on a good championship match, but matches like these it what you use to main event a non-taped event. Dolph Ziggler has the ability to sell two-counts well enough that the reality of him losing can be suspended for a moment. This could have been build as the main event of Raw for the first show of the year, and the match could have be so good that people—if only for a split second—would actually believe that Ziggler has a chance of winning the title. Instead, Ziggler puts up a valiant effort, but gets buried after the match via a meaningless Randy Orton beatdown. Ziggler's career is going backwards every week, and the latter half of 2013 has been extremely rough for him. Sadly, his pink hair is a more important topic than he is.
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Mark Henry vs. Roman Reigns
Conversely, Romans Reigns is more highlighted individually than Ambrose, so it made sense for him to pick up the win. It was quite obvious that it would be a 1-1 split going into the third match, so this was the right call. Moreover, Reigns defeating people like a returning, more mean and dominate looking Mark Henry looks good on his resume to become a top star in the near future.
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
This was the best night of Seth Rollins's WWE career. Not from the perspective of achievement, but from viewpoint of him finally getting an opportunity to showcase his individual talent on a main event level. Many people do not realize how good he was in ROH as Tyler Black, and it is clear that, at least before this night, he was #3 on the Shield totem pole. I highly doubt that this showing will substantially help him get an individual push when the Shield finally breaks up, but at least he now has a strong argument that he can get the job done. The match was well-constructed, and a great way to close the final SmackDown of the year.
WOW!!!! @WWERollins and @JohnCena are having a PPV quality match! #SmackDown— Brian G. James (@WWERoadDogg) December 28, 2013
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