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Roman Reigns/Dean Ambrose vs. Kofi Kingston/Dolph Ziggler
Of course there was no doubt who the winners of this match would be, but all four are really good competitors, so at least we saw a good match. It was interesting to see Reigns and Ambrose team together, as they are the two in the group was has the most tension toward each other. Hopefully all of this leads to a triple threat match at WrestleMania for the US title. Roman Reigns winning a midcard championship would be a great launchpad for his ascension into the main event.
Sheamus vs. Ryback
This was actually a good match, and would have been better suited for WrestleMania. Especially since Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan looks to be off the books (YES! YES! YES!), which would leave no spot for both Sheamus and Ryback. Honestly, with Ultimate Warrior vs. Ryback being thrown around, I wouldn't mind a tag team match between Sheamus/Ultimate Warrior vs. Rybaxel at WM 30. It would milk Warrior's HOF induction, and bring that nostalgia factor to the PPV without seeing him in a singles match.
Daniel Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro
Very good match, as expected. Daniel Bryan getting the win was a good decision, as his momentum needs to continue to build heading into WrestleMania. Nice to see Cesaro showing his potential as a singles competitor again, but his alliance with Jack Swagger was the best thing that has happened to him in the WWE. It looks like they may be breaking up soon as well, with Swagger taking the babyface role. Although Swagger being a top babyface sounded good at one point in time, that train has long left.
AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella
Was not expecting to see Noami because of her injury, but this match was a bore. AJ Lee has the crown of being the longest reigning Divas champions now, but the reign has not been spectacular in the slightest bit. I can not quite pinpoint what it is, seeing how AJ is a good athlete, and there are other Divas that are good in the ring (Natalya, Naomi, Brie Bella, Tamina Snuka). If I had to pick something it would be the storyline writing. Quite abysmal.
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