1. Air Boom v. The Great Khali & Jinder Mahal - 3 out of 5. Good spots and a surprising win from the champs, but overall pretty much what you'd expect.
2. Beth Phoenix v. Eve - 2 out of 5. #1 contenders matches, even (and probably especially) from the women should be better than this. Hopefully Beth can finish the job this time.
3. CM Punk v. R-Truth - 4 out of 5. Interesting matchup, and a good followup to last week's match with Miz. I'll admit it, I'm warming up to Truth.
4. Jerry Lawler & Zack Ryder v. David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty - 3 out of 5. I want to give this a 4 for Lawler & Ryder. But I also want to give it a 2 for Tag-Us. So I split the difference.
5. Randy Orton v. Heath Slater - 4 out of 5. Yeah, maybe it's cause I'm a Slater mark, but this match was overall better than expected.
6. Cena, Sheamus, Morrison, and Riley v. Christian, Ziggler, Swagger, and Barret - 3 out of 5. Sheamus, Barret, Ziggler, and Swagger performed admirably, but Morrison looked lazy, and come on, who didn't see Cena taking this match home for his team?
Now, let's talk developments this week. First issue: Kevin Nash. Nash has been stiff since his return, both physically and on the mic. Even hardcore nostalgia marks have been cringing at him. Well, Triple H fired him on air on Monday, and today the official announcement went up on WWE.com: Nash has been future endeavored. Will we see him again? He's undeniably a legend, and probably is still on friendly terms, but let's face it: this whole ordeal has been an embarrassment to the company. If we do see him again, I'd bank on it being a while. Hopefully by then he'll have loosened his mic chops back up, and we'll be able to listen to him without it hurting.
Now, let's talk about Zack Ryder. As you no doubt have noticed by now, we at Girls Watch Wrestling are card-carrying members of the Zack Pack. Somehow in my subconscious, when Lawler started talking about his partner this week, my first thought was "It's gotta be Zack Ryder." Excited to see him on Raw again, and doubly excited to see him win a real match against real wrestlers. The WWE seems to be toying with the idea of legitimizing the Internet Championship, which is something I would be okay with. TNA and Ring of Honor both have Television titles, and WWE does not. Sure, they have the Intercontinental and US championships, but the Internet Championship would be a great way to put some attention on lower-card performers. They could even take it a step further if they wanted, and open a monthly poll to the fans to choose which performers get to be contenders. Just a thought.
Lastly, there's the business portion of the talking segments. Several matches and stipulations were added to the card for Night of Champions. The Awesome Truth will be challenging Air Boom for the tag titles, which ought to be a great match no matter how you slice it. Beth Phoenix won the right to face Kelly for the Diva's championship. Hopefully Beth will take it home this time, but after SummerSlam, and with the way the Diva's division has begun to once again disappoint, I'm not holding my breath. And CM Punk's match with Triple H is now No Disqualifications. Oh yeah, if Trips loses, he has to resign as COO. You mean Nash is gone and we have an interesting stipulation for this match? Okay, guys, NOW I'm listening. I'm only wondering if Triple H will want something in return. Maybe, if Punk loses, he's not allowed to talk for a predetermined period of time? Like, at all. This guy has the face that can pull that off.
Okay, yeah. Suddenly I'm wanting to see Punk using only non-verbal communication...