Just woke up, these 4am finishes really put my day outta whack. Anyway, random thoughts:
Didn't care for the opening elimination match, bar the PTP's and Tyson Kidd, not really a fan of any of the other guys involved in it, but a solid opener and a good end to the match with all the high flyers hitting their finishers.
Antonio Cesaro continues to bring undoubted class to the U.S. Title. Would love to see him feud with someone big like Orton or Miz to put him over to the next level. Can't see any of them two dropping to midcard though.
Sheamus v Show was never going to live up to their last battle at the last PPV. Decent, physical, nothing spectacular, although great to see a very aggressive side of Sheamus, trying to beat the Rock's record of number of chair shots at a PPV!
The crowd last night loved Ziggler. Plenty of DZ shirts and signs. Seemed a heel friendly crowd. What DID stand out was after Sheamus brutalised Show with the chair was the long "WE WANT ZIGGLER!" chants as Showed crawled back to the showers. I couldn't see him cashing in BEFORE his SS elimination match, but a nice tease for the casual fans non the less. Didn't like Sandow getting buried in the elimination match, but DELIGHTED to see Ziggler get a big win!
Punk is now 365 days champion. Well done WWE for seeing this through and making the title MEAN something again. When Punk eventually loses it, probably within the next 3 PPV's (my money is on the Rumble), it will be a HUGE deal. I'm not a fan of Cena but its good to see him putting guys like Ryback and indeed Punk over.
Finally, it was AWESOME to see Rollins and Ambrose FINALLY debut on the main roster. Not overly familiar with Reigns, but the more new blood given a chance the merrier. People like Bryan, PTP's, Gabriel, Barrett, Sandow, Cesaro show that the WWE's development programme (FCW and NXT) can produce top stars. Excited to see what these 3 bring to the table. Nexus v.2 with Punk taking back the role as leader?