James Dixon: This is more like it from the WWE Network. A relic from the past, much loved and missed by long-time fans like myself, reanimated exclusively on the Network. It’s the kind of thing they should have been doing for a while, otherwise what else is there to retain the more casual viewers outside of the monthly pay-per-views? The old shows are great, but we have all seen them plenty of times. They are fine for a few months as a hook, but once you have watched everything you want to watch, then the need for fresh, first-run programming arises. They have figured that out now, and this week alone there is something new and potentially entertaining every night. For all my criticism of WWE this year, one thing I cannot praise them enough for is the Network. I think it is the best thing they have done in a long, long time.
The show opens with a brief graphic in memory of a true wrestling great, former AWA promoter Verne Gagne, who passed away yesterday at the age of 89. It’s nice that they acknowledged him.
We start with a recap from <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>Raw last night introduced by Jerry Lawler, showing how tonight’s four semi-finalists made it to this stage. To recap: Bad News Barrett beat Dolph Ziggler after interference from Sheamus, R-Truth beat Stardust in a head-scratcher, Sheamus went over Dean Ambrose thanks to a Dolph run in leading to a DQ, and dark horse Neville pinned Luke Harper in a tidy little match. Of the four remaining, Sheamus is the only former winner of the tournament, having lifted the crowd in 2010. We cut to the locker room where he tells Byron Saxton someone will kiss his arse. That shtick is old already. Neville is with Renee Young and warns Sheamus that he is doing to show him what a “little fella” can do.