EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — By the end of Sunday's WWEpay-per-view event, there was certainly a way out for John Laurinaitis.
The now-former on-screen employee of WWE was fired by Vince McMahon and then sent through the Spanish announce table by a victorious John Cena in his cage match against Big Show. Brodus Clay, who earlier defeated David Otunga by countout, was on hand to make sure "Big Johnny" didn't interfere. The match itself was a typically entertaining match -- what else would you expect from Cena? -- that included an AA on the massive Show, who dazzled the New Jersey crowd with a rare top rope elbow drop.
** CM Punk successfully defended his WWE title by pinning Kane after AJ got knocked off the apron unintentionally by the Big Red Monster. Not much was resolved in the AJ love sweepstakes, other than the fact that Kane is now showing a more aggressive affinity for AJ, proactively kissing her and carrying her backstage after the match while she flashes a naughty grin to Punk in the ring. AJ continues to knock her performances out of the park and it's no surprise she was prominently displayed on this event's poster. The last diva to be prominently displayed on a PPV poster was Maria for SunmerSlam 2008.
** In the opening bout, Sheamus retained his world heavyweight title against Dolph Ziggler, who had the full support of the Izod Center crowd. Though the outcome isn't surprising, both men elevated their stock with a terrific opening fight which set the tone for the evening's matches.
** Santino Marella defeated Ricardo Rodriguez in a tuxedo match. This was the typical comedy you would expect from the pair, including a leg sock cobra and del Rio ripping his underwear. This did seem to drag, as crowd delivered a smattering of "boring" chants.
** Christian defeated Cody Rhodes in another entertaining title match on the card. These are the kind of matches that will re-invest me into WWE's second-tier championships.
** Darren Young and Titus O'Neil won a fatal four-way contest to become No. 1 contenders to the tag titles. I liked the explanation by AW as to why Epico and Primo didn't get their rematch (going over 30 days, a rule wish I remained enforced with every title). AW changed allegiances after the math, siding with the Primetime Players.
** Layla defeated Beth Phoenix in a match that was unfortunately shrouded by the cloud of Kharma's absence. Unfortunately, the Divas division and its interest currenty rests in her hands.
** Sin Cara defeated Hunico in a match I'm tired of seeing. I understand the two have history, and Hunico can be counted on to supply a good match with Sin Cara, but it's time to take the training wheels off the Mexican superstar. It's sink or swim time.
** Ryback squashed two more enhancement talents in a match you have seen before. But you still get help but be impressed by Ryback's strength.
** Overall, the pay-per-view wasn't a bad one, but it left a lot of unresolved questions going into tonight's Raw.