By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Titus O'Neil def. Curtis Axel
I have to give Axel props for at least attempting to get over as a babyface. He never officially turned, but it switches up the undercard on the Raw brand a bit, so I can't complain. Has he won a match as a babyface yet, though? This match was more bearable than I thought it would be, laregely due to Axel carrying O'Neil to a competent contest, but ultimatley nothing special. There wasn't any talk of O'Neil's "brand," so perhaps they've abandoned that apparent gimmick for him already.
Jinder Mahal def. Darren Young
We have seen Mahal vs. Young a handful of times in the past and their matches are never any different. While I like Young, WWE has given viewers zero incentive to get behind him since the start of the Brand Split, which is a real shame considering the momentum he had when he initially returned. Meanwhile, Mahal is as boring as can be, and I was actually a little disappointed he went over here.
Raw's undercard is far more underwhelming than SmackDown Live's, hence why these shows are constantly mediocre. Axel turning babyface has led to a few fresh matchups, but nothing must-see by any means. Young and Mahal continue to spin their wheels, and neither of them are going to get anywhere as long as they're working with each other.
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