By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Bo Dallas def. Zack Ryder
It's sad to see how far Dallas has fallen since his days as NXT Champion and even when he was undefeated last summer. He was on such a roll, but they've done next to nothing with him since then. Putting him in that segment with Sting the night after WrestleMania seems like a waste in retrospect, eh? As much as I enjoy Ryder, this was a nothing match, as it was over within a minute or two that resulted in a quick win for Dallas. Neither of these guys mean anything, so neither did this bout.
Layla def. Emma
I'm not sure why she's been out of action for as long as she has been, but nevertheless, I'm glad Layla's back! Having her return in her native England was a nice touch, though it wasn't as if the live crowd gave her a returning hero's welcome. The match was well wrestled, but the commentators spent most of the match talking about the Paige and Naomi angle from Raw. It was a good win for Layla in her home country, but Emma needed the win more. With AJ Lee gone, Paieg out for right now and Naomi heel, they need more top faces in the Divas division, and Emma can fill that role nicely if she they didn't marginalize her.
Jimmy Uso def. Xavier Woods
Not only is Jey Uso getting injured a big blow to the tag team division, it puts Jimmy Uso's immediate future into question. I assume he'll still be utilized as a singles competitor until his brother returns, but he'll likely be a fixture on Main Event and Superstars for the most part. The "New Day sucks" chants were over with this crowd, so it was easy for them to side with Uso. It was a pretty basic match, but again, it leaves me wondering what will happen to Jimmy now that's on his own.
Rusev def. Dolph Ziggler
It's good they finally established the rules for the "Russian Chain Match" at Extreme Rules, but hopefully they replay this on Raw or SmackDown for those unaware. With the commentators mentioning how Rusev's first loss in WWE came at WrestleMania against John Cena, wouldn't it have been cool if they acknowledged that his first match in NXT was against Ziggler? I doubt anyone even remembers that, but still, it'd be worth bringing up. Regardless, they worked a very good match and perhaps the best bout to take place on Main Event in quite some time. Rusev was on offense for the most part, but the crowd was very much behind Ziggler during his brief hope spots. He also sold extremely well for Rusev and made him look like a total beast. I don't like Ziggler being beat so convincingly (especially considering he's currently in a feud with Sheamus), but the booking of Rusev is more important right now so he feels like a threat to Cena at the pay-per-view.
Maybe being in England prompted WWE to put forth an effort with this show, but it was a more enjoyable edition of Main Event than usual. The crowd, while not red hot, was relatively lively and the main event was the best bout to take place on this show in recent memory. The rest of the matches weren't anything special, though the returns of Dallas and Layla were at least somewhat noteworthy.
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