By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter Interrupted Alberto Del Rio
It was extremely strange for Del Rio to play the role of a fan favorite on this show. Granted, he was over with the audience and it made sense given where the show emanated from, but why not put him up against another heel for the night instead of a rising babyface in Swagger? The fact the fans sided with Del Rio during his promo ruined the reaction Swagger got when he came out with Colter acting like his old self. Some fans chanted along with "We the People" anyway, but it was odd booking that nonetheless effectively hyped their match for later in the night.
Slater Gator def. Goldust and Stardust
I figured Slater's big win on Raw would signal him breaking off on his own again in singles competition, but apparently not. Slater and Titus O'Neil can be entertaining as a duo, but it feels like a waste of talent for both guys. I'm still not sold on Stardust and their loss here didn't do any favors. They spent weeks rambling about random garbage only to return to the ring and loss. How much sense does that make?
Divas Champion AJ Lee def. Summer Rae (Non-title)
It seemed strange that AJ would be cleared for competition less than a week after being shoved off a stage, but at least she sold her injury well throughout the bout. It wasn't as long as it probably should have been, but they had a nice match while it lasted. To my memory, this marked the first ever singles encounter between the two, so I'd like to see them clash again down the road. Rae has been positioned as a babyface in recent weeks since splitting from Fandango, so that didn't give the fans much incentive to boo her. The post-match verbal exchange between AJ and Paige was very good and I highly anticipate their upcoming title match at SummerSlam.
Jack Swagger def. Alberto Del Rio
The two have obvious history with each other dating back to last year and I was glad that was touched upon by the commentators beforehand. They worked a very well wrestled match, but again, the dynamic of Del Rio acting face and Swagger being the de facto heel hindered the contest. It was like the fans didn't know who to cheer. That aside, they have great in-ring chemistry together and had a solid match. The clean submission win for Swagger also helped boost his momentum going into his pending bout against Rusev.
There was a lot of questionable booking on this episode for sure, but it by no means made it a bad show. The Paige and AJ promo as well as the Swagger vs. Del Rio match made up for the confusing opening segment and throwaway tag team match, making this a middle-of-the-road edition of Main Event as a whole.
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