Jey Uso lands a hard kick on Dean Ambrose.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
The Shield def. Mark Henry and The Usos
While this was an entertaining bout, I felt that their initial encounter from last week's Raw was a bit better. Not only that, but this match was at one point believed to be a part of the SummerSlam card, so it should have been made out to be a bigger deal. Nonetheless, everyone played their part well here and the final few minutes were fun. The Shield going over comes as no surprise as they make their way back up the ladder in WWE, but I'm interested where Henry and The Usos go from here.
Natalya def. Aksana
I've never been high on Aksana as an in-ring competitor, but she managed to hold her own against Natalya. It was a basic bout with a formulaic flow with Aksana getting the upper hand earlier on only for Natalya to bounce back for the victory. Neither Diva means a heck of a lot right now, so this was more of a plug for Total Divas (which features Natalya) than anything else.
Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel def. Sin Cara (Non-title)
Axel has been overshadowed by the rivalry between CM Punk, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman as of late, so it was good to see him regain some of that spotlight on this show. He and Sin Cara had a decent contest, but Heyman's bickering with The Miz and Josh Matthews on commentary was rather distracting. Regardless, the finishing sequence was well done and it was a nice win for Axel for the first time in weeks.
It still annoys me to no end that WWE couldn't care less about Main Event and promoting its matches, as the opening six-man tag team match was once considered to be a marquee match. That aside, the wrestling on this show was solid, but nothing was worth watching if you happened to miss it. If nothing else, it was an enjoyable hour of programming that featured matches (and a brief recap video) where the right people went over.
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