No Way Jose def. Curt Hawkins
Jose and Hawkins have had a handful of matches against each other since Jose's move to the main roster in the spring, so this was nothing new. Despite that, the crowd was actually into the match for the most part and reacted to both guys more than usual during their entrances. It played out exactly how it usually does, but the audience didn't sit on their hands for it and instead went along with everything they did, so that was a pleasant surprise.
Chad Gable, Heath Slater and Rhyno def. Mike Kanellis and The Ascension
Of course, The Ascension are a dead act by this point, but they were fine in this contest and I thought everyone else had their usual solid showings. It was especially fun whenever Gable and Kanellis were going at it. For some strange reason, the crowd was really hot for Rhyno during this match, even though Gable wrestled a majority of the matchup for his team and ended up scoring the win by pinning Kanellis. He looked extra impressive here and I continue to be baffled that he is rarely on Raw nowadays and isn't being utilized in a more important manner.
As has been the case for months now, Raw was dreadful on Monday night and SmackDown Live was largely entertaining, so skip the Raw stuff and feel free to re-watch whatever you please from SmackDown. Meanwhile, this week's two featured Main Event matches were well-wrestled and I appreciated how the audience was livelier than usual for both bouts, because it enhanced my enjoyment of them significantly.
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