By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Goldust def. Curtis Axel
Axel appeared to be a babyface for a few months, but from what Tom Phillips said during this match, the audience just wasn't embracing him, so he's apparently now a heel again. Or maybe it's just a one-week deal. Oh, who the hell cares. This match was technically sound, but utlimately nothing too special. Axel is just damaged goods at this point, and it's a shame Goldust isn't being used better in the twilight of his career. This wasn't a very memorable match, but at least it was well-wrestled.
Tony Nese def. Lince Dorado
According to WWE, the Cruiserweights are exclusive to Raw. And 205 Live. And Main Event. And sometimes NXT. Maybe they should look up the definition of the word "exclusive." At any rate, this was a pretty fun match, but Nese and Dorado have suffered from a serious lack of character development since the launch of the Cruiserweight division. I'm not even sure what's supposed to make Nese a heel other than his brief trash talking during his matches.
I continue to wish the undercard talent on SmackDown Live worked Main Event, but I understand that's no longer possible with the program being taped before Raw. The Cruierweight match made this show a bit more bearable than usual, and Goldust vs. Axel was average as well. It certainly isn't the first thing I would recommend you watch during your holiday festivities, but it isn't entirely awful, either. Happy holidays, folks!
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