Heath Slater def. Curt Hawkins
Needless to say, we have seen these two clash countless times on Main Event in the past, so this was hardly anything new. That said, it might have been their best bout to date, or at least of the matches that I can remember. I liked the strategy Hawkins employed by attempting to have Rhyno hit him so he'd win by disqualification (the babyfaces ended up outsmarting him). That was a nice touch, along with Hawkins hitting his elbow drop finisher and nearly winning before Slater rolled him up for the victory. It was a fairly basic matchup on the whole, but those little touches made it stand out over their other encounters.
Cedric Alexander def. Ariya Daivari
Oddly enough, the Cruiserweights were nowhere to be seen on Raw this week, and although they appeared in front of the live crowd on Main Event, that isn't a valid reason, because we've seen matches held on both Raw and Main Event before. Nevertheless, this was a well-wrestled little match from Alexander and Daivari. They have obviously worked together enough times over the last year, and although Daivari tends to bore me to tears, Alexander is always such a blast to watch in the ring regardless of who he's up against and the Lumbar Check never gets old.
This was a typical edition of Main Event where the two featured matches have been done to death, yet they're decent for what they are. Plus, a lively crowd never hurts. All in all, this was an average episode. You aren't wasting your time if you check it out, but it isn't mandatory viewing, either. As for the Raw and SmackDown Live recaps, I enjoyed Raw on Monday night, whereas I thought SmackDown really phoned it in, so watch what you wish.
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