Jinder Mahal def. Sin Cara
Thankfully, Mahal's alliance with Rusev is apparently no more. Rusev is way better off on his own (with Lana, of course) than with Mahal. The commentators noted that Rusev beat Cara on last week's edition of Main Event and that maybe Mahal wanted to one-up him here, but that was the only thing worth noting about this match. Although it was well-wrestled, the bout didn't feature anything of out of the ordinary and most crowds couldn't care less about either of these guys.
Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander def. Tony Nese and Drew Gulak
Nese has already been cleared to compete after suffering a minor injury a few weeks ago, so that's good to see. Ali and Alexander are two of the more impressive athletes in the entire Cruiserweight division, and thus it was no surprise that they made for a fun team here. This was a rather formulaic tag team match otherwise because they didn't go all out the way I know they're capable of, but it was still solid match, nevertheless.
I feared the worst when I saw Cara vs. Mahal was on tap for Main Event this week because their matches tend to bore me to tears, but what they produced here was fine. Meanwhile, the Cruiserweight tag team match was a nice showcase for the four men involved, so that might be worth checking out. Above all else, though, I would recommend you watch this episode if only for the full Festival of Friendship segment from Raw. Amazing stuff.
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