By Graham "GSM" Matthews
The Lucha Dragons def. Curtis Axel and Heath Slater
There weren't any rumors of The Lucha Dragons being called up prior to this point, so I'm not sure whether this was simply a test run or if they are officially here to stay. Either way, they were impressive here and got the crowd behind them as the match progressed. As I've said time and time again, Sin Cara is damaged goods as a singles competitor, but in this tandem with Kalisto, he has some life. Whenever it may be, The Lucha Dragons coming to the main roster would be a nice addition to the depleted tag team division, along with the recently reunited Prime Time Players.
Stardust def. Zack Ryder
As much as I despise the Stardust character and still believe Cody Rhodes is deserving of so much more, there's no denying that Cody is really dedicated to the role. He can be a nice pest heel as Stardust, but as noted, I can see Cody as a world champion if they just pushed the guy properly. It was fun to see Ryder compete for the first time since the Royal Rumble match and although it was in a losing effort, he had a nice showing here as well.
Titus O'Neil def. Adam Rose by Disqualification
Although O'Neil showed some babyface tendencies when he came out, the fans were still hesitant to get behind him early on. Rose wasn't the best opponent for him since he's struggling with character development at the moment and fans don't know whether to cheer or boo him, either. That said, it was smart to keep this match relatively short, leading to Darren Young coming to O'Neil's aid afterward to fend off the Rosebuds. They received a nice reaction from the live crowd and as I said in my Raw review, it's great to see The Prime Time Players reuniting as the tag team division can really benefit from their presence.
Cesaro def. Jack Swagger
These two always work well together and this was no exception. The action was entertaining throughout and Swagger is still over enough that he (along with Cesaro) managed to hold the crowd's interest. I really liked the narrative the commentators were telling on commentary that Cesaro is better off with Tyson Kidd than he ever was with Swagger. It was a logical win for Cesaro as he and Kidd prepare to contend for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Fastlane on Sunday.
I was genuinely surprised how enjoyable this edition of Main Event ended up being considering it's not on the WWE Network anymore. After a long string of forgettable shows, this was easily the best episode in quite some time featuring a little bit of everything. The Lucha Dragons made their main roster debut, Ryder showing up was a pleasant surprise, The Prime Time Players got a good reaction, and they capped off the night with a very solid matchup between Cesaro and Swagger. If can you fast forward through all the Raw recaps, then this show is well worth sitting through.
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