By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Cesaro def. Curtis Axel
This was a much more entertaining match than I expected it to be. Not because Cesaro and Axel aren't above-average wrestlers because they are but rather because I assumed it wouldn't last long and they wouldn't be able to have the match I know they're capable of. Well, we received just that: a very well-wrestled affair with a few funny spots peppered in (Cesaro joining in on the Bo Train was priceless). On a side note, I had completely forgotten that Axel was tag team partners with David Otunga until he mentioned it. I really appreciate all the fun facts he incorporates it into his commentary.
Baron Corbin def. Sin Cara
We've seen Corbin squash Cara a handful of times in recent months, so this was ultimately nothing new. Cara scored a small amount of offense over Corbin per usual, but I actually enjoyed it this time for whatever reason. It was a nice little match while it lasted that led to another dominant win for The Lone Wolf. Here's hoping they're merely waiting until after the Draft to pull the trigger on a singles push for him.
The Golden Truth def. The Ascension
Any regular readers of my reviews know that I couldn't care less about The Golden Truth, so I immediately zone out during their matches. Having equally boring opponents in The Ascension didn't help, but the best thing I can say about this bout was that it was kept short and sweet. If this tandem of R-Truth and Goldust is here to stay, they are better off having brief matches that don't overstay their welcome. Also, the Breezango vs. Golden Truth feud is still going on? Ugh.
United States Champion Rusev def. Apollo Crews (Non-title)
As a first time ever encounter, I would have liked to see this match saved for when it meant more and not thrown away on an episode of Main Event. I was worried Crews would be decimated by Rusev, but he managed to look good in defeat and have a strong showing. I would love to see these two engage in a full-fledged feud over the U.S. title at some point down the line, and quite honestly, I'd have no problem with Crews being the one to take the title off him. As long as Crews doesn't continue to suffer inconsequential losses going forward, I'm content.
Dolph Ziggler is still obnoxious on commentary. In related news, grass is green. In all seriousness, this was a pretty solid edition of Main Event. Cesaro vs. Axel was perfectly slotted in the opener and kicked off the evening on a positive note, Corbin vs. Cara was a serviceable squash, and the main event was a treat in the time it was allotted. The only match I didn't care for (Golden Truth vs. Ascension) didn't eat up too much time at all, so I can't complain.
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