By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Neville def. Heath Slater
This was no different than the match they contested on Superstars this week other than it likely being a minute or two shorter. In fact, I may have enjoyed their encounter on Superstars more because the Chicago crowd was livelier than wherever this show was taped. Neville was able to get his signature spots in and pick up an easy win, but he feels directionless at the moment and it worries me given how talented he is. Could we be calling him "The Man Creative Forgot" before long?
The Lucha Dragons def. Los Matadores
Similar to Neville, The Lucha Dragons have plenty of crowd-pleasing offense, but while the crowd came alive for certain spots, they were dead for this match on the whole. In their defense, I wouldn't be too excited about a match featured the Matadores, either. They're great wrestlers and all, but their gimmick is atrocious and I'm stunned it's been two years and WWE has yet to take the masks off them or at least get the stupid bull out of their act. Hopefully we'll be seeing the Dragons in the WWE Tag Team Championship picture at some point soon.
Cesaro def. Luke Harper
Since WWE ceased caring about making Main Event meaningful (when it got booted from the WWE Network or arguably earlier), I noted they stopped doing backstage interviews before some of the matches, so it was a pleasant surprise to see it return to get some brief words from Cesaro and Harper before their match. I enjoyed the two matches they had a few weeks back and this contest was equally excellent. It was extremely well-wrestled and they managed to get the crowd engaged in everything they did, especially after the commercial break. I didn't see this as a demotion for Cesaro so much as a showcase, but he deserves to be prominently featured on programming after the amazing matches he's had with John Cena as of late.
The first two matches were fun for what they were, but the lack of crowd interest didn't help matters whatsoever. Neville vs. Slater was nothing new and the tag team match served its purpose in getting the Dragons over, but the true show-stealer was of course Cesaro vs. Harper. Of their mini-series of matches, this was the best one yet and it's well worth going out of your way to see. The rest of this show is forgettable, but the main event continued Cesaro's recent streak of exceptional matchups.
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