Curtis Axel def. Curt Hawkins
Didn't these two face off several weeks ago then team up for no apparent reason? And now they're back to being opponents? No wonder crowds can't get behind Axel as a babyface: no one (including him) knows what the hell he is supposed to be! From an in-ring standpoint, the match was fine, but you would think you were watching a match on an independent wrestling show based on how quiet a majority of the audience was for it. Then again, that might be an insult to indie wrestling. And to think it was four years ago this week Axel won the Intercontinental Championship to a huge pop at Payback 2013. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Ariya Daivari def. Gran Metalik
As I've said in the past, Metalik is one of the best wrestlers WWE has, yet he's never used on television for some strange reason. What a waste of a tremendous talent. Instead, he's relegated to the occasional Main Event match, losing more often than not. This was no different, in yet another forgettable match against Daivari, who isn't even being pushed at the moment. Thus, what would have been the harm in having him lose to Metalik? The crowd was every bit as quiet for this as they were for the opener.
Once again, Main Event featured two perfectly passable, solid matches, but the lack of crowd engagement really killed my interest in both bouts. There's a serious issue there with the way WWE brands its Cruiserweight division that I've discussed before, while fans have been given no reason to get behind Axel as a babyface. All in all, this was a totally missable episode and the Raw recaps (outside of the Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar brawl) weren't much better.
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