By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Sheamus def. Zack Ryder
It would have been nice to hear from Apollo Crews on commentary to further his feud with Sheamus, but I wasn't surprised that wasn't the case since storyline progression is not Main Event's strong suit. As for the match itself, I thoroughly enjoyed it and as I've said before, Ryder works perfectly from underneath. He actually came close to scoring the upset on a few occasions and I bought into a few of the nearfalls considering how little Sheamus means these days. He ultimately picked up the win, but Ryder looked good in defeat.
Titus O'Neil def. Viktor
It's nice to see WWE continuing to push O'Neil as a singles star despite his recent suspension. He isn't amazing in the ring, but he's competent enough that he can contest passable matches. Unfortunately, Viktor wasn't the most exciting opponent for him to go up against, but their match was fine for what it was and the important thing was that O'Neil was able to build more momentum going into his upcoming United States Championship match with a win here.
United States Champion Rusev def. Sin Cara (Non-title)
I liked how the start of this match was a bit out of the ordinary with Rusev attacking Sin Cara before the bout even began. It added to the story they told during their match, but the crowd largely sat on their hands while Rusev was dominating the match because they had zero incentive to care about Sin Cara or feel sympathy for him. On the bright side, they came alive for Sin Cara's fun flurry of offense as the two picked up the pace down the stretch. I also appreciated how the commentators mentioned how Rusev was trying to prove something to his Money in the Bank opponent O'Neil with his ruthless performance here.
I'd say an appearance by the United States Champion made this a more newsworthy edition of Main Event than usual, but Kalisto was on almost every episode during his stint as champion, so this was nothing new. On the whole, it was an average show with three decent matches, though I was more entertained by the opener than I was the other two bouts. On a side note, while Dolph Ziggler's energy on commentary is refreshing, the way he calls the action sounds sarcastic, and regardless of whether that's the intent or not, it makes the show come off as second-rate. It is second-rate, but there's no use in blatantly pointing that out.
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