Shelton Benjamin def. Curt Hawkins
Hawkins and Zack Ryder are from New York, so I guess the Brooklyn crowd was expected to rally behind them here. However, that was not the case. They must have remembered that Hawkins was a loser for so many years before finally winning at WrestleMania 35, so they never bought into the idea of him beating Benjamin here. Hawkins and Benjamin produced a nice little match where they both got to shine a bit. I like Benjamin adding the modified armbar to his arsenal as an alternate finisher.
Akira Tozawa def. Eric Young
Both of these guys could be doing so much more right now, it's a shame. Tozawa's talents are very well documented, and while I've never been the biggest Eric Young fan, he would be perfect in a comedy role since his heel run has been a bust on the main roster. At any rate, this was a solid match. It started out slow with Young on offense, but they eventually picked up the pace once Tozawa started battling back before picking up the victory as he should have.
I don't foresee any of these guys escaping Main Event purgatory any time soon (if ever), so while none of these matches were worth writing home about, at least they were relatively fresh and thus I enjoyed and appreciated them for what they were. Feel free to pick and choose from the SmackDown and Raw replays, as I don't care for much on SmackDown at the moment but the stuff from Raw has largely been entertaining. A pretty par-for-the-course edition of Main Event this week.
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