By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Titus O'Neil def. Damien Sandow
Before getting released by WWE on Friday, Sandow did the honors for both members of The Prime Time Players on his way out. That's commendable and all, but I just can't get over how wasted he had been on the roster since last year. Oh well, nothing more can be said about it now than what's been said already. The match was all right for what it was, but between two fan favorites, there was an odd dynamic. This marked O'Neil's first singles match in nearly three months since before his suspension, and it will be interesting to see if he will continue to be pushed going forward.
Apollo Crews def. Viktor
Crews has been largely relegated to Main Event and Superstars in recent weeks, and although I was convinced before WWE had next to no idea how to handle him on the main roster, this pretty much confirms my fear. He had yet another impressive outing here, but I think crowds are growing tired of seeing him go up against enhancement talent. Crews is far better than that, and hopefully actual direction is in his future.
Baron Corbin def. Sin Cara
Sin Cara had his fair share of botches that were not well cleaned up in post-production, but they didn't matter much considering the bout was short-lived. Cara scored some offense, but Corbin dominated a majority of the match. I remain hopeful that he can regain the lost momentum from Payback and Raw, but he needs to be built back up and not be reduced to the level of every other midcarder.
Dolph Ziggler def. Stardust
Ziggler and Stardust have more in common than you might think. Both are excellent athletes with outdated gimmicks that are never going to get them above a certain level. As a result, I couldn't care less about either of them at the moment. But at least they work well together and produce enjoyable matches, such as this one. They made good use of the time they were allotted and I was surprised to see Ziggler use the superkick as a finisher for once. A nice refreshing change of pace.
Every match had some sort of significance and featured at least one notable name (which is a step above the usual cast and crew the program tends to feature), but I can't say any of the four matches intrigued me or are worth checking out. Ziggler vs. Stardust was the best bout on the entire show, but even that felt tame compared to other matches we've had on Main Event as of late.
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