Shelton Benjamin def. No Way Jose
WWE obviously doesn't view Benjamin as a priority anymore, but the guy can still go in the ring and this match was proof of that. That isn't to say it was a barn burner by any means, but I thought this was more fun than it had any right to be. Jose held his own as well and the fact that it was a fresh matchup was a plus. This marked Benjamin's second straight win on Main Event, though I highly doubt it will actually lead to anything substantial.
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder def. Eric Young and Erick Rowan
Rowan felt completely out of place in this match. While he isn't that much more talented than Young, Hawkins or Ryder, it's just that he faced Seth Rollins on Raw a week ago. Before that, he was feuding with Roman Reigns, who he actually beat at Clash of Champions in September. This could very well end up being a one-off for him on Main Event, but either way, let's hope Vince McMahon isn't in love with the idea of having the Eric(k)s be a regular tandem. Oh, and the matchup itself was fine. It was cool to see Hawkins and Ryder pick up a rare win in their hometown of Long Island and receive a nice pop from the crowd.
I found this to be one of the more enjoyable editions of Main Event in recent memory, at least compared to every other episode produced this year. The replays from Raw and SmackDown don't do anything for me personally, but I liked that both bouts this week hadn't been done before and weren't total wastes of time. Benjamin vs. Jose in particular was a pleasant surprise and I appreciated Hawkins and Ryder getting some shine in their hometown.
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