By Graham "GSM" Matthews
American Alpha def. The Vaudevillians
These two teams clashed a handful of times in NXT and had good matches every time, and this was more of the same from them. It was pretty basic, though, with The Vaudevillians on offense throughout only for American Alpha to battle back and score the win. As I've said before, I'll never complain about seeing American Alpha in action, but they really should be on SmackDown Live more consistently. They had a great thing going with The Usos for a while which has almost since been abandoned because neither team has been on the blue brand for a few weeks.
Apollo Crews def. Curt Hawkins
I'm actually surprised Hawkins wrestled here and that they didn't save it for SmackDown, but then again, I think officials care as much about his "push" as the fans do (a.k.a. very little). On the bright side, he is a skilled wrestler, so him and Crews contested a solid match. The crowd didn't have much of a reason to invest in the matchup, but I enjoyed it for what it was. Hawkins losing essentially cements him as an enhancement talent, but Crews losing here would have been far worse.
I guess this show was somewhat newsworthy for featuring Hawkins' "long-awaited" in-ring debut, and he had a fun little match with Crews to boot. Furthermore, Alpha vs. Vaudevillians was a nice match, so this was an above-average edition of Main Event by my standards. If you skip the Raw replays, this is entertaining hour of wrestling that flies by.
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