Zack Ryder def. Mike Kanellis
Ryder and Kanellis are fairly familiar with each other by this point after having so many matches together over the past number of months. They've built up a nice chemistry, but unfortunately, that didn't make this match any more exciting because it was barely above being basic. The crowd not giving two craps didn't help, either, but Kanellis hitting his finisher (or at least I think it's still his finisher) and Ryder kicking out of it was a good swerve, even if the audience in attendance didn't think there was a shot in hell Kanellis would win (and they were right because he didn't).
Apollo Crews def. Mojo Rawley
Rawley's matches usually bore me to tears, but this was easily his most entertaining one-on-one outing in recent memory, if not ever. Crews should take a ton of credit for that because he's an outstanding athlete who rarely gets the recognition he deserves. That said, I'm hoping his split from Titus Worldwide will lead to him getting more chances to shine in singles competition such as this match. This was a lot of fun while it lasted and Crews winning was a pleasant surprise.
As has been the case for many months now, anything from Raw is not worth watching back, whereas the SmackDown Live recaps are a bit more bearable. Meanwhile, the two featured matches this week were well-wrestled and a fine use of time. Ryder vs. Kanellis was nothing new due to being done to death by this point, but Crews vs. Rawley exceeded my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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