By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Rusev def. Zack Ryder
I figured this wouldn't be much more than a glorified squash match, but Ryder scored more offense than he probably should have. I know Rusev is no longer the unstoppable monster he once was, but there's no reason to have him take a beating at the hands of an enhancement talent like Ryder. If nothing else, I'm glad the obligatory "Dolph Ziggler stole my woman" promo from Rusev was relegated to Main Event this week as opposed to the main shows, but I did laugh at the "But Summer's just a woman" line. His whole misogynistic gimmick is a riot.
Braun Strowman def. Curtis Axel
Man, where the hell has Axel been lately? This might have been only the second time I've seen him in action in months. He barely received a reaction from the crowd when he made his entrance and it's a shame considering how over his Axelmania shtick was earlier this year. As for Strowman, it was cool to see part of The Wyatt Family make an appearance and assert their dominance. Strowman doesn't have much experience as a singles competitor under his belt yet, so quick squashes such as this one will only help him improve.
Cesaro def. Bo Dallas
Much like on this week's Superstars, Cesaro looked pretty frustrated he had to wrestle on Main Event instead of on the SmackDown taping. Even still, he never ceases to entertain an audience and he did a nice job of that in this match. Dallas scored some offense, but it was essentially a showcase for Cesaro's amazing abilities and yet another reminder that it's asinine WWE isn't doing more with him at the moment.
There were no extraordinary matches on this week's episode, but the appearances from Rusev, Cesaro and The Wyatt Family made for a refreshing change of pace. I'll take them over Adam Rose, Fandango and Heath Slater any day of the week. They all scored necessary wins, but I can't say it made for the most exciting hour of wrestling, so you're better off holding off until next week's Main Event unless you're a huge fan of any of the aforementioned men.
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