By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Erick Rowan def. Adam Rose
After weeks of walking out to silence on Raw and on Sunday at Fastlane, Rowan received a pretty nice pop when he came out for his match here, but I attribute most of that to the show being taped. It was a glorified squash win for Rowan, and that's exactly what it needed to be. So much damage has been done to Rose to the point where wins aren't going to do anything to help him, whereas Rowan is still somewhat relevant, so at least this making quick work of Rowan benefited him a bit.
Luke Harper def. Kofi Kingston
I can't remember how many times in the past these two have gone one-on-one if ever, so it felt fresh and they worked a fun match. Kingston has been so devalued that it was hard to take any of his offense serious, but he and Harper had an interesting clash of styles, making for an enjoyable encounter. The New Day is a lost cause until they go heel, but there's still hope for Harper if they can book him properly instead of marginalizing him like they have been for the last few months.
Neither of the featured matchups this week were particularly "must-see," but to their credit, we hadn't seen either of them before (or at least not to my knowledge), and it gave both Rowan and Harper (who need to desperately reunite) easy wins. Given Raw wasn't too hot on Monday night, the recaps wee worth skipping through as well.
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