By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Apollo Crews def. Curtis Axel
It's been two weeks and Crews is still squashing members of The Social Outcasts, which gives me the impression that officials called him up from NXT because they think he has potential and not because they had anything substantial for him to do on the main roster from the get-go. He certainly has plenty of upside, but as I've been saying in recent weeks, these squash matches will only go so far in getting him over with the audience before they get bored of him. This was another impressive outing from him and Axel sold his offense well, but it felt like a placeholder for Crews.
Summer Rae def. Alicia Fox
I think Summer is more talented than most people give her credit for as a wrestler and this match showed signs of that. The bout was too brief to be anything of note, but they made decent use of the time they were allotted and had a fine match. I do dig Summer's new finisher, though I couldn't tell you what her previous finisher was because she rarely wins. I'd love to see her get more of a chance to shine in the revamped women's division, but I question whether her character is too damaged following her various pairings with Fandango, Tyler Breeze and others.
Big Show and Kane def. The Wyatt Family
I figured WWE would keep The Wyatt Family off TV all together while Bray Wyatt was recovering from his injury, but apparently not. If they were going to appear here, why not on Monday's Raw? They could still do The Wyatt Family vs. League of Nations in a two-on-two match without Bray, but now I'm wondering whether they're babyfaces or not since they were heels here. Ugh, my head hurts. It was mostly a standard tag team match, but I was shaking my head at the end when The Wyatt Family lost. I guess I shouldn't be too bothered because it's Main Event, but Show and Kane picking up the win served zero purpose.
Half of the roster was working a house show elsewhere when this was taped, so since SmackDown used most of the star power, Main Event was left with the scraps. Admittedly, they did a passable job with who they had, including appearances from Big Show and Kane (who are bigger stars than most of the usual cast and crew on this program), but none of the matches were particularly special in any way.