By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Fandango def. Curtis Axel
We saw the same match on Raw this week, although was slightly longer but only a few minutes. It didn't matter it was one minute or ten: it failed to peak my interest. Axel has gotten his Axelmania shtick over in a major way and Fandango is a great athlete, but their in-ring styles simply don't click. People get a kick out of Axel, but they don't take him seriously because he never wins. The return of Fandangoing was cool for one night in England, but it clearly hasn't had the same reaction in the States, unfortunately for him.
Brie Bella def. Alicia Fox
Man, and I thought the crowd was flat for the opener. You could have heard a pin drop at ant point in this match. And don't take that as a knock on the talents involved but rather the booking of the talents involved. Fox has floundered for years and it still hasn't been clearly defined whether The Bella Twins are babyfaces now or not. Brie's booking before last week was already atrocious, but her recent turn doesn't help matters, which is why it came as no surprise that the crowd sat on their hands for this one. They briefly came alive when Brie was on offense, but other than that, they were dead silent.
Stardust def. R-Truth
It's pretty depressing that Stardust's breakout performance against John Cena for the United States Championship a few weeks back didn't earn him anything other than a Main Event match against R-Truth. How sad. He needs to ditch the gimmick as soon as possible, but who's to say he still wouldn't be wrestling on Main Event? The match was fine for what it was, but as I've stressed in the past, it's extremely difficult for me to care about anything involving Truth, and from what it seemed the crowd shared my apathy.
The Lucha Dragons def. The Ascension
Remember when it was a huge deal when The Lucha Dragons knocked off The Ascension to win the NXT Tag Team Championship in the fall? Yeah, neither do I. Nevertheless, although it feels like I've seen this match a million times before, the two teams always work well together and The Lucha Dragons are probably the best opponents The Ascension has ever had. They always produce quality matches, and while short, this contest was no different. It was also another nice win for The Lucha Dragons as they contend to build momentum for themselves.
The first three matches were total throwaway, and while the main event between The Ascension and The Lucha Dragons was somewhat enjoyable, it's been done enough times that there's no need reason to go out of your way to see it. There are weeks when Main Event can be fun to watch, and other weeks where it's a drag to sit through. Evidently, this episode fell in the latter category.