Mustafa Ali def. Arturo Ruas
Ali shockingly lost his last match on Main Event a few weeks ago to Riddick Moss and it would have been even worse if he lost to Ruas here. Ruas has appeared on Main Event at least one other time this year and was a part of Raw Underground just recently. As you could probably tell from his gear, he legitimately has fighting experience, so that might explain why WWE opted to protect him in defeat with the roll-up loss here. He and Ali had a fun little match and it was nice to see Ruas score so much offense.
Ricochet def. Humberto Carrillo
Like Ali, Ricochet is another uber-talented athlete that WWE seems to have no clue what to do with right now. I guess you could put Carrillo in that category as well, but he's still relatively new and doesn't excite me as much. Nonetheless, this match was filled with entertaining action and I was glad they were given an ample amount of time to work with, especially as they picked up the pace down the stretch. Ricochet winning was the right call as he's the bigger star of the two. The finish looked a little sloppy (I've never seen Ricochet hit the Recoil from that angle before), but that's merely nitpicking.
This marked Main Event's ThunderDome debut and, like with SmackDown, Raw and SummerSlam, the show drastically improved from the updated atmosphere. The Performance Center lacked that same energy, so the new arena and setup are a step up. Plus, from an in-ring standpoint, I found this to be one of the better editions in recent memory as Ali and Ruas worked well together while Ricochet and Carrillo made excellent use of they time they had. Both bouts were enjoyable and made Main Event less of a chore to watch than usual.