By Graham "GSM" Matthews
The Hype Bros def. The Vaudevillians
I was really hoping that his move to SmackDown would mean that Zack Ryder would be better positioned as a singles star, but if the past week has been any indication, it looks like Ryder's singles run will have to hold off for a while with Ryder reuniting with Mojo Rawley as The Hype Bros on the main roster. I'm fine with that for now if only because it adds more depth to a depleted tag team division on the blue brand. These two teams have history working against each other in NXT, so this was a solid matchup. Rawley remains very green in the ring, but can be carried to a competent contest by his opponents and his partner. I was surprised Aiden English took the pinfall loss given Simon Gotch has had heat on him reportedly as of late, but either way, I feel bad for them because I doubt they'll get pushed with Gotch being in the doghouse with management at the moment.
Tyler Breeze def. Jey Uso
I've gone on record before saying I couldn't care less about The Usos in singles competition. They're perfectly fine wreslters, but they are much more exciting as a tandem. It seemed the live crowd could agree because they sat on their hands for a majority of this match. Once they picked up the pace down the stretch, however, it did turn into a compelling contest with a fun final few minutes. Breeze going over was also the right finish because it would have made no sense for Jey to be able to win on his own without his brother at ringside despite Fandango being in the corner of Breeze. I surely hope this isn't leading to a split of The Usos but rather a change in character for them that possibly sees them turn heel soon
After Raw and SmackDown Live received new theme songs for the New Era, I was hoping the same would happen for Main Event, but apparently not. They changed up the opening video and featured only SmackDown Superstars, but they had to do that otherwise it would have been an embarrassment. Essentially, Main Event is the new Velocity for the blue brand, and it showed with this episode. Not a bad show by any means, but it wasn't must-see. On the other hand, The Hype Bros made their main roster debut and Breeze vs. Jey Uso was passable, so it was probably on par with past editions. Just be sure to skip over the extensive Raw recaps.