Cedric Alexander def. Dante Chen
Once again, Alexander was accompanied by Shelton Benjamin and MVP, so the Hurt Business teases continue. Chen was an interesting name to pop up from NXT considering he hasn't been a regular on NXT TV in at least a year. He's a talented dude and I enjoy his work on Level Up, but he's primarily used as an enhancement talent. The crowd clearly had no idea who he was based on how quiet they were. This was decent, but it never got out of first gear and wasn't on the level of past Alexander matches on Main Event against NXT talent.
Akira Tozawa def. Trick Williams
Carmelo Hayes competed on his own last week on Main Event in Boston, and Williams was on his own this week as well. That doesn't guarantee they'll split up upon arriving on the main roster, especially if Hayes sticks around in NXT a little longer as NXT Champion, but it is something to keep an eye on. Williams is solid worker who will benefit from more time in NXT and more matches against established Superstars such as Tozawa. He held his own here and they had a perfectly passable match.
Funnily enough, I was in attendance for this show on Monday night before Raw, but I arrived at the arena just as Tozawa vs. Williams was getting underway and missed Alexander vs. Chen. Obviously, I didn't miss much. It wasn't a bad match, but it was fairly basic and boring. Tozawa vs. Williams was slightly better as Williams did more to interact with the audience, but that didn't feature much that was out of the ordinary, either. This show, while serviceable, was a step down from what we've come to expect from Main Event in recent months.
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