Asuka def. Kiana James
It's been a bit since Asuka was last on Main Event, whereas James was just on two weeks ago when she beat Dana Brooke. Brooke was still 24/7 Champion at the time, but it doesn't look like she'll be getting her title shot now because, well, you know, the title is in the trash where it belongs. I don't understand why James continues to be brought back considering she isn't remotely ready for the main stage, but at least Asuka was able to carry her to a competent contest.
Cedric Alexander def. JD McDonagh
If NXT stars are going to be used on Main Event, seasoned stars like McDonagh make sense as he's someone who could easily be called up tomorrow. I know he just lost to Apollo Crews on Tuesday's NXT and likely won't be back in contention for the NXT Championship any time soon, but I haven't heard anything about a main roster call-up being imminent for him. Nonetheless, this was great stuff from him and Alexander. It felt like a match you would have seen on 205 Live when the show was at its peak a few years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also appreciated that they were given more time than your average Main Event matchup and they made the most of it.
If James is going to maintain a regular role on this show, it's better for her to be working with someone with Asuka's experience level as opposed to Dana Brooke. They had a basic bout that didn't overstay its welcome. The real highlight of the episode was Alexander and McDonagh killing it in a match that is well worth checking out. Between that and Asuka's appearance in the opener, this was an above-average edition of Main Event. The NXT involvement has freshened up Main Event's stagnant formula considerably.