Cedric Alexander def. Lince Dorado
The timing of this match was very interesting considering it was reported yesterday that Dorado's tag team partner apparently requested his release from WWE recently. We haven't seen Dorado go at it in singles competition in a while, so that would explain that. I can't say I'm surprised considering how low on the tote pole he's been since joining the main roster five years ago, but it makes you wonder, why now? He's been positioned as an undercard competitor for a very long time and you'd think he would have wanted to leave years ago. At any rate, it was cool to hear Alexander receive such a strong reaction in his home state of North Carolina during his entrance. The commentators noted that this marked the first-ever one-on-one encounter between these two, which is shocking seeing as how they've both been a part of WWE and have been on the same shows since 2016. Once they picked up the pace, this turned into a really fun match that the crowd was into. That finish looked great and Alexander winning was the right call.
Karrion Kross def. Ricochet
I appreciate that WWE has kept Kross dominant for the last month by having him run through all of his opponents, but it makes you wonder why he lost his debut to Jeff Hardy in such embarrassing fashion as the NXT Champion, no less. Remember when everyone said to be patient regarding Scarlett joining Kross on the Raw roster? Well, it has yet to happen, so where are those people now? Kross got more heat here than he has at any other point on Raw in the last two months, so that was a plus. This was more competitive than their recent Raw squash and more enjoyable as a result, but Kross still went over decisively all the same.
This was definitely an above-average show by Main Event standards. Alexander vs. Dorado was a blast for the time given, I was entertained by Kross vs. Ricochet (even though it pains me to see Kross relegated to Main Event duty already), and the crowd was livelier than usual. Hell, I rarely recommend the Raw recaps, but anything covering the stuff with The New Day, The Bloodline and Bobby Lashley from Monday night is worth watching again.