The Big Takeaway:
Andrade made his Main Event debut, beating Ricochet in a very technical match and despite defeat, Shane Thorne continued to impress in a match against Humberto Carrillo.
Humberto Carrillo defeated Shane Thorne (5:20)
You would have to go back to April to find Carrillo performing on Main Event as in the months since then, he has found himself booked regularly on Raw against the likes of AJ Styles and Bobby Lashley. Conversely, Thorne has been a show regular and just as impressive on this edition.
Carrillo was the perfect foil for Thorne as he is a hugely talented babyface while Thorne is such a natural heel. It’s strange to think there is ten year age gap between these two, probably because Thorne looks younger than his years and Carrillo older and more experienced than he actually is.
This was action packed from start to finish as they both worked really hard. Carrillo oversells things a little for my taste, but the finish was impressive as he launched himself off the top rope with a missile dropkick and followed it up with a top rope moonsault for the win.
Andrade (w/ Zelina Vega) defeated Ricochet (7:28)
Ricochet has become a mainstay on Main Event over the last few months, but this was Andrade’s show debut. Any bit of logic would tell you this is a pay-per-view quality pairing in any other world.
It certainly delivered, but was not the kind of match I expected. The story was that Ricochet came off the top rope early and landed awkwardly on his left leg. He went outside and was clutching his left knee, so Andrade went after it relentlessly.
Andrade, who carries himself like such a star, put on a clinic in how to be a heartless heel while Zelina, who was also fantastic here, looked on and laughed at every new way he found to work over the injured knee.
There was a sense that this slow, methodical approach was all going to backfire for Andrade when Ricochet finally got some hope just before the finish. He hit a hurricanrana off the second turnbuckle and a standing moonsault for a near fall, but Andrade quickly retained control.
Andrade went back to the leg. finally planting him with the hammerlock DDT for the win.
These were two perfectly good matches again this week. Andrade debuting might be a bit of a worry as the creative lead changed for Raw, but he and Vega are such a class act, it would be a huge waste to leave them in a spot like this.