The Big Takeaway: A good show from London this week. The Authors of Pain won their Main Event debut against Titus Worldwide, then Mojo Rawley defeated an impressive Chad Gable to give Rawley his first win since he switched brands.
The Authors of Pain defeated Titus O'Neil & Apollo Crews (w/ Dana Brooke) (4:40)
When the European tour heads to the United Kingdom, you often find NXT wrestlers getting a run out on Main Event. Last year, Aleister Black made his first main roster appearance on this show. Having got the call-up after WrestleMania, here in London, The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar) got a decent reaction as they came out to face O’Neil & Crews.
The crowd wasn’t much into this one from there, but they were keen to see O’Neil, who has gained some cult status since his slip at the Greatest Royal Rumble last month. The Authors of Pain impressed, cutting the ring in half and working in tandem. The fact that they look huge when next to O’Neil and Crews says it all.
Late in the match, Akam took out Crews, clotheslining him on the outside matting. Rezar then attacked O’Neil from behind in the ring and Akam tagged back in so that they could hit the Last Chapter for the win.
Mojo Rawley defeated Chad Gable (7:37)
You have to go back to late 2016 to find Gable on Main Event, and his defeat here to Rawley marked his first appearance on the show as a singles wrestler. Back at Fastlane in March, Rawley, Gable & Shelton Benjamin were on the same team, but they had a good back-and-forth match as adversaries on this show.
This got pretty good the longer it went. Gable was impressive, particularly in his strength when throwing Rawley around. Gable got some heat after Rawley had dominated the first part of the match and, after repeated European uppercuts, he was able to nail Rawley with a beautiful looking Alpha-Plex.
The finish saw Rawley launch Gable head-first onto the top turnbuckle and hit his running forearm smash. Rawley covered Gable for the win and sold the effects of the match as if it had been an epic battle.