This week’s WWE Main Event was taped at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, before Monday’s Raw.
Veer Mahaan defeated Akira Tozawa (4:02)
This was a lackluster squash that went longer than it needed to.
Mahaan’s promised debut on Raw is now getting a bit ridiculous. Vignettes started airing back in November 2021 and here we are, four months later, no further along.
Mahaan and Tozawa worked a labored match, complete with a nerve hold halfway through, in which Mahaan no-sold most of Tozawa’s offense.
Mahaan used his Million Dollar Arm move and again, not as his finisher. They referenced the fact that he was a former baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates – something that they haven’t been doing in his last few outings.
Tozawa was finished off by Mahaan’s still unnamed spinning neckbreaker and we still wait to see if or when he ever makes his main roster debut. Based on this outing, be prepared to be thoroughly underwhelmed when he does.
Liv Morgan defeated Doudrop (7:19)
This was perfectly fine as Doudrop took the loss on her first appearance on Main Event.
A similar thing happened to Keith Lee last year when he went from having an episode of WWE 24 air on the WWE Network to making his debut on Main Event in the same week. Doudrop was working with Becky Lynch at the Royal Rumble last weekend and now winds up here, taking a fall, which is probably an unsettling feeling for all involved.
They worked well with Morgan playing the plucky babyface and Doudrop the overpowering force to be reckoned with.
Doudrop exploded out of the blocks which gave the match a good opening feel, but things slowed down after the commercial as they went into a rest hold.
Morgan and Doudrop both had the chance to shine with some nice moves, including a top rope springboard dropkick from Morgan.
In the end, it was a nice finish as Morgan seized upon an opportunity when she got her knees up to block a Vader Bomb in the corner. She saw her chance and sprinted across the ring to nail Doudrop with Oblivion to snatch the win.
On the one hand, it was good to see the women’s roster represented here, especially since they put on a superior performance. On the other, you have to wonder what the future holds for Doudrop after that burial.
As for Veer Mahaan, he’s still coming. Right?