This week’s WWE Main Event was taped at the BOK center in Tulsa, Oklahoma before Monday’s Raw and feature another go-round with two NXT stars.
Tommaso Ciampa defeated Akira Tozawa (5:32)
Ciampa looked a lot more like a dominant force this week than he did in his win over T-Bar last week as he and Tozawa worked well together.
Ciampa took to social media this week to show off a pretty nasty looking elbow injury, but it's not clear if it was from this match or another one from this week.
He showed no sign of any issues here as he and Tozawa built up to some nice tense near falls in the last moments. Tozawa is such a good worker and he really doesn’t get enough credit for that. He’s the perfect rag doll, but can really go when he needs to as well.
In the end, Tozawa was trying for a submission but Ciampa was able to power his way out and hit a high knee for a near fall. He signalled that it was time to end the show, hitting the Fairytale Ending for a conclusive victory.
Pete Dunne defeated T-Bar (6:50)
Dunne snatched a victory here as these two had a pretty decent match by Main Event standards. Last week, it was Ciampa who stole one against T-Bar, but this week it was Dunne’s turn.
T-Bar was trash talking Dunne throughout this one, playing a heel rather than the babyface he has been of late. After a sit-out chokeslam for a near fall, he grabbed Dunne by the hair and pulled him in close to growl at him that he was "just too small."
Dunne worked over T-Bar’s left arm throughout the match in a pretty methodical way and tried for a kimura on two separate occasions.
That played into the finish when Dunne tried the kimura for the second time. But, as T-Bar was powering his way out, he got rolled up into a small package to give Dunne the win.
Dunne made out of the ring like a bandit to celebrate on the ramp and you felt that it would be absolutely fine if they did this all over again next week.
T-Bar had been ruining local jobbers each week over the last few months on this show, but has now lost two in a row.
They mixed up last week’s matches, swapping the opponents around for the two new main roster call-ups and by doing so, it was better a show than last time out.
It’s obviously a giant waste to have Dunne and Ciampa on Main Event, but these were easily two of the better matches on this show in recent memory, so I am far from complaining.