The Big Takeaways:
Bianca Belair continued to impress in her win over Ruby Riott while the tag match that finished the show was absolutely fantastic.
Bianca Belair defeated Ruby Riott (5:53)
The more the weeks go by and the more I get to see Belair on Main Event, the more baffling it becomes that she is not on Raw working every week with the top talent. (Then again, baffling is par for the course with WWE right now.) This Belair vs. Riott match wasn’t as entertaining as their bout from last month, but it was another reminder as to just how ready Belair is for main roster action.
Tom Phillips noted Belair’s “effortless power” as she picked up Riott for a powerslam and he’s absolutely right. One of the things that makes her so good, and could make her a future main eventer, is that because she is so strong, she has complete control. She threw Riott around here, but none of it looked anything but safe.
There was a lull halfway through when Riott locked in a cravat and tried to wear Belair down, but it somewhat put the brakes on the flow of the match.
After taking a spinebuster, Riott got her knees up to block a handstand splash to grab a near fall. Belair then nailed Riott with a forearm and hit the KOD for the win.
Murphy & Austin Theory defeated Ricochet & Cedric Alexander (7:14)
I think it’s safe to say that this is the best tag match I have ever seen on Main Event and by some margin. If you can find it, go out of your way to see it as this was a lot of fun.
Had the babyfaces gone over, this was the kind of match you would want opening a pay-per-view: tons of action, some hugely impressive double team spots, and a finish that was 100 mph. This was four athletes working extremely hard to show you what they were capable of.
Ricochet and Alexander looked like superheroes with lots of posturing and a series of kip ups throughout. Early on, Ricochet and Murphy did some chain wrestling that got faster and faster, and resulted in a standoff before they tagged in their partners. Alexander and Theory then did the same.
Possibly the most impressive spot was a series of stereo moves that Ricochet and Alexander did on Murphy and Theory. They flipped out of belly to back suplexes, both did kip ups, rolled through, and came up to take both men into hurricanranas before dropkicking them out of the ring.
The finish was chaotic, but in the end, Theory caught Alexander and nailed him with the ATL. Alexander looked like he had recovered, but Murphy blind tagged in and Alexander turned around to eat a running knee punt that he sold like he was out cold, giving Murphy got the pin and win for his team.
For whatever reason, Belair, Alexander and Ricochet are being hugely wasted, but that seems to be what this show has become: a dumping ground for strong talent that they don’t know what to do with. The only plus from this approach is that Main Event is better than ever. It’s just a shame that barely anyone can watch it.