This week’s WWE Main Event was taped at the Xcel Energy Center Forum in Saint Paul, Minnesota before Monday’s Raw.
Veer Mahaan defeated Cedric Alexander (w/ Shelton Benjamin) (4:13)
This was exactly what it should have been: Alexander made Mahaan look way better than he is and got beat in under five minutes.
Last week, we had a title match on Main Event and this week, we got a pre-match promo! It's almost like an actual wrestling show. Almost. Alexander ran down how Veer had everything to prove to build up some heat and made it clear that Mahaan is a babyface. He’s coming to Raw soon, or at least he was, right?
This was essentially a few basic moves from Mahaan and a couple of chin locks from Alexander before Mahaan had had enough. After working out of the second resthold, Mahaan hit a running splash to the corner, a sidewalk slam, and then nailed Alexander with the Million Dollar Arm for the win.
Mahaan is going to need a lot more of these sorts of matches if he’s going to be ready for main roster action.
T-Bar defeated Apollo Crews (w/ Commander Azeez) (7:15)
T-Bar showed a lot of energy in the babyface role here and looked good. He has a few new moves too, but Crews losing with Azeez in tow seemed an odd move.
Before the commercial break, Azeez interfered and made it look as though it was a done deal that he and Crews would collude to ensure T-Bar lost. But after the break, Azeez played no part at all and stood by to watch as Crews got beaten by the better man.
Crews went up top with T-Bar lying prone, but he was actually playing possum and rolled out of the way of the splash instead. Crews turned around to eat a spinning big boot from T-Bar who then hoisted Crews up onto his shoulders and used the Eyes Wide Shot to earn just his sixth singles victory of 2021.
Alexander and Benjamin are wasted on Main Event every week, as is Crews’ and Azeez’s act, but T-Bar could easily be used in a spot on the main roster. He has size and presence and, if booked right, could get over nicely.
Let’s see what 2022 holds for this idiosyncratic show.