This week’s WWE Main Event was taped at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, before Monday’s Raw.
Veer Mahaan defeated Gary Heck (3:25)
This was another squash for Mahaan against enhancement talent, but it was a more dominant performance than in previous weeks.
Mahaan’s opponent this week was Heck who seemed to be pretty much fresh out of the box. He is reportedly WWE trainer Larry Heck’s younger brother. That’s some pretty niche trivia right there.
Apart from an unnecessary bear hug, Mahaan could have had this one wrapped up inside a couple of minutes. And, logically, that’s what they should be doing with him. Each week these squashes get slightly shorter, but Mahaan never just plows through the guy.
Heck got in some clubbing forearms in the last minute, but this was very much Mahaan by numbers. He nailed Heck with a running splash to the corner before hitting the Million Dollar Arm and finishing him with the DDT.
Mahaan is now undefeated in twelve straight and getting slightly better, but still no closer to debuting on the main roster.
Tommaso Ciampa defeated T-Bar (5:58)
Ciampa went 3-0 against T-Bar in a match that we really don’t need to be seeing again anytime soon.
Ciampa seems to be nomadic these days as he bounces between NXT, sporadic Raw appearances, and working Main Event. This was his fourth outing on the show and he remains a popular face with the crowd.
When he and T-Bar go at it, it looks pretty stiff, but this was probably the weakest of the three bouts they have had together on this show.
In all three matches, it's been left with Ciampa getting his hand raised but never felt very definitive or conclusive. The same was true here.
The match was balanced and then went down to near falls. T-Bar landed the Eyes Wide Shut, but Ciampa kicked out. Ciampa went for the Fairy Tale Ending, but couldn’t maneuver T-Bar into it. So, in the end, it was a reversal into a high knee that got it done for Ciampa as he rolled T-Bar up for the win.
The crowd got behind this a little, which was nice. T-Bar looked on disgruntled after the loss while Ciampa waved him bye-bye and blew him a kiss.
Main Event continues to be just a show with little to write home about. What should be the most interesting storyline -- when Mahaan will make his main roster debut -- has gone on for so long now that it’s just farcical.