This week’s WWE Main Event was taped at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania before Monday’s Raw and featured two main roster debuts in NXT's Wendy Choo and Xyon Quinn.
Wendy Choo defeated Tamina (4:19)
Choo won her debut with a roll up to cap off a fairly meager offering from this pair.
As much as Tamina has some real staying power in WWE, she’s not really the ideal person to make a debut against. As you can imagine, this was all about Choo trying to topple Tamina which doesn’t really make for much fun at the best of times.
Choo tried to avoid everything in the early going until Tamina stomped a mudhole in her and slapped on a headlock rest hold.
Choo rallied slightly and at least managed to take Tamina off her feet at one point. Tamina quickly recovered and only lost due to her own folly, missing a running splash to the corner so Choo could roll her up for the win.
After the bell, Tamina begrudgingly shook Choo’s hand.
- Between matches, Shelton Benjamin was backstage speaking to Dana Brooke which allowed them time to mention that Truth was injured on WWE NXT. Brooke seemed to set up a rematch at some point between her and Kiana James as James basically stole a win from her last week.
Xyon Quinn defeated Akira Tozawa (8:00)
This was pretty good and was given time. Unlike the opener, if you’re debuting on this show, Tozawa is the perfect opponent.
Quinn isn’t someone that we are used to seeing much of on WWE television, but has been on NXT Level Up as of late and on some of the live shows. Hailing from Australia and with a good look, he’s someone they could definitely do something with.
They did a fairly typical Tozawa match. He flipped all over the place for Quinn, because he’s a generous and talented performer, but also made sure to get plenty of his own stuff in there.
We went through the commercials with it looking fairly evenly split before Tozawa locked in his octopus submission hold. They teased that it might be over, but Quinn fought out and turned it into a near fall.
In the end, Tozawa missed an enzuigiri because Quinn ducked which allowed him to slam Tozawa to set up for his finisher which is akin to a Superman punch, but is more like a running punch to the face.
There were some nice signs here that Quinn has what it takes. The way that he set up the finish showed some poise and a good sense of in-ring psychology. We’ll see what they do with him.
This was a decent show, all told, but the opener and the main event were really worlds apart in terms of quality. It's just so refreshing to have Main Event feature backstage segments and running storylines, no matter how insignificant they may seem. It’s also been fun seeing some new faces over the last few months, so long as that may that continue.