Fast Lane is this Sunday, and from there, we prepare completely for the big one, WrestleMania 35. But forget all that for a moment, because it was time for another episode of Main Event! Okay, maybe I’ve exaggerated my excitement based on what we got.
Apollo Crews vs. EC3
Renee Young on commentary described Apollo as the most unsung hero in WWE as he marched to the ring. Crews’ opponent here was EC3 in a rematch from last week, marking yet another instance where Main Event has held the same bout in consecutive weeks. Given how large the WWE ranks are right now, and even if you just focus on Raw, are we really at a point where we have to see matches repeated so much on Main Event? Speaking of announcer lines, as the match began, Percy Watson said that EC3 is so rich that he doesn’t need to work (he certainly doesn’t need to be restricted to ME, given how many believe he could be an, erm, main eventer). Apollo dominated the early going with some neat armdrags, but a hidden strike to the eyes using the ropes swung the momentum in EC3’s favour. Crews did fight back, but after EC3 crotched Apollo on the top ropes, he polished him off with a Headlock Driver for the win. That 50/50 booking returns, though EC3 losing twice in a row would have seemed harsh given that he could be a big player in WWE.
Our Raw recaps covered the segments involving the latest reunion of The Shield, as well as Triple H’s response to Batista attacking Ric Flair last night. We also had a rundown of the card at Fast Lane this Sunday.
Tyler Breeze, Kalisto & Lince Dorado vs. Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers
Oh, come on. We had Jinder and The Singhs against Tyler and The B-Team two weeks straight very recently, with the content of the two matches being so similar that I had to double-check that it wasn’t a direct rerun. Now, only a fortnight later, it’s almost the same match again, except with The Lucha House Party in place of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. If The B-Team hadn’t been assigned to face Heavy Machinery as part of their Raw gauntlet match, would we have gotten the previous encounter for a third time here? And to top things off, The Singhs were in their pink-and-black gear once more as well! As for the action itself: it was actually pretty decent, and ironically, an upgrade on the six-mans from recent weeks. We also had our fact of the week from Byron Saxton, who revealed that fashion expert Tyler had played a hand in designing masks for The Luchas. Okay, then. Dorado earned the victory with a Shooting Star Press.
The remainder of the show focused on the WWE Championship situation from SmackDown, and the latest developments in the Ronda Rousey/Becky Lynch/Charlotte Flair storyline. That’s your lot this week.
This was a disappointing edition of Main Event, just because of the stale nature of things. There are plenty of lower-card match combinations that WWE could conjure up, yet over the past few weeks we’ve only had a couple of different matches or match scenarios. Not that this will be high on WWE’s list of priorities in the middle of WrestleMania Season (and rightfully so), but Main Event could do with a fresh injection of match bookings, otherwise the show will fade into obscurity come the end of the year.