The Superstar Shake-Up affects every brand and every show. That includes Main Event, which (while recorded prior to Raw) will be showing the signs of roster trades, perhaps in the paradoxical manner of it being based on certain faces being absent.
Dana Brooke vs. Tamina
Dana Brooke’s music seemed louder than it should have been when she came out here, but at least she got a nice pop, whereas Tamina received heavy boos (though she is a heel). A bigger surprise than the crowd reactions was the appearance of Sam Roberts as a heel announcer in place of Percy Watson, which may not go down well. This match followed a simple structure of the underdog Brooke being dominated by tie larger Tamina, and using hard graft to fight back. And she did rally, to chants of “Let’s go Dana!” Sam did amuse me by saying “When did Dana Brooke ever seize the moment?” But she did so here by rolling up Tamina for the pinfall victory. Not great by any means, but better than you might think, and the reactions for both (decent cheers for Dana and major boos for Tamina) will have pleased both as they hope to earn a push in Raw’s new-look women’s division.
This week’s highlights included Becky Lynch vs. Ruby Riott, Lacey Evans vs. Natalya, and Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins/AJ Styles vs. Drew McIntyre/Baron Corbin/Bobby Lashley, along with reflections of Raw’s gains in the Superstar Shake-Up, all book-ended by the two recent creepy vignettes (the latter edited down for this show; seriously)
Heavy Machinery vs. The Riott Squad
Otis and Tucker are actually moving permanently to SmackDown, meaning that this represented their Main Event swansong. In that respect, it would have been more appropriate to see them face The Ascension, but instead we got the first Main Event appearances of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel for a while (hey, their entrance routine is still over). B-Team were in a heel role again here, and the most notable aspect was a floss battle between Axel and Otis (as Renee Young questioned if the scene was PG), which I’ve said before about a Curtis match (meaning that flossing is now the biggest move in his repertoire). The Compactor again worked here to finish off Axel. Nothing special here, though it was at least fresher than Otis and Tucker vs. Konnor and Viktor.
A replay of the Vince McMahon/Elias/Roman Reigns segment from SmackDown (along with Byron Saxton recapping SD’s gains this week, which showed Heavy Machinery, demonstrating a humorous lack of continuity) ended the show.
Main Event was hardly anything to shout about this week. Still, the Montreal crowd helped with their enthusiasm, especially as they made Dana Brooke seem surprisingly popular. Also, thanks to the Shake-Up, Heavy Machinery are now done with on this show, which means that we’re finally going to see some fresh match scenarios, which began to an extent here, and will continue from next week.