This week’s WWE Main Event was taped at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, before Monday’s Raw.
Tamina defeated Jazmin Allure (5:23)
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This was just an extended squash, but certainly showed off what free agent Allure can do.
Main Event booking was curious here to say the least -- not the first time I have typed those words. They clearly wanted Tamina to squash somebody, but they clearly wanted to see what Allure could do. They never considered that those two ideas shouldn’t go together in one place.
Despite the weird premise, Allure not only looked the part but she could go, too. The announce team said that she was a local and didn’t get entrance music. She’s worked a few AEW Dark matches and this was her first WWE taped match.
It was very much a match where Allure tried stuff in a hurried flurry and Tamina countered by nailing her with a big move.
At the finish, Allure ame off the top with a crossbody, Tamina kicked out at two and as Allure tried to rally the crowd, she got hit with a superkick.
This was only Tamina’s second win in the last calendar year.
Mustafa Ali (w/ Cedric Alexander) defeated Akira Tozawa (7:01)
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This was a really outstanding Main Event match.
Last week, they had Ali pass out to Veer Mahaan’s submission hold and had T-Bar beat Tozawa. I had hoped that they would put Ali and Tozawa together and thankfully they did because this was very strong.
What’s definitely jarring, though, is when you feel like an idiot for paying attention. Out of nowhere, Ali and Cedric Alexander are now not only a tag team, they are the best of friends and were branded as "inseparable pranksters" by Kevin Patrick. Sorry, what?
Ali is still in his old ring gear while Alexander is now wearing a pair of red denim dungarees with a strap undone. It’s definitely not a great look. They both came to the ring with excruciatingly cheesy grins on their faces while most people looked on a bit bemused.
That said, the match was excellent, especially given where it was on the card. They did lots of creative comedy spots early, including Tozawa hiding under the ring and then sneaking up behind Ali, only to eat a superkick.
They did a mix of mat work and highspots, and Ali worked his way out of an octopus before they went back and forth.
In the end, Ali nailed Tozawa with a sit-out powerbomb for two and then came off the top with the 450 splash to get the win.
Overall: Thumbs Down