Tommaso Ciampa def. T-Bar
Ciampa just made his official debut as a member of the Raw roster three days ago and already he's pulling Main Event duty? Yikes. Okay, so this was filmed that same night and he's appeared on Main Event several times this year (mostly in matches against T-Bar), but I'm not confident he'll be used correctly until he lands a regular role on Raw. Until then, this may very well be what they have in mind for him. The middle stretch was boring, but once they picked up the pace, this turned into a fun, hard-hitting affair.
Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez def. The Hurt Business
Let's face it: These four are never escaping Main Event purgatory unless they get released, and I really hope that isn't the case. It's a shame these teams mean nothing because they could be viable challengers to the Raw Tag Team Championship if WWE bothered to build them up. Oh well. It was a well-wrestled, quality contest, but the crowd didn't seem to care. I can't blame them considering both teams are heel, so who were they supposed to cheer for?
Ciampa appearing on this week's episode was more notable than usual now that he's a part of the main roster. Although I enjoy his chemistry with T-Bar, they've had a handful of matches this year, so that wasn't anything new if you've seen their other encounters. Meanwhile, the tag team match was well worked, but the crowd sitting on their hands didn't help at all. This was a pretty standard show with nothing being too good or too bad.