Johnny Impact def. Chris Adonis
The video package that preceded this match made it feel more meaningful as it established that Impact capturing the GFW Global Championship will be an impossible task as long as Adonis is in the picture. Adonis has never been anything amazing in the ring, but he improved during his last stint with WWE and I thought he had a solid showing here. In addition to this being a good match, I appreciated that the show kicked off with an actual match instead of a talking segment for a change. Afterward, Adonis and Eli Drake attacked Impact to maintain their heat, so this was a success all around.
Texano def. Impact Grand Champion Ethan Carter III, James Storm, Eddie Edwards and El Hijo del Fantasma in a Five-Way Match
The first half of the match was fairly boring because although the commentators played up Storm, EC3 and Edwards as babyfaces (which they are in GFW), the live crowd booed them because the event where this was taped emanated from Mexico. Thankfully, they picked up the pace down the stretch once it was every man for themselves. Jeremy Borash and Josh Mathews noted that this meant Team Impact "wasn't on the same page," but how could they be when it's a five-way match?
Matanza Cueto def. Dragon Azteca Jr. in a Steel Cage Match
I've never been the biggest fan of either of these guys, but this was an enjoyable opener to the show. The David vs. Goliath dynamic they had going enhanced the story of the matchup for me and Matanza tossing Azteca through the cage wall was absolutely awesome. Unfortunately, even in Lucha Underground, people manage to get involved in Steel Cage matches, and in this instance, it was the returning Black Lotus, who we haven't seen in many months. She not only did she cost Azteca the match but she also attacked Matanza afterward and called out Dario Cueto for being a liar. Dario admitted to lying to her about who killed her parents (or something like that) before having Matanza lay her out. Thus, that was a fitting way to conclude that story.
Mil Muertes def. Cage and Jeremiah Crane in a Three-Way Elimination Match for the Gauntlet of the Gods
This was an all-out war as Muertes, Cage and Crage beat the holy hell out of each other and utilized the extreme environment nicely. All three men put forth an exceptional effort and the audience ate up everything they did. It didn't really matter who won, but it was a good win for Muertes before he was ambushed by King Cuerno, who I could have sworn left the show since we hadn't seen him since Ultima Lucha Dos I don't think.
Ember Moon def. Ruby Riot and Sonya Deville in an NXT Women's Championship Qualifying Triple Threat Match
I enjoyed this a bit more than the Triple Threat match from last week, especially any interaction between Moon and Riot. They're two of the better wrestlers in NXT's women's division, so they worked well together whenever they faced off. Deville isn't there quite yet, but she had a solid showing here and was protected in defeat by not being pinned. Moon was the most logical choice of the three to advance given TakeOver: War Games will emanate from her home state of Texas and that could be where she finally wins the NXT Women's Championship.
Aleister Black def. Raul Mendoza
Black's TV matches have become one of my favorite parts of NXT because he never ceases to deliver. Meanwhile, Mendoza has been a blast to watch in his handful of appearances on NXT TV, so it was no surprise he and Black contested a fun match here. The outcome was never in question, of course, but Black's feud with The Velveteen Dream was furthered with Dream taunting Black from ringside throughout the bout.
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KUSHIDA def. Scorpio Sky by Disqualification
It's nice to see KUSHIDA sticking around in ROH despite recently losing the ROH World Television Championship to Kenny King at Death Before Dishonor. It would be cool if they collided in a rematch for the title, but there was no mention of that during this match. It was a fun outing for KUSHIDA, but before he could score the victory, The Addiction crashed the contest and laid out KUSHIDA, continuing their storyline where they're wreaking havoc across the company.
ROH World Champion Cody def. Cheeseburger
Before the bout, Cody (accompanied by the rest of The Bullet Club) signed his new "exclusive" Ring of Honor contract, so he came across like a major deal here. You had to know he was going to defend his title against a jobber, and you had to know said jobber wouldn't win, but this was still very well done with the nearfalls and Cheeseburger getting his time to shine. In the time, Cody was the ultimate heel by throwing his jacket in Cheeseburger's face before retaining the title.
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