Cody Interrupted ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels
This was a fantastic segment. I like how Daniels has been more of a serious competitor since capturing the ROH World Championship, and Cody continues to thrive as a heel. We all knew he had it in him from his WWE days (pre-Stardust, obviously), but he just keeps killing it every time he has a mic in his hands. His promo about not being a full-timer for ROH and how him winning the belt would be a disgrace to the title was brilliant. There's a pretty good chance Cody leaves War of the Worlds the new champion and I wouldn't be opposed to that happening at all.
Shane Taylor def. Lio Rush
As noted, I'm almost certain Rush officially left ROH weeks ago, so I'm actually shocked he wasn't straight-up squashed by Taylor here. They had a pretty competitive contest with Rush scoring an ample amount of offense, and as a result, it was a fun match. If this wasn't Rush's last televised matchup, I could see him teaming with The Motor City Machine Guns to take on The Rebellion on an upcoming episode, given that was what was teased afterward.
Akira Tozawa and Rich Swann def. The Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar
Both of these feuds have overstayed their welcome at this point (more so Swann vs. Dar than Tozawa vs. Kendrick), but it was wise to combine them in one entertaining match. I enjoyed the high energy action and there never seemed to be a dull moment in the time they were allotted. The babyfaces continue to get the best of the heels, but Kendrick is established enough where he doesn't lose anything in defeat.
Tony Nese def. Mustafa Ali by Disqualification
Admittedly, the angle with Drew Gulak and his "Cruiserweight crusade" has me mildly intriguing. Hey, at least they're finally doing something of note with the guy, not to mention he fared well on commentary. As for the match, we've seen it a few times before, but Ali and Nese work well together and it was fine while it lasted. Unfortunately, the finish was flat and the crowd sat on their hands during the matchup. Nese continues to flounder, but I'm glad Ali and Gulak have finally found some direction.
Dolph Ziggler Interrupted Shinsuke Nakamura
One of the biggest reasons I was looking forward to this feud was so Ziggler could do most of the talking for Nakamura, which is what we got in this segment. Nakamura was short and sweet with what he had to say (is there a reason why he's talking with his mouthguard in?), but Ziggler's mic work does nothing for me when he's making outdated references that don't make any sense. I'm sorry but he just isn't funny. They progressed the feud nicely, but I continue to not care about Ziggler in any meaningful way.
AJ STyles def. Baron Corbin
I liked the match these two had last week and this was an equally enjoyable encounter from them. I don't know what the rush was in doing a rematch so soon, but on the bright side, Corbin continues to prove that he can hang with the top-tier talent and is a star on the rise. Him losing isn't optimal, but he isn't beaten decisively all that often and it was by a roll-up, anyway. Plus, Styles is the No. 1 contender to the United States Championship, so he needed the win more. Sami Zayn coming to Styles' aid afterward should mean that he'll be headed for a feud with Corbin for Backlash next month.
The Highlight Reel Became Miz TV Before Becoming Ambrose Asylum
Taking up the first 20 minutes of Raw, this segment was a total train wreck in the best way possible and I loved every second of it. I might be alone in saying that because I personally enjoy the chemistry Chris Jericho, The Miz and Dean Ambrose have together, but it was the little things such as Ambrose apologizing to Jericho for destroying his light-up jacket last year before presenting him with a new one that made this so fun. That said, I wish Jericho was a bit more serious heading into his upcoming United States Championship match with Kevin Owens, but that's merely nitpicking.
Raw Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy def. Sheamus
I find it hilarious Matt keeps switching between his "broken" and his Version 1 personas, though I'm sure he will go all in with the "broken" stuff eventually, probably after he and Jeff drop the straps. This was a good, well-wrestled match from Matt and Sheamus with an interesting finishing sequence. I don't know if Cesaro and Sheamus are headed for a heel turn, but even if not, I'm glad tension has been established between the two teams. The tag team title match at Payback is much more intriguing now that there is a possibility Sheamus (and/or Cesaro) might cheat to win on Sunday.
Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Champions LAX def. Jake Holmes and Joe Coleman (Non-title)
I've been a big fan of LAX and how they've been used since they returned last month, but Konnan doesn't add much to the act for me. I understand he's supposed to be their mouthpiece, but the "serious like a late period" line was pretty tasteless in my opinion. The match itself, though, was a decent showcase for the tag champs. I like the idea of an LAX and Decay feud because it gives Decay something meaningful to do for the first time in months. I assume whoever the crowd cheers for will be the babyfaces in this program.
Brice Prichard Made the X-Division Championship Match a Six-Way
Karen Jarrett's announcement of Impact Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling merging doesn't surprise me at all because GFW has been a dead brand for years. In fact, they taped a bunch of shows two years ago that never made the air. Sonjay Dutt returning was rather random (nor did he receive that loud of a reaction), but it's great to see him back because he was always awesome in the X Division. He, Andrew Everett and Gregory Shane Helms all had good mic work here and Prichard set up the main event nicely. Considering that's a pretty big match, why not advertise it in advance?
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