The North def. Sabu and Rob Van Dam
I guess I just have to accept how basically every match these ECW legends have now is apparently No Disqualification, whether it's announced as such or not. Ugh. It makes their matches more bearable to an extent, but I'm not a huge fan of all the smoke and mirrors and it couldn't be more obvious that The North are carrying them through these matches. This was a decent tag team bout with the right result, building to RVD vs. Moose at Slammiversary.
Havok def. Masha Slamovic
Havok with James Mitchell seems like a fine fit on paper, so hopefully it works out. As I mentioned last week, I wasn't at all impressed with her last run in IMPACT five years ago, but at least she's already off to a solid start. She had a dominant showing here and annihilated her unknown opponent with ease. Mitchell's post-match promo established that she has her sights set on not only Rosemary but the Knockouts Championship as well.
Candice LeRae and Io Shirai vs. Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir Ended in a No Contest
It's cool that Duke and Shafir finally have their own entrance music and aren't using Shayna Baszler's anymore for their matches. They haven't looked the greatest in the past, and while there is still plenty of room for improvement, at least it appears that they're getting better with each outing. It also helps that they're working with two experienced competitors in LeRae and Shirai. This turned into a pretty good match with a non-finish that protected the four women involved as well as furthered the feud between Shirai and Baszler. They'll be facing off in a Steel Cage rematch for the NXT Women's Championship in two weeks.
Kushida def. Drew Gulak in a Submission Match
It can be sometimes hard to make a Submission match exciting because there aren't any nearfalls, but these guys ended up producing a really fun clash. Their chemistry is so strong that they were able to keep the crowd invested throughout and tell a solid story with Kushida holding his own against (and ultimately beating) the submission expert Gulak. This was a pure wrestling exhibition and an entertaining one at that, with the win allowing Kushida to maintain momentum.
Jinny and Jazzy Gabert def. Xia Brookside and Isla Dawn
Dawn has never done anything for me, personally, but since she's Scottish, she was a logical partner for Brookside here because of how beloved she was in front of her hometown crowd. The match itself was perfectly passable and wasn't designed to be anything special. It successfully established the duo of Jinny and Gabert as a threat and got them off to a solid start as a unit in NXT UK.
Ilja Dragunov def. Joseph Conners
Dragonuv's intensity as well as his unique look really help him stand out. I can certainly see him getting over in no time if he's able to maintain momentum. I've mentioned many times how Conners bores me to tears, so it was smart to keep this relatively short and sweet with Conners not being on offense for long. Beating Conners gives Dragunov a credible victory right off the bat.
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NWA National Champion Colt Cabana vs. James Storm Ended in a Time Limit Draw
While I realize Storm isn't under contract to Ring of Honor and is more of a regular in the NWA these days, but it was cool to see him in a ROH ring, nonetheless. Here's hoping he'll be featured more on ROH TV in the future. This was a pretty good match between him and Cabana that featured some solid wrestling and an innovative time limit draw finish. It protected both men and kept the door open for a potential rematch. The Briscoes are apparently still mad at the NWA coming out of the Crockett Cup, though Nick Aldis brawling with them was weird considering he's a heel.
Silas Young def. The Squid
In case you haven't been following ROH TV over the past month or so, Young has been involved in an feud with Jonathan Gresham over who is the "real" wrestler between the two. Young claims to be a master technician yet always has to cheat to win his matches. The Squid was a complete jabroni and was disposed of quickly and with ease by Young. Oddly enough, Gresham was nowhere to be seen.
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