Aleister Black def. Roderick Strong
Black came to the aid of Ricochet against Undisputed Era last week, hence why this match happened. I'm surprised that these two hadn't gone one-on-one prior to this point, but it certainly lived up to the hype in being an exciting affair. The lack of interference from the rest of Undisputed Era was appreciated and they were given the time necessary to have the contest they were capable of. Ricochet saved Black from Undisputed Era afterward, so it appears their alliance is headed somewhere.
Mia Yim def. Xia Li
Fans may remember Li from this year's women's Royal Rumble, where she had a nice little run for herself. She showed signs of potential then as well as in this match. Yim hasn't been featured much in the last few months, and while I'd love to think that this was designed to get her back on track, I assume Yim only won so it'll mean more when she faces Shayna Baszler next week (and loses). This was a decent matchup, though, as they worked a fun pace.
Gallus def. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster
Andrews and Webster are a lot of fun as a tandem, but it feels like they never win. I realize they're underdogs and can absorb a few losses, but they should be allowed to win every now and again. They had a very good opening match with Gallus and the in-ring action was entertaining. I could see Gallus entering the NXT UK Tag Team Championship picture now that Joe Coffey's WWE United Kingdom Championship pursuits are seemingly over.
Trent Seven def. Shane Thorne
It's been cool to see Throne resurface recently following his recent appearances in the Worlds Collide tournament and on NXT TV. As I've said before, he's a terrific talent and has more to offer than some may believe. His tag team with Nick Miller was great, but he can be a real player on his own as well. He took Seven to his limit here and I was happy he had a solid showing in defeat.
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Shane Taylor def. Flip Gordan, Luchasaurus, Rhett Titus, Chris Sabin and Kenny King in a Six-Man Mayhem Match
While I don't think there was anything on the line here, this was still a highly enjoyable multi-man match with everyone getting enough time to shine. It was all action from bell to bell and the crowd ate up everything they did. King was booted halfway through due to getting himself disqualified, only to resurface at the end to hit Gordan with a chair and cost him the victory. Gordan and King recently teased feuding, so it made sense for that storyline to progress here.
The Bouncers def. Marcus Kross and Giff Garrison
The Bouncers have grown on me as a tandem in recent months and I find their act to be a lot of fun. This was a simple squash that allowed them to shine and get over with the audience. I don't know if they'll ever be believable threats to the ROH World Tag Team Championship, but it doesn't hurt to build them up, anyway. If they can continue stacking up victories like this one, a title shot may be in their future.
Humberto Carrillo def. TJP
Sometimes I forget TJP is still on the roster, which is sad considering he won the Cruiserweight Classic two and a half years ago. He's a talented competitor, but nothing about him interests me at this point. That said, he was the perfect person for Carrillo to take on, because not only was it an enjoyable outing, Carrillo was also able to beat the first WWE Cruiserweight Champion and score some credibility in the process.
Ariya Daivari def. Johnny Lyons
Daivari is one of those guys I don't think I will ever truly care about or fully invest in as a character, but I have to give 205 Live credit for trying to build him up as a legitimate threat the best they can. He made quick work of Lyons and went over in decisive fashion. I have no desire to see him contend for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania 35, so here's hoping that isn't where this is going.
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