Jay LEthal def. Punishment Martiez
Martinez selling the leg for a majority of the match wasn't exactly what I had in mind coming into this contest, but it turned out to be a real solid outing, nonetheless. Martinez tends to shine no matter who he shares a ring with and this was no different as he took Lethal to the limit and looked credible in defeat. Lethal won in decisive fashion, so I'm interested to see what's next for him in Ring of Honor.
Shane Taylor vs. Joey "Diesel" Daddiego Ended in a No Contest
Taylor has been on quite the tear lately, destroying everyone who has been put in front of him. As for Daddiego, he has apparently been off ROH TV for over a year (I honestly had no idea, I didn't even realize he had been gone) and was brought back to be fed to Taylor. It should be noted that he put up more of a fight than I expected him to, but Taylor came across like an unhinged monster in this match and was the real star.
Drew Gulak def. Gran Metalik
This new aggressive Gulak has been a blast to watch in recent months, as he works well with just about everyone in the Cruiserweight division and Metalik was no different. This was a very nice match from them with a great pace. Metalik often gets slept on, but the guy is excellent and I was happy he had the chance to prove that here. However, Gulak picking up a much-needed victory was the right call.
TJP def. Christopher Guy
Based off his social media comments, I guess TJP's new gimmick is that he wants to leave 205 Live for either Raw or SmackDown Live. A change of scenery would do him good, but he'd likely flounder on those shows even more than he is right now in the Cruiserweight division. At any rate, this was a solid showing from the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion. He's a skilled in-ring competitor, but I stopped caring about him long ago.
The Miz Hosted Miz TV with Big E
Similar to Stephanie McMahon on Monday's Raw during the Raw Women's Championship match contract signing, Miz tried to stir the pot between the members of New Day. Unlike Stephanie, however, he was unsuccessful in his efforts. The whole purpose of this segment was supposed to be New Day announcing which one of them is going to compete in the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match, and although that never happened, this was still a solid segment that set up Miz vs. Big E for after the commercial break.
The Miz def. Big E
It's interesting Big E was chosen to go one-on-one with Miz and not Kofi Kingston or Xavier Woods, if only because it has been rumored for a while that Big E will be pushed as a singles star before long. He had a good showing here and the crowd was behind him throughout the bout. It helped that he lost nothing in defeat due to the interference from Sheamus and Cesaro, and sure enough, that six-man tag team match will take place on next week's show.
Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon Interrupted Raw General Manager Kurt Angle
Angle promised a number of "huge announcements" prior to Raw on social media, but he delivered nothing of significance during his promo. Instead, we were treated to our first appearance of Stephanie on WWE TV since the night after WrestleMania 34. I understand her getting involved in the Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax contract signing was designed to serve as a hook, but I immediately lose interest in anything Stephanie is a part of because her presence on programming is simply not necessary.
Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens by Disqualification
Reigns and Owens worked together countless times in late 2016 and early 2017, so they obviously have nice chemistry when against each other and this was a solid match from them. The audience was invested in the action and it killed a good chunk of television time. Plus, I didn't mind the non-finish because Seth Rollins received a big pop for saving his former Shield stablemate and it set up the subsequent tag team match effectively.
Z & E def. Eli Drake and Scott Steiner to Win the Impact World Tag Team Championship
All it took was one win over LAX last week to earn Z & E a tag team title shot, apparently. Anyway, this was a nice little match where Drake once again did the majority of the in-ring work for his team, which I was totally fine with given how limited Steiner is at this point. I was also fine with the surprise title change because Drake and Steiner shouldn't have held the belts for that long, but I'm surprised they're already teasing tension despite being a tandem for only a month.
Tessa Blanchard def. Kiera Hogan
Putting Blanchard in a squash match for her in-ring debut might have been a better idea so she could establish her offense, but this was a well-wrestled affair, nonetheless. Hogan also had an impressive outing and looked credible in defeat, giving me hope for her future in the Knockouts division. I really liked how Blanchard took Hogan lightly early on only to get angry once she battled back and came close to beating Blanchard.
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