Lifeblood def. Vincent and Bateman by Disqualification
(From my Honor Reigns Supreme review...) I figured Lifeblood would have gone their separate ways because of the big win Mark Haskins picked up over Bully Ray at Final Battle, but apparently not. I guess we're just going to forget all about that. Haskins and Tracy Williams work wonderfully together, but I'm not feeling this new gimmick that Vincent and Bateman are doing as I find it to be boring. The disqualification finish didn't help matters and left the door open for a potential rematch I don't care about seeing.
ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham and Jeff Cobb & Dan Maff def. The Bouncers and 2 Guys 1 Tag
(From my Honor Reigns Supreme review...) Yes, Silas Young and Josh "The Goods" Woods are actually calling their tag team 2 Guys 1 Tag. I'm not even sure what to say about that. At any rate, this was a super enjoyable eight-man tag team match. Babyfaces teaming with heels made for an interesting dynamic (especially when you consider The Bouncers have history with Young) and it was well wrestled the whole way through. Lethal and Gresham will face Cobb and Maff at Free Enterprise.
TJP def. Impact World Tag Team Champion Josh Alexander
It looked like The North was headed toward a feud with Fallah Bahh and TJP and I'm glad that's the case. I don't know if the match has been done yet (let alone for the Impact World Tag Team Championship), but it has the potential to be a blast. This was an excellent opening match as TJP and Alexander worked well together. The clash of styles made this entertaining and TJP barely scoring the victory protected Alexander in defeat.
Willie Mack def. Johnny Swinger
Swinger has been trying to team up with Mack for a while now and they actually fell short of victory the last time they teamed together, so hopefully them going one-on-one here means that alliance is over. Swinger does nothing for me personally, but as a short and sweet squash for Mack, this was fine. I assume this program is a placeholder for him until Rich Swann is cleared to compete again, whenever that may be.
Kris Statlander def. Diamante
Diamante has made appearances for AEW before and I'm stunned she hasn't been signed yet. She's a terrific talent. Her last match on Dark against Big Swole wasn't the greatest, but this was a much better bout as both women had solid performances. I was reminded that we haven't seen Statlander on Dynamite in a while, but at least she got back on track with a win here.
Best Friends def. TheHybrid 2
Wins for TheHybrid 2 are so far and few between that it's hard to take them seriously against anyone, though the commentators explained that this was designed to be a showcase of sorts for Best Friends ahead of Wednesday's number one contender's tag team Battle Royal on Dynamite. This was an enjoyable match while it lasted and I'll never get sick of the trio of Best Friends and Orange Cassidy. The act isn't for everyone, but I personally get a kick out of it.
Randy Orton Attacked Matt Hardy
Originally, Orton vs. Hardy in a No Holds Barred match was advertised for this episode, but because Hardy wasn't medically cleared to compete in storyline, it never ended up happening. If that was always the plan, why bother promoting it in the first place? Despite that, this was a hell of a segment with both Hardy and Orton cutting excellent emotional promos. Orton's attack on Hardy was even more vicious than last week. That has to be for it for Hardy on WWE TV, right?
Aleister Black def. Erick Rowan
Black and Rowan have been undefeated in singles competition since arriving on Raw in October's Draft. There was no explanation for why the match was made, but it's nice to see them finally facing some real competition. I wasn't a fan of how Rowan dominated a majority of the match, but at least it was a hard-hitting affair and the result was the right one. Rowan hadn't been on Raw in weeks before this episode, so it seems like WWE is giving up on his push after all these months. Black apparently didn't care enough to reveal what was in Rowan's cage because he never bothered to look inside.
NXT North American Champion Keith Lee def. Dominik Dijakovic
I absolutely love the chemistry these two have and their series of matches last year was incredible, but I always bummed they never got a chance to work their magic on a TakeOver special. They finally were able to do that here and they did not disappoint. This was an exceptional opener with both guys going all out and the crowd giving them multiple standing ovations throughout. Yes, they kicked out of a bit too much and the finish came off as a bit lame in comparison, but seeing Lee and Dijakovic do so many crazy feats of athleticism will never got old and thus the non-selling for some of the stuff didn't bother me too much. It got a bit out of hand in the main event, but more on later. Back to this bout, though, I enjoyed every second of it. Props to them for another instant classic. The show of respect from both them afterward was a cool visual.
Dakota Kai def. Tegan Nox in a Street Fight
Although I was disappointed NXT blew off their first encounter on TV a few weeks ago, this more than made up for it. Kai attacking Nox on the stage beforehand was a nice touch and the action only escalated from there. You could feel the bad blood between the two as they battered each other with everything in sight and put their bodies through hell in an effort to reign supreme. For the first-ever women's Street Fight in NXT history, this kicked ass. The feud was on the verge of cooling off after all the odd booking in recent months, but they sucked me back in with this hotly-contested clash. The finish was a bit flat because of how no one knew who Reina Gonzalez was (I'm not sure who else they could have put in that spot), but that Gonzalez planting Nox on the mat from the top turnbuckle looked brutal. I like the idea of Kai having a heavy and it's a smart way to introduce Gonzalez to NXT TV. She's been with the company for years, having competed in the inaugural Mae Young Classic three years ago.
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