Chris Sabin def. Scorpio Sky
Sabin recently became the No. 1 contender to the ROH World Television Championship and is thus on a bit of a roll right now in singles competition. He and Sky had a fun, well-wrestled opening match that showcased both of their skill sets nicely. Afterward, Alex Shelley cut a heartfelt promo announcing his retirement from the ring (though he pointed out he could always return down the road) and it was actually really emotional. He mentioned how he felt getting hurt wasn't worth it anymore and thought The Motor City Machine Guns were no longer needed, which I assume was a shoot. Sabin will do well on his own but I will admittedly miss Motor City Machine Guns big time. Props to Shelley for also putting Punishment Martinez on the way out with the post-match attack.
Karen Q def. Jenny Rose
Both of these women are still works in progress, but they put together a better bout than I was honestly expecting. It was far from a mat classic, but there weren't too many sloppy spots and they were able to hold the crowd's attention. Kelly Klein, who was doing commentary for this match, cost Rose the win by acting as a distraction at ringside, so that appears to be a new feud.
Finn Balor Interrupted Universal Champion Roman Reigns
It's crazy to think it's been almost exactly two years since Balor vacated the Universal Championship the day after SummerSlam 2016. It's also funny that he was finally given his rightful rematch for the title... the day after Brock Lesnar lost it. This was a great way to kick off Reigns' latest championship reign, though it should be noted that fans are still largely booing Reigns and the ending to SummerSlam didn't fix much. Additionally, Baron Corbin coming out and almost ruining the party was quickly thwarted by Kurt Angle, who put him in a match with Bobby Lashley instead.
Bobby Lashley def. Baron Corbin
I commend them for putting together a fresh match, but this was almost as dumb as putting Corbin up against Reigns a few weeks ago. Their styles didn't mesh at all. Rather, it led to a fairly boring bout that lasted longer than it needed to. I'm glad Lashley picked up the victory as he should have, but he needs to be booked more dominantly. He also needs to turn heel because he would clearly be better off in that role.
Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega def. Rusev and Lana (Kickoff Match)
As I've said several times before, I haven't been all that invested in this feud whatsoever, so I found that it was right where it belonged on the Kickoff show. I wish Rusev and Almas could have made the main card, but to be honest, I would have been content with this not happening at all because it was pretty abysmal, especially once Lana and Vega were going at it. The finish looked botched, too, which didn't help matters. Aiden English not getting involved was a slight surprise, but I'm sure he will in the likely rematch this week on SmackDown Live.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander def. Drew Gulak (Kickoff Match)
It's cool the Cruiserweights were a part of the SummerSlam card, but it was quite clear that a majority of this Brooklyn audience isn't watching the new and improved 205 Live. They've told a solid and straightforward story with these two on the Tuesday night show, yet the crowd was quiet up until the final few minutes. They deserved a better atmosphere, but I applaud Alexander and Gulak for the effort, nonetheless.
NXT Tag Team Champions Undisputed Era def. Moustache Mountain
The last two matches these two teams had against each other were outstanding and this was no exception, though I really loved how they told a completely different this time with Tyler Bate's knee being focused on instead of Trent Seven's. This was all action from start to finish and the pace was perfect with the crowd being into everything they did. As I've said previously with them, this was tag team wrestling at its finest. Everyone assumed Undisputed Era were going over, yet Moustache Mountain managed to keep fans on their toes with the suspenseful nearfalls. I would love to see Moustache Mountain remain regulars in the NXT tag team division going forward because they are that damn good.
Velveteen Dream def. EC3
Although this was easily the "weakest" match on the show, it was still solid. I think what worked against it was how neither guy was fully established as the babyface coming into the event. Dream was definitely more beloved by the fans than EC3, but that isn't to say EC3 was heavily booed, either. From an in-ring standpoint, it was well-wrestled and picked up in the final few minutes. Most importantly, the right guy won because Dream has needed a big TakeOver win for a while now.
Fenix def. Sami Callihan
I've been loving oVe's feud with Fenix and Pentagon Jr. if only because the matches have been excellent. Despite the rest of oVe attempting to interfere from ringside, this was a very entertaining opening match (Pentagon eventually evened the odds by the end). Fenix never ceases to amaze me with what he can do in the ring while Callihan continues to kill it in every matchup he's a part of. This was a smart way of kicking off the show and setting the tone for the rest of the night.
Johnny Impact def. Jimmy Jacobs by Disqualification
This marked Jacobs' in-ring debut for IMPACT. However, this was more of an angle than an actual match. Impact was ambushed before the bout by Kong and then Kong interfered to cause the contest to be thrown off. Impact was able to get the better of them afterward and specifically injured Jacobs, so it will be interesting to see if he is written out of storylines or not. To be honest, I don't care too much for this rivalry, but it does make sense for Impact to exact revenge on them before moving on to bigger and better things considering they put him on the shelf in the first place.
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