Lars Sullivan def. Kassius Ohno
Sullivan has had a a steady rise in recent months and has worked best against wrestlers with much more experience than him such as Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. Ohno was the perfect opponent for him in that he's a credible competitor and made Sullivan come across like a monster while also looking great in defeat himself. It wasn't given a ton of time at only five minutes long, but I'd argue that was what made the match fun, because it was short and sweet. Ohno plays his role as a stepping stone really well and deserves credit for a nice performance here, too.
Aleister Black def. The Velveteen Dream
The build-up to this bout was nothing short of brilliant, so there was a worry that the match wouldn't come close to being as strong. Ultimately, the matchup not only met my expectations but exceeded them. It was excellent from an in-ring standpoint and Dream proved himself worthy of being on Black's level (or at least not far behind), but the storytelling was what I really enjoyed about this outing with Dream so desperately wanting Black to say his name. He finally did after he won, which Dream more than deserved. This was a star-making performance from Dream and I'm excited to see what's next for him in NXT.
Dezmond Xavier, Sonjay Dutt and Garza Jr. def. X-Division Champion Trevor Lee, Caleb Konley and Taiji Ishimori
Once again, six X-Division wrestlers were thrown into one multi-man match with no storyline explanation, and it was difficult to care as a result. The in-ring action was entertaining as always, but the X-Division continues to lack focus. Dutt has had his opportunities at the title, so Xavier and Garza would be fine challengers to the championship. Speaking of Garza, props to him for getting through the match despite having an injured shoulder.
Impact Grand Champion Ethan Carter III def. Fallah Bahh
Bahh was given a shot at the strap for no apparent reason, though I am happy EC3 is back to working heel after being a babyface for his feud with Team AAA. Because Bahh hasn't meant anything during his time in IMPACT!, I couldn't take him seriously as a threat to the title, but I appreciated the effort he put forth along with EC3 in attempting to make this good. I didn't hate it, but these Impact Grand Championship matches follow the same predictable formula every time.
Wade Barrett Interrupted "Mean" Gene Okerlund's Interview with "Cowboy" Bob Orton; John Cena Challenged The Miz
It had been a while since Bob Orton had cut a promo on WWE TV, let alone at a time when everything is so scripted, but he did well with the material he had to work with and Barrett served as a nice foil for him, hyping that Sunday's huge WWE Championship main event between Randy Orton and Cena. Speaking of Cena, he challenged Miz to a match later in the night to ensure Miz didn't cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase before Survivor Series. All in all, this was a solid segment and it was cool that the interview took place at the top of the stage as opposed to in the ring per usual.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Mark HEnry (Non-title)
Perhaps the most notable thing about his match was that Henry came out to his "Sexual Chocolate" theme song, which got a good chuckle out of me. The match itself was exactly what you'd expect with Ziggler doing what he could to get a decent match out of Henry. As Intercontinental Champion, Ziggler shouldn't have been eating defeat when he didn't need to, so I was glad he went over Henry in decisive fashion here.
The Street Profits def. Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss
I liked how this bout was subtly built up over the last few weeks through video packages and pre-taped backstage encounters, which is something that NXT does better than any other brand in WWE. The match itself wasn't too much of note from an in-ring standpoint, but it was a fun opener while it lasted and a nice way to ensure The Street Profits continue building momentum.
Lars Sullivan def. Raul Mendoza
Sullivan is an absolute freak of nature and I always enjoy watching him beat a dude (or dudes) up. This wasn't quite as entertaining as his squashes against Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, but it did showcase his dominance and put him over as a force to be reckoned with. Sullivan vs. Kassius Ohno was already announced for TakeOver: WarGames, but their post-match face-off effectively furthered their feud heading into the event.
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