Joseph Conners def. A-Kid
Tom Phillips mentioned on commentary that Conners hasn't lost a match since last spring, which blows my mind. I know he's been on a winning streak lately, but I had no idea it dates back that far. He's been saying for weeks that he's TakeOver worthy, so while he didn't make the main card this time around, he did wrestle on the pre-show. This was one fo the best matches I've seen him in yet, which is largely due to A-Kid. He's an amazing athlete and can be a real star on this brand. He just needs a few important victories first. I assume this Conners push is heading somewhere, I just don't care to find out.
Dave Mastiff def. Kassius Ohno
Ohno has been quite the roll recently with this "Wrestling Genius" gimmick and has had some really good matches to boot. He and Mastiff worked well together, and although this was shorter than I would have liked, they maximized their minutes and delivered an entertaining outing. For two big guys, both Mastiff and Ohno are incredibly agile. Mastiff needed the win more as he hasn't scored an important victory in some time. Ohno can absorb the loss easily.
"Hangman" Adam Page and Kenny Omega def. Santana & Ortiz, The Young Bucks, and Best Friends in an AEW World Tag Team Championship Four-Way Tag Team Match
These multi-team matches are always wild and this was no exception. Sometimes the action is too chaotic in AEW and it's hard to keep up with everything, but since I don't really mind that much, I found this to be a fantastic four-way. It was all action and everyone put in an excellent effort. Even Orange Cassidy managed to work his way in there while the referee was down. Page and Omega made the most sense to win, as their split will mean more after they fail to win the AEW World Tag Team Championship next week. That said, I didn't understand why the Bucks were upset with them afterward. Did they not realize it was every team for themselves?
Cody Agreed to MJF's Demands
Cody continues to be the best all-around mic worker not only in AEW but in all of wrestling. He never ceases to elicit big reactions from crowds, he cuts passionate promos and gets me and the rest of the audience invented in what he's saying. The only thing I didn't like about his promo was the "heel" talk about MJF. It was a little too on-the-nose for my liking, but otherwise, this was terrific. He agreed to all his stipulations and will now face Wardlow in a Steel Cage match in four weeks on Dynamite. Cody's Miami Vice-themed attire here was a fun touch, too.
Tommaso Ciampa Saved Keith Lee From Undisputed Era
Lee spoke about how 2019 was the year of Undisputed Era and mentioned that their time of holding all the gold in NXT will end next week when he challenges Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Championship. I thought it was weird that Adam Cole was the one who interrupted him considering Lee's bad blood is with Strong at the moment. Was this intended to plant the seeds for Lee vs. Cole for the NXT Championship for down the road? The injury angle was well done and created doubt that Lee will be 100% next week (assuming he'll be able to compete at all).
Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne def. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal Match
Riddle and Dunne may just have to become a permanent tag team going forward. They work wonderfully together and had an absolutely killer match here with Andrews and Webster. Holy hell, this was on another level! There was pretty much no chance of Andrews and Webster advancing here, but the obvious outcome didn't hinder my enjoyment of this outing whatsoever. Why weren't The Broserweights a thing earlier!?
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Eli Isom def. Crowbar
Yes, this is the same Crowbar of WCW and TNA fame. I had no idea he's remained active all these years and now he's made his way to Ring of Honor. I don't believe he's signed, and although he fared well for himself here, there's no reason for him to be. He and Isom had a perfectly fine match and Isom winning was the right result. ROH has been sleeping on Isom for a while now and I continue to believe he'd be better off on his own without Shinobi Shadow Squad (who have a stigma for being perennial losers).
Soldiers of Savagery def. Shinobi Shadow Squad
Soldiers of Savagery have wrestled a lot less in the last year for ROH than I thought they would, but at least they've become a regular part of Shane Taylor's act. They needed to be re-established as dominant, so I wish this would have been a bit more straightforward than it was. I don't think Shinobi Shadow Squad needed to get in as much offense as they did, but at least it was an enjoyable little sprint while it lasted.
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