Moose def. Trey
The Rascalz have impressed me in virtually every match they've been a part of since arriving in IMPACT several months ago. Trey is an incredible athlete in his own right and put forth a hell of an effort against Moose, even though his chances of victory were slim to none. I was happy he was made to look credible in defeat, while Moose came across as dominant and aggressive. This was successful all around, but I'm curious what's next for Moose.
Eddie Edwards and Eli Drake def. Fallah Bahh and KM
Bahh and KM are still technically comic relief, but they seem to win most of their matches and have been positioned as players on the tag team scene. Thus, it meant something for Edwards and Drake to beat them and remain a cohesive unit throughout. This was a nice little match that was probably the perfect length at only five minutes long. I assume Edwards and Drake will be in line for a shot at the Impact World Tag Team Championship eventually.
Triple H Announced That Tommaso Ciampa Has Relinquished the NXT Championship
It's rare Triple H appears on NXT TV, and while William Regal also would have been a good person to make this announcement, I understand why Triple H would have wanted to do it himself. After all, no one is probably more gutted than him that this story that has been building between Ciampa and Johnny Gargano for almost two years will not be culminating the way he hoped. That's definitely disappointing, but at least they're making the most of a bad situation by having Gargano go for the gold anyway against one of NXT's finest talents.
Adam Cole def. Ricochet, Matt Riddle, NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream and Aleister Black in an NXT Championship No. 1 Contender's Fatal 5-Way Match (Non-title)
I was stoked that this match received as much time as it did and wasn't rushed in the slightest. It was all action from start to finish with everyone shining at one point or another, so the layout was strong and the crowd ate up everything they did. Cole going over makes perfect sense considering Black and Ricochet are already locked up in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic while Riddle and Dream appear to be in the middle of a feud of their own. Cole vs. Gargano is a fresh matchup that could very well go either way in New York.
WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne Demanded a Match Against WALTER at NXT TakeOver: New York
We haven't seen the WWE United Kingdom Championship defended on an NXT TakeOver special since some time, so it will be awesome to see Dunne put the gold up for grabs at TakeOver over WrestleMania weekend. Johnny Saint and Sid Scala kept their announcement short and sweet while Dunne's demand to face WALTER was exactly what it needed to be. That bout has the potential to be a show-stealer, to say the least.
Eddie Dennis def. Ligero
Dennis and Ligero wrestle two totally different styles, which is what made this such a fun match. They worked well together and made good use of the time they had. Ligero has been on a bit of winning streak as of late, so Dennis beating him had meaning. I'd definitely be open to more matches between them in the future based off the chemistry they showed here.
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Silas Young and ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes def. Shibonbi Shadow Squad
It should be noted that this was taped before The Briscoes lost the ROH World Tag Team Championship to Villain Enterprises at the 17th Anniversary Show on Friday, so this bout is a bit outdated. It was still fun from an in-ring standpoint with everyone getting a chance to shine at one point or another. Young and The Briscoes going over was obviously the right call, but I don't know how much the victory did for them considering they're already established.
Beer City Brusiers def. Brian Johnson and Joe Keys
Beer City Bruisers are quietly building momentum at the moment and I'm all for it. They've gradually been growing on me since they transitioned into a babyface role late last year and seem to be winning the audience over as well. This was a nice little showcase for them that didn't overstay its welcome. I hope to see them featured in the tag title picture before long.
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