Hernandez def. Chase Stevens
Both of these men are former TNA World Tag Team Champions. It's a shame we didn't get to see LAX reunite, but I assume that's because Homicide is still legitimately hurt (or because he's with the NWA right now). They had a fun reunion run back in 2018, though. Hernandez was never too great on his own, but this was a serviceable match for the time it was given. It was difficult to care about Stevens or take him seriously when he was shown losing to Moose in a matter of minutes on IMPACT! Wrestling recently.
Suicide and Manik def. Kid Kash and Johnny Swinger
The commentators brought up a good point about Suicide and Manik. Aren't they technically supposed to be the same person? At any rate, this was a fun little match for what it was. Swinger felt completely out of place here, and while I realize he has ties to TNA, I associate him more with the current IMPACT product because of how he's been positioned as an enhancement talent lately. Kash, on the other hand, was always a favorite of mine and I thought he did well.
Impact World Tag Team Champion Josh Alexander def. Eddie Edwards
I assume the point of this match was to give Edwards an extra momentum boost ahead of his shot at Impact World Championship at Rebellion (which of course is no longer happening), but he lost. I know Tessa Blanchard saved him afterward to hype the night's main event of Blanchard vs. Ethan Page, but it was still strange for Edwards to lose. At the very least, it was a well-wrestled, enjoyable opener.
Kylie Rae def. Casandra Golden
Rae has made a handful of appearances for IMPACT since Bound for Glory, so I can't say I'm surprised that's where she ended up. It's a shame she left AEW, but she'll be a quality addition to IMPACT's stacked Knockouts division. This was a solid showcase for her that didn't last longer than it needed to. For those curious, yes, she's still playing the happy-go-lucky character she had in AEW.
Sammy Guevara def. Matt Sells
Sells was in action on last week's episode. He scored more offense here than I thought he would, but Guevara went over in the end as he should have. He's a blast to watch in the ring and continues to shine even without a crowd. He was also able to show off his personality, which made the five minutes entertaining. I'm looking forward to his rematch with Darby Allin in the first round of the newly-announced AEW TNT Championship Tournament,
Shawn Spears def. Shawn Dean
Tully Blanchard did not accompany Spears to ringside. I guess he was deemed "non-essential" and wasn't brought in for the taping. At any rate, Spears has been looking for a tag team partner for months, but he put his search aside for one week to focus on singles competition. This was a fine match that gave Spears a much-needed win before he clashes with Cody in the first round of the title tourney.
The O.C. (Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) def. Ever-Rise
Formerly known as 3.0 on the Canadian wrestling scene, Chase Parker and Matt Martel signed with WWE last year and have made a few appearances on NXT. From what I've seen and heard, they're a very talented team. Now would be a good time for them to be properly introduced on NXT considering the brand's tag team division is so depleted nowadays. Aside from a brief flurry of offense down the stretch, they were largely dominated here in what was basically an extended squash for Gallows and Anderson. Weren't they supposed to be "the best tag team in the world" at one point?
Cedric Alexander def. Fabian Aichner
Both of these guys got their start in WWE in 2016's Cruiserweight Classic but embarked on completely different paths from there. While Alexander went on to great success on 205 Live and Raw, Aichner broke out on NXT and NXT UK and is now a member of Imperium. Interestingly enough, Aichner is more relevant these days than Alexander. I had high hopes for this match with both men being exceptional athletes and they produced a fun match. I'm sure it could have been even better with more time, but it was entertaining for as long as it lasted.
The Undertaker Addressed AJ Styles
First of all, the WrestleMania 36 video package for AJ Styles vs. The Undertaker that kicked off the show was excellent. Secondly, that was easily the best Undertaker promo I've heard in years. I loved how he was essentially in "American Badass" mode and actually came across like a human being for a change. There's a time and place for the Deadman persona, but it's refreshing that we haven't been getting that during his storyline with Styles. Here's hoping we get this version of Undertaker when he and Styles face off this weekend.
Shayna Baszler Attacked Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch
As I've said before, Lynch has been killing it on the mic for the past month and this was another quality promo from here. I liked how she hyped her upcoming encounter by tying it into her WrestleMania win last year, which was replayed in its entirety. I appreciated that she's stayed serious and it's added to my excitement for their match. Baszler's sneak attack was well done and was a nice way follow up Lynch blasting her with a chair from behind last week.
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