Isiah "Swerve" Scott def. Joaquin Wilde
Between this and his win over Oney Lorcan last week, Scott seems to be getting back on the right track following his recent loss to Austin Theory on NXT. He's an awesome athlete, but I still feel we need to know more about him. I don't think he and Wilde have ever faced off in WWE before, so this felt fresh and was a well-wrestled opener. As undefined as Scott is, at least he isn't obnoxious as Wilde, who is almost insufferable with the dumb DJ noises and over-the-top attire.
Tony Nese def. Oney Lorcan
These two have had more than a handful of matches against each other over the last year, so while this was nothing new, their chemistry is always excellent and this was another enjoyable encounter from them. There was nothing at stake, mind you, but they delivered to the best of their ability. Nese winning in clean fashion was genuinely surprising considering the current NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin is a heel and Lorcan would be a fun opponent for him.
SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley, Sasha Banks and Tamina Attacked Lacey Evans and Naomi
Everything involving the SmackDown Women's Championship picture has been a total miss for me over the last month. As I've said before, Bayley vs. Banks one-on-one at WrestleMania 36 makes a lot more sense than the Fatal 5-Way they have planned. By the way, it was originally advertised as being a Six-Pack Challenge, but I believe Dana Brooke had to be pulled due to being quarantined (you won't get any complaints out of me). Everyone interrupting each other was whatever, and Tamina standing tall over Evans and Naomi would have led to a silent reaction even if it wasn't an empty arena.
Drew Gulak def. Shinsuke Nakamura
It's amazing that Nakamura went from competing for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 34 to losing to Drew Gulak a week ahead of WrestleMania and (likely) being left off the card entirely. Such is life, I suppose. This was a nice little match as Gulak and Daniel Bryan continue to be a blast together. Thanks to Gulak's victory, Bryan will now contend for Sami Zayn's Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania.
Imperium (Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner) def. Ashton Smith and Oliver Carter
I didn't think Smith and Carter had the slightest chance of winning coming into this contest, but they ended up surprising me down the stretch by coming close to winning on a few occasions. Then again, Imperium is always excellent and work well with just about everybody they step in the ring with, so I should have expected this to be as entertaining as it was. Smith and Carter are a solid tandem, but Imperium never cease to deliver and were the right choice to win.
Aoife Valkyrie def. Nina Samuels
Valkyrie has been rolling in recent weeks and I appreciate how it didn't take her nearly as long as it did Ridge Holland to start facing credible competition. Her last match with Isla Dawn wasn't anything special, and unfortunately, this wasn't a vast improvement by any means. Valkyrie is a work in progress, but from what I've seen, she's very good. It's just a shame her opponents aren't as interesting. I feel we'll get a better grasp of what she's capable of once she starts having matches with the likes of Kay Lee Ray and others at that level.
Tyler Breeze def. Austin Theory
Theory has impressed in every outing I've seen him have up to this point and this was no different. Breeze is the perfect person for him to be working with at this stage of his career, but it doesn't change how he lacks a compelling character and doesn't get as much mic time as he should. That needs to change soon. This was an entertaining opener, but I felt Breeze beating Theory was the wrong call.
Killian Dain def. Tehuti Miles
If I recall correctly, it's been a while since Dain was last featured on NXT, so this was a nice way for him to get back on track. I've never even heard of Miles before, but I thought he fared well for himself here. This was a standard squash match for Dain that didn't last longer than it needed to. Dain deserves some direction, not fed to someone higher up on the totem pole on the brand.
Cody def. Jimmy Havoc
Although Havoc hasn't been seen on Dynamite in a while, he has been stacking up victories lately on Dark. They were building to a match between him and Luther before they had to start wrestling in front of no fans, so who knows if that's been called off or not. As for his outing with Cody, it was solid albeit slightly unspectacular. He didn't have the standout showing I was hoping for, but it was an enjoyable opener, nonetheless. I also liked Jake Roberts' promo on the big screen addressing Cody post-match.
Darby allin def. Kip Sabian
Allin cut a promo beforehand targeting Inner Circle, so I'm happy he's involved in a prominent angle at the moment. He's a star on the rise and it's a shame he isn't receiving the loud crowd reactions we're used to hearing for him due to the lack of live crowds. This was a decent match and they worked well together, but Penelope Ford constantly interfering in Sabian's matches and Sabian losing anyway doesn't make him look good.
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