Aerostar def. Drago
Josh Mathews and Don Callis noted on commentary noted on commentary that these two are former Trios Champions together in Lucha Underground, but it would have been nice if they also acknowledged their history as partners and then as rivals in that promotion. However, I wasn't expecting it so I wasn't disappointed when they didn't. Nevertheless, this was a pretty good opening match. The crowd was hot for the action, though it was unfortunate that Aerostar botched a few moves down the stretch that caused the finish to feel slightly abrupt.
Eli Drake and Scott Steiner def. LAX to Win the Impact World Tag Team Championship
Steiner's performance at the IMPACT vs. Lucha Underground show was subpar, but he was wisely kept limited here and looked much better as a result. The match was decent on the whole. The story they told was that because Konnan wasn't at ringside for his boys (apparently he was kidnapped or something), LAX lost the titles. Drake and Steiner, who aren't a regular team, winning the straps may not be the worst thing considering how depleted IMPACT's tag team division is at the moment. They can freshen things up with a title run and hopefully get real competition (aside from LAX) in due time. Plus, their chemistry is getting better, so this could be fun.
Su Young and Braxton Sutter def. Kiera Hogan and Fallah Bahh
The storyline relationship between Young and Sutter has yet to be explained to my knowledge, but nonetheless, this was a good, well-wrestled opener that served as hype for Sunday's Impact Knockouts Championship match between Young and Allie. Bahh is always useful for comedic relief and we hadn't seen too much of Hogan in the ring up to this point, so credit to them for holding their own here. I also appreciated Allie emerging afterward and showing some fire ahead of her upcoming title defense.
Brian Cage def. KM
You could see Cage answering KM's open challenge coming from a mile away, but I still enjoyed KM's promo before the bout more than most of the promos he cuts. The match itself, as you would probably expect, was a total squash in favor of Cage, as it should have been. Cage has rolling through people left and right since arriving in IMPACT, and I have no doubt he'll win that random six-way match at Redemption.
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Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae Addressed the Audience
Gargano finally showing a smile here after exacting revenge on Tommaso Ciampa at TakeOver: New Orleans was a cool sight. He cut a pretty straightforward promo after vanquishing Ciampa and wanting to do the same with Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega in the night's main event pitting LeRae against Vega. He also teased wanting to re-enter the NXT Championship picture, and it was later revealed he will challenge new champ Aleister Black for the belt on next week's show.
Ricochet def. Fabian Aicnher
Aichner always impresses no matter who's in the ring with and this outing was no exception. It's a shame he's usually positioned as an enhancement talent, but at least he looks good in defeat. That said, this was all about Ricochet with this being his in-ring debut on NXT TV. His offense was exciting and his finisher is fantastic. He'll be a big star on NXT in no time.
Hiromu Takahashi def. ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion Frankie Kazarian
Unless I missed something, the commentators never acknowledged that Takahashi used to be buddies in storyline with The Addiction, and that was only a year and a half ago. What's crazy is that Takahashi has turned into a much bigger star than Kazarian in his time away from Ring of Honor, so the crowd was solidly behind him here. This was a nice little matchup and I wonder if Takahashi's victory sets him up for a future ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship shot.
The Young Bucks Won an ROH World Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Tag Team Gauntlet Match
Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas attacked Coast to Coast backstage beforehand, so they took on only one member of the team and beat him fairly quickly. They also defeated The Dawgs before falling to The Motor City Machine Guns. The early goings of this Gauntlet were decent, but it really didn't pick up until it the Bucks and the Guns went at it and delivered an awesome mini-matchup. They've always worked well together and their encounter here was no exception. They should have closed this thing out, because although the Bucks had a good outing against The Kingdom, the crowd wasn't quite as hot for them as they were for the Bucks and the Guns. Still, the Bucks vs. The Briscoes for the ROH World Tag Team Championship should be great.
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