The Lucha House Party def. The Singh Brothers
I guess this means The Singh Brothers are officially members of the 205 Live roster once again. They actually wrestled on the show's pilot back in November 2016 and were immediately pulled from TV because they weren't believed to be ready yet by officials. They've been Jinder Mahal's whipping boys for so long that it was difficult to take them seriously, but this was a well-wrestled affair and it was nice that they were able to have a competitive contest with Lucha House Party's Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado. That said, the outcome was never in doubt.
Mike Kanellis Attacked The Brian Kendrick
It was never said who Kendrick was supposed to be facing here, as Kanellis attacked him on the ramp before he even made it to the ring. This was in retaliation to Kendrick helping Akira Tozawa ambush Kanellis backstage last week, and being the good friend he is, it didn't take Tozwawa long at all to help out Kendrick here. This set up Tozawa vs. Kanellis in a No Disqualification match for next week's show.
Kevin Owens Interrupted WWE champion Kofi Kingston
Was it really necessary to replay Kingston's entire road to winning the WWE Championship? I felt like something we would see two nights after WrestleMania 35, not almost a month into his title reign. I also wasn't thrilled with how he came out smiling and throwing pancakes one week removed from being betrayed by Owens and witnessing his New Day partner Xavier Woods get brutally assaulted. His promo was decent and at least his title defense against Owens is finally official for Money in the Bank. Owens also played his role well here and once again laid out Woods before escaping to the back.
Raw and SmackDown Women's Champion Becky LYnch def. Bayley (Non-title)
Lynch being announced as the woman who made history in the main event of WrestleMania and the first-ever holder of the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championships felt forced to me. You know fans would be up in arms if that happened with someone such as Charlotte Flair, so I fear what might happen if WWE continues to shove Lynch down the throats of fans. Meanwhile, I really wish they would have saved this first-time-ever encounter for a later date when it actually meant something, but this was an entertaining outing for what it was. Furthermore, Flair's post-match attack on Lynch and Bayley was expected but effective.
Mojo Rawley def. Heath Slater
Rawley has been teasing a darker persona in vignettes that have been airing on and off since the beginning of the year, but they have yet to lead anywhere. He wore a hood to the ring with some sort of face paint. I don't know if that made him any more intimidating to me, but it's different, if nothing else. Meanwhile, I completely forgot Slater was still on the roster because he's barely on the show nowadays. This was a standard squash match for Rawley.
Cedric Alexander def. Cesaro
Well, this was weird. Cesaro's entrance wasn't even televised, which is really rare for Main Event. It was almost like WWE forgot this was being filmed for the show until after Alexander came out. Nonetheless, it's cool we were able to get a rematch from these two so soon after their entertaining encounter on Raw. It was a well-wrestled affair with a good flow on the whole and Alexander avenging his loss to Cesaro. Rubber match, anyone?
Alexa Bliss Announced the Participants in the Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Is there a reason why it was Bliss' job to announce the participants in the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match? I can understand why she was assigned that task for the women, but I was confused why one of the McMahons didn't do it for the men instead. Either way, this was a solid segment that set up the subsequent tag team match with everyone playing their roles well. Ricochet will be the resident high-flier in the bout while Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman have already won the briefcase before (and failed to cash in the contract successfully), so McIntyre is my pick to win out of this crop of competitors.
Ricochet and Braun Strowman def. Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre
McIntyre and Corbin made it a point to bring up Ricochet's small size during the opening segment. That combined with McIntyre and Corbin teasing tension after what happened last week made it obvious that the babyfaces were winning this. It was a well-wrestled match and it's nice to see Ricochet rebound coming off his recent loss to Robert Roode, even if a victory for him at Money in the Bank likely isn't in the cards.
Ace Austin def. Petey Williams, Aiden Price, Cousin Jake, Jake Crist and Eddie Edwards in a Six-Man Scramble Match
This must have been announced hours before the show because I don't remember it being mentioned on Friday's go-home edition of IMPACT! Wrestling. Nothing was on the line, so it didn't really serve much of a purpose aside from killing time, but it was a ton of fun and kicked off the night on a high note. Edwards felt out of place here because he was the biggest star of the bunch (and likely would have faced Eli Drake on this show had Drake not gotten released from the company earlier this month), but at least he wasn't pinned. Speaking of which, I liked that Austin stole the victory from Williams considering they recently teased feuding.
Scarlett Bordeaux def. Rohit Raju
Although this was another last-minute addition to the card, it was perfectly serviceable for the time it was given. I'm not high on the intergender matches, but Desi Hit Squad are complete losers who lack steam and Bordeaux is better than I initially gave her credit for. I hope she'll start mixing it up with the other ladies soon, because I'm not sure how much she's actually benefiting from beating these guys.
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