Kenny King def. Tracy Williams
King is riding a wave of momentum coming off his Honor Rumble victory at G1 Supercard, though I believe this was taped beforehand. I didn't know too much at all about Williams when he first arrived in Ring of Honor, but it's clear he's an incredibly skilled competitor, and as expected, this was a very fun and well-wrestled match. King picked up the clean victory to continue his recent winning ways.
The Bouncers def. Reno Scum
I'm familiar with Reno Scum from their work in IMPACT this year as well as in 2017. Personally, I've never been impressed by them, and I wouldn't really care to see them make more appearances for ROH going forward. On the bright side, The Bouncers are getting over nicely as a babyface tag team and have become a lot of fun to watch. The duo earned yet another win here, so you have to assume a ROH World Tag Team Championship shot is in their future.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins Was Confronted by His Potential Challengers
Can someone tell me what purpose Triple H served in this segment? He didn't tell us anything we didn't already know. It was weird hearing him talk about the two Triple Threat matches as if none of us didn't just hear the commentators announce them at the start of the show. The promos everyone else cut were fine, but this was exactly what you'd expect it to be. They set the stage for the night's biggest bouts nicely, but this wore out its welcome.
AJ Styles def. United States Champion Samoa Joe and Rey Mysterio in a Triple Threat Match to Advance to the Universal Championship No. 1 Contender's Match (Non-title)
I had zero problem with three of the Superstars coming over from SmackDown Live colliding in this Triple Threat, if only because it felt fresh and was very entertaining. Styles and Joe have worked well together in the past, Joe and Mysterio feuded going into WrestleMania 35, and seeing Styles and Mysterio mix it up for the first time was cool. This was an exciting opener with an innovative finish to boot. I wouldn't have had Joe get pinned in his Raw return, but I can't say I'm surprised.
Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor def. Elias
Elias did his usual shtick before the bout and Balor even joined in at one point. Their match wasn't anything out of the ordinary as a result of being only six minutes in length. The finish coming across as botched didn't help matters, either. This would have been the perfect time for Balor to drop to the Intercontinental Championship to a Raw wrestler, but since that didn't happen, I guess that all but confirms that Samoa Joe and the United States Championship are Raw bound.
Bayley and Ember Moon def. The Riott Squad
This marked The Riott Squad's final appearance as a unit on WWE TV with Liv Morgan being sent packing to SmackDown Live in the Superstar Shake-up, so it was weird that Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan were the ones who teamed up and Morgan wasn't involved at all. The match itself was perfectly fine but hardly worth writing home about. Bayley and Moon made for a good team, but I'd much rather see them showcased in singles competition on SmackDown.
Fallah Bahh and Scarlett Bordeaux def. Desi Hit Squad
We still have yet to see Bordeaux compete in a serious singles match with other women on the roster (meaning I have no clue how good she actually is in the ring), but I'm fine with her forming an alliance with Bahh for the time being. They have teased getting together in the past, so this has been in the works for a while. As a match, this was exactly what you'd expect in being complete comedy, but at least everyone played their roles. I'm just surprised it lasted as long as it did.
Dez def. Moose
Moose has been at odds with The Rascalz for weeks and Dez was the only member of the group Moose had yet to face. This was a really nice match with Dez playing the David to Moose's Goliath. There were a handful of fun spots and Moose looked extra impressive in dominating Dez whenever he was on offense. I guess The Rascalz had to win one against Moose eventually, but Dez winning in the fluky fashion he did didn't do him many favors.
Tyler Bate def. The Brian Kendrick
This match was the perfect mix of comedy and action with Bate and Kendrick working extremely well together. Their similar styles engaged the crowd and made for a very enjoyable outing to kick off the show. I actually had the chance to see parts of this in person while at WrestleMania Axxess that Friday. Sometimes I think people sleep on Kendrick and how good he actually is since he isn't on 205 Live all that often nowadays, but matches such as this one serve as a reminder of his skills.
Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews def. Mike Kanellis and Ariya Daivari
I was worried that this wouldn't be all that interesting based off the involvement of Daivari and Kanellis and how I figured they wouldn't have much chemistry as a tandem, and although that was true to an extent, Webster and Andrews are an exciting enough duo that they were able to carry them to a solid match. This had a nice pace, but the flashy offense from Webster and Andrews was what really stood out to me.
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