ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Villain Enterprises def. Jay Lethal, ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb and Rush
Lethal, Cobb and Rush are a really random trio and I have no idea how they managed to earn themselves a shot at the six-man tag titles, but hey, I can't complain because this match was excellent. It had a frantic pace and was all action from start to finish. It's easy to forget that the six-man titles are a thing sometimes because of little they're featured, but Villain Enterprises pulled out another top-notch performance here. PCO pinning Lethal for the win was notable, even though his ROH World Championship with Matt Taven has come and gone. Afterward, Kenny King attacked Lethal and I'm totally fine with that as a feud.
ROH World Champion Matt Taven def. Flip Gordon
The video packages that played hyping up Gordon as well as Taven's title win were terrific. It gave this bout a big fight feel even if the finish felt slightly predictable. Gordon never ceases to deliver in high profile matches and this was no exception. Taven tends to be hit or miss, but this was going very well up until the lame finish. The Kingdom interfering and aiding Taven to victory was weak. If that's what the company has in store for his title reign, then I don't have high hopes.
Humberto Carrillo and Gentleman Jack Gallagher def. The Singh Brothers
The Singh Brothers were originally supposed to take on The Lucha House Party in a rematch from a few weeks ago, but Lucha House Party were pulled after being attacked by Lars Sullivan on back-to-back nights at Money in the Bank and on Raw. Thus, they faced off with Carrillo and Gallagher instead, who have had a bit of a friendly competition with each other in recent weeks. They worked well together as partners and this was a nice match, but the crowd clearly could not have cared less.
Akira Tozawa def. Ariya Daivari, The Brian Kendrick, Oney Lorcan and Mike Kanellis in a Fatal 5-Way Match
I feel like we just had a Fatal 5-Way on 205 Live not too long ago. They've been done to death by this point, but if nothing else, they always end up being entertaining. This was action-packed and the final few minutes were especially fun. Although this wasn't officially announced as a No. 1 Contender's match, you have to assume Tozawa will be next in line to challenge for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship based off how he pinned the previous number one contender and how Tony Nese was seen watching backstage.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Crashed Big E's Welcome-Back Party
Big E's return would have better off as a surprise, but I don't blame WWE for advertising it in advance to draw in viewers. This was your typical over-the-top New Day celebration and it was nice to see them all back together since right after WrestleMania 35. That said, I was enjoying serious Kofi Kingston, so hopefully he can get back to that starting next week. Owens and Zayn played their roles well here and built toward Kingston's match against Zayn later in the night.
Ali def. Andrade
I love the chemistry these two have as their matches never cease to deliver. While they have yet to go all in one of their encounters, this was still enjoyable for the time they were allotted. Ali winning (albeit with a roll-up) was slightly surprising, if only because Andrade will be challenging Finn Balor for the Intercontinental Championship at Super Show-Down. Perhaps Ali will be added in to make it a Triple Threat.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston Confronted Brock Lesnar
There's a lot of fan frustration over Lesnar becoming Mr. Money in the Bank (and rightfully so), but WWE's decision to give him the contract is worth it alone for the visual of Lesnar listening to the briefcase like it's a damn stereo. In all seriousness, this was an excellent segment that, for once, gave viewers a reason to tune into the rest of the show to see if Lesnar would cash it in. Plus, Paul Heyman gloating over a Lesnar victory never seems to get old.
Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn
You had to know it was only a matter of time before Strowman got his hands on Zayn following Zayn's fluke victory over Strowman last week, but I didn't think it would be this quickly. I guess WWE wanted to get it out of the way so Strowman could focus on Bobby Lashley at Super Show-Down next month. Zayn did his best to avoid Strowman by running around the arena, which was entertaining, but he was squashed all the same.
The Usos def. SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan (Non-title; Kickoff Match)
To be completely honest with you, the people I was with and I were still getting food by the time this match started and ended (we waited almost an hour and a half...), so I didn't see any of it in person. In fact, we didn't get to our seats until minutes before the pay-per-view went live. However, I have since watched it on YouTube, and similar to their initial encounter two weeks ago, this was good and the final stretch in particular was fun. These two teams work well together, but I don't understand why a Raw tag team would beat the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. I know we have this dumb Wild Card Rule, but I really wish they would focus on their own feuds on their own shows.
Bayley def. Mandy Rose, Carmella, Ember Moon, Nikki Cross, Naomi, Natalya and Dana Brooke in a Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
For the third straight year, the women put forth a hell of an effort, and this was probably my favorite women's Money in the Bank Ladder match to date. It helped that a lot of these ladies could have realistically won and everyone got their time to shine. Nikki was a nice replacement for the injured Alexa Bliss, Moon hit her finisher off the top of a ladder at one point (which looked awesome), Carmella was "hurt" early on but returned toward the end, and Rose nearly won with help from Sonya Deville. Ultimately, Bayley was able to reign supreme and the crowd exploded. Of course, that wouldn't be the last time we'd see her on the show, but this was a great way to kick off the night.
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