ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom def. Los Ingobnerables de Japon
I was happy they got the match with the least amount of storyline support out of the way early on the event card. It was well-wrestled from an in-ring standpoint, but it was extremely obvious Los Ingobernables weren't winning the six-man tag titles. As such, the nearfalls toward the end weren't suspenseful in the slightest. All in all, it was a nice way to kick off the night.
Flip Gordon def. Bully Ray by Disqualification
Gordon's rise in Ring of Honor over the last year has been a blast to watch and I've enjoyed his program with Bully Ray up to this point, but this was more of an angle than it was a true match. It was fine while it lasted, but the disqualification finish was cheap. If nothing else, it protected both men, kept the feud alive, and put massive heat on Ray. The crowd popped for Colt Cabana standing up to Bully afterward, so it will be interesting to see if Cabana will eventually step back into the ring to rival him.
Tessa Blanchard Interrupted Madison Rayne
I've been enjoying the comeback story they've been telling with Rayne and the attempt to build her back up as a championship challenger, and it's definitely worked. She's proven in the past that she's a skilled talker, so I liked her promo here as well as her verbal exchange with Blanchard that played off their recent issues and effectively set up their rematch for later on in the night.
Rich Swann def. Trevor Lee
It's cool Swann can still use his name outside of WWE and that they didn't try to stop him from using it. Despite the problems he's had outside of the ring over the past six months, he's still an incredible competitor, so having him face Lee in his debut was smart because they worked well together and had a fun opening match. Swann shined, but Lee deserves credit for selling his offense like a champ.
Tommaso Ciampa Taunted NXT Champion Aleister Black
In my opinion, Ciampa is the hottest heel in all of wrestling right now, and coming off his victory over Johnny Gargano at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II, it made sense to transition him into the NXT Championship picture. This fresh feud should also get Black back in in the spotlight where he belongs, because although he's been the champ since WrestleMania weekend, he has largely been overshadowed by Gargano and Ciampa lately. It will be interesting to see if this will carry over into TakeOver: Brooklyn IV or culminate before then to allow Gargano and Ciampa to blow off their ruthless rivalry on that show.
Kona Reeves def. Max Humberto
After all the insanity that ensured at TakeOver: Chicago II, I completely forgot Reeves was still a part of the roster. I believe this was his third appearance on NXT TV, and as of now, he's still doing absolutely nothing for me. He didn't come across like a star in this match, and instead, he feels like a marginal performer at best. It's time for NXT to cut bait with him because this experiment clearly isn't working.
XO Lishus def. Jack Evans
I could have sworn Evans said on social media a few months ago that he left Lucha Underground, making me think he wouldn't be a part of Season 4. Perhaps this loss will lead to him leaving halfway through the season? Anyway, this was a nice little match with good work from both guys. Lishus is a fine addition to the roster and can obviously go in the ring, and with this win, he's already off to a solid start in Lucha Underground.
Cage Attacked Lucha Underground Champion Pentagon Dark
I've always appreciated how despite never knowing what Pentagon is saying in his promos (aside from the subtitles), he comes across as intense and it's easy to buy into him as a badass (in addition to looking the part). He talked about how no man could beat him, so I liked the twist when Cage laid out him and revealed he was the exception because he's not a man, he's a "machine." This was a well-done angle that successfully set up Cage as the next challenger to the championship.
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