The Revival def. Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley
The segment preceding this match was pretty good with Reigns and Lashley having their strongest showings on the mic in some time. Promos having a hint of realism to them are always ten times more enjoyable and that was the case here as well (even if Reigns was wrong about Lashley's MMA career being a failure). Kurt Angle also announced that the multi-man match at Extreme Rules is off until further notice because of a "contractual stag" with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, whatever the hell that's supposed to mean. The subsequent tag team match was better than the original encounter from last week, perhaps due to the hotter crowd and the tension teased between Reigns and Lashley. Revival winning was the icing on the cake, but it remains to be seen whether WWE will actually capitalize off this victory from them.
Curtis Axel def. Raw Tag Team Champion "Woken" Matt Hardy
Wow, what an absolute waste of a match. I can't believe WWE decided to have Hardy get beaten in the matter of a minute (in such weak fashion, mind you) coming off that breathtaking WWE 24 special on him and Jeff last week. I'm fine with The B-Team getting a momentum boost ahead of their opportunity at the Raw Tag Team Championship at Extreme Rules, but this was a strange way to do it. What a weird feud this has been so far.
Zack Gibson def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher in a Quarterfinal Match
This event needed the perfect opening match to set the tone for the remainder of the night and I thought this succeeded in doing just that. Sure, Gallagher has been a heel on 205 Live for the past eight months, but you had to know he was going to be beloved in England and thus it was wise to position Gibson as his foil here, giving him more heat for his win in the process. They produced an entertaining outing that had a hot crowd to boot.
Joe Coffey def. Dave Mastiff in a Quarterfinal Match
I have heard Coffey's name brought up a few times during discussions I've had about the former What Culture Pro Wrestling with fellow fans, but beyond that, I'm not too familiar with his work. The same can be said for Mastiff as well, but despite that, they had a damn good match. This was a total hoss battle with both men pulling off some moves you likely wouldn't expect out of them considering their size. Showing Joe's brother Mark in the crowd before the bout was a nice touch as well.
LAX def. Z & E to Win the Impact Tag Team Championship
Zema Ion and Andrew Everett have been a hell of a tandem since joining forces not too long ago and this was another extremely entertaining outing from them, wisely positioned as the opener to the show. LAX lost their edge recently and have been fighting to get it back, but they were in full form again here and had an A+ performance, as well as Z & E. Their reign as champions was short-lived yet fun, while LAX are back at the forefront of the tag team division where they belong.
Scott Steiner Attacked K.M.
This segment started out with K.M. calling out Fallah Bahh and attempting to "make amends" with him, before being denied and put in a match with Steiner instead. I was really hoping Steiner's match against Eli Drake recently would be his last in IMPACT for a while, but apparently not. This wasn't exactly pretty or good, but if nothing else, it was kept on the shorter side and didn't overstay its welcome.
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Bianca Belair def. Dakota Kai
Belair impresses me more and more with every showing she has, especially considering how new she still is to wrestling. Kai, on the other hand, always plays the underdog role exceptionally well, so I liked the dynamic they had in this match. Belair is obviously the one officials are keen on pushing right now, not to mention Kai never loses anything in defeat, so the result was the right one. This was very good while it lasted.
War Raiders def. The Mighty
Before I discuss the match itself, I just want to note that I dig The Mighty's new look with the tights and ring jackets. Granted, they lost here, but they're quickly finding their footing as heels, which is encouraging. Although this was largely a showcase for War Raiders, The Mighty scored a decent measure of offense, though the crowd ate up anything that involved War Raiders squashing their opponents. I could certainly see them contending for the NXT Tag Team Championship come TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.
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