Pre-Show: Best Friends def. SoCal Uncensored and Private Party in a Three-Way Match to Earn a Bye in the First Round of the AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament at All Out
Tag team wrestling is alive and well in All Elite Wrestling if what we saw here was any indication of how much respect the tag teams will be treated with. Most fans are well aware of how awesome Best Friends and SCU are, but this match was extra important in establishing Private Party as a credible tandem. I've seen them in action before and they are a ton of fun to watch. This was all action and left me looking forward to the AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament. Afterward, The Dark Order (f.k.a. Super Smash Bros) interrupted Best Friends' victory celebration but never hit the ring.
Pre-Show: Allie def. Leva Bates
I applaud Bates and Peter Avalon for making the most of this "librarian" gimmick, but it's pretty stupid, if we're being honest. It may be a cute little shtick on Being The Elite, but it doesn't come across well on these pay-per-views. It made the match a total afterthought and I felt like Allie's debut was wasted. I'm glad she won, but Kylie Rae may have been better off in her spot as originally advertised.
Pre-Show: Rush def. Flip Gordon
While I was slightly disappointed this was relegated to the pre-show, it ended up being an absolute blast, as expected. Rush has been killing it since coming to Ring of Honor while Gordon can always be counted on for a superb performance. Of course, Rush going over and keeping his undefeated streak intact was the right call and Gordon didn't lose a lot in defeat (especially considering what would happen with him later in the show).
PRe-Show: NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis Revealed Eli Drake as His Partner Against The Briscoes
Colt Cabana was originally supposed to team with Aldis on this show but had to pull out due to an injury. I was genuinely curious who Aldis would name as his partner instead and I liked the tease of it being James Storm since Storm recently neglected to help Aldis against The Briscoes recently on ROH TV. Instead, it was Eli Drake, who is fresh off his firing from IMPACT. I've always been super high on his work and am stoked he has signed with NWA. He cut a strong promo here that served its purpose in selling viewers on the pay-per-view.
The North def. The Deaners
I've noted before how I don't care much for The Deaners, but part of that might have been due to how they were put in a program with Desi Hit Squad, who I care even less about. That said, this was easily the best match I've seen from The Deaners yet. The North are quite good and have great chemistry together. This was an enjoyable opener with a solid layout and The Deaners looking credible in defeat.
Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie and Rosemary vs. Su Yung and Havok Ended in a Double Count-Out
Although Valkyrie and Rosemary have a checkered past, they were willing to put their differences aside here to take out two common enemies in Yung and Havok (in other words, don't consider this a face turn for Valkyrie). It was a decent match while it lasted before it broke down and ended in a double count-out. Chaos continued to ensue afterward, which served as a nice preview of what to expect at Slammiversary in the Monster's Ball four-way.
Angel Garza def. Joaquin Wilde in an NXT Breakout Tournament First Round Match
I'm familiar with both of their guys from their time in IMPACT and knew going in that this would be a great match. Sure enough, it did not disappoint and ended up being an absolute blast. They impressed with their respective showings here and managed to leave a lasting impression in the seven minutes they were allotted. Garza was the right choice to advance seeing as how he is more of a complete package than Wilde, at least in my opinion.
NXT Tag Team Champions Street Profits def. Forgotten Sons by Disqualification (Non-title)
I've feel like I've seen this match multiple times in the past, so it was probably for the best that this was kept as short and as sweet as possible. Street Profits actually wanted to put their titles on the line here, but I don't think this was ever officially sanctioned as a championship matchup. Jaxson Ryker interfered before Street Profits could win it, leading to Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch coming out and making the save. Burch said to Angelo Dawkins that they "owed" them one, so expect them to get the first shot at the straps sometime soon.
Mark Andrews def. Joseph Conners
It's no secret that Conners bores me to tears, but he is a competent enough competitor to have a good match, especially when he's in the ring with someone as skilled as Andrews. This was a really fun opening match that the crowd was red hot for throughout. I don't think it wasn't meant to kick off a feud between the two, but I enjoyed the outing while it lasted, nonetheless.
NXT UK Tag Team Champions The Grizzled Young Veterans Addressed the Audience
You know, while I write in the title of these paragraphs that both members of Grizzled Young Veterans addressed the audience, it's really only Zack Gibson and James Drake just so happens to be there. I honestly can't even remember the last time he spoke. At any rate, this was the usual strong promo from Gibson as he ran down the audience in attendance and boasted about how rich they were and how they'll be hanging out in their five-star hotel room until it's time for them to defend the NXT UK Tag Team Championship against Moustache Mountain next week.
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