Johnny Impact and Eddie Edwards Confronted GFW Global Champion Eli Drake
As I said last week, Drake has been one of my favorites in GFW for a while now and I couldn't be happier he's the world champion. He cut a great promo about how he reached the top of the mountain before being interrupted by his first set of challengers. For those of you who haven't been watching Lucha Underground for the past three years, Impact/Mundo has come a long way on the mic since his WWE days, and although this was a decent promo from him, he is way better on the mic as a heel than as a babyface. I'd also be hypocritical if I said he should be immediately put in contention for the championship considering I wasn't in favor of it when they did the same thing with Alberto El Patron when they signed him earlier this year. Edwards also played his role well and this successfully segment set up the tag team match for later in the night.
oVe def. Fallah Bahh and Mario Bokara
Based off how they played to the crowd here and faced heel opponents, I can now officially confirm (I think) that oVe are babyfaces. I still don't get their gimmick (has it even been explained yet?), but as wrestlers, they're pretty good in the ring. Their offense is getting more and more impressive by the week, so I hope they receive some character development soon because they can be a nice addition to GFW's growing tag team division if they do.
Roderick Strong Confronted NXT Champion Drew McIntyre
McIntyre has come a long way as a talker since we last saw him in WWE years ago and thus he should be a great champion for NXT going forward. This was a straightforward promo from him and Strong also held his own on the mic when he staked his claim at the championship. Their verbal exchange was kept short and sweet and successfully planted the seeds for a future face-off between them.
Peyton Royce def. Ruby Riot
I didn't particularly like Riot's match against Billie Kay two weeks ago on NXT TV, but this was a vast improvement over that. I don't know, it might be because Royce is more of a complete package than Kay, but this was a very good match from them and they made the most of the time they were allotted. Kay's interference wasn't ideal, of course, but it was meant to further Royce's recent momentum and establish that the odds are stacked against Riot.
Son of Madness def. Mascarita Sagrada
We haven't seen too much of Madness in the ring up to this point in the season, but this was an impressive outing from him. Sagrada may not have been the best opponent for him to showcase his skills against in a serious manner, but this was a nicely-paced bout while it lasted and it made sense from a storyline standpoint given Sagrada and Son of Havoc are friends. Speaking of Havoc, him coming out afterward set up his Boyle Heights Biker Brawl with Madness for later in the night.
Marty "The Moth" Martinez def. Argenis
Argenis has hardly been a focus in Season 3, but he was a fine sacrificial lamb for Martinez as he starts to show more signs of aggression and become a more feared competitor. The incorporation of blood almost seemed unnecessary, and I'm never a huge fan of when wrestlers are unmasked at random in Lucha Underground, but it was done here to build toward the Mask vs. Hair match at Ultima Lucha between Martinez and Fenix. The feud has been really well handled throughout the second half of the season, so I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of match they can put together when the stakes are high.
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IWGP Tag Team Champions War Machine def. Jay White and Jonathon Gresham (Non-title)
Although this was a battle between two babyface tag teams, the crowd didn't seem to mind and was electric for all the action. The two tandems worked wonderfully together and kicked off the night on a high note. White has awesome chemistry with Gresham, but I really wish ROH was doing more with White in singles competition while they have him on excursion from New Japan Pro Wrestling. Meanwhile, Punisher Martinez attacking White afterward furthered their feud. On a side note, is War Machine still NXT bound? I forgot if I read whether they had re-signed with ROH or NJPW.
Josh "The Goods" Woods def. Shane Taylor
I originally assumed Woods was supposed to be a heel, but it looks like he's currently a babyface given how he was portrayed in this match, which is weird. Taylor is talented for a guy of his massive size (kudos to him for losing a significant amount of weight), but he is pretty directionless at the moment and thus it was hard to care about this match. It was fine while it lasted, but nothing special. It got even more confusing afterward when QT Marshall (no idea who he is by the way) came down to the ring and paid off Taylor for laying out Woods. I guess the intent was for viewers to question why he apparently put a hit out on Woods, but I can't say I'm too intrigued.
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