Impact X-Division Champion Brian Cage def. Fenix
I'd argue Fenix is one of the most underrated athletes in the wrestling world right now and that he never gets the credit he deserves for being as great as he is. This was another outstanding performance from him and I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic he had with Cage. This was the type of match Cage should have had with Matt Sydal in that the action was exciting and there was never a dull moment. Cage successfully retained his title, but he helped out Fenix and Pentagon Jr. afterward by evening the odds against oVe. The inevitable oVe vs. Pentagon, Fenix and Cage match should be amazing. On a side note, and I realize that they're separated universes, but Cage coming to the aid of Pentagon a week removed from their Last Man or Machine Standing match in Lucha Underground just felt strange.
Eli Drake def. Brandon Tidwell
Before the bout, Drake patronized Tidwell and Mr. Atlantis about their victory over Cult of Lee last week in comical fashion as only Drake could. I guess the point of this was for Drake to drive home how he doesn't think Cult of Lee aren't worth his time, so I wouldn't be surprised if they continue to try to win him over in the weeks ahead. Drake then gave Tidwell an "opportunity" by facing him, yet decisively defeated the local loser in under 20 seconds (if that).
Velveteen Dream Interrupted Johnny Gargano
Gargano's conflicted character has been one of the best parts of NXT programming and this was a great promo from him following his latest loss to NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV. I was just beginning to wonder what was next for him, but before William Regal could accuse him of attacking Aleister Black (I don't think it was him, anyway), Dream interrupted and attempted to make a statement at Gargano's expense. They'll face off one-on-one next week, and if their last match earlier this year was any indication, it should be an excellent encounter.
Dakota Kai def. Aliyah
As I've said before, Aliyah has improved leaps and bounds in the ring since her arrival on the scene several years ago. She's just lacking a character fans can get invested in. For now, she's playing her role well as an enhancement talent making others look good. Kai is an awesome underdog and she had a nice showing here working from underneath. I'm glad she's maintaining momentum for now even though she likely won't be re-entering title contention any time soon.
Jake Strong def. Drago
Strong's matches have largely been squashes up to this point, so it was cool to see him have an actual competitive match for a change. This was fun while it lasted, but I'm sure it could have been better with more time. I just felt the ending was slightly anticlimactic because it came out of nowhere, but the right guy went over. Aerostar came to Drago's aid afterward, so their friendship remains intact.
XO Lishus def. Jack Evans in a "No Mas" Match
I really enjoyed the initial outing these two had against each other toward the start of the season and this was very entertaining as well. It was no Mariposa vs. Sexy Star from Season 2, mind you, but they still made great use of the "No Mas" stipulation and had the crowd invested in the action. I also appreciated how the interference from Ivelisse and Joey Ryan didn't take away from it too much. I believe Evans has since left Lucha Underground, so in that case, it made sense for him to do the honors for Lishus on the way out.
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Christopher Daniels def. ROH World Tag Team Champion Jay Briscoe by Disqualification
I don't know if this was done intentionally, but The Briscoes and SoCal Uncensored will be facing off at All In this coming Saturday, so this served as nice hype for that bout even if Daniels won't be involved and will be taking on Stephen Amell instead. This was a well-wrestled opening match while it lasted between two seasoned Ring of Honor veterans before Mark Briscoe interfered to cause the contest to be thrown out. I assume a win from SoCal on Saturday will earn them a future shot at the tag titles.
Flip Gordon def. Silas Young
These two clashed for the ROH World Television Championship only a few short months ago, but Gordon has grown as a performer (and character) exponentially since then. They produced a very fun, hard-hitting match where the crowd was solidly behind Gordon from start to finish. This was an awesome performance from Gordon that proved he was not only on Young's level but better than him as well via the victory. I'm not sure why Bully Ray attacked Gordon afterward because I thought that rivalry wrapped up a while ago, but apparently not. At least there's the possibility of a Bully and Young alliance as was teased here.
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