X-Division Champion Trevor Lee def. Petey Williams
I've enjoyed Williams' return to the company so far and he's picked up a few victories, but it was way too soon to give him a title shot since he and Lee were barely feuding. The real beef has been between Lee and Sonjay Dutt. Considering Bound for Glory is emanating from Canada (which is where Williams is from) this year, perhaps they're holding off on doing a title change until then, and if that's the case, I'm all for it. Could it be a Triple Threat also involving Dutt at the event? As for this match, it was good, but they can definitely do better.
GFW Knockouts Champion Sienna, Taya Valkyrie and Taryn Terrell def. Allie, Gail Kim and Rosemary
With so much talent in one match, it's hard to showcase them all simultaneously, but I thought this was a well-wrestled match where everyone was given their time to shine at one point or another. The heels dominated a majority of the match and ultimately scored the victory, helping them maintain momentum in the process, but where does the division go from here? A Rosemary vs. Valkyrie feud has been teased in the past, but I'm curious as to who Sienna will defend her title against at BFG. I surely hope GFW doesn't pull a WWE and just put them all in the same match.
Eric Young Addressed Adam Cole
It's rare that NXT kicks off with a talking segment, so when it does, you know shit is about to go down. Young's promo was short, sweet and was exactly what it needed to be by progressing SAnitY's program with The Undisputed Era and hyping up his main event match against Cole later in the night. Nothing too much is different about SAnitY now that they're apparently babyfaces, but I like it that way.
Lars Sullivan def. Oney Lorcan
Sullivan is an absolute freak of nature, which you just know means he's going to be a big deal eventually. It helps that, while he's still green, he's aware of his strengths and works within his limitations. As I discussed in my review of the NXT live event I attended last week, Sullivan and Lorcan had a super fun match on that show and this was equally entertaining. The only difference was that the house show occurred in Boston, where Lorcan is from, and the crowd was much louder for him there. Even still, this was a blast and Danny Burch coming to Lorcan's aid afterward would indicate he's Sullivan's next victim.
Famous B and Dr. Wagner Jr. def. Texano in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match
Whatever happened to Wagner in the first place? I remember he and Famous B aligned at the end of Season 2, and he might have been featured for a few episodes early on in Season 3, but we hadn't seen him since. Thus, it was nice to see him return here and make this a more competitive matchup than it would have been otherwise. Texano dominated them anyway, but the heels winning after Brenda interfered was the right result. If there is going to be a Season 4, Texano joining that stable should be interesting.
Killshot def. Dante Fox in a Hell of War Match
Holy shit, this was something else. I mean really something else. WWE has their own Three Stages of Hell matches every so often and they're fine, but this was a true Three Stages of Hell match just with a different name. The first stage alone was incredible that it made me completely forget there were two more stages. They continued to kill each other for the remainder of the match using tables, ladders and even glass and made the most of the lengthy period of time they had. Seriously, this was absolutely unreal and has to be seen to be believed. If you hate hardcore wrestling, you'll probably despise this match, but if not, you'll love it as much as I did. Major props to both men for the literal hell they put their bodies through and for culminating this feud in fantastic fashion.
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Josh "The Goods" Woods def. QT Marshall
It was a while ago so my memory might be a bit clouded, but I believe Marshall paid off Shane Taylor to attack Marshall not too long ago. I thought that turned Woods babyface, but there was no indication as to whether he was a babyface or a heel here. Nevertheless, this was a good match and an even more impressive outing from Woods. He seems to get better every time I see him in action, so with a steady push and more experience, he can be a star for Ring of Honor in time.
Caprice Coleman Hosted Coleman's Pulpit with Mark Briscoe
Coleman's Pulpit is basically ROH's version of Miz TV, it's just not taped in front of a live audience. That said, it's a great platform for the wrestlers to further their storylines and receive some extended promo time, so I enjoyed this segment with Coleman and Briscoe. It's no secret that The Briscoes and Bully Ray have been teasing tension as of late, so this only added fuel to the fire.
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