Lio Rush def. Noam Dar
I'm glad Rush is finally being featured in front of a bigger audience on Raw with him serving as Bobby Lashley's "hype man" of sorts, but I also appreciate that he's still a mainstay on the 205 Live roster (for now) where he can show off his in-ring skills. This was a very nice match from him and Dar. They never went all out like I feel they could have, but it was an enjoyable outing with the right result.
The Brian Kendrick def. Local Athlete
Well, this didn't last long at all. It literally consisted of Kendrick kicking the dude in the face, locking in the Captain's Hook and forcing him to submit. Short, sweet, and straight to the point. I like it. Afterward, Drew Gulak and Gentleman Jack Gallagher took turns beating up the local athlete, with the commentators emphasizing how frustrated Gulak is coming off his loss to Cedric Alexander from last week and questioning what their next move will be.
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Best Friends def. The Boys
The Boys have been off ROH TV since Dalton Castle took time off to heal some injuries in late June, so it was nice to see them back (I'm not sure how much longer Castle will be out for). Granted, this match didn't serve much of a purpose, but it was fun and well-wrestled while it lasted. The win gave Best Friends bit of a momentum boost ahead of their huge 10-man tag team matchup at Death Before Dishonor.
Kenny King def. Adam Page
King has been teasing a heel turn in recent weeks, so the story here was whether he could beat Page without having to resort to underhanded tactics. Well, he did for the second straight time (after cheating to defeat Marty Scurll), essentially solidifying his status as a heel (especially because Page is so beloved by the audience). As a match, this was great. Both of these guys are two of the brightest up-and-comers in the company and can always be counted on for a quality contest like we saw here.
Bobby Lashley and Mickie James def. Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox
Similar to Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks is out of the Mixed Match Challenge due to injury and replacing her as Lashley's partner is Mickie James. She and Lashley were an odd pairing on paper, but they ended up gelling well together by the end of this outing. Plus, I give credit to Mahal and Fox for making their tandem work even though I had no interest in seeing them team up. It was a fine little match, yet nothing terribly exciting.
The Miz and Asuka def. R-Truth and Carmella
Miz and Asuka are the defending champions from last season, but with Asuka no longer undefeated, it makes her matches in Season 2 a bit more unpredictable. That said, it was fairly obvious her and Miz were running through Truth and Carmella here. Miz and Truth already had a one-on-one match earlier in the evening on SmackDown Live, so I appreciated that they went for something different with the comedy and it paid off. It was an enjoyable encounter all things considered.
The Miz def. R-Truth
Miz and Truth will be facing off on Mixed Match Challenge after SmackDown Live, hence Truth's heavy involvement at the start of the show and his match with Miz. Truth TV was a chaotic mess (largely because of Truth and Carmella), but I actually enjoyed it because of the strong verbal exchange between Daniel Bryan and Miz. The subsequent match was fine for what it was and gave Miz his win back over Truth from two weeks ago.
Sheamus def. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Big E
You had to know Sheamus was winning here to allow The Bar to continue building momentum ahead of Super Show-Down, where he and Cesaro will vie for The New Day's SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Mind you, they did nothing to earn the opportunity, so they need as many victories as possible prior to the event. As for this match, it was well-wrestled and fun while it lasted.
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