Brock Lesnar Attacked Rey Mysterio and Dominick
Dominick has basically been a regular on WWE TV since the beginning of Mysterio's feud with Samoa Joe before WrestleMania 35. I was shocked at the time that Joe never once got physical with Dominick, but hey, I'd argue Dominick getting his ass kicked was worth the wait. It didn't come at the hands of Joe, mind you, but Lesnar was an even better choice to do the deed. Props to Dominick, who sold the beating like a champ. Both he and Mysterio came across as incredibly sympathetic while Lesnar scored a ton of heat for the ruthless assault. Mission accomplished. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that this planted the seeds for a future face-off between Lesnar and Mysterio, possibly over the WWE Championship post-Draft.
Sasha Banks def. WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Alexa Bliss
Banks vs. Bliss is hardly a rivalry I was excited to see revisited, but this was solid enough, so I can't knock it. It was hardly memorable for the four minutes it got, but I liked that there wasn't any outside interference from Nikki Cross or Bayley. Instead, Becky Lynch (who sat in on commentary) ran down to the ring afterward and forced Banks to flee. Her promo didn't light the world on fire, but thankfully, I was already sold on their Hell in a Cell clash this Sunday.
Dak Draper def. Austin Gunn in the Finals of the 2019 Top Prospect Tournament
I haven't followed this year's Top Prospect Tournament much at all outside of what's been shown on the weekly ROH TV show, so I wasn't really rooting for one guy over the other. I know Gunn is the son of WWE Hall of Famer (and current AEW producer) Billy Gunn, but that's about it. This event was riddled with technical issues (both on HonorClub and on FITE), so I was only able to see parts of this match. What I did see was fine but nothing special. With the win, Draper has earned himself a spot on the Ring of Honor roster as well as a future shot at Shane Taylor's ROH World Television Championship.
Dalton Castle def. Mark Haskins in a Final Battle No. 1 Contender's Tournament Quarterfinal Match
I can somewhat understand ROH having issues with airing the event during the first match, but the problems persisted during this matchup as well. Absolutely unacceptable. I honestly didn't care about the Top Prospect Tournament finals, but this was actually important and I was disappointed to miss most of it. From what I gather, it was good, but I can't speak to the rest of it without watching it in full. I was slightly surprised by the outcome (which wasn't shown), if only because Haskins is the superior athlete of the two, but I guess they're trying to build Castle back up. He'll battle PCO in the semifinals.
Rob Van Dam and Rhino def. Impact World Tag Team Champions The North (Non-Title)
The North came out to LAX's entrance music dressed as them, which was pretty funny. They proclaimed to be the best tag team in all of IMPACT, only to get interrupted by Konnan, who brought out RVD and Rhino. The match that followed was well wrestled with The North doing most of the work. I'm not a fan of The North losing the first match as champions to two guys past their prime, but I assume that sets up some sort of a multi-team match for the tag titles at Bound for Glory also involving Rich Swann and Willie Mack.
Mahabali Shera def. Cousin Jake
Shera defeated Cody Deaner in quick and decisive fashion on last week's show, so IMPACT apparently felt it was necessary to follow that up with Shera beating Jake here as well. The match was exactly what you'd expect it to be, but at least it didn't overstay its welcome. Gama Singh is teasing booting the other two members of Desi Hit Squad out of the group if they don't start proving themselves soon. IMPACT might as well disband the stable entirely because of how boring they are, but I realize that's probably not going to happen.
Pre-Show: Jeff Cobb def. ROH world Six-Man Tag Team champion Brody King
I guess there was some fan frustration over this ending up on the pre-show instead of the main card, but I personally didn't have a problem with it. If the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship wasn't going to be defended and Cobb didn't have anything else going on, why the hell not? This was a really good match and also served as a nice incentive for fans to check out the pay-per-view pre-show. Cobb going over made sense as he'll soon be challenging for the ROH World Championship on the company's upcoming United Kingdom tour.
Pre-Show: Joe Hendry Interrupted Dalton Castle
As I've said before, I don't see the hype surrounding Hendry. He has had a good look and is decent in the ring, but the whole singing thing is stupid and clearly the crowds aren't enjoying it. I have zero desire to see him feud with Castle, but they could be a fine tag team if handled properly. I'm glad this was put on the pre-show so it didn't have to waste precious pay-per-view time.
Keith Lee def. Dominik Dijakovic
This has become one of my favorite feuds in NXT in recent memory. They haven't been given any mic time on television, mind you, but their matches have been excellent. This was another exceptional installment in their ongoing rivalry and was the perfect way to open the hour. They killed it once again and did things guys their size shouldn't be able to. Lee finally picked up the big win he was looking for, but I feel their feud isn't over yet (which makes me very happy).
Dakota Kai def. Taynara
I'm really confused as to whether Taynara is supposed to be a babyface or a heel. I guess she's whatever NXT needs her to be based on who she's facing. She's coming along nicely, but obviously, this was all about Kai (as it should have been) to re-establish her as a player in the NXT women's division. She didn't win as quickly as I would have hoped, but that's merely nitpicking. The commentators made mention of how it was Shayna Baszler who put her on the shelf many months ago, so if Candice LeRae doesn't take the title next week (and I don't think she will), Kai would be a perfectly logical contender to the NXT Women's Championship.
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