Travis Banks def. Tyson T-Bone
Banks hasn't had the greatest luck since the start of NXT UK about a year ago. He failed to win the second annual WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, he lost his feud with Jordan Devlin, he was unsuccessful in capturing the U.K. title against WALTER, and he was beaten by Noam Dar at TakeOver: Cardiff. Sure, he bounced back here with a good win over Bone, but I'm not sure it was enough to get him back on track. Maybe a heel turn would be the best thing for him.
Rhea Ripley def. Debbie Keitel
If you told me Keitel was Aksana with a new name, I probably would have believed you. In all seriousness, this was total destruction with Ripley making short work of Keitel. Afterward, Ripley teased going back after the NXT UK Women's Championship before being interrupted by Jinny and Jazzy Gabert. I thought all three of those ladies were heels, but perhaps NXT UK is experimenting with Ripley as a badass babyface like we saw from her recently in NXT.
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Rhett Titus def. Shaheem Ali
This is the first original match to air in full on ROH TV in forever. I guess it was taped at Center Stage, but it definitely didn't air as part of the Saturday Night at Center Stage event on HonorClub. Unfortunately, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. I appreciate the effort from Ring of Honor to make Titus an important player in singles competition again (if ever was one to begin with) with the commentary team playing up how big of a family man he is, but I honestly don't get the hype surrounding him at all. To their credit, Titus and Ali produced a quality contest, but beating Ali really doesn't mean anything.
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Marty Scurll def. Bandido
(From my Saturday Night at Center Stage review...) Although he's one-third of the current World Six-Man Tag Team Champions, sometimes it's easy to forget Scurll is still with ROH, simply because he hasn't been as a top player in the promotion since failing to become ROH World Champion back at G1 Supercard in April. It's obvious he has one foot out the door, but he never ceases to capture the attention of the audience and go all out in his matches. This was a hell of a match as the crowd was electric for all the action, the storytelling was terrific, and both men killed it. I loved that they were given almost 20 minutes, too. Like I said earlier, I'd have no problem with the Villain Enterprises vs. Lifeblood feud lasting a little longer.
Lince Dorado def. Ariya Daivari
Daivari tried to convince Dorado weeks ago that he didn't need The Lucha House Party (which made me think there was a chance Dorado might turn heel), but he ended up ignoring him and they finally faced off here. It's been well documented in my reviews of 205 Live that I'm no fan of Daivari and I don't usually find his matches exciting, but I thought he and Dorado put together a decent match. Dorado winning was the right call coming off his loss at Clash of Champions and now hopefully he can move on.
Gentleman Jack Gallagher def. The Brian Kendrick by Disqualification
Gallagher and Kendrick were supposed to go one-on-one at a few different points in the last month or so, but Gallagher wasn't medically cleared to compete until just last week. This was less about the match and more about the angle that played out afterward with Kendrick blasting both Gallagher and his friend Akira Tozawa with a kendo stick, completing his heel turn in the process. Gallagher and Tozawa were originally rivals two years ago, so I don't know how I feel about them potentially rekindling that rivalry yet again going forward.
The New Day def. Randy Orton and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival
If it wasn't already clear on Sunday, Kofi Kingston's rivalry with Orton is officially over. Granted, Orton wasn't pinned here, but his team lost decisively and now there's no reason for him to get another shot at the strap. The match itself was very entertaining as all six stars filled the time exceptionally well. I assume Big E and Xavier Woods will go back after the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at Hell in a Cell. Then, Brock Lesnar made a surprise appearance and laid out Kingston with an F5, laying the groundwork for their WWE Championship clash on SmackDown's FOX debut show on October 4th. That's a marquee matchup for such an important occasion and I'm psyched to see Lesnar back in action on WWE TV for the first time in over 15 years.
Michael Cole Interviewed Erick Rowan
I haven't been a fan of this storyline with Rowan and Roman Reigns in recent weeks, but they captured my interest when Luke Harper returned during Rowan vs. Reigns at Clash of Champions. Rowan's promo didn't do much for me last week, but he really shined in this sit-down interview and I thought he made the most of the material he was given to work with. I still don't take him seriously as a main event level talent, but at least he's improving from a character standpoint.
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