The Brian Kendrick def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher
Kendrick and Gallagher have been feuding for a few months now but never got to go one-on-one because Gallagher wasn't medically cleared to compete for a while. Well, that match finally came to pass here, and while it was well wrestled, it wasn't anything overly special, either. They tried, but I can only see these face each other so many times before it becomes boring. Kendrick beat Akira Tozawa last week, so it was only logical that he maintain momentum here by beating Gallagher. It's worth noting that Mike Kanellis randomly aligned himself with Kendrick last week, but that wasn't followed up on or addressed at all due to Kanellis requesting his release from WWE earlier this week. Oddly enough, Kanellis remains in the open for 205 Live even though everyone else who was drafted was removed.
The Singh Brothers def. Justin Alexander and Justin Morris
You know what 205 Live needs more of? Squashes with The Singh Brothers! Yeah, that will boost viewership numbers! Said no one ever. Seriously, this was dreadful. I appreciate the effort they put into their characters and I get the occasional kick out of them, but it's tough to take them seriously when I just saw Aleister Black beat them with ease in a 2-on-1 Handicap match last week on Raw. They haven't been back on 205 Live for very long, but I honestly don't know what else can be done with them now.
Roman Reigns def. Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura by Disqualification
I realize they went back and forth on Twitter on Thursday, but other than that, there was zero reason for this to be for the Intercontinental Championship. Fans haven't been as hostile toward Reigns lately as they have been in the past, but him winning the title here would have ruined that. Thankfully, WWE resisted the urge to pull that trigger and instead went with a non-finish. It was weak, sure, but at least the match itself was enjoyable while it lasted and successfully set up the night's main event.
Shorty G def. Curtis Axel
As if Shorty Gable wasn't bad enough, he officially changed his name to Shorty G during his post-match promo, meaning that the rumors we've been hearing for months were true and this is what WWE had in mind for him all along. I'm happy he's finally getting showcased as a singles star and it was cool to see him get the squash match treatment for once, but that name isn't going to do him any favors.
Ilja Dragunov def. Braxton Huxley
Dragunov needed a strong performance coming off his recent losses to Kassius Ohno and Cesaro, so I was glad he got a measure of that momentum back here. However, there was no reason for this to last as long as it did or be as competitive as it was. Huxley has been a non-factor since the launch of the NXT UK brand, so I had a hard time taking him seriously against Dragunov, who was pretty dominant before suffering his first defeat two months ago. On the bright side, Alexander Wolfe scouting Dragunov for Imperium during the match was a nice touch.
Imperium def. The Hunt
Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel standing in the ring with Wolfe before The Hunt came out for their match was a really smooth segue. The Hunt and Imperium have had issues recently and this allowed them to blow off their rivalry. The Hunt can hold their own in there and Imperium never ceases to deliver. They followed up their fun outing against Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch on this week's NXT with another enjoyable encounter here. How Gallus ended up winning the NXT UK Tag Team Championship before them is beyond me.
SoCal Uncensored def. Best Friends in an AEW world Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Match
It felt random two weeks ago for SCU and The Lucha Brothers to brawl on the stage, but they came back to that here with Lucha Bros attacking Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian before this bout as retaliation. Scorpio Sky then took Daniels' spot and Sky still wearing his street clothes was a nice touch. Despite being unprepared, they came out on top against Best Friends in a really fun opening match. It's just a shame the finish was a bit botched.
Santana and Ortiz def. Alex Reynolds and john Silver
I love how Santana and Ortiz's AEW entrance is slightly similar to the one they had as LAX in IMPACT. At any rate, this was our first official squash match on Dynamite that used "local athletes" (even though I'm sure I've seen John Silver somewhere before, WWE/NXT perhaps?). It was a great way to get Santana and Ortiz over on their own and establish their offense. Chris Jericho popped up on the big screen afterward and said that Santana and Ortiz were challenging The Young Bucks to a matchup at Full Gear next month. I'm really looking forward to that, but it was weird that Santana and Ortiz didn't make the challenge themselves.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Angel Garza
If it wasn't already evident, Garza is a star in the making. He didn't score a ton of offense against Ciampa, but he looked good in defeat, nonetheless. This was shorter than I thought it would be, but it was fun while it lasted. I liked the cliffhanger afterward with Undisputed Era surrounding the ring and Kyle O'Reilly handing Mauro Ranallo a flash drive, which was revealed after the break to be a video of the group attacking Velveteen Dream backstage.
Imperium def. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
As I've said before, Lorcan and Burch have been all over the place lately. I can't complain because I always find their matches fun, including this encounter with Imperium. It was all action and both tandems delivered. Everyone in Imperium (except for WALTER) lost to Kushida and Breezango a few weeks ago, so this win allowed them to bounce back. It's cool that they're continuing to appear on NXT TV even though WALTER's short-lived program with Kushida is over.
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