Angel Garza def. Lio Rush to Win the NXT Cruiserweight Championship
I absolutely loved the last match these two had against each other and this managed to be even better. I appreciated how they incorporated more aggression as a result of Garza targeting Rush's family in recent weeks and switched up their respective styles a bit to make it feel as personal as possible. They really went all out here, put forth an exceptional effort and had the crowd buying into all of the nearfalls down the stretch. Garza's title victory was well deserved and the right call. Rush's reign barely lasted two months, but Garza is the hot hand at the moment and is the better choice for champion.
Raul Mendoza def. Cameron Grimes
I like that Grimes' beatdown of Mendoza last week on the show wasn't forgotten about and how Mendoza sought revenge here. It ended up being less of a match and more of an angle considering it lasted all of a minute. Before Grimes could put Mendoza away, Kushida (who Grimes attacked at the Performance Center on Tuesday) distracted Grimes from ringside and allowed Mendoza to roll him up for the victory. Kushida and Grimes are on track to face off in a rematch sooner rather than later.
Jon Moxley def. Alex Reynolds
Reynolds and John Silver are the pair of enhancement guys AEW brings in once in a while to make other people look good. They just actually lost to Jurassic Express on Wednesday's episode of AEW Dark. The match literally lasted no more than 15 seconds after Moxley connected with the Paradigm Shift and pinned him for the victory. Afterward, Chris Jericho loosely ran down their history and offered him in a spot in The Inner Circle. He obviously won't accept, but it made for a nice hook, nonetheless. It's an effective way of dragging out their feud without rushing into them facing off one-on-one so soon.
The Butcher and The Blade def. QT Marshall and Cody
Although you had to know Marshall was eating the pinfall as soon as he was announced for this, that didn't hinder my enjoyment of it. Marshall surprisingly did most of the in-ring work for his team and it was nice to see him get a chance to shine. He comes across as a bit basic for my liking, but at least he made the most of the opportunity had here. The Butcher and The Blade won as they should have, but I still couldn't care less about them as characters. Darby Allin confronted Cody at ringside, seemingly planting the seeds for an alliance between them.
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Flip Gordon and Bully Ray Attacked Mark Haskins
I was wondering what Bully's relentless attacks on Lifeblood in 2019 were leading to, so it's nice to know that Bully vs. Haskins is the endgame. Haskins cut a great, passionate promo here calling out Bully, but before he could get his hands on him, Gordon (who has been referring to himself as The Mercenary since turning heel a few months ago) ambushed him from behind. Bully then put Hawkins through a table and did what he does best by running down Haskins on the mic, challenging him to a match at Final Battle. I appreciated that the commentators acknowledged the extensive history between Bully and Gordon from last year.
Bateman def. PJ Black
I saw Bateman in action for the first time on an HonorClub-exclusive event a few months ago. He's a good hand and he worked well with Black here. There were a few awkward spots where it looked like they were wrestling in slow motion, but this was a decent match otherwise. Black won that random four-way on last week's episode (taped at The Experience), so I guess this victory does mean something for Bateman.
Rob Van Dam def. Rhino (Tommy Dreamer Served as Special Guest Referee)
RVD and Rhino have been at odds since RVD turned on Rhino at Bound for Glory, and while I've been digging RVD's recent run as a heel, I really hope this was the blow-off to their feud. It was beyond boring and featured absolutely nothing exciting whatsoever. It honestly felt like they were wrestling in slow motion and Dreamer didn't add anything as the special guest ref, either. RVD winning was the correct call, but that's about the only positive thing I can say about this.
Moose def. Acey Romero
We haven't seen a ton of Romero in IMPACT since he signed two months ago, but he seems to be pretty talented. I liked how he took Moose to his limit and scored an ample amount of offense before eating defeat. He can be something if built up the right way. As for Moose, I'm ready for him to take the next step. He picked up that big win over Ken Shamrock at Bound for Glory but has been spinning his wheels since then. I really feel like IMPACT failed to capitalize on any momentum he had coming out of that event.
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