King Corbin Interrupted Michael Cole's Interview with Matt Riddle; Riddle def. John Morrison
Riddle's pre-match interview with Michael Cole was decent, but I really hope Riddle's explanation for why he doesn't wear shoes doesn't lead to him eventually wearing boots. Then again, I've basically accepted it as an inevitability by this point. On the bright side, this was a hell of an opener between Riddle and Morrison. It's a shame Morrison and The Miz don't mean more at the moment coming off their string of losses dating back to April, but at least he can always be counted on for a quality contest. I assumed King Corbin would be Riddle's first foe on the main roster and that was made official here.
Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles def. Drew Gulak
This match was originally advertised for last week but ended up being saved for this show instead. I assume Daniel Bryan opted to stay home because of the current conditions, but it was cool they were able to include his comments on Gulak and Styles via Zoom throughout the bout. As expected, this was a very well-wrestled, enjoyable affair that received a ton of time. Gulak scored enough offense that he looked credible in defeat. This is exactly what I want to see from Styles as Intercontinental Champion, not whatever the hell his reign as United States Champion was last year.
Tegan Nox def. Dakota Kai, Mia Yim and Candice LeRae in an NXT Women's Championship No. 1 Contender's Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match
The elimination stipulation, which was added just in the last few days, added to this match and allowed it to last longer. That isn't always a must, but it did eat up a good chunk of television time. All four ladies worked well against each other and the order of eliminations of logical. Yim and LeRae got to further their feud and Nox and Kai never cease to have terrific chemistry together. I assumed Kai would win after she called out Io Shirai last week, so Nox becoming the new number one contender to the title instead was a pleasant surprise. Shirai vs. Nox is fresh and should be a banger.
Timothy Thatcher def. Oney Lorcan
There are a ton of similarities between these two as far as their in-ring styles go, so I was really excited for this encounter coming into the show and they did not disappoint. They beat the holy hell out of each other, worked a frantic pace and were given an ample amount of time. Thatcher has plenty of momentum right now following that Fight Pit win over Matt Riddle back in May and now this, so here's hoping NXT has something important for him planned soon.
Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) def. MJF and Wardlow
MJF made a great point beforehand about how he's already beaten Jungle Boy a bunch of times, in addition to Wardlow beating Luchasaurus last week. Yes, Jurassic Express won here (as they probably should have because they rarely win whenever it matters most), but I have no desire to see the feud continue past this point. That said, this was a quality contest albeit with a few rough spots.
AEW Women's Champion Hikaru Shida def. Penelope Ford
I don't think it's a stretch to say that this was Ford's best in-ring performance to date. Of course, having an opponent as exceptional as Shida certainly helped, but to her credit, she held her own and put forth a fantastic effort. Shida's Falcon Arrow finisher has been well protected up to this point, so it meant something when Ford kicked out. This was a pay-per-view-level encounter that saw Ford gain a ton in defeat. Shida can have a hell of a reign as champion if she can continue to have matches like this.
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Chris Bey def. Suicide
Bey has been doing some great work lately and this was another solid showing from him. It was a quality contest, but I question Johnny Swinger getting involved. Bey should have picked up the win on his own, especially considering it was against Suicide of all people. Thankfully, it was announced later on in the show that Swinger will be banned from ringside when Bey challenges Willie Mack for the Impact X-Division Championship at Slammiversary. I continue to hope their alliance will be short-lived.
TJP and Fallah Bahh def. Reno Scum
Reno Scum don't do much for me at all, so I was totally fine with this match not being overly long. Meanwhile, TJP and Bahh are a fun duo and managed to make this passable. They worked a chaotic pace and kept things interesting before the babyfaces scored the victory, which was the right call. As we learned later on in the show, TJP and Bahh won't be contending for the Impact World Tag Team Championship at Slammiversary, but I'm glad they're maintaining momentum in the meantime.
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