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.
Bray Wyatt Interrupted Universal Champion Seth Rollins
Rollins didn't really say much of note during his promo, but I was anxiously awaiting Wyatt and the Firefly Fun House to interrupt him and it did not disappoint. This is so different than anything else in WWE right now because it's not like Wyatt is going down to the ring to stand face-to-face with Rollins and engage in a war of words with him. This is so much better and the rest of this feud should be terrific, assuming WWE doesn't drop the ball with it.
Braun Strowman Attacked Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival
Ziggler, Roode and The Revival were supposed to hold a "Tag Team Summit" before they were rudely interrupted by Strowman, who proceeded to lay waste to them all. Actually, Roode narrowly dodged Strowman's assault (which was wise because he competed in the main event later on in the night), but everyone else wasn't as fortunate. This was a total waste of a segment. If you didn't already know that WWE couldn't give two shits about tag team wrestling, well, now you know.
Kickoff Show: WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak def. Lince Dorado and Humberto Carrillo in a Triple Threat Match
With the sole exception of Money in the Bank back in May (for some strange reason), the WWE Cruiserweight Championship has settled nicely into a spot on these pay-per-view Kickoff shows. It's when the crowd is at its hottest, so I don't have a problem with the positioning whatsoever. All three of these guys worked well together and produced a nice little Triple Threat match. Gulak pinning Dorado made sense as it keeps Carrillo in chase mode and protects him in defeat.
Kickoff Show: United States Champion AJ Styles def. Cedric Alexander
The Cruiserweight title match ending up on the pre-show was hardly surprising, but I was surprised by Styles vs. Alexander being bumped to the Kickoff. I realize it was a last-minute addition to the card, but Styles is a notable name and this event emanated from Alexander's hometown of Charlotte. Nevertheless, this was a hell of a sprint and a ton of fun, yet criminally short. Alexander looked awesome early on, but I figured interference from The O.C. and some sort of shenanigans would cost him the victory. Styles' decisive win makes me think the feud is already over, which would be a shame if true.
Tenille Dashwood def. Kiera Hogan
Hogan was the perfect first opponent for Dashwood in IMPACT, as she's really come into her own as a heel lately and is a very skilled competitor to boot. This was probably a bit more competitive than it should have been, but it was very well wrestled and both ladies came away looking good. Dashwood is a great get for the Knockouts division and I fully believe she's the right woman to beat Taya Valkyrie for the Impact Knockouts Championship.
Michael Elgin def. Dinastia
Dinastia is the current AAA World Mini-Estrellas Championship, so as you could probably imagine, there was a pretty distinct size difference between these two. It was obvious from the get-go that this would be a complete squash, and sure enough, Elgin made quick work of Dinastia and put him away with Marufuji's signature finisher. He called out Marufuji on the mic afterward, so it looks like they'll be going one-on-one at Bound for Glory.
Damian Priest def. Boa
We haven't seen Boa on NXT TV since was eliminated in the first round of the NXT Breakout Tournament a few months ago. He had a fine showing here, but this was all about Priest showing off his vicious offense. His squash matches have been effective so far in establishing him as dominant, but I'm ready for him to move into a real rivalry with someone on the NXT roster.
Johnny Gargano Attacked Shane Thorne
Wow, that "Johnny Wrestling" chant Gargano received for two or so minutes straight was amazing and a true testament to how big of a star he's become on NXT. Those people really, really don't want him to leave, but I assume he'll be main roster bound before long. After laying out Thorne with a superkick, he teased that he was NXT "for life" (the nods to Bret Hart from Survivor Series 1997 and the New World Order were a nice touch), but obviously, this was taped weeks ago, so I'm sure he'll have his final match on the brand within the next few weeks before making the move to either Raw or SmackDown Live.
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