ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb def. Shane Taylor (Non-title)
I like Taylor and believe he has potential, but this was way more competitive than it should have been. Sure, it was a fun, brutal battle between two titans, but Cobb just arrived in Ring of Honor and no one (unless they're a legitimate title contender) should be getting this much offense over him, especially someone such as Taylor. Didn't Cobb recently squash Punishment Martinez in under two minutes? At any rate, the crowd loved this, so there was that. Afterward, Cobb was confronted Adam Page, so that looks to be the TV title match at Final Battle and I couldn't be more excited for it.
The Bouncers def. Cheeseburger and Eli Isom
Beer City Bruiser being off his game was played up beforehand, apparently as a result of Silas Young ditching them not too long ago. I thought for sure that would lead to a loss for them, but that didn't end up being the case. This was a classic tale of the underdogs attempting to battle back and pull out the upset victory, but ultimately to no avail. It was a nice little match while it lasted, yet nothing too special.
Sexy Star def. Ivelisse
Star cut your typical babyface promo by calling out Chavo Guerrero for his actions the week before and promising to exact revenge eventually. In the meantime, she still had Ivelisse to deal with, and on the pilot of the show, Star lost to Ivelisse's boyfriend, Son of Havoc. This was our first actual women's match in Lucha Underground and it was decent. I thought Ivelisse largely carried Star, so while Star picked up the win, I was glad Ivelisse looked credible in defeat.
Fenix def. Pentagon Jr.
These two made a hell of an impression in their respective debuts on the previous episode and they once again put forth an excellent effort here. They had terrific chemistry together, but then again, they're brothers in real life, so that should have come as no surprise. I'd go so far as to say that this was the best bout on the show up to this point. The in-ring action was off the charts and Fenix winning two weeks in a row sent the message that the promotion had big plans for him.
Mascarita Sagrada def. El Mariachi Loco
Sagrada is your classic mini (a.k.a. midget wrestler) in that he doesn't look like much yet the guy can go in the ring. I don't think Loco was ever meant to be a regular on the show, so Sagrada beating Loco in his debut made sense. It was a fun little match while it lasted, but the focus was largely on Chavo Guerrero attacking Sagrada afterward to further cement his heel turn. That was a nice lead-in to his interview with Vampiro, though.
Vampiro Interviewed Chavo Guerrero
Damn, Vampiro is a way better interviewer than anyone I've seen in years. He pulls no punches and tells it exactly like it is. It doesn't feel like he's afraid of the talent, either, which is refreshing. Chavo's logic in turning heel was sound, and although he's portrayed a perfectly fine heel in the past, it's just difficult to take him seriously as the top heel on the show. That said, the execution of this interview was well done.
Prince Puma and Johnny Mundo def. The Crenshaw Crew
To kick off the episode, Big Ryck and The Crenshaw Crew (Cortez Castro and Mr. Cisco) introduced themselves to the audience and addressed their attack on Mundo and Puma from the week prior. Thankfully, their promo was kept short and the babyfaces interrupted them soon after, turning into a tag team match at the behest of Dario Cueto. This bout largely showcased the skill sets of Puma and Mundo and the crowd was into the action. The open to the show felt formulaic, but at least it was fun.
Chavo Guerrero and Sexy Star def. Son of Havoc and Ivelisse
Star beat Havoc one week earlier, hence the reason behind this bout. I'm not always a fan of intergender wrestling, but in this case, it made sense and all four competitors worked well together. I could have done without Chavo doing the overplayed Eddie tribute every 10 seconds, but it was an enjoyable affair, nonetheless. Havoc and Ivelisse are the better duo of the two, but the babyfaces picking up the win here tied into what would happen later on in the evening.
Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey Crashed Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and Braun Strowman's Negotiation
There was a lot to unpack here, but it was a solid segment on the whole. First of all, having Strowman crash the tag team Battle Royal was dumb because it made the entire division look like a bunch of losers. I realize that is indeed the case, but this further illustrated that (it's like having the commentators call wrestling fake/scripted even though everyone is already aware). Beyond that, though, there was a good amount of hype for Survivor Series in this segment. Stephanie's presence was completely unnecessary, but Rousey getting physical with Corbin was cool.
Tamina def. Ember Moon
Needless to say, I am no fan of this newfound alliance between Nia Jax and Tamina, regardless whether a women's tag team division is on the horizon or not. They are awful together, let alone on their own, so I don't have much faith for their future as a unit. Unfortunately, Moon is paying the price for it because she has now lost to them in singles competition three weeks in a row. This was a pretty abysmal match with the expected outcome.
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