Cage def. Trevor Lee
I noted in my Redemption review on Sunday that this would be a fun feud following their interaction in the six-way match at the pay-per-view, and although it looks like this was a one-and-done and nothing more, this was still enjoyable while it lasted. Cage is the star they're aggressively pushing at the moment (and rightfully so because he's great), and he was properly showcased here by overcoming the odds and scoring the victory.
Eddie Edwards Brawled with oVe
The program between Edwards and oVe felt personal prior to Redemption, but it took a dark turn at the event when oVe beat Edwards and then he proceeded to accidentally hit his wife with a weapon afterward. Based off how Edwards left his wife at the hospital here (which was where she was approached by Sami Callihan and wasn't startled), I would assume a double turn is in the works. Edwards is more concerned with exacting revenge than he is protecting Alisha, so this storyline will be interesting to follow in the weeks ahead.
Undisputed Era Addressed the Audience
Roderick Strong has never been the best on the mic, but this was easily one of his better promos in recent memory, if only because he felt more comfortable as a heel than he ever did as a babyface and his logic for joining the faction was sound (he felt Pete Dunne would likely turn on him first and that it was pointless to fight the world by himself if he was always fell short). Everyone else did well with their promos as well. Undisputed Era has a ton of momentum right now and they were the right stars to start off the night.
NXT North American Champion Adam Cole def. Oney Lorcan
Everyone already assumed Lorcan wasn't winning in Cole's first title defense, so Cole outright saying he didn't need Undisputed Era's help to win (only for them to aid him to victory anyway) was odd. I realize that was designed to put more heat on the faction, which it did, but Cole should in fact have been able to beat Lorcan by himself. Nevertheless, this was a nice little match for as long as it lasted.
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Kelly Klein def. Mayu Iwatani in an ROH Women of Honor Championship Tournament Semifinal MAtch
Iwatani had an amazing showing against Deonna Purrazzo in the quarterfinals, and while this was good on the whole (despite a few awkward moments), it wasn't remotely close to being on the same level. Iwatani mostly sold for Klein's offense, though the crowd came alive when Iwatani battled back toward the end. It made sense for Klein to advance given she's a permanent fixture in Ring of Honor's women's division and was undefeated at this point.
Sumie Sakai def. Tenille Dashwood in an ROH Women of Honor Championship Tournament Semifinal Match
I understood what they were going for here with Sakai portraying the seasoned veteran scratching and clawing for her final chance at super stardom, but the crowd was clearly into Dashwood much more than Sakai. This was a very well-wrestled match that featured nice drama and some cool spots, thus making the nearfalls more suspenseful. However, Sakai going over was the wrong call. It's possible Dashwood hasn't signed a full-time deal with the company yet and that's why they didn't want her winning the strap, but still.
Kalisto def. Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Mustafa Ali and TJP a WWE Cruiserweight Championship No. 1 Contender's Gauntlet Match
Some Gauntlet matches tend to be rushed and therefore it's difficult to care about each elimination, but I really liked how this was spaced out over the course of the entire episode. Ali and TJP kicked things off on a high note with a nice little mini-match, while Gulak brought back that aggression he started to show not too long ago to beat Ali in decisive fashion. Nese then took the fight to his former friend and I appreciated how fast paced their encounter was. Despite Nese largely dominating Gulak, Gulak managed to eek out the victory. When it came down to Gulak and Kalisto, you had to know Kalisto was going over considering he was the only other Cruiserweight on the Greatest Royal Rumble poster aside from Cedric Alexander, but they had a very good final stretch, nonetheless. Alexander vs. Kalisto could be a ton of fun if given enough time to shine.
Raw did something similar two months ago when they hosted a Gauntlet match by having it take up almost the first two hours of the show. Granted, this wasn't even half as long, but it didn't need to be since it had to follow the SmackDown Live taping. It was wisely executed on the whole and everyone involved had strong showings. A rematch between Alexander and Ali in Saudi Arabia would have been cool, but Kalisto has been building momentum for a while now, so I can't argue with the decision to go with him instead as the temporary challenger. It's awesome the Cruiserweights will have a presence at Greatest Royal Rumble at all.
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