Tyler Breeze def. Ariya Daivari
This was easily the best match I've seen involving Daivari in a while and it's not even close. However, that's largely due to how great Breeze was here. Daivari's offense is always boring, but the crowd got into this thanks to Breeze and even popped for the finish. The final few minutes were fun and I'm glad Breeze went over in the end. As I've said before, 205 Live is a good place to utilize him while Fandango is out injured (again). It makes you wonder why they didn't do it sooner, like when Fandango was hurt for over a year.
Lio Rush def. Sunil Singh
It doesn't matter whether they're teaming or on their own in singles competition: I couldn't care less about The Singh Brothers. They're on every episode of 205 Live and I don't understand why; they aren't exciting in the slightest. Rush attempted to make this as bearable as possible but failed. Samir had heavy involvement on the outside and the match went way longer than it should have. Rush deserves better than this.
Daniel Bryan and Kane Reunited to Combat Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
I thought Kane coming back to SmackDown was strange when it was originally announced earlier in the week (unless he was announcing his entry into the Royal Rumble), but it ended up making complete sense. Wyatt interrupted him on the Titantron, acknowledged their history, and attempted to attack him before Bryan made the save. Team Hell No reuniting was a pleasant surprise, even though they didn't hug it out. We found out afterward that Bryan vs. Wyatt at the Rumble is now a Strap match. I don't know how to feel about that, but hopefully they can make it work.
John Morrison def. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Big E
It really feels like no time has passed since we last saw Morrison in a WWE ring. He's still a crazy talented athlete and he only improved in the eight years he was away for. He and Big E had a fun match, and considering Morrison cheated to win, I think it's safe to say he and The Miz are the heels in their feud with The New Day. A SmackDown Tag Team Championship matchup wasn't formally announced for the Rumble on this episode, so unless it's added to the card next week, it's possible WWE will wait to do it until the next pay-per-view.
Joseph Conners def. A-Kid
Tom Phillips mentioned on commentary that Conners hasn't lost a match since last spring, which blows my mind. I know he's been on a winning streak lately, but I had no idea it dates back that far. He's been saying for weeks that he's TakeOver worthy, so while he didn't make the main card this time around, he did wrestle on the pre-show. This was one fo the best matches I've seen him in yet, which is largely due to A-Kid. He's an amazing athlete and can be a real star on this brand. He just needs a few important victories first. I assume this Conners push is heading somewhere, I just don't care to find out.
Dave Mastiff def. Kassius Ohno
Ohno has been quite the roll recently with this "Wrestling Genius" gimmick and has had some really good matches to boot. He and Mastiff worked well together, and although this was shorter than I would have liked, they maximized their minutes and delivered an entertaining outing. For two big guys, both Mastiff and Ohno are incredibly agile. Mastiff needed the win more as he hasn't scored an important victory in some time. Ohno can absorb the loss easily.
"Hangman" Adam Page and Kenny Omega def. Santana & Ortiz, The Young Bucks, and Best Friends in an AEW World Tag Team Championship Four-Way Tag Team Match
These multi-team matches are always wild and this was no exception. Sometimes the action is too chaotic in AEW and it's hard to keep up with everything, but since I don't really mind that much, I found this to be a fantastic four-way. It was all action and everyone put in an excellent effort. Even Orange Cassidy managed to work his way in there while the referee was down. Page and Omega made the most sense to win, as their split will mean more after they fail to win the AEW World Tag Team Championship next week. That said, I didn't understand why the Bucks were upset with them afterward. Did they not realize it was every team for themselves?
Cody Agreed to MJF's Demands
Cody continues to be the best all-around mic worker not only in AEW but in all of wrestling. He never ceases to elicit big reactions from crowds, he cuts passionate promos and gets me and the rest of the audience invented in what he's saying. The only thing I didn't like about his promo was the "heel" talk about MJF. It was a little too on-the-nose for my liking, but otherwise, this was terrific. He agreed to all his stipulations and will now face Wardlow in a Steel Cage match in four weeks on Dynamite. Cody's Miami Vice-themed attire here was a fun touch, too.
Tommaso Ciampa Saved Keith Lee From Undisputed Era
Lee spoke about how 2019 was the year of Undisputed Era and mentioned that their time of holding all the gold in NXT will end next week when he challenges Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Championship. I thought it was weird that Adam Cole was the one who interrupted him considering Lee's bad blood is with Strong at the moment. Was this intended to plant the seeds for Lee vs. Cole for the NXT Championship for down the road? The injury angle was well done and created doubt that Lee will be 100% next week (assuming he'll be able to compete at all).
Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne def. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal Match
Riddle and Dunne may just have to become a permanent tag team going forward. They work wonderfully together and had an absolutely killer match here with Andrews and Webster. Holy hell, this was on another level! There was pretty much no chance of Andrews and Webster advancing here, but the obvious outcome didn't hinder my enjoyment of this outing whatsoever. Why weren't The Broserweights a thing earlier!?
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