Impact X-Division Champion Taiji Ishimori def. Dezmond Xavier
Although this was a glorified spotfest with little to no story, I thought it was the perfect match to kick off the night because it was so entertaining. From an in-ring standpoint, it was a great match, but it really would have benefited from a story of some sort, which the X-Division sorely lacks right now. Ishimori just won the title two weeks ago, so him successfully retaining was the right move. I was pleasantly surprised that Trevor Lee, who has been afterthought since dropping the strap to Ishimori, didn't interfere.
Kongo Kong def. Chandler Park
Chandler is no different than Joseph Park in that when they aren't their alter-egos (Ethan Page/Abyss), they're completely useless in the ring. That was evident during Chandler's in-ring debut two weeks ago, and thus it was not surprising in the slightest that this was a total squash match in favor of Kong. Based off what we saw afterward, I would assume this program will eventually lead to Park bringing back his Abyss persona to face Kong.
Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss def. Heavy Machinery
Heavy Machinery have been appearing sporadically since losing their shot at the NXT Tag Team Championship over the summer, so while I wish they showed up more often, it's always a treat whenever they're in action. The audience ate up everything they did here. Sabbatelli and Moss scored some offense but were largely dominated before picking up the surprise win via dirty tactics. Moss had his feet on the ropes when he scored the pinfall, so I assume a rematch will be held sometime soon.
Roderick Strong def. Fabian Aichner
As I've noted many times in the past, Aichner has impressed me every time he's been in action on NXT TV. He had another quality performance here, but this was all about Strong for the most part. Afterward, he cut a decent promo about wanting more competition and specifically called out Lars Sullivan. It looks like those two are destined to do battle at TakeOver: Philadelphia. I figured it would be Sullivan vs. Killian Dane, so this was an interesting development. Triple Threat match, perhaps?
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Jay Lethal def. Will Ospreay
Lethal didn't seem to show any signs of turning heel despite the conclusion to his Final Battle bout with Marty Scurll, so that might have just been a case of Lethal one-upping Scurll in their match. This was an awesome opening contest with both men having stellar performances. I especially loved the fantastic finish with Lethal hitting Ospreay with the Lethal Injection while reversing Ospreay's OsCutter. Ospreay has been under-utilized during his time in Ring of Honor in my opinion, but this was an excellent use of him.
Caprice Coleman Hosted Coleman's Pulpit with Jonathon Gresham
As I've said in the past, Coleman's Pulpit is an effective platform for talent (including those who don't receive a ton of TV time) to develop their characters and give us a reason to care about them. I didn't know much about Gresham at all prior to this, so it was cool he had the chance to talk here, even if it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Perhaps him bringing up his losing ways in this segment will lead to some sort of a storyline for him.
Gran Metalik def. TJP
These two had a quality contest last week and while this wasn't on the level of their Cruiserweight Classic clash from 2016, it was as enjoyable as their last encounter. It had a simple story with TJP attempting to avenge his loss from last week and once again, he was unsuccessful. He didn't have a meltdown afterward the same way he did last week, though Dasha Fuentes did catch him crying backstage, which was weird. Meanwhile, I'm happy Metalik is winning matches for a change.
Goldust def. Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match
Goldust "interviewing" Cedric Alexander about his upcoming opportunity at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at the Royal Rumble was totally lifeless, and Enzo Amore's retort wasn't much better. I honestly zoned out during their back-and-forth on the mic. The subsequent match between Goldust and The Zo Train was fine while it lasted yet completely pointless, making The Zo Train/the entire Cruiserweight division look extremely week. No wonder crowds couldn't care less about this show.
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