KM vs. Caleb Konley Ended in a No Contest; Killer Kross and Moose Attacked Impact World Champion Johnny Impact and Brian Cage
I was wondering why KM was facing Konley to kick off the night because it was such a random match without any storyline significance. Then, it became apparent that this only existed so Cage could crash it and lay everyone out. He called out Impact and demanded a title shot, but before Impact could answer his challenge, they were both ambushed by Kross and Moose. This was a chaotic start to the show that helped set up Cage vs. Moose for later in the evening.
Ethan Page def. Eddie Edwards by Disqualification
Page has been impressive so far in IMPACT and this was another quality performance from him. Edwards, on the other hand, has been off his rocker for a while now and has been wrestling like a madman in all of his matches. That isn't to say that's a bad thing, because his evolution as a character has been a joy to watch. This was an enjoyable encounter, but I could have done without the second straight non-finish on this show. Eli Drake's post-match promo talking about Edwards' lack of championships in recent years was excellent and I'm looking forward to their feud.
The Street Profits def. The Metro Brothers
It's interesting to note that The Metro Brothers were actually the team who Street Profits beat in their NXT TV debut back in August 2017. It's amazing they have yet to get a shot at the NXT Tag Team Championship, but hopefully that changes soon, especially following their recent comments that they have gold in the sights. They were a bit more aggressive in this outing than usual and the crowd was into everything they did. The Forgotten Sons attacked them afterward, so fingers crossed that's only a filler feud for Street Profits before they enter the tag title mix.
NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler Confronted Bianca Belair
We don't hear from Belair too much in the ring, so this was a great way to establish her as the fan favorite in her upcoming NXT Women's Championship opportunity at TakeOver: Phoenix. She cut a real good promo about wanting to take the title from Baszler, and Baszler's rebuttal was solid as well. Belair's slap to Baszler at the end was merely the icing on the cake. This was an excellent verbal exchange that only added to my excitement for their match.
Ligero def. Braxton Huxley
Huxley on his own has never done anything for me, but he's a perfectly competent competitor in the ring and had a good match here with Ligero. I could have done without Huxley being on offense for most of it, but the crowd was solidly behind Ligero throughout, nonetheless. It also made sense from a storyline standpoint with Ligero beating Huxley's former tag team partner Joseph Conners a few weeks ago. This was a nice win for Ligero, but hopefully he'll get involved in a real rivalry soon.
Jinny def. ISla Dawn
Like Huxley, Dawn bores me to tears, whereas at least Jinny has that "star" presence about her. The hot Blackpool crowd wasn't all that into this match, even though it was well-wrestled. One might blame the slow start, but even once they tried to pick up the pace down the stretch, it just wasn't the smoothest of encounters. On the bright side, Jinny went over in decisive fashion and I wouldn't be surprised if an NXT UK Women's Championship shot was in her future.
Zack Sabre Jr. def. Tracy Williams
Sabre had a hell of a debut for Ring of Honor back at Final Battle, and this was an equally entertaining showing from him. I believe this also marked Williams' first televised match on ROH TV and he impressed me in this match. They worked well together and I loved how hard-hitting and physical it was. Sabre going over was never in doubt, but I appreciated how Williams scored a decent amount of offense before losing.
Britt Baker and Madison Rayne def. The Twisted Sisters
These two tandems had a match a few weeks back that was won by The Twisted Sisters. This was a bit better from an in-ring standpoint, but the crowd was still fairly flat for it. It's interesting Baker scored the win for her team considering she has since signed with All Elite Wrestling and will be a part of their women's division going forward. The commentators teased that this feud may not be over yet, but I get the feeling it is based off Baker's decision to sign with another promotion instead of ROH.
Lio Rush def. Lince Dorado
Rush blames Kalisto for costing him a spot in the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4-Way at the Royal Rumble when they faced off two weeks ago, which is why he decided to take out his frustration on Dorado hero. As expected, it was a very fun match with a nice pace and the right outcome. This rivalry reminds me a lot of The Lucha House Party's recent feud with TJP, so although it probably won't be much different, at least it gives them and Rush something to do for now and I'm sure the matches will be a blast.
WWE Cruiserweight champion Buddy Murphy def. Humberto Carrillo (Non-title)
I hoped someone new would face Murphy, give him hell and look strong in defeat. Well, at least I was right about it being a debuting Superstar. I'm sure no one was expecting Carrillo to answer Murphy's open challenge, and while he's a welcome addition to the 205 Live roster, he felt like a bit of a letdown considering hardly anyone knows who he is. This was a pretty good match, but it lacked a sense of urgency until the very end and lasted longer than it needed to. The crowd was noticeably dead, too, so that didn't help matters, either. Carrillo had a solid first showing, but this wasn't nearly as exciting as I envisioned it being.
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