ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Villain Enterprises def. Jay Lethal, ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb and Rush
Lethal, Cobb and Rush are a really random trio and I have no idea how they managed to earn themselves a shot at the six-man tag titles, but hey, I can't complain because this match was excellent. It had a frantic pace and was all action from start to finish. It's easy to forget that the six-man titles are a thing sometimes because of little they're featured, but Villain Enterprises pulled out another top-notch performance here. PCO pinning Lethal for the win was notable, even though his ROH World Championship with Matt Taven has come and gone. Afterward, Kenny King attacked Lethal and I'm totally fine with that as a feud.
ROH World Champion Matt Taven def. Flip Gordon
The video packages that played hyping up Gordon as well as Taven's title win were terrific. It gave this bout a big fight feel even if the finish felt slightly predictable. Gordon never ceases to deliver in high profile matches and this was no exception. Taven tends to be hit or miss, but this was going very well up until the lame finish. The Kingdom interfering and aiding Taven to victory was weak. If that's what the company has in store for his title reign, then I don't have high hopes.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston Confronted Brock Lesnar
There's a lot of fan frustration over Lesnar becoming Mr. Money in the Bank (and rightfully so), but WWE's decision to give him the contract is worth it alone for the visual of Lesnar listening to the briefcase like it's a damn stereo. In all seriousness, this was an excellent segment that, for once, gave viewers a reason to tune into the rest of the show to see if Lesnar would cash it in. Plus, Paul Heyman gloating over a Lesnar victory never seems to get old.
Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn
You had to know it was only a matter of time before Strowman got his hands on Zayn following Zayn's fluke victory over Strowman last week, but I didn't think it would be this quickly. I guess WWE wanted to get it out of the way so Strowman could focus on Bobby Lashley at Super Show-Down next month. Zayn did his best to avoid Strowman by running around the arena, which was entertaining, but he was squashed all the same.
The Usos def. SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan (Non-title; Kickoff Match)
To be completely honest with you, the people I was with and I were still getting food by the time this match started and ended (we waited almost an hour and a half...), so I didn't see any of it in person. In fact, we didn't get to our seats until minutes before the pay-per-view went live. However, I have since watched it on YouTube, and similar to their initial encounter two weeks ago, this was good and the final stretch in particular was fun. These two teams work well together, but I don't understand why a Raw tag team would beat the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. I know we have this dumb Wild Card Rule, but I really wish they would focus on their own feuds on their own shows.
Bayley def. Mandy Rose, Carmella, Ember Moon, Nikki Cross, Naomi, Natalya and Dana Brooke in a Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
For the third straight year, the women put forth a hell of an effort, and this was probably my favorite women's Money in the Bank Ladder match to date. It helped that a lot of these ladies could have realistically won and everyone got their time to shine. Nikki was a nice replacement for the injured Alexa Bliss, Moon hit her finisher off the top of a ladder at one point (which looked awesome), Carmella was "hurt" early on but returned toward the end, and Rose nearly won with help from Sonya Deville. Ultimately, Bayley was able to reign supreme and the crowd exploded. Of course, that wouldn't be the last time we'd see her on the show, but this was a great way to kick off the night.
Glenn Gilberrti Won a Knockouts Battle Royal
I thought the stuff with Gilberrti was done and over with when Scarlett Bordeaux beat him a month or so ago. I was fine with that as Bordeaux's debut match, but I had no desire to see Gilberrti brought back to work with the women again after that. Unfortunately, not only was he involved in this thing, he ended up winning the whole thing (which felt painfully predictable). I realize this will eventually lead to Tessa Blanchard avenging the loss, but is that really necessary for her coming off her huge victory over Gail Kim at Rebellion? The actual Battle Royal was one of the better ones I've seen in recent memory and I liked that Madison Rayne and Taya Valkyrie were able to further their feud, but the result was terrible.
Rosemary def. Su Yung in a Demon Collar Match
As you would probably expect, a Demon Collar match is basically a Dog Collar match where the two women are connected by a chain around their necks. This feud lost a lot of its luster a while ago for me and I didn't particularly care for this contest. It wasn't as hokey as it had the potential to be and I appreciated that there wasn't any outside interference, but it also wasn't awfully exciting, either. I'm sure we'll get some segments in the coming weeks with Rosemary kidnapping Yung, but please let this be the last matchup they have for a while.
Piper Niven def. Jamie Hayter
I was slightly disappointed that Niven didn't look as dominant as she should have the last time we saw her on NXT UK when the show was taped during WrestleMania Axxess. Thankfully, this was much better with Niven completely decimating Hayter and winning quickly and decisively. There was no indication here that her feud with Rhea Ripley will be continuing, but that might have been put on hold for right now due Ripley recently suffering an injury.
Jordan Devlin def. Ligero to Qualify for the WWE United Kingdom Championship No. 1 Contender's Fatal 4-Way Match
Ligero had a strong showing against WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese on this week's 205 Live in case you missed it. This wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be, at least early on, but they built to a fun final stretch with the right person going over. Devlin always delivers in the ring, but on the mic is where he really shines, so I was glad he was given the time afterward to cut a promo about how he feels he should already be the number one contender to the title.
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