ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb def. Shane Taylor (Non-title)
I like Taylor and believe he has potential, but this was way more competitive than it should have been. Sure, it was a fun, brutal battle between two titans, but Cobb just arrived in Ring of Honor and no one (unless they're a legitimate title contender) should be getting this much offense over him, especially someone such as Taylor. Didn't Cobb recently squash Punishment Martinez in under two minutes? At any rate, the crowd loved this, so there was that. Afterward, Cobb was confronted Adam Page, so that looks to be the TV title match at Final Battle and I couldn't be more excited for it.
The Bouncers def. Cheeseburger and Eli Isom
Beer City Bruiser being off his game was played up beforehand, apparently as a result of Silas Young ditching them not too long ago. I thought for sure that would lead to a loss for them, but that didn't end up being the case. This was a classic tale of the underdogs attempting to battle back and pull out the upset victory, but ultimately to no avail. It was a nice little match while it lasted, yet nothing too special.
The Lucha Brothers def. The OGz
Pentagon Jr. and Fenix never cease to amaze me with their exciting aerial abilities and that was once again the case here. King realized that in order to get to Konnan, he would have to first eliminate the treat of The Lucha Brothers, hence the reason behind this bout. It was all action from bell to bell and the crowd ate up everything they did. This was an extremely exciting encounter that kicked off the show on a high note. Will The Lucha Brothers be next in line to challenge LAX for the Impact World Tag Team Championship?
Jordynne Grace def. Katarina
I've known about Grace for a while through social media, but I didn't get my first look at her in the ring until All In two months ago. She impressed me immensely on that show and she's a great get for IMPACT. Katarina was the perfect person for her to debut against, not because Katarina is crazy talented or anything but because it was an easy squash win for Grace and she was able to dominate a majority of the match. I'm looking forward to seeing her interact with the rest of the Knockouts division.
Heavy Machinery def. The Forgotten Sons
I honestly forgot these two teams were a part of NXT's tag team division because the focus has largely been on Undisputed Era, War Raiders, The Street Profits and The Mighty as of late. Thus, it was cool to see them featured here and they had a pretty good match. I'm still not sold on Forgotten Sons as an act, but they had a solid showing before beating defeated. I often wonder where Heavy Machinery are ultimately headed because I honestly don't see them ever capturing the NXT Tag Team Championship.
Dakota Kai def. Taynara Conti
As I've noted in the past, Conti is a work in progress (especially in the ring), but at least she has a presence about her and looks like she could be a star eventually. Having her work against much more experienced competitors such as Kai will only help her cause and I thought she fared well for herself here. Kai is such an excellent babyface and I'm happy to see her back in the fold in NXT after a while away.
Fenix def. Dragon Azteca Jr. in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
Needless to say, these guys know each other extremely well, so I expected them to have the chemistry that they did here and their match to be a ton of fun. They made excellent use of the 2-out-of-3 Falls stipulation and managed to keep the audience engaged throughout. The added element of Melissa Santos at ringside showing compassion for Fenix and that actually inadvertently costing Azteca the victory was a terrific touch. Santos walked out after that, so Shaul Guerrero called the action from that point forward and even laid out Famous B with the Three Amigos.
The Mack def. Mil Muertes in a Death Match
I've enjoyed past encounters that Mack and Muertes have had, but this might have been my favorite to date. It felt more like a hardcore brawl rather than a true "Death" match, but it was a a blast nonetheless and the crowd was into everything they did. After all the crap he's had to take from Muertes this season, Mack finally overcoming the dominant competitor made sense, and it further proved that Muertes isn't nearly as strong without Catrina by his side.
The Lucha House Party def. TJP and Mike Kanellis
The Lucha House Party have had established issues with TJP and Kanellis in recent weeks, hence the reason behind this bout. It was well-wrestled on the whole, but it didn't feel as frantic or as energetic as your typical Lucha House Party match due to Kanellis' involvement, who works at a much slower pace. This was still decent, but it's weird that such a big deal was made about Kanellis coming to the Cruiserweight division only for him to lose his second matchup on the brand.
Lio Rush def. Josh Morrell
A video filmed at the Performance Center aired beforehand, which showed Rush confronting Alexander and challenging him to a match on next week's episode. This was just a showcase for Rush ahead of that outing and he continues to impress me with what he brings to the table. I'm happy he's been featured on Raw recently via his alliance with Bobby Lashley, but it's even better he remains a regular on 205 Live where he can compete as well. Rush vs. Alexander should be a banger.
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