"Hangman" Adam Page and Kenny Omega def. SCU to Win the AEW World Tag Team Championship
This was a great opener for the show as it kicked off the night on a high note and the crowd was hot for the action. Although they're clearly headed for a split eventually, Page and Omega are an excellent team and have yet to deliver anything less than an awesome match since joining forces. Considering this was taped on Tuesday, I'm pleasantly surprised Page and Omega becoming champions wasn't spoiled for me in advance. I don't know if I would have switched the titles because of how it comes at the expense of the rest of the division, but it's an interesting development in the story between Page and Omega and it's not like SCU were lighting the world on fire as champions, anyway.
Britt Baker def. Priscilla Kelly
Baker hasn't felt nearly as important lately after being prominently featured for the first month Dynamite was on the air. That might be for the best because she's not the complete package yet. This wasn't very good for the time given and Baker's post-match heel promo on Tony Schiavone didn't help, either. Cutting to commercial halfway through was the best thing they could have done. The women's division remains AEW's biggest weak point at the moment.
The Bouncers def. Joe Hendry and Dalton Castle
Are Hendry and Castle being built up as a tandem or are they going to break up before they can really find their footing as partners? They've gotten over nicely together so far, and honestly, I think I prefer them as a tag team than on their own. Despite that, not only did they lose here, they teased tension with the two accidentally colliding. This was a fun match and with the win The Bouncers appear to be back on the ascent.
Brian Johnson and PJ Black def. Master & Machine
Master & Machine have appeared on Ring of Honor TV before, but they've never been anything more than an enhancement team, so the outcome was never in doubt. Johnson and Black, on the other hand, have been telling a story as of late with Black serving as Johnson's "mentor" or sorts. The match was fine as Black did all the work and Johnson scored the victory in the end to take the credit. Johnson vs. Black isn't exactly a feud that excites me, but I guess it's one way to try to get Johnson over.
Trey Saved Impact World Champion Tessa Blanchard From Impact X-Division Champion Ace Austin and Impact Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie
Blanchard's promo to kick off the show was decent, but nothing game-changing like you would expect from the first female world champion in the company's history. Her sit-down interview last week (which was interrupted by Sami Callihan) was much better. I honestly thought Valkyrie and Austin were better here as they brought up all the times they've beaten Blanchard in the past. That brought out Trey (who has been feuding with Austin for a while now) to even the odds and set the stage for the main event.
Taurus def. Rhino and Moose in a Three-Way Match
Taurus has made a handful of appearances on IMPACT! in the past and isn't half bad, but this was a pretty lame match. It felt like they were fighting for 15 minutes for no reason at all. They brawled and then brawled some more. I was bored for almost all of it. I don't mind Taurus winning since they're in Mexico and maybe Moose will come back and beat him on an upcoming episode, but at least Moose wasn't pinned.
Big Swole def. Diamante
I'm familiar with Diamante from her brief run in IMPACT a few years ago and she's appeared on NXT before as well. She's super talented, so hopefully she signs with AEW at some point a lot like Swole did after a tryout or two. Unfortunately, she didn't have the most amazing showing here, but neither did Swole. There were a few awkward transitions (especially down the stretch) and the crowd was quiet for the most part. It was a decent match that could have been better.
Jurassic Express def. Strong Hearts
After not winning a single match for the first six months or so of their AEW run, it's nice to see that Jurassic Express are finally on a bit of a roll. They're super over with the audience and their matches are usually entertaining. As for Strong Hearts, we haven't seen much of them lately, but they're incredibly exciting in their own right. This was a very well worked match with the crowd coming alive down the stretch. It wasn't too long, but it was fun while it lasted.
David Marquez Interviewed NWA World Tag Team Champion Robert Gibson
Morton is a man of few words (Ricky Morton usually does the talking for them), but it was perfectly logical for him to be interviewed at the start of this show with Morton challenging Nick Aldis for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship later on in the main event. He didn't say anything too newsworthy, but he did voice his support for his longtime tag partner heading into one of the biggest matches of his career.
Thunder Rosa def. Tasha Steelz
I've said it before, I'll say it a million more times: Rosa is a total star. She's the complete package and always makes her matches worth watching. Steelz is talented in her own right, but although she had a solid showing, this was all about Rosa. They kept things exciting in the three minutes they had and Rosa went over decisively as she should have. Her post-match promo was short, sweet and exactly what it needed to be.
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