SoCal Uncensored def. Best Friends in an AEW world Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Match
It felt random two weeks ago for SCU and The Lucha Brothers to brawl on the stage, but they came back to that here with Lucha Bros attacking Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian before this bout as retaliation. Scorpio Sky then took Daniels' spot and Sky still wearing his street clothes was a nice touch. Despite being unprepared, they came out on top against Best Friends in a really fun opening match. It's just a shame the finish was a bit botched.
Santana and Ortiz def. Alex Reynolds and john Silver
I love how Santana and Ortiz's AEW entrance is slightly similar to the one they had as LAX in IMPACT. At any rate, this was our first official squash match on Dynamite that used "local athletes" (even though I'm sure I've seen John Silver somewhere before, WWE/NXT perhaps?). It was a great way to get Santana and Ortiz over on their own and establish their offense. Chris Jericho popped up on the big screen afterward and said that Santana and Ortiz were challenging The Young Bucks to a matchup at Full Gear next month. I'm really looking forward to that, but it was weird that Santana and Ortiz didn't make the challenge themselves.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Angel Garza
If it wasn't already evident, Garza is a star in the making. He didn't score a ton of offense against Ciampa, but he looked good in defeat, nonetheless. This was shorter than I thought it would be, but it was fun while it lasted. I liked the cliffhanger afterward with Undisputed Era surrounding the ring and Kyle O'Reilly handing Mauro Ranallo a flash drive, which was revealed after the break to be a video of the group attacking Velveteen Dream backstage.
Imperium def. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
As I've said before, Lorcan and Burch have been all over the place lately. I can't complain because I always find their matches fun, including this encounter with Imperium. It was all action and both tandems delivered. Everyone in Imperium (except for WALTER) lost to Kushida and Breezango a few weeks ago, so this win allowed them to bounce back. It's cool that they're continuing to appear on NXT TV even though WALTER's short-lived program with Kushida is over.
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Silas Young and Josh "The Goods" Woods def. Coast to Coast
I still can't believe that Ring of Honor continues to waste Coast to Coast. They've been back in action for a while now, and although I originally assumed all their losses would lead to them turning heel, nothing has really come of it and thus I've given up hope that they'll ever be used in a meaningful manner. It's a shame because they're a talented tandem with minimal momentum, but I guess ROH is more concerned with telling a story with Young and Woods. They're a fun duo as well and this was a decent match, but the crowd sat on their hands for it.
Jay Lethal def. PJ Black in a Final Battle No. 1 contender's Tournament Quarterfinal Match
(From my Death Before Dishonor Fallout review...) Lethal was originally supposed to face Bandido, but apparently an injury kept Bandido (likely suffered at Death Before Dishonor the night prior) prevented him from competing. I was bummed to hear that because that bout could have been a show-stealer. That's not to say this was bad by any means, as they ended up having a quality contest. However, I never once thought Black could realistically beat Lethal, especially since he hasn't won a meaningful singles match in forever. By the way, why was Black put in this spot over virtually anyone else?
Night 2 of the 2019 WWE Draft went down on this week's Raw, and although I thought Night 1 went relatively well, it definitely had its fair share of issues with the company practically spoiling who was going where with their preliminary draft pools on the website being the original lineups. While that wasn't a problem with Night 2, I was not a fan of the order of the draft picks on the whole. Jinder Mahal and Akira Tozawa getting picked ahead of stars such as The Miz, Samoa Joe, King Corbin and Rey Mysterio was comical.
Originally, I thought the shots of the FOX and USA Network "executives" were a nice touch, but seeing them react so excited over landing R-Truth exposed how stupid it really was. The Draft also left me and many others with more questions than answers regarding "free agents," how certain championship will work and be defended, and when the rules of the Brand Extension will actually go into effect again. I've heard Friday, but then again, Crown Jewel will be a thing in October and that's set to feature inter-promotional matches. In other words, there's a ton more this company still needs to figure out.
Nevertheless, here are the full results from Night 2 of the 2019 WWE Draft and my analysis of each pick.
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