Fallah Bahh and Scarlett Bordeaux def. Desi Hit Squad
We still have yet to see Bordeaux compete in a serious singles match with other women on the roster (meaning I have no clue how good she actually is in the ring), but I'm fine with her forming an alliance with Bahh for the time being. They have teased getting together in the past, so this has been in the works for a while. As a match, this was exactly what you'd expect in being complete comedy, but at least everyone played their roles. I'm just surprised it lasted as long as it did.
Dez def. Moose
Moose has been at odds with The Rascalz for weeks and Dez was the only member of the group Moose had yet to face. This was a really nice match with Dez playing the David to Moose's Goliath. There were a handful of fun spots and Moose looked extra impressive in dominating Dez whenever he was on offense. I guess The Rascalz had to win one against Moose eventually, but Dez winning in the fluky fashion he did didn't do him many favors.
Tyler Bate def. The Brian Kendrick
This match was the perfect mix of comedy and action with Bate and Kendrick working extremely well together. Their similar styles engaged the crowd and made for a very enjoyable outing to kick off the show. I actually had the chance to see parts of this in person while at WrestleMania Axxess that Friday. Sometimes I think people sleep on Kendrick and how good he actually is since he isn't on 205 Live all that often nowadays, but matches such as this one serve as a reminder of his skills.
Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews def. Mike Kanellis and Ariya Daivari
I was worried that this wouldn't be all that interesting based off the involvement of Daivari and Kanellis and how I figured they wouldn't have much chemistry as a tandem, and although that was true to an extent, Webster and Andrews are an exciting enough duo that they were able to carry them to a solid match. This had a nice pace, but the flashy offense from Webster and Andrews was what really stood out to me.
NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream def. Buddy Murphy
This was set up via social media the same night Murphy lost the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania 35 when Dream mocked Murphy over his loss backstage. I believe this marked Murphy's first on-air appearance for NXT in nearly two years and it was great to see him. He and Dream worked wonderfully together and produced a gem of a match. Murphy turned a lot of heads with his recent run on 205 Live and I'm happy he had the chance to return to NXT one more time before he heads to SmackDown Live.
Undisputed era Attacked NXT Champion Johnny Gargano
Gargano making his first entrance as NXT Champion was as cool of a moment as you'd expect. It wasn't long before he was interrupted by Adam Cole, however, who claimed he beat Gargano fair and square at TakeOver: New York. They went back and forth for a bit before Roderick Strong ambushed Gargano from behind, setting up a match between the two for next week. This was an entertaining verbal exchange and I'm glad their feud isn't over yet.
The Coffey Brothers def. Raul Mendoza and Humberto Carrillo
Carrillo is all over the place these days between 205 Live, NXT and now NXT UK. He's an exciting young talent with a ton of potential, and I particularly enjoy his tandem with Mendoza. They always work well together and they had a good match here with The Coffey Brothers. They were only given five minutes or so, but the finishing sequence was entertaining. The win should hopefully get Mark and Joe back on track.
"The Bomber" Dave Mastiff def. Kona Reeves
Mastiff disappeared from NXT UK TV for a while but his return has been hyped up for weeks with vignettes. I'm glad he's back, but Reeves was the wrong opponent for him here. I would have been perfectly fine with Mastiff making quick work of Reeves and dominating him with ease, but unfortunately, that was not the case. Rather, Reeves was on offense far more than he should have been, causing this bout to bore me to tears until Mastiff regained control.
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