Ever-Rise def. Mikey Spandex and Marquis Carter
Mikey Spandex, what a name. I still don't understand why they don't let some of these guys use their real names/wrestling names instead of coming up completely ridiculous names for them. Nonetheless, this was a solid squash for Ever-Rise. They've been doing a lot of losing lately on NXT and 205 Live, so this was a necessary win for them. Now it's time for them to win when it matters most.
Matt Riddle def. Sheamus by Disqualification
I didn't know I wanted this match until we got it, as this turned out to be a hell of a hard-hitting affair. They wrestle similar styles and thus they held nothing back while beating the crap out of each other here. Riddle continues to shine against everyone he steps in the ring with on SmackDown and this was another standout showing for me. I hated the lame finish with Shorty G going after Riddle, but I guess it was designed to protect both guys. Riddle vs. Chad Gable, whenever it happens, should be a blast.
Humberto Carrillo def. Arturo Ruas
Ruas has been with WWE for some time now and is still doing a BJJ-inspired gimmick. He's shown signs of improvement in the few times I've seen him in action, but he's basically a jobber to the stars at this point as there has been zero indication that they intend on pushing him any time soon. This was well wrestled while it lasted, both guys looked good, and Carrillo won as he should have.
The Dark Order (Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana, Stu Grayson, Evil Uno, Five and Nine) def. AEW World Tag Team Champions "Hangman" Adam Page & Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and FTR
I didn't have high hopes for this after last week's mess of 10-man tag team match with Inner Circle, Jurassic Express and Best Friends. Thankfully, this was a bit better and more cohesive. Was the talk of two referees from the commentators last week just a joke? Because I only spotted one referee here, whereas there really should have been two after last week's debacle. All and all, this was an enjoyable opener that actually benefited from losing FTR and Page at one point. There's tension on the babyface side and they have me hooked on what's going to happen next.