Rampage Brown def. "Bomber" Dave Mastiff
Brown has been impressive thus far in NXT UK, but it was high time he beat someone with credibility on the roster and he had that chance here. It helped that Mastiff and Brown have been teasing a face-off since Brown arrived on the brand, so this had been in the works for a while. Mastiff is a very talented big man and Brown's offense is always intense, so I was happy that this was the hard-hitting affair I was expecting it to be. This was a big win for Brown and I hope he can capitalize on it by continuing to build momentum.
Angel Garza def. Akira Tozawa
Insert my weekly complaint about Garza not getting more television time on Raw. I'm convinced WWE had no endgame in mind for that mystery lover angle they seemed to be building up on Raw recently with him because he's been relegated to Main Event for months. This was more of the same from these two, though this encounter was more one-sided in favor of Garza. It was a fun little squash, but Garza should be picking up more important victories while Tozawa needs to ditch the ninja crap. Thank the lord the other masked ninjas stopped coming out to the ring with him.
The Dark Order Celebrated -1's Birthday; "Hangman" Adam Page and Dark Order (Colt Cabana, Alex "3" Reynolds and John "4" Silver) def. Chaos Project and The Hybrid2
The birthday celebration for -1 (a.k.a. Brodie Jr., Brodie Lee's son) was cute. He isn't a regular on Dynamite, and this is his first birthday without his dad, so I thought it was a really nice gesture on AEW's part. I hated that Luther had to be a part of it though, even if he did get faceplanted into the cake later on. He has go-away heat with me. The eight-man tag team match was fun for what it was and I'm digging the chemistry Dark Order is having with Page. I got a kick out of the post-match bit with Page declining their offer to join the group yet Dark Order having a celebration on standby, anyway. I'm sure he'll end up aligning himself with them eventually, but AEW appears to be taking their time with it.
Kushida and Leon Ruff def. The Way (NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory) in a Men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic First-Round Match
Obviously, Gargano and Theory were the better team of the two, but it made sense for the babyfaces to advance with Kushida pinning Gargano so the heels can cause them to lose in the next round. That would set the stage for Gargano vs. Kushida for the NXT North American Championship at TakeOver next month. The match itself was enjoyable and The Way already have strong chemistry together. This was a nice way to kick off the show.