Cameron Grimes def. Roderick Strong
Grimes mocking Undisputed Era's breakup was funny and played into the story that Strong is still trying to find himself on his own. This was as well-wrestled as you'd expect from these two and was an enjoyable opener. Grimes is getting the big push right now, so it made sense for him to win, especially after Strong had that moment of hesitation upon seeing the Undisputed Era armband on the mat. I could absolutely see him getting involved in Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.
NWA National Champion Trevor Murdoch Interrupted NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis Before Chris Adonis Attacked Murdoch
It was sometimes hard to tell during Powerrr's original run what Aldis' role was supposed to be, but I'm glad he's been firmly established as a heel over the last two weeks. This was a hell of a promo from him and I love the idea of him feuding with Murdoch at some point. They had a quality exchange here and Adonis' attack on Murdoch set the stage for the night's main event nicely with Murdoch selling a shoulder injury.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and MVP Kicked Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander Out of The Hurt Business
Of all the dumb booking decisions WWE has made so far this year, this might be the dumbest. Raw has been a slog to sit through for a good while now, but The Hurt Business have been the best thing going for that entire period. To break them up so soon is extremely stupid and premature. Lashley and MVP are obviously sticking together, but Benjamin and Alexander got the boot here. And no, I don't think it's a swerve, because if it was, they wouldn't have gotten physical and had a match later in the night. This segment set the tone for the rest of the episode, which ended up being one of worst in many months (and that's saying something).
Best Friends (Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor) def. JD Drake and Ryan Nemeth
Drake and Nemeth are apparently an item now. I like Drake, so if this manages to make Nemeth more interesting, then so be it. I've made it quite clear in my reviews that I couldn't care less about the guy, but at least he's more tolerable being paired off with someone who's better than him. Meanwhile, Best Friends are set to compete in the Arcade Anarchy match on Wednesday's Dynamite, so this gave them a nice momentum boost before then. It was a solid tag team affair. Miro and Kip Sabian emerged afterward to talk trash and lay them out.