"Jungle Boy" Jack Perry def. Matt Hardy; Perry and AEW World Champion MJF Exchanged Words
Hardy was hardly a threat to Perry, but he's another notable name for Perry to beat and they had a well-worked match in the time they were allotted. The post-match promo battle between Perry and MJF was much better. I know we're headed for a four-way eventually between AEW's "four pillars," but I'd have no issue with it being MJF and Perry one-on-one at Double or Nothing instead, especially since they have history at the event. MJF's mic work was great as usual and this may have been Perry's strongest mic work to date. This was a hot opening to the show.
Kratos def. Magic Jake Dumas and Jordan Clearwater in a Three-Way Match
What a random three-way match. I have no idea what purpose this was supposed to serve other than to give the winner a momentum boost. I would have been fine with any of these three winning, but I hope Kratos can capitalize off this victory and start building toward something significant. This was a well-worked match, though it was difficult to care without anything actually being at stake.
AR Fox def. Nick Comoroto
Yes, Comoroto is still on the AEW roster. The Factory broke up and it left Comoroto with a bad gimmick and nowhere to go. He isn't awful in the ring by any means, but I no longer see him as a future star because he's been spinning his wheels for so long. Fox, on the other hand, absolutely can be a future star because he's that good. They had a nice opener and Fox winning was obviously the right result.
Axiom Won a Battle Royal to Qualify for the NXT North American Championship Fatal 5-Way Match at Stand & Deliver
This was every Battle Royal you've ever seen, and if you've been paying attention to Axiom's interactions with Wes Lee backstage, you knew he was winning this thing. They told a few stories, but this wasn't anything out of the ordinary otherwise. I did like that it came down to Axiom and Nathan Frazer given their history from the fall. I'd love to see Frazer get more of a push coming out of Stand & Deliver now that he's returned from injury.