Rhyno def. Titus O'Neil
Rhyno and Heath Slater had yet to wrestle since joining the Raw brand via the Superstar Shake-up earlier this month, so I was glad we got a fresh match with the undercard guys for a change on Main Event. Although it wasn't anything special, I was happy it wasn't O'Neil against someone such as Curtis Axel for the millionth time. My only complaint about this was that Rhyno didn't use the Gore to win (he beat O'Neil with a standard spinebuster), which the crowd was obviously waiting for before the abrupt finish.
Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado def. Tony Nese and Drew Gulak
This is a tag team match I know for a fact has been done a few times before on Main Event, but it's hard to complain when the matches are getting better by the week. Maybe it's because they're finally finding chemistry together, and additionally, the crowd was somewhat engaged in the action (more so than usual). It was a pretty nice match on the whole and I was happy the babyfaces scored the victory for a change. Furthermore, I'd really like to see Metalik used more prominently on 205 Live in the future.
The Highlight Reel Became Miz TV Before Becoming Ambrose Asylum
Taking up the first 20 minutes of Raw, this segment was a total train wreck in the best way possible and I loved every second of it. I might be alone in saying that because I personally enjoy the chemistry Chris Jericho, The Miz and Dean Ambrose have together, but it was the little things such as Ambrose apologizing to Jericho for destroying his light-up jacket last year before presenting him with a new one that made this so fun. That said, I wish Jericho was a bit more serious heading into his upcoming United States Championship match with Kevin Owens, but that's merely nitpicking.
Raw Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy def. Sheamus
I find it hilarious Matt keeps switching between his "broken" and his Version 1 personas, though I'm sure he will go all in with the "broken" stuff eventually, probably after he and Jeff drop the straps. This was a good, well-wrestled match from Matt and Sheamus with an interesting finishing sequence. I don't know if Cesaro and Sheamus are headed for a heel turn, but even if not, I'm glad tension has been established between the two teams. The tag team title match at Payback is much more intriguing now that there is a possibility Sheamus (and/or Cesaro) might cheat to win on Sunday.
Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Champions LAX def. Jake Holmes and Joe Coleman (Non-title)
I've been a big fan of LAX and how they've been used since they returned last month, but Konnan doesn't add much to the act for me. I understand he's supposed to be their mouthpiece, but the "serious like a late period" line was pretty tasteless in my opinion. The match itself, though, was a decent showcase for the tag champs. I like the idea of an LAX and Decay feud because it gives Decay something meaningful to do for the first time in months. I assume whoever the crowd cheers for will be the babyfaces in this program.
Brice Prichard Made the X-Division Championship Match a Six-Way
Karen Jarrett's announcement of Impact Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling merging doesn't surprise me at all because GFW has been a dead brand for years. In fact, they taped a bunch of shows two years ago that never made the air. Sonjay Dutt returning was rather random (nor did he receive that loud of a reaction), but it's great to see him back because he was always awesome in the X Division. He, Andrew Everett and Gregory Shane Helms all had good mic work here and Prichard set up the main event nicely. Considering that's a pretty big match, why not advertise it in advance?
Although I was slightly skeptical of the first episode of TNA's, er, Impact Wrestling's "new era" last month, the on-air product has actually taken a turn for the better since then with more of a focus on the in-ring action and a slew of stars either debuting or returning, giving the show a fresh feel as a result. But perhaps what I've loved more than anything that has been going on in Impact Wrestling recently has been the resurrection of James Storm's career.
Admittedly, I was pretty bummed when Storm opted to re-sign with Impact Wrestling at the onset of 2016 and instead of staying with NXT, but I understand he made that decision for monetary reasons and I can't fault him for that. Besides, we got a great, long awaited and highly anticipated Beer Money reunion out of it with Bobby Roode, and they captured their fifth set of tag titles together in March. Unfortunately, Roode left the company shortly thereafter (ironically for NXT) and Storm was on his own yet again.