Zack Ryder def. Mike Kanellis
Both of these guys moved over to Monday nights in the Superstar Shake-up, but it remains to be seen whether their fortunes will change now that they're on Raw. As a match, this was pretty basic, but I enjoyed it because I like both guys and the crowd was into Ryder's offense. Ryder did note on Twitter after this was taped that he suffered an injury in this match, but apparently it isn't serious enough to require surgery, which is good news. Additionally, this marked the first time I have seen Kanellis in a one-on-one match since late last year, so hopefully he gets more of a chance to shine on Raw than he did on SmackDown Live.
The Revival def. Heath Slater and Rhyno
I was sure that Slater and Rhyno would be drafted to SmackDown in the Shake-up, especially since they've faced (and lost to) virtually everyone on Raw, but whatever. We have seen them clash with The Revival multiple times in the past, but this was an enjoyable affair that the audience was shockingly somewhat hot for. St. Louis was more into the action than most Main Event crowds tend to be. Anyway, the final few minutes were fun and The Revival won as they should have.
WWE Paid Tribute to Bruno Sammartino
WWE also does an amazing job with their tribute videos and this was no exception. I was happy Sammartino received the ten bell salute as well given how much he meant to the business and how WWE likely wouldn't be around today if it wasn't for his contributions and his historic WWE Championship reigns. Even at 82-years-old, I was stunned he passed because he was always in such phenomenal shape. You'll be missed, Bruno.
Roman Reigns Confronted Universal Champion Brock Lesnar
Heyman's glorious gloating of Lesnar's shockingly successful title defense at WrestleMania would have been better the next night when it was still fresh in the minds of fans, but I loved it, nevertheless. He attempted to explain why Roman Reigns is getting yet another shot at the Universal Championship despite Lesnar beating him decisively, but even he couldn't make sense of it. Reigns' response was kept short and sweet, which was definitely for the better, and I thought this segment did an effective job of hyping up the main event for Greatest Royal Rumble.
Aerostar def. Drago
Josh Mathews and Don Callis noted on commentary noted on commentary that these two are former Trios Champions together in Lucha Underground, but it would have been nice if they also acknowledged their history as partners and then as rivals in that promotion. However, I wasn't expecting it so I wasn't disappointed when they didn't. Nevertheless, this was a pretty good opening match. The crowd was hot for the action, though it was unfortunate that Aerostar botched a few moves down the stretch that caused the finish to feel slightly abrupt.
Eli Drake and Scott Steiner def. LAX to Win the Impact World Tag Team Championship
Steiner's performance at the IMPACT vs. Lucha Underground show was subpar, but he was wisely kept limited here and looked much better as a result. The match was decent on the whole. The story they told was that because Konnan wasn't at ringside for his boys (apparently he was kidnapped or something), LAX lost the titles. Drake and Steiner, who aren't a regular team, winning the straps may not be the worst thing considering how depleted IMPACT's tag team division is at the moment. They can freshen things up with a title run and hopefully get real competition (aside from LAX) in due time. Plus, their chemistry is getting better, so this could be fun.
Su Young and Braxton Sutter def. Kiera Hogan and Fallah Bahh
The storyline relationship between Young and Sutter has yet to be explained to my knowledge, but nonetheless, this was a good, well-wrestled opener that served as hype for Sunday's Impact Knockouts Championship match between Young and Allie. Bahh is always useful for comedic relief and we hadn't seen too much of Hogan in the ring up to this point, so credit to them for holding their own here. I also appreciated Allie emerging afterward and showing some fire ahead of her upcoming title defense.
Brian Cage def. KM
You could see Cage answering KM's open challenge coming from a mile away, but I still enjoyed KM's promo before the bout more than most of the promos he cuts. The match itself, as you would probably expect, was a total squash in favor of Cage, as it should have been. Cage has rolling through people left and right since arriving in IMPACT, and I have no doubt he'll win that random six-way match at Redemption.