The Miz and John Morrison Hosted Miz TV with Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair; Nikki Cross def. Flair in a Beat the Clock Challenge Match
Miz confirmed in this segment that he suffered an injury at WrestleMania Backlash. I was going to say I liked that he could still make appearances while out injured, but this wasn't very good. The subsequent match between Flair and Cross was also completely pointless as I fail to see how this benefited Cross. I'm glad she's back on the show after many months away, but she's celebrating these "wins" like she won the title even though all she did was try to avoid them the entire time. Needless to say, this did nothing to leave me looking forward to Flair vs. Ripley at Hell in a Cell.
The Acclaimed def. Brent and Brandon Tate
Man, The Acclaimed are going to be so over in front of fans when AEW starts touring full-time. Their pre-match rap received a pretty good reaction and the crowd at Double or Nothing loved Max Caster. As for the Tate brothers, they're the current reigning OVW Tag Team Champions. They previously wrestled as The Boys with Dalton Castle in Ring of Honor and also got a WWE tryout a few years ago. They're talented and deserve a look, but I could see them getting lost in the shuffle if AEW were to sign them. This was a nice little match to kick things off.
LSG def. Joe Keys
These two were the last remaining competitors in a Battle Royal a few weeks ago. The winner would be able to pick which rankings they wanted to enter for either the ROH World Television Championship or the ROH Pure Championship. Keys was right when he said in his pre-match promo that he's always been known as the "ROH Dojo" guy, but it was nice to hear him get some mic time for a change. He gave it a good effort and the match was well-wrestled, but LSG had to win here and I'm glad he did. LSG revealed backstage afterward he'll be entering the Pure division.
The Buy-In: NWA World Women's Champion Serena Deeb def. Riho
Deeb defending against Red Velvet a few weeks ago didn't make a whole lot of sense because Velvet didn't do anything to earn the opportunity, but Riho actually pinned Deeb in her first AEW match back earlier this year, so I appreciated that they went back to it here. Deeb played the heel role and was remarkable. This was also the best bout I've seen Riho have in AEW to be honest. They put on a clinic and had the crowd invested in the action every step of the way. Riho wasn't never going to win, but she had a hell of a showing in defeat. My only nitpick is that it happened on the pre-show.