Mark Andrews def. Joseph Conners
It's no secret that Conners bores me to tears, but he is a competent enough competitor to have a good match, especially when he's in the ring with someone as skilled as Andrews. This was a really fun opening match that the crowd was red hot for throughout. I don't think it wasn't meant to kick off a feud between the two, but I enjoyed the outing while it lasted, nonetheless.
NXT UK Tag Team Champions The Grizzled Young Veterans Addressed the Audience
You know, while I write in the title of these paragraphs that both members of Grizzled Young Veterans addressed the audience, it's really only Zack Gibson and James Drake just so happens to be there. I honestly can't even remember the last time he spoke. At any rate, this was the usual strong promo from Gibson as he ran down the audience in attendance and boasted about how rich they were and how they'll be hanging out in their five-star hotel room until it's time for them to defend the NXT UK Tag Team Championship against Moustache Mountain next week.
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NWA National Champion Colt Cabana def. Mark Briscoe
Cabana's last title defense on ROH TV against James Storm went to a draw and saw The Briscoes attack Cabana afterward only for Nick Aldis to make the save. Cabana and Aldis will take on The Briscoes at Best in the World this Friday, so this was meant to be a preview of that. Briscoe and Cabana received plenty of time and had a really good match I thought with Cabana winning clean. The Briscoes proceeded to lay out Cabana and we were told that Aldis was overseas and couldn't help out Cabana this time. This was a very well executed angle all around.
Silas Young def. El Hijo del Squid Jr.
Young has been all over ROH TV for months now pretending to be a "master technician" and mocking Jonathan Gresham. He previously faced a man called The Squid, and although he faced the same guy here, Young acted as if he was Squid's son. As you'd probably expect, it was completely ridiculous, but at least it built to Young's upcoming match with Gresham at Best in the World. The only thing really worth nothing about this was that Young beat Squid with the same move he recently beat Gresham with.
Gentleman Jack Gallagher def. Mike Kanellis
I haven't seen too many exciting Mike Kanellis matches on 205 Live (and that's coming from someone who is a fan of his work), but I thought he had a real solid showing here against Gallagher. It was a pretty good match on the whole with a nice pace, culminating in a much-needed win for Gallagher. Meanwhile, I'm intrigued where this Kanellis angle will lead. I would have assumed that him and Maria were leaving a few weeks ago, but it has since been revealed that they have re-signed with WWE for the next five years, so I don't think that's the endgame here.
Humberto Carrillo def. Rob Rollenbeck
Carrillo has won a few important matches in his time on 205 Live and has always looked great in defeat whenever he's competed in number one contender matches, but he needs to be placed in another meaningful program soon in order to get to that next level. In the meantime, I'm all for him maintaining momentum with wins in enhancement matches such as this one. This was a fun little bout while it lasted.