Legado del Fantasma (Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza) def. Tony Nese and Isiah "Swerve" Scott
Nese and Scott have been trying out this tag team thing for a few weeks now and I'm glad it hasn't already resulted in one turning on the other. Granted, I don't know what the ultimate endgame is, but it's been entertaining in the meantime, especially for matches such as this one. As for Legado del Fantasma, they've been firing on all cylinders since hitting the scene and this was another quality contest from them. It would've been too soon for them to lose and thus I'm glad they reigned supreme. I liked that Scott wasn't pinned coming off his win over Jake Atlas on Wednesday's NXT and thus he doesn't lose much from this.
The show opened with a promo from Ariya Daivari filmed remotely where he announced he'll be making his return to 205 Live soon. In other words, I wouldn't blame you if you stopped watching 205 Live weekly when he does. In all seriousness, it was a one-match show this week and thankfully that one match was very well wrestled. I couldn't care less about Daivari coming back, but I appreciate that the in-ring action has been consistently been top-notch lately and that the show doesn't feel as phoned in as it did a few months ago.
Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles def. Gran Metalik
Metalik hasn't received many, if any, opportunities to showcase his skills in singles competition on the main roster, so I was happy he had that opportunity here and made the most of it. He had an excellent opponent in Styles and they produced a highly entertaining opener. Granted, the outcome was never in doubt, but Metalik looked great in defeat. I'm looking forward to who will step up to Styles next.
King Corbin Interrupted Jeff Hardy; Corbin def. Drew Gulak
Hardy's promo seemed heartfelt and genuine, but I'm ready for him to move on from talking about his past, especially since it's, you know, in the past. I don't think Corbin is supposed to be his next rival either considering Corbin currently has his hands full with Matt Riddle. Corbin's outing against Gulak was well wrestled but too short to be anything of note. I was more intrigued by Shorty G attacking Riddle afterward to collect the bounty from Corbin. I'm not super high on the idea of Shorty G going heel, but if it means him getting his Chad Gable name back, I'm all for it.
Riddick Moss def. Titus O'Neil
I was hoping O'Neil's recent match on Main Event against Akira Tozawa was a one-off, but apparently not. I have no desire to see him continuing to compete. Moss remains a work in progress and doesn't do much for me personally, so I didn't have high hopes for this. Sure enough, it was as mediocre as I expected it to be. Moss has won his last few matches on Main Event, but I hope he stays put on this show until he improves some more.
Shayna Baszler def. Ruby Riott
Riott and Baszler are both great and I don't know if this is a match I would have done on Main Event, as I think it was good enough be saved for an eventual episode of Raw. Riott is coming off a rare win on Raw a week ago and I wouldn't have had her lose so soon, though I realize whatever happens on Main Event usually doesn't matter. I really enjoyed this while it lasted and thought Riott looked credible in defeat. She's always been a lot more natural in the babyface role and Baszler is at her best when in domination mode.
Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus), Orange Cassidy and Best Friends def. Inner Circle (Sammy Guevara, Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz)
Man, what a damn mess this was. The worst part is that the commentators were well aware of how much of a mess it was and pointed out how dumb it was for referee Aubrey Edwards to not do anything about it. I'm all for the big multi-man spots, but they were overdone in this match and it was hard to keep track of who the legal man was. It also felt like they were moving in slow motion at certain points, and maybe the lack of audience reaction made that more noticeable than normal. On the bright side, I'm glad AEW didn't forget about the Guevara vs. Matt Hardy feud. Hopefully we can finally get Guevara going to The Hardy Compound as had been teased months ago.
AEW TNT Champion Cody def. WARHORSE
Like most people, I knew nothing about WARHORSE coming into this show other than how he looked like The Ultimate Warrior if he was thrown in the dryer for too long. I wish we got to know more about him so viewers had more of a reason to care about the dude, but he did well and had a solid showing against Cody. It wasn't one of Cody's best AEW TNT Championship defenses to date, but it's cool he gave an independent star like WARHORSE the platform to shine and get more people aware of his work in the process. Afterward, Matt Cardona (f.k.a. Zack Ryder) made his long-awaited AEW debut and helped his friend Cody fend off The Dark Order. They'll be teaming next week and I'm curious if this ultimately ends with one of them turning on the other.
NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai and Tegan Nox def. Candice LeRae and Dakota Kai
It was cool to see Shirai and Nox join forces following their awesome match against each other for the NXT Women's Championship two weeks ago. This matchup made sense as both LeRae and Kai have been winning a fair amount lately. They constantly kept things moving and put together an excellent opener. Since Kai wasn't pinned, she still has some credibility going into her number one contender's outing with Rhea Ripley next week. I'm banking on Ripley to win and advance to TakeOver XXX to face Shirai for the title.
Johnny Gargano def. Roderick Strong
You know you're going to get nothing short of a great match whenever Gargano and Strong are in the ring together and that's exactly what this was. Despite both men being heels, the action was entertaining enough that it didn't matter too much. It kept the show's momentum rolling after the enjoyable opener and both guys put in a hell of an effort. This was a nice rebound win for Gargano following last week's Triple Threat loss and I assume he'll find his way into the NXT North American Championship Ladder matchup at TakeOver XXX.