Shotzi Blackheart def. Dakota Kai
Blackheart's stock is higher than it's ever been coming off her stellar showing against Io Shirai a few weeks ago on the show, so it was wise to have her win here. Kai has won enough this year where I don't feel like she loses much in defeat, especially with her being distracted by Rhea Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez brawling at ringside. This was a fun opener, but that spot on the apron (where Blackheart could have seriously screwed up her neck) was completely unnecessary.
Darby Allin def. Ricky Starks
This reminded me of when Allin and Sammy Guevara went out at Revolution and killed it in a hell of a sprint. These guys were given twice the time here and they made the most of it. Their chemistry is so strong that I really hope we get a rematch eventually because this was terrific stuff and served as a hot way to open the evening. Look for these guys to be a big part of AEW's future.
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Taya Valkyrie and Rosemary def. Nevaeh and Havoc
It's cool to see Valkyrie and Rosemary working as a team. If it continues, I can definitely see a case being made for why the Knockouts Tag Team Championship should return. I was never fan of the titles, but IMPACT has more women's tag teams now than ever before, so I would understand them being brought back. Unfortunately, the match itself wasn't great. It solely existed to set up Valkyrie and Rosemary against Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz, who attacked the babyfaces afterward.