Trey Miguel def. Laredo Kid and Alex Zayne in an Impact X-Division Championship Three-Way Qualifier
With Josh Alexander relinquishing the X-Division title last week, a new champion will be determined in some sort of a multi-man match at Bound for Glory. This was a hell of a way to kick off the qualifiers as all three of these guys are terrific. Laredo has made a handful of appearances for IMPACT lately, Zayne was fun to watch in NXT and recently returned to Ring of Honor, and Miguel is always awesome. This was the type of chaotic action we've come to expect from the revitalized X-Division this year and was the perfect opener for this show. Miguel advancing was the right call and my money is on him to become the new champ.
Moustache Mountain def. Ashton Smith and Oliver Carter
The team of Smith and Carter has been nothing more than a stepping stone for the rest of NXT UK's tag division since they formed almost two years ago. Thus, the outcome of this contest was never in doubt, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, nonetheless. Moustache Mountain always seem to bring the best out of their opponents and Smith and Carter gave it a hell of an effort. This was probably the best bout I've seen them in. Moustache Mountain continue to work their way toward earning another opportunity at the NXT UK Tag Team Championship.
Mace def. Austin Crane
Crane was referred to as a local athlete from Cincinnati, which is where Raw and Main Event emanated from this week. It's rare we get local athletes on Main Event, and although I enjoy and prefer the competitive matches, I think some Superstars can benefit from beating local athletes on Main Event every once in a while. The interesting thing is that it was Mace who was showcased as opposed to him and T-Bar as as team. Was this designed to be a test to see how he'd fare on his own if they get split up in the WWE Draft? Personally, I couldn't care less about them as a unit, so I'd rather see T-Bar back on his own so he can go back to being Dominik Dijakovic. This was a solid squash with Mace getting a chance to shine as a singles for a change.
Adam Cole def. Jungle Boy; Bryan Danielson Challenged The Elite
Cole vs. Jungle Boy was one of the matches I was most excited to see when Cole came to AEW and it definitely delivered. They're both incredibly over with the audience and both are the future of this company. This was a hot, excellently-wrestled opener with the crowd eating up every second. I hate that Jungle Boy kicked out of the Panama Sunrise, but what else is new? The Elite doing their typical comedy shtick did nothing for me, but at least it was established that Bryan wants to work his way through The Elite in order to get a rematch with Kenny Omega.