Humberto Carrillo def. Tucker
In case you were wondering, Tucker entered to his Heavy Machinery theme here (Otis got new entrance music at Hell in a Cell, so why not Tucker?) and changed up his look a bit by wearing generic black trunks. Although he's a competent wrestler, he does absolutely nothing for me on his own and that was evident here. Don't get me wrong, this was a perfectly solid match with good showings from both men, but I can't bring myself to care about Tucker as a singles heel. He turned on Otis at Hell in a Cell and wasn't even on Raw the next night to elaborate further on his actions. Not only that, he lost clean to Carrillo here. Yeah, it's safe to say this dude is doomed without Otis.
"Hangman" Adam Page def. Wardlow in a World Title Eliminator Semifinal Match
Wardlow has really impressed me every chance he's had since making his in-ring debut earlier this year. Page was the rightful winner and made the most sense to advance, of course, but he and Wardlow worked wonderfully together and I appreciated how Wardlow didn't go down easily. Page has evolved into one of the best babyfaces in AEW today and this was evidence of that. They kicked off the night on a high note with the superb match they had here.
Johnny Gargano def. Damian Priest in a Devil's Playground Match to Win the NXT North American Championship
This was essentially a Falls Count Anywhere match, though I could have sworn WWE nicknamed Hell in a Cell "The Devil's Playground" at one point a few years ago. Nonetheless, this was a great opening match and on the level of their TakeOver 31 encounter from earlier in the month. They made excellent use of the stipulation and constantly kept things entertaining. My guess for the guy wearing the Scream mask was Austin Theory because of how Gargano nodded at him in approval a few weeks ago, but is he really that tall? Either way, it's a nice hook. Gargano previously failed to win the NXT North American Championship three times this year, so he almost had to win it here. Yes, Priest was on a roll as champ, but he can always regain the gold after being in chase mode for a bit.
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