Kay Lee Ray def. Dakota Kai in a WarGames Advantage Ladder Match
I hate that NXT gives these Ladder matches away for free every November before WarGames (not to mention that they've been done to death in WWE in recent years). Despite that, this was an awesome opener. These two never cease to bring the intensity and they were the perfect people from each team to do battle before WarGames. This could have happened at the even itself and no one would have complained. This could have gone either way and the babyfaces getting the WarGames advantage was fine seeing as how the heels got the WarGames advantage later on in the night.
The Pinnacle (Wardlow and Shawn Spears) def. Bear Country
The longer they drag out Wardlow teasing tension with Spears and the rest of The Pinnacle, the more it's going to mean when he inevitably breaks away from them as a babyface. It's coming, folks, and it's coming soon. I liked that the show kicked off with an actual match instead of a squash and that Bear Country got to look credible in defeat, they're always a treat to watch. This was good stuff and they made the most of the time they had.
Seth Rollins def. Finn Balor
This match was supposed to happen last week, but Rollins viciously attacking Balor caused the contest to be called off. I'm glad Balor showed some fire by going straight after Rollins before the bell rang, but with Rollins announcing that he'll be getting his WWE Championship opportunity at the Day 1 pay-per-view, it was safe to assume he was winning here. These two have always worked well together and they had yet another entertaining opener here. Balor really hasn't been able to find his footing since returning to the main roster, sadly. He finds himself in the same spot he was in before he returned to NXT.
Nyla Rose, The Bunny, Emi Sakura and Diamante def. Julia Hart, Skye Blue, Ryo Mizunami and "Legit" Leyla Hirsch
It's been a while since we last saw Diamante and Hart in action. I don't know if they were injured or what, but I'm glad they're back. I've said before that these multi-woman matches on Elevation have become really lazy on AEW's part as far as not focusing on them in singles matches on the show instead. This was a fine showcase for all involved yet no different than any of the other multi-woman matches. Rose winning for her team made sense considering she's still involved in the AEW TBS Women's Championship Tournament.