Miranda Alize def. Alex Gracia in a ROH Women's Championship Tournament Round 1 Match
I'm familiar with both of these women from the many appearances they've made on AEW programming over the last year. Gracia has also wrestled a few matches in the NWA recently. Both have potential, but Alize seems to be the more seasoned of the two and therefore was the right choice to advance. This was a decent match and I liked that they played off their friendship during their respective pre-match sit-down interviews.
Matthew Rehwoldt and Impact Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo def. Hernandez and Alisha Edwards in a Homecoming King & Queen Tournament Quarterfinal Match
It would have been cool to get the married couple of Alisha and Eddie in the tournament, but obviously Eddie was busy with W. Morrissey later in the show. Vignettes have been airing since Slammiversary teasing the arrival of Rehwoldt, but him being named Purrazzo's partner was a surprise. I figured it would be Steve Maclin because of how he and Purrazzo are an item in real life, but this made more sense. This was a solid opener with the right team advancing.
Ikemen Jiro def. Grayson Waller
Considering 205 Live doesn't have many regulars left, I'm surprised we hadn't gotten this match yet. They worked really well together and I'd be surprised if we don't see a rematch at some point. Jiro is very entertaining and Waller is super smooth in the ring. It was an entertaining encounter while it lasted and could have benefited from a few more minutes.
John Cena Attacked Baron Corbin
This was a great segment to kick off the show. Cena masterfully controlled the crowd yet again and both guys played their roles well. The shots Cena and Roman Reigns have thrown at each other so far have been great and have gotten their feud off to a strong start. I felt bad for Corbin last week when Kevin Owens came to his aid backstage, but he was back to being a straight-up jerk in this segment. Obviously, that was done by design to set up what would happen later in the night, but I am curious if this gimmick is eventually going to lead to Corbin endearing himself to the audience or if he'll always end up getting his ass handed to him and the butt of the joke.