Pre-Show: Yuya Uemura def. Gabriel Kidd
I'm not familiar with Kidd at all, but I thought he had a solid showing. I'm much more familiar with Uemura from the time he's spent in IMPACT over the last year and he's always impressive. He lacks direction, but at least he isn't consistently booked like a loser. This was a serviceable match to set the tone for the rest of the night. There was nothing out of the ordinary about it, so I had no issue with it being positioned on the pre-show.
Pre-Show: Ryohei Oiwa vs. Boltin Oleg in an Exhibition Ended in a Time-Limit Draw
I'm not familiar with Oiwa or Oleg in the slightest, so there really isn't much I can say about this. It's important to note that it was an exhibition and not a formal match, so it was quite different than everything else on the show, and I assume it's what Oiwa and Oleg are known for. I don't know if this would have worked if it was any longer than it was, but so it was smart to keep it only three minutes long and to slot it on the pre-show. It was quick and harmless.
The Buy-In: Chaos (Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi) def. The Factory (QT Marshall and Aaron Solo)
I'm sorry but The Factory had no business being on this show. Granted, it was the pre-show and they were there to do the honors for Goto and Yoshi-Hashi, but I can think of several other people from the AEW roster who weren't on this card who should have been instead of them. This was a technically fine match and the crowd gave Marshall good heat. Chaos winning was obviously the right call.
Pre-Show: Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata def. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Gedo and Jado)
The commentators mentioned that the three matches on the pre-show came together after what happened on Night 1. Most, if not all of these guys, were involved in the New Japan Ranbo and this just felt like an excuse to get them on the card for Night 2 because nothing in particular stood out about this bout. That isn't to say it was bad by any means, but it was fairly basic for the six or seven minutes it lasted.