Bron Breakker and Baron Corbin def. Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams to Win the 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
Breakker and Corbin have turned into a terrific team and Hayes and Williams have always had strong chemistry as partners, so unsurprisingly, this was a very enjoyable opener. The action was great, but there wasn't any underlying tension between Hayes and Williams. Hayes sacrificed himself for Williams at the end, but that's about it. Obviously, that stuff was saved for the main event. Breakker and Corbin winning the cup was the correct outcome, but it's a shame they were put together at a time when Breakker appears to be main roster bound.
Kickoff Show: Axiom def. Nathan Frazer
I totally forgot that these two had a series of matches against each other around this time a year ago. They haven't done much of note since, but they got to rekindle their rivalry for one night and have the match we know they're capable of. It was smart to put this on the Kickoff show as the crowd was into all of the action. My only regret is that I arrived late to the building and couldn't see it in person.
Kickoff Show: Blair Davenport def. Kelani Jordan
Both of these women had their stories interrupted as Dana Brooke (Kelani's mentor who was in the midst of a heel turn) was released and Gigi Dolin (who Davenport was supposed to face this past Tuesday on NXT) got hurt. Dolin must not be too hurt if she showed up after this was over and attacked Davenport. At any rate, Davenport and Jordan had a decent pre-show match. The experienced Davenport was able to carry Jordan for a majority of it, but Jordan impressed when she was on offense. She isn't ready to be on a live special and there's plenty of room for improvement, but it's clear Shawn Michaels is high on her and her potential.
Kickoff Show: NXT Heritage Cup Champion Nathan Frazer, Dragon Lee, Valentina Feroz and Yulisa Leon def. The Meta-Four (Noam Dar, Oro Mensah, Lash Legend and Jakara Jackson)
For as little as I've cared about this feud in the last two months, I have to everyone involved credit for making this a fun time. It was perfectly positioned on the Kickoff show and all eight athletes had time to shine, including the inexperienced women. Frazer and Lee particularly shined thanks to their awesome offense. Hopefully this marked the end of the rivalry. Does the NXT Heritage Cup really need to be a thing?