Joe Coffey def. Sha Samuels
Samuels was introduced as Ed Harvey and didn't get a televised entrance. Shortly after the match started, he took the mic and demanded he be called by his actual ring name, Sha Samuels (not to be confused with Samuel Shaw, who is now known as Dexter Lumis in NXT, or Nina Samuels). It was a weird albeit different approach that helped him stand out, so I suppose it worked. He then had a fairly competitive match with Coffey and scored more offense than I was expecting. This was a nice opener and we'll see from Samuels goes from here.
Angel Garza def. Akira Tozawa
Garza has been doing this "romantic lover" gimmick for over a month now and there hasn't been any progression. It honestly reminds me of what WWE was doing a year ago with Erick Rowan and his cage, and we all remember how that turned out. Garza is too talented to be underutilized, so if this is leading to Eva Marie being reintroduced as his love interest, can we just get to that already please? I'm fine with him having good matches with guys like Tozawa in the meantime on Main Event, but Tozawa gets beaten so often that a win over him doesn't mean much. This was well-wrestled, but I'm ready for what's next for Garza.
Candice LeRae def. Shotzi Blackheart
Both of these women are tremendously talented, so unsurprisingly, this was a quality contest to kick off the show. It was also a meaningful match because they've been feuding for months now, which is why I would have advertised this at least one week in advance. Indi Hartwell interfered as expected, but at least it protected Blackheart in defeat and gave LeRae the cheap victory. The feud will continue as it should.
Pac def. Eddie Kingston
I wasn't sure how well these two would work together, but this ended up being an enjoyable outing. It was hard-hitting when it needed to be and I was glad The Lucha Brothers and The Butcher and The Blade didn't interfere. Even though Pac won clean, it looks like the feud will continue based on what went afterward between the factions and with Pac and Lance Archer teasing tension. I don't know if anyone in this program is supposed to be babyface, but at least the matches have held my attention.