Ariya Daivari def. J Spade in an NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament Qualifier
Daivari calling himself one of the best junior heavyweights in the world got a good chuckle out of me. The guy was far from the best when he was in WWE and he isn't even the best junior heavyweight in this tournament. Don't get me wrong, he's a perfectly competent wrestler, but he's never been exciting to watch and I can't think of many (if any) above-average matches he's had. In fact, J Spade impressed me more than he did. This was a quality contest, and while I wasn't surprised by the outcome, it would have been nice to see Spade advance instead.
Adam Cole def. Trent Beretta
Beretta has shined in almost every singles opportunity he's gotten over the last few years in AEW. With the stacked roster AEW now has, I never see him having a successful run on his own, but I enjoy his matches more than anyone else's in Best Friends for the most part. Cole winning here was the correct outcome and it was a very enjoyable opener to boot. The focus is less on the feuding factions and more on the tension being teased within the ranks of Cole, reDRagon and The Young Bucks.
Bodhi Hayward def. Guru Raaj
It looked like Andre Chase was going to wrestle, but he announced that his lead student Bodhi Hayward would be wrestling instead. He's been the most prominently shown of all of Chase's "students," though he may be the only actual wrestler of the bunch. I was curious to see how he'd fare, but he didn't end up impressing at all. That isn't to say he's awful, but this was the most basic of bouts and it was over before he had a chance to do anything out of the ordinary.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos Addressed Their Competition; The Viking Raiders def. Los Lotharios, Jinder Mahal & Shanky and Cesaro & Mansoor in a SmackDown Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender's Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match
The Usos almost never start off SmackDown on their own, so I was hoping some serious competition would step up to challenge them. Instead, they introduced all of the teams in the subsequent Fatal 4-Way and none of them are true threats to the titles. We also found out during that segment that King Woods is out injured following last week's Street Fight, which is another blow to the blue brand's depth chart. The match itself was decent but only illustrated how thin the tag team division is at the moment. I like the idea of Viking Raiders vs. Usos, but Viking Raiders' loss to Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss last week makes even less sense in retrospect.