Wheeler Yuta and Best Friends (Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor) def. The Wingmen (Ryan Nemeth, Cezar Bononi and JD Drake)
I think the idea is that Yuta is supposed to be a protégé of Best Friends, but we'll see if he remains a regular on AEW programming. He's made a handful of appearances so far and has been impressive each time, and as I've said before, I'd love to see him stick around. This was a fun match on the whole and it was a smart choice to slot it as the opener. I'm not the biggest Wingmen fan, but they play their roles well. Yuta picking up the win for his team was a nice touch.
Kenzie Paige (Team Kamille and Idol) def. Lady Frost (Team Stevens and Terrell) in a Round 1 Block A Match in the Champions Series
For all the faults with the current product, the NWA has a strong women's division and the matches are almost always well wrestled. This was a nice little match with both women having solid showings. Frost seems to be better than the NWA gives her credit for considering she has yet to win a single match to my knowledge, but it was a big win for Paige, if nothing else. Fun fact: Paige also appeared on tonight's edition of AEW Dark, so she pulled double duty (even though they were taped at two totally different times).
Goldberg Confronted WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and MVP
There were loud boos for the mere mention of Goldberg's name at one point early in the segment, but then there were loud chants for him soon after, so he got a mixed reaction in Chicago. All things considered, they were more behind him than than I thought they would be. This was well done and led to Lashley accepting Goldberg's WWE Championship at SummerSlam later in the night. I still have no desire to see Goldberg in the title picture, but they've done a decent job of building up the bout in recent weeks.
Red Velvet def. Angelica Risk
This marked Risk's AEW debut. I've never heard of her before, but I thought she fared well. As I've said before, Dark and Dark: Elevation are the perfect places for Velvet to continue to improve and get experience. She's coming along nicely, and considering she's currently ranked number five in the AEW Women's World Championship power rankings, I'm curious if AEW is building her up with wins ahead of an eventual title shot against Britt Baker. Either way, this was wisely kept short and sweet.