Susie and Kylie Rae def. Kimber Lee and Impact Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo
Rae became the number one contender to the Impact Knockouts Championship at Slammiversary, so it's possible she'll get her title shot against Purrazzo at Bound for Glory. This was a nice preview of that and served as a perfectly fine opener. The emphasis on Susie during the finish was interesting, as her transforming back into Su Yung was teased. Susie isn't the greatest character ever, but I find it to be more bearable than Su Yung, so I hope that's not the direction they're headed in.
Brandi Rhodes def. Red Velvet
I don't know if starting the show with a Brandi Rhodes match was the right call. All right, I kid, or at least partially. It's been well-documented in my reviews that I'm no fan of Brandi's in-ring work, but to her credit, she was bearable here. Plus, Velvet beautifully sold that bicycle kick from her. Anna Jay watched from the stage, so they're clearly on a collision course.
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre Challenged Randy Orton to an Ambulance Match at Clash of Champions
McIntyre's promo addressing Orton was solid, but this rivalry is starting to wear thin with me. It was so strong before SummerSlam, but I have not been a fan of all the ambulance stuff. Speaking of which, I don't have high hopes for McIntyre vs. Orton in an Ambulance match at Clash of Champions. We know they have great chemistry together in the ring, so why throw a silly stipulation in there and potentially hinder the quality? I know McIntyre and Lee would go on to face each other later in the show, but Lee confronting McIntyre at the end of this segment and not saying anything felt pointless.
ROH World Tag Team Champion Jay Lethal def. Dalton Castle in an ROH Pure Championship Tournament First-Round Match
It was cool that Castle and Lethal brought up their history over the ROH World Championship from 2018 when they both beat each other on different occasions because it made this match feel that much more meaningful. Lethal was excellent as always, but Castle was equally impressive as he's been off his game for a while due to a nagging back injury (among other things). He was teaming regularly with Joe Hendry as of earlier this year, but I was glad that we got to see his serious side again here. This was a strong match and Lethal moving on in the tournament was the right call.