Isiah "Swerve" Scott def. Matt Martel by Disqualification; Scott and Tony Nese def. Ever-Rise
I'm becoming a big fan of Ever-Rise, but I can't say I'm particularly interested in them as singles competitors because they've barely been defined as a team so far. At least they were entertaining as heels here. Scott vs. Martel never reached that next gear before Chase Parker's interference, leading to Tony Nese coming to Scott's aid and turning it into a tag team match. I'm surprised Nese is already being back to being a babyface (seemingly), but maybe it's a part of a bigger story with Nese turning on Scott after earning his trust. I'd rather they form an alliance because they've already had a bunch of matches together, even though their encounter last week was a banger.
Legado del Fantasma (Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde) def. Leon Ruff and Liam Gray
I'm happy the trio of Santos Escobar, Mendoza and Wilde have finally arrived on 205 Live. Their story has largely played out on NXT over the past month, but what's the point of 205 Live if the Cruiserweight Champion isn't going to appear? This was our first time seeing Mendoza and Wilde in action since their heel turn and it was a glorious squash. They work wonderfully together and are already great in their new roles. As I've said several times before, this faction has a ton of potential and I really hope they don't get bungled by bad booking.
It was great to have Drew Gulak back on commentary and it looks like he'll be around for the foreseeable future. Although I enjoyed last week's one-match episode a bit more, this was still a solid show. The stuff with Scott, Nese and Ever-Rise was well done and left you wondering whether Nese and Scott are forming an alliance or not. Then, Legado del Fantasma had a terrific showcase ahead of their six-man tag team match on Night 2 of NXT The Great American Bash next week. Easy thumbs-up show here.