United States Champion Bobby Roode and SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair def. Apollo and Nia Jax in a First Round Match
It's funny that Roode and Charlotte have such strong chemistry together and are currently champions yet both are far more comfortable in the heel role. Despite that, they seemed to be having a ton of fun teaming together here, while Apollo and Jax felt like a thrown-together tandem (Apollo replaced Enzo Amore, who had been teasing something with Jax a few months ago). As a match, it was enjoyable, all four stars worked well together, and the right team won. Jax going off on Titus Worldwide afterward went a little longer than it needed to, but I assume that was done to get heat back on Jax before she faces Asuka at Elimination Chamber.
As I've said before, the Superstars are given plenty more freedom on this show than they normally are on Raw and SmackDown Live, so it's worth checking out for that alone. The matches aren't always excellent, but this was an entertaining installment on the whole. The first round matches are officially done, and next week, Finn Balor and Sasha Banks will square off with The Miz and Asuka to kick off the next round.