The Big Takeaway: Big Cass destroyed Titus O'Neil, who at least booted Enzo Amore on the floor. Tony Nese & Drew Gulak then got a surprising win over Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik.
Big Cass defeated Titus O'Neil
Enzo Amore mixes up his usual promo by responding to "How you doin'?" with "Great -- thanks for asking!" Sometimes, just small changes in the routine really help out and prevent every intro from feeling the same, and that helped this out a lot.
Tom Phillips and Corey Graves are on commentary, and their NXT chemistry is back -- it's a shame it's for a secondary show. Cass hits a big fallaway slam that sends O'Neil outside, where he kicks Amore on the floor.
Cass beats up O'Neil on the floor before tossing him in the ring and missing a Stinger splash. O'Neil clubs away before a long chinlock, but eats a pair of knees. Cass hits a big slam and an Empire Elbow before the big boot ends it.
Seth Rollins' speech from Raw is shown in full. Roman Reigns' interview with Michael Cole, and the subsequent beating from Braun Strowman is shown in full as well. Strowman came off as such a badass beating up Reigns and then the sheer ridiculousness of him tipping over the ambulance put things over the top.
It did an excellent job putting Strowman over, but hurt Reigns, who always had a chance to at least be in the fight -- but couldn't stand up to Strowman.
Drew Gulak & Tony Nese defeated Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado
The babyfaces come out first, followed by the heels and their incredibly generic theme music. Gulak hits a knee to the gut of Metalik before chopping away. Metalik hits a double backflip into an armdrag off the ropes to Gulak.
Nese goes for Metalik, but eats an elbow -- giving Gulak a chance to lock on a dragon sleeper with a bodyscissors. Metalik escapes and dropkicks both men to the floor before Dorado hits an Asai moonsault. Gulak hits a sloppy swinging powerbomb into the barricade.
Nese and Gulak double team Metalik, who fights back with chops. A calf kick hits Gulak and allows Metalik to tag in Dorado. Dorado hits a moonsault block for two, before a frog-style crossbody on Nese gets a near fall.
Dorado hits a two-man Lethal Injection with a stunner instead of a cutter. Metalik walks the rope to moonsault on Gulak before Nese gets two off an O'Connor roll. Nese crotches Dorado before hitting shotgun knees in the corner to win.
The show closes with the Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose match from Raw.
This was a solid little show -- it's a shame that it's relegated to obscurity without a global TV deal because it was a fine showcase for the cruiserweights on this episode. It was neat to see the heels actually win the main event, especially given that they're two of the most bland guys in the division and it would be easy to assume the faces would win.