Akira Tozawa & Hideo Itami vs. The Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher
Before the match began, the commentary team was putting over the idea that Itami and Tozawa were unliked backstage, which makes sense considering they were the clear heels against Lucha House Party. However, Kendrick and Gallagher are also heels, which made this a bit of a psychological mess. For the match, though, Tozawa and Itami worked as the babyfaces.
The match went about 10 minutes in front of a quiet, but not silent, crowd. There was some great back and forth action in this hard-hitting opener, which was mostly built around Itami going after Kendrick’s previously injured orbital bone. Akira Tozawa found himself preparing for a Senton to finish off Gallagher when Hideo Itami ran off the ropes in an attempt to take out Kendrick. The impact of Itami on the rope caused Tozawa to get caught up on the top turnbuckle. After Kendrick took out Itami, Gallagher hit a headbutt on Tozawa for the win.
Result: Jack Gallagher & Brian Kendrick def. Akira Tozawa & Hideo Itami
After the match, Itami seemingly betrayed Tozawa, shoving him to the mat before walking to the back. This would be a great way to reintegrate Tozawa back into a singles position. A feud between the two would benefit both, as they are incredible workers, and could put on some amazing bouts. Tozawa’s energy is so infectious as well, and the usually quiet crowds love to cheer him on, that pitting Itami against him would lend credibility to Hideo as a future top heel on the brand.
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