Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins clowned Kassius Ohno as they walked past his supine body on the ramp, yet once their match against Humberto Carrillo and the debuting Stacey Ervin Jr. got underway, The Street Profits put all joking aside and focused on the matter at hand with scary aggression.
Carrillo & Ervin were a thrilling combination in their first outing as a unit: Carrillo provided a showcase in lucha libre, while Ervin — a former gymnastics champion that Mauro Ranallo dubbed the “waviest man in the game” — wowed with a gravity-defying “Tsunami-sault” off the top. Yet, they were no match for Ford & Dawkins’ longstanding chemistry and newfound intensity. The Street Profits claimed the win after trashing Ervin with a devastating electric chair blockbuster.
Afterward, Ford & Dawkins let it be known that they want “all the smoke” from NXT Tag Team Champions The War Raiders, but their declaration brought out two other tandems looking to get in the title hunt, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner and Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch. As Hanson & Rowe marched to the ring to confront their would-be challengers, they were blindsided by Undisputed ERA’s Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong. The ERA members fed The War Raiders to the lions before retreating to the relative safety of the entrance stage, but the modern-day Vikings staged a powerful comeback, clearing the ring in an emphatic display and proving that it’s going to take more than the element of surprise to dent their Viking armor.