Results: - Eddie Edwards & Adam Cole d. Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly when Cole pinned Richards with a top-rope flying bodypress - Kevin Steen d. Jimmy Jacobs in a no-DQ match after an F5 onto chairs - The Briscoe Brothers (Mark & Jay Briscoe) d. Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) when Jay pinned the blonde Buck after a doomsday device - Jay Lethal retained the TV title, going to a 15-minute time limit draw with Tomasso Ciampa - The House of Truth (Michael Elgin & Roderick Strong) d. TJ Perkins & Amazing Red when Strong pinned Red after a combo Alabama slam/backstabber - Eddie Kingston and Kevin Steen got into a donnybrook - Mike Bennett d. Homicide via schoolboy - All-Night Express (Kenny King & Rhett Titus) d. Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas) when King rolled up Benjamin
This show had the usual ROH iPPV production issues. It switched back and forth repeatedly from being too quiet to too loud and back. The instant replays featured the commentators talking live overtop the commentary on the replays. They'd cut away from pin attempts to show the crowd, or cut away from action to show the tale of the tape graphic. Plus, the stream seemed choppier than usual.
WGTT vs. ANX was a good opener with a surprising finish - King and Benjamin weere trading rollups and on the third or fourth one, the match actually ended. The director nearly missed it, because mid-sequence, they had to show a nice long shot of Haas and Titus laid out on the floor.
Between matches, the commentators talked about Bryan Danielson, which led to loud crowd chants of "YES YES YES" which was great. I don't need chants of "this is wrestling" because someone dared to do an armlock, but that one was funny. Then the crowd did it like 30 more times and I got sick of it.
Homicide dominated the entire match against Bennett, but Maria at ringside pitched a fit for the distraction, leading to the rollup. I can see why one would be distracted. My goodness. She could not wear that outfit on Raw. Anyway, after the match, Homicide called Bennett a "cocksucker" and led "let's go Yankees" and "ROH" chants.
CHIKARA Grand Champion Eddie Kingston showed up for an interview to announce that ROH and CHIKARA will be co-promoting some upcoming events. He was interrupted by Kevin Steen carrying a tennis racket and eating a banana. (Really? Cornette/banana references in 2012?) Steen wants to team with Kingston to take down both ROH and CHIKARA but calls CHIKARA bullshit; Kingston tells him to watch his fuckin' mouth before he knocks it off his fuckin' head. A brawl breaks out and is quickly broken up. CHIKARA guys swarm Steen, and Fire Ant (or was that Jigsaw? all I saw was a red mask) does a flippy dive onto the pile.
House of Truth vs. Red/TJP was good. Red especially looked good, I thought.
And here's Jay Lethal, speaking of talented young guys that TNA got rid of. The highlight of this match was Ciampa dropping Lethal with a kryptonite crunch on the apron which looked really sick. But then both guys rolled back in the ring to barely beat the count and the match just carried on. After the match, Ciampa laid out Lethal with Project Ciampa and ran off with the title belt.
Top 10 moments in ROH history, according to the intermission video: - Low-Ki wins the round robin tournament over Bryan Danielson and Christopher Daniels at the first ROH show - Homicide d. Danielson at Final Battle 2006 - Kenta Kobashi d. Samoa Joe - Nigel McGuiness d. Takeshi Morishima for the ROH title - Danielson d. McGuinness via ref stoppage to unify the World and Pure titles - The Briscoes & Naomichi Marufuji d. Matt Sydal, Ricky Marvin, & Atsushi Aoki in Tokyo - Eddie Edwards d. Roderick Strong for the ROH title - The Young Bucks d. El Generico and Kevin Steen at Final Battle 2009; Steen destroys Generico after the match - Colt Cabana d. CM Punk in the final chapter of the Summer of Punk
I'm reasonably certain that's 9 moments.
Now we get a video of Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole forming a team and challenging Davey Richards and Kyle O'Reilly. Is that the 10th moment? I think this is just supposed to be hype for the main event.
Briscoes pick up a decisive win in a fun match. So far, there haven't been any GREAT matches on the show, but nothing awful, either.
Steve Corino opened Steen/Jacob by saying there wasn't going to be a match because they all needed to move on. To Corino's dismay, Jacobs blindsided Steen, then removed his (Jacobs') jacket to reveal his Age Of The Fall gear. The crowd responded by briefly pausing their YES YES YES chant to chant "little Jimmy" instead. These guys (the wrestlers, not the crowd) (unfortunately) took a bunch of stupid bumps. Finally, Jacobs pulled out a spike and tried to... murder Kevin Steen, I guess? But Steen moved and Jacobs stabbed the turnbuckle. Steen hit an F5, but rather than go for a pin, he set up some chairs. Steen set up for another F5, but Jacobs escaped, grabbed the spike, and stabbed Steen in the face. Yes. Steen bled, smiled, hit a low blow, and F5'd Jacobs on the chairs for the win. Steen smeared his blood all over Jacobs after the match.
As for the main event, I just don't think ROH main event style is really for me. These guys are great athletes, but it's an eternity of overly choreographed spots which are really creative and really clever and, thus, look completely unrealistic. Four guys trying to put on a show instead of four guys having a fight, if you get what I mean. Everything was really well done, just not my thing.
After the match, Richards shook hands with Edwards and Cole, but O'Reilly refused. Kevin Steen then appeared in the crowd with a mic and said he wished he could shoot Richards with a Colt 45. The gist of it is that Steen is demanding a shot at Richards' world title, so that'll be an iPPV main event somewhere down the line. I assume that the next iPPV shows, which are on the Friday and Saturday of Wrestlemania weekend, will be too soon, but I guess we'll see.
I enjoyed the show as always. Didn't go this time, just watched it at home. Random thoughts.
-Video and audio quality seemed much much better than last time (I know people complain about it getting too loud or too soft but I honestly never noticed it in any majorly distracting way), but man the replay and video package issues they have are EMBARRASSINGLY bad.
-Charlie Haas is a wonderful asshole heel.
-After seeing her in person at the last ROH show, Maria is somehow 100x more gorgeous to me than I ever thought she was in WWE. Go figure. She's also way better at being a heel valet than she ever was a babyface diva. The ROH crowd loves running with the fact that CM Punk is her ex. It's kind of annoying, but it's nice to see ROH making the best of it; the end of the match actually came about because Homicide used the GTS and did a bunch of Punk taunts in her direction, causing her to pitch said distracting fit.
-Bennett and Ciampa both have grown on me, Bennett especially. I think Ciampa had the better showing tonight tho. But if they were gonna go to a time limit draw anyways, that Kryptonite Krunch should have been the final spot leading up to the clock running down.
-Steen's Davey bedecked tennis racket and tuxedo shirt were completely classy, I don't care what anyone says.
-"Sit down before I shut your mouth using my genitals." Well, that's one way to shut down a heckler.
-Steen vs Kingston at Synergy maybe? If so I'm all for it.
-I'm gonna have to catch the HoT/Red & TJ match on replay, my connection kept dying during this one.
-Briscoes/Young Bucks went a little over board with the super kicks, but any match with a hand spring BACK RAKE~! AND Redneck Kung Fu is a winner for me.
-The "Yes" thing went from funny (when it was serendipitous with Nigel's commentary- no idea how they knew that's what he was talking about) to annoying (when it was happening during matches and becoming the ROH's own WHAT chant- props to Corino for getting the crowd back on track when they were Yes'ing during his promo by saying it was proof the crowd was over Steen and didn't want to chant Kill Steen Kill anymore... cue immediate change over to KSK chants) to funny again (when Steen was encouraging it as his own chant) and then I just tuned it out.
-Jimmy wearing the bloody coat from the AOF debut under his ridiculous fur coat and busting out the spike ruled. That F5 onto the tops of the chairs however looked like it definitely sucked. OW.
-As always, the main event needed to be shaved by 10-15 minutes. A really good match, lots of great action (I don't mind the more stunt show aspects of things as long as they're creative), but yknow... when you do the tag team partners go nose to nose and try to one up each others strikes thing 3 times per team, it gets old fast. I know they were playing off a lot of what they did at Final Battle, but that match had the same problems. And after they hyped up Cole's new suplex finisher on commentary, I was surprised he got the pin off a body press.
-The Colt 45 comment was "I wish I had a Colt 45 to shoot you with, and that's a shoot", so I'm pretty sure he was making a Colt Cabana reference (Colt 45 was his finisher, and he apparently isn't on ROH's call list right now).
-The fantasy booking part of me wants to see Steen have to go through all of Richards pack in order to get his title shot, taking O'Reilly under his wing along the way to fully turn him heel a la what Corino did with him. You can definitely get some mileage out of those combos, assuming they're planning on holding off until Final Battle to give Steen the shot and the belt. Only problem of course is that the crowd pretty clearly sees Steen as the face no matter what he says or does...
Good show, especially the stuff involving Kevin Steen. Feel sorry for Davey Richards though. He should have been booked much stronger, like an unbeatable badass. Instead he rarely defends the title, is totally overshadowed by Steen and now even had to lay down for Adam Cole.
As far as the rest of the show is concerned, lots of good matches and action, but it always felt to me as if something was missing. The new ROH kind of isn't "there" yet, I guess, but it is on a good way at least.
Pains me to say it, but Chicago is far and away the best. They really bring it. After that would be a tier with Philly and most of the Canadian cities. I'd also throw Detroit in there; not just for my usual homerism, but because it's true.