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- New opening video is business. Looks great.
- The Frontier Fieldhouse is packed, which looks so much better crowd-wise than the HDnet shows.
- Audio is strong.
- Great to see Nigel back in ROH. He seemed like he would be a good fit in TNA early on, but it never panned out.
- LOVE the Bravados. "Futureshock gave my brother a concussion last time we wrestled, and that's poor sportsmanship!" ROH is still utilizing the UFC-style sit-down interviews.
- Match #1: Bravados (Harlem/Lancelot Bravado) vs. Futureshock (Adam Cole/Kyle O'Reilly). Keeping with the UFC-theme, we get a great "Tale of Tape" feature. All the usual, plus a little acknowledgement on whether they adhere to the Code of Honor. Good stuff. Match is an excellent and energetic opener that sees Futureshock win with "Ride the Lightning," or a basic high-low. Exactly the type of match you should use the open a show.
- A video package for Best in the World plays. The production values on it are strong, no complaints here. This is one of the things I was hoping to see improved by SBG and it's definitely an improvement. Big recap of the four corner tag match with a lot of emphasis put on how long it last. Next big recap is for the Edwards/Richards main event (my MOTY at this point). More emphasis put on the length of matches, which is a great way to condition the fans that the matches in ROH won't be three minute quick-runs. The emotional aftermath of the match is played and it comes off a lot like a UFC main event. I think that's the best way to try and promote themselves. Good video recap, all-in-all.
- A weekly news segment called "Inside ROH?" Yes, please.
- Inside ROH: Jim Cornette explains the point and value of the Code of Honor. I've always loved it and think it adds a great dynamic to the promotion. Jay Lethal does a decent sit-down interview to promote his match with El Generico. Politely craps on TNA, "It's not nostaglia, it's not politics... It's competition." Not sure I'd crap on getting over as Black Machismo, though.
- ROH Flashback: Recap of the finish of the four corner tag match at Best in the World to set up tonight's main event of Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team vs. The Kings of Wrestling.
- Nigel interviews a fan about who the fan think will win tonight. They pick WGTT. Meh-segment.
- Main Event: The Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli/Chris Hero) w/ Sara del Rey & Shane Hagadorn vs. Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin/Charlie Haas) [c] – ROH World Tag Team Title Match. Big-fight intros for the main event, which I always love. WGTT follow the Code of Honor, but KOW do not according to the Tale of the Tape. It bears mentioning at this point that commentary needs a lot of work. Never been a huge fan of Kevin Kelly, but Nigel isn't exactly delivering on all cylinders either. Smart move having the most recognizable wrestlers on the roster main event the first show, BTW. Match is solid, but audio seems to have fallen off. Good main event-style match. WGTT gets the win with a Hart Attack, called "Wrestling's Greatest Finisher" by Kevin Kelly. Absolutely needs a better name than that.
- As debut shows go, this was pretty good stuff. It'll take some getting used to watching the wrestling be broken up by so many commercials, but that's no big deal. The in-ring quality was there, new content (Inside ROH) was there, and the best parts of HDnet were there (the UFC-influences). If they can improve the video, master the sound (a lifelong ROH problem it seems), and we see improvement from Kevin Kelly and Nigel on commentary, then we're going to have the best wrestling show on TV each week right here.
Written or Contributed by: syxxpakk