Watched Smackdown this morning. Decent enough of episode. Sheamus/Ziggler was good and Orton/Danielson was good, but that's about it. Santino's match was nothing, same goes for Drew (but kudos to the neat angle on the 450).
Next I watched Triple H vs. Taka Michinoku from 2000. YouTube Match of the Day for THE BOARD. Fun little match, here. This was in 2000 so Triple H wasn't exactly the Triple H we know of today and because of that he makes Taka look like a million bucks and it comes off so well that Taka's get a couple of incredibly believable near-falls. Contrarily, about a year later he'd do a similar match with Jeff Hardy that would play out as oppositely as possible.
Next I watched Low Ki vs. Bryan Danielson from GLX's recommendations. Good match that I haven't seen since it happened. It plays off almost like a Cliff's Notes version of their best stuff.
Then it was time for the 10th Year Anniversary Show. $10 for a PPV that was better than the Elimination Chamber, Against All Odds, and the Royal Rumble.
The opener was ANX vs. WGTT. It was a really good, old-school tag match with Rhett Titus playing Ricky Morton. Charlie Haas comes off as such a great heel in his role. Giving ANX the clean win is a good sign that they'll continue where they left off at the end of last year. Hopefully they'll be tag champs by 12/31.
Next up was Homicide vs. Mike Bennett. Pretty standard match made much more enjoyable by Homicide's frequent CM Punk-references and Maria's actions. Maria was awesome in her role tonight.
Out comes Eddie Kingston to promote the ROH/CHIKARA event. Kevin Steen comes out to interrupt leading to great moment, with Steen calling CHIKARA a "bullshit Mickey Mouse promotion." Huge brawl and then when Steen threatens to piss on the Grand Championship, the Colony and Jigsaw make the save.
Next up was House of Truth vs. Red/TJ Perkins. I've never been a huge fan of Red and I don't like the idea of calling him one of ROH's Founding Fathers, but what are you going to do? Great, action-packed match that served a terrific homage to the older ROH tag match style. TJ Perkins continues to be JTTS.
Next was Jay Lethal vs Tomasso Ciampa. A nothing match, really, with a lot of questionable things going on. I thought going in that the clear direction to take was to give Ciampa the belt. His promos are good and his in-ring work is better than other strongly-pushed acts. Instead we got another draw after a very slow start (which ultimately telegraphed that they were going to a draw). This was the match to pull the trigger on Ciampa and I feel it could have been a huge mistake.
Intermission showed tons of great clips from the past.
The Briscoes vs. The Young Bucks was as good a Briscoe Formula match as any. Crazy brawl to start, Mark gets beat up, Mark tags Jay, MAN UP~!, Pier 6er, Briscoes win. The Bucks make great heels but their promos haven't been that great. Good match here.
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Kevin Steen was the expected violent brawl. Tons of smartly booked violence here and absolutely no chairshots-to-the-head. Best part is Jimmy Jacobs revealing his old, bloodstained white jacket from the AOTF-days. Finish sees Jacobs spike Steen with the railroad spike and immediately regret doing so because he's given into his evil ways. Steens take the opportunity to spike Jacobs in the balls and then F5 him onto some chairs for the win.
The main event, Davey Richards/Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole/Eddie Edwards, was quite the epic. Tons of back and forth offense. Only drawback was the crowd, really. Adam Cole got made into a big star here tonight - almost the same level as Tyler Black from Take No Prisoners (but not quite). After tons of action, Adam Cole scores a BIG upset win for his team by pinning Richards with flying crossbody. Afterward Davey puts Adam over and shakes his hand. Kyle refuses to shake hands but this is all interrupted by Kevin Steen. Steen goes into a great rant on Richards and finishes by calling him a "Jiu Jitsu Jackoff." The best part is his closing line, "Oh, and by the way, Jiu Jitsu Jackoff? Trending worldwide." LOVED IT~!
Match of the Day goes to Davey Richards/Kyle O'Reilly vs. Eddie Edwards/Adam Cole.
When you're as good as Chael, you can only call out people worse than you.