Watched Ring of Honor from last Sat. It was much better episode than the last. I will say that there seems to be a huge influx of dumb names being given to matches since Cornette came on board:
The Trial Series, Dual Duel, Ringmaster's Challenge, Blind Destiny, Rise and Prove tournament, Proving Ground, so forth and so on. Just seems dumb, really, the way they keep tacking these things on to matches as if they'll sell more tickets with it or something.
Anyway, this week's show focused on the Blind Destiny deal. The way it works is there are three matches with the winners each getting a match on 3/31 against one of the competitors (Strong/Eddie/Davey) in the three-way match (on 3/30). The added bonus here is if Eddie wins on 3/30, then he'll defend his title on 3/31 against whoever wins the right to face him tonight.
First up is Kenny King vs. Jay Lethal to face Roddy Strong. A bit of Russo-logic here as King is already being positioned in two matches on both days against the Young Bucks. So it's a huge lack of foresight in that regard. The match is good though, so there's that, but there's never any doubt about who's moving forward to face Roddy Strong on Day 2.
Next up is Kevin Steen vs. Adam Cole and again some Russo-logic is showing here. Cole is coming off of a huge win over Davey Richards at the iPPV. Why book him against Steen here? You're booking yourself into a corner because it's a position where neither man needs a loss here. And here's where it gets even worse: that whole sentence I just keyed refers strictly to live wrestling. This is taped. So what it shows is, again, a huge lack of foresight. I would guess when this show was taped they hadn't decided Adam would be getting the big win at 10th Anniversary. It's a good match nonetheless with Steen going over to fight Eddie Edwards.
Finally it's O'Reilly vs. Michael Elgin. Again, the lack of foresight shows at Kyle - who ended the PPV in a very distinctively heel fashion refusing to shake hands - comes off as the babyface here. Aye yai yai, what is going on ROH?! The match works though and it actually makes Kyle into a bit of a star, so there's that, as it's probably the best singles match he's had in the company. Elgin is his usual beast-self, winning the opportunity to take on Davey Richards on Day 2.
Better than last week because of the lack of Dusty Finishes, but man oh man what is going on with the booking? Some definitely questionable decisions here these last couple of weeks and I'm not sure what to think of it.
Match of the Day goes to Michael Elgin vs. Kyle O'Reilly.
"Hogan is trying to get Yokozuna into WCW. Remember, he still has a win he needs to get back" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 08, 1997