Today is a story of redemption.
It started with El Generico vs the newly-heel Jimmy Jacobs. An enjoyable match. Not flashy or overly spectacular, but it served it's purpose.
Next up was Fire Ant vs. TJ Perkins. I'm finding TJ to be quite overrated honestly. This match was decent.
Then there was Tomasso Ciampa vs. Cedric Alexander. I'm a huge fan of Tomasso and I think he has big things ahead of him. He's a good worker and one of the better promo guys in ROH.
Then... The feed died. It was right as Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole was to begin. I wasn't too upset, I wasn't really interested in that match. They went to intermission and fixed it and started off ANX vs. the Young Bucks. A great brawl was beginning as the feed died again. I waited a bit, but frankly after last evening I was too disenchanted to wait long, and asked for my refund (by the way - I was given a partial refund this morning for last evening).
It came back in time for the triple main event. Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Edwards was a really fun match that ended so abruptly. It was in third gear and ready to go to fourth when it finished.
Jay Lethal vs. Roddy Strong was actually quite the snoozer with a shocking finish that I didn't see coming. Props to Roddy for being the second ever triple crown champ. I think it was a brilliant idea to give it to Eddie Edwards as a storytelling device, but I like it even better as a way of saying, "Roddy - thank you for eight years of giving us everything you've got."
And finally.... The main event. I said this was a story of redemption, and it is. By the end of the main event, I could care less about unsynced audio or missing out on ANX vs. the YBs. I wanted one thing and one thing only: for Davey Richards to tap the fuck out to that Crossface. I've been a fan of Elgin for a good long while, but I never expected to find myself that emotionally invested. It's a testament to the effort of both men involved in the match. When I watch the iPPVs, I drag a chair from my front room in front of my computer and put the ottoman in front of it. Same set-up for when I watch TV. It's relaxing, I can lay back and enjoy. Here I was sitting upright on the ottoman, gripping the edge, cussing Davey every time he kicked out or locked in the Ankle Lock, cheering Elgin every time he hit a big move or locked in the Crossface... I don't think I've been so emotionally invested in a match in such a fashion since Supercard of Honor 3 watching Austin Aries vs. Nigel McGuinness. This match was better than great. A MOTYC for sure and a strong contender at that. If anything, everyone needs to see this match. It's a genuine star-making performance for Elgin who went in as "The guy with tons of potential" and walked out "Future ROH Champ."
Match of the Day goes to Michael Elgin vs. Davey Richards.
"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