Day 133 (yesterday).
So I was one of the few people who ordered the iPPV and could actually watch it. The web site couldn't handle the stress, but the stream was actually better than GFL. In order to make right by the fans, ROH is offering either a refund to those who want it or the next show free to those who ordered this one. I think it's a good move.
I didn't get to catch the opener because I couldn't access the stream at the time. I started off with the six-man tag: All Night Express/TJ Perkins vs. Young Bucks/Mike Mondo. This was one hell of a match, easily the most fun of the night. Mondo did have a few slip-ups, but I don't think it detracted overall. All six guys did their best and the finish was breakneck, bringing to mind the old six-man Cruiserweight tags of WCW in the late 90s.
Next was Jay Lethal vs. Tomasso Ciampa. Ciampa's old-man beard justified my purchase. The match a good, solid match. I was kind of surprised Lethal went over, but it's done now. I've enjoyed their feud, but I do question if it did any actual good for Ciampa.
Then was Lance Storm vs. Mike Bennett. This was another fun match. Lance brings out the best in Bennett. I expect that we'll see a better showing from Bennett against other opponents in the future, similar to how Christian brought out the best in Randy Orton and really helped Orton develop as a worker. The match was well-done and I hope they have a third and final showing at the next iPPV.
Next was Michael Elgin vs. Adam Cole. Elgin is IT for ROH. He's the next Samoa Joe, IMO. I've been championing Elgin since February/March '11 when I saw his match against El Generico at the 9th Anniversary Show. Stephen has already mentioned them, but he had two PHENOMENAL spots in this match. The first was when Adam dived over the ropes onto Elgin. Elgin caught him and it almost looked like they would botch it, but through sheer strength and will, Elgin powered Cole onto his shoulders and powerslammed him onto the guardrail. The second major spot came when Elgin, sitting on the turnbuckles, lifted Cole, standing on the apron, into a suplex position and twisted, mid-air, into a Falcon Arrow. Elgin is a beast and the future of ROH without fail, and Cole is right there with him.
After intermission we got Roddy Strong vs. Fit Finlay. It was a good brawl, but the finish came out of nowhere and I was hoping for some more stiff striking between the two. That's not to say they didn't blister each other up with chops, forearms, etc. I just wanted a bit more.
Up next was WGTT vs. the Briscoes. I just don't get it with these two. They go up and down, back and forth when it comes to match quality. Their first match at 9th Anniversary Show was crazy good. Their confrontation at Final Battle? Not so much. SITS was a good match. This match blew. And it was a Fight Without Honor, no less, so that makes it a bit more depressing that it sucked. WGTT going overs makes me worry that they're going to go with a cage match at the next iPPV, which I dread as the Fight Without Honor is the FEUD ENDER in ROH, not a cage match.
Finally, the main event. It was a really good match, but not the best on the card and definitely not a MOTYC. On the other hand, the crowd was AMAZING for it. They went back and forth and both men played victim at one point, but it never kicked into high gear and didn't transcend to epic levels that most of Davey's matches do. Steen going over was the right decision, though, and I'm happy for the booking of it. The hug between the trio at the end was the best part and I can't wait to see where it goes.
Match of the Day goes to ANX/TJ Perkins vs. Mike Mondo/Young Bucks.
"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