Thursday, February 12, 2015

ROH Future Of Honor 2 Review

Ring of Honor comes to Briscoe Country!

This show is being held in a local fire station in Laurel, Delaware, and looks to had a pretty solid turnout. I should also note that this show doesn't have any commentary.

ROH Future Of Honor 2
Laurel, Deleware 7/27/14

1.) "God's Gift" QT Marshall vs. Mikey Webb: ***

This is (the infamous) QT Marshall's return of sorts to ROH. If I recall correctly, he stopped getting booked by ROH around the Summer of 2013. I guess he's back, and he's taking on Mikey Webb. This was actually a pretty solid opener. Definitely one of the better matches of the show.

2.) Donovan Dijak vs. Stokely Hathaway (with Moose): 1/2*

Dijak was originally going to face Moose, but before the match, Stokely Hathaway cut a promo saying that Moose is a world class athlete who doesn't need to wrestle the likes of Dijak. Hathaway decides to take Moose's spot in the match, and predictably, it doesn't go well for him. Basically a squash.

After seeing Hathaway get pummeled by Dijak, Moose gets in the ring, and it looks like we're getting the original match after all.

3.) Donovan Dijak vs. Moose (with Stokely Hathaway): **

Big Men vs. Big Men matches are an extreme rarity in ROH. The match itself was fine, though it'll probably be remembered for the Top Rope breaking halfway through (assuming it was because of the size of both guys), but to the credit of Dijak & Moose, they continued the match, and eventually Moose would get the win.

4.) Brutal Burgers vs. Assad King & Hakim Zane: **3/4

I like Hakim Zane, but I'm not too fond of Assad King. They're taking on "Brutal" Bob Evans & Cheeseburger. This was a fine tag team match. Solid wrestling with some comedy here & there. Brutal Burgers would get the win in this one.

5.) Mark Briscoe (with Uncle Jethro) vs. Jay Diesel: ***1/4

Of course, since the show is in Briscoe Country, Mark Briscoe gets a massive reaction. He's being accompanied by Uncle Jethro as he takes on Jay Diesel. This was actually a pretty solid match. In my opinion, I think this was the Match of the Night. It was just a really solid wrestling match. I can't believe that I'd ever say a match with Jay Diesel was the best match on the show, but I think that's a testament to how good Mark Briscoe is. The crowd was really into it, and there was lots of solid back & forth action. Eventually, "Chicken" would pick up the win over Diesel.

After the match, Briscoe offered Diesel a handshake in a sign of respect, but Diesel attacked Mark, and left him laying.

6.) Six-Man Tag - Team Benchmark (Bill Daly & Will Ferrara) & Matt Sells vs. The Painkillers (Jacob & Donnie Hollows) & Johnny Knockout: ***

If you'll recall Future of Honor I, the Six-Man Tag on that show was really good. Looks like they're trying to continue the trend. While this wasn't as good as that match, it was still pretty solid. Everyone got the change to showcase their stuff, which is always good. I've never heard of The Painkillers, but they impressed me. Johnny Knockout impressed me as well. Unfortunately for those three, their team would be on the losing end, as Team Benchmark & Matt Sells got the win.

7.) ROH Tryout Camp Gauntlet Match - ROH World Tag Team Champion Bobby Fish vs. Drew Addler/Fox Vinyer/Dalton Castle: *1/2

Up next we have one-half of the ROH World Tag Team Champions in Bobby Fish, who heels it up big time by arguing with fans (including kids) in the crowd. Fish takes the mic & says his original opponents wasn't there due to being "convicted of three homicides", so he gives an opportunity to some wrestlers who impressed ROH Officials at a tryout camp earlier. I consider this to be one long match, and it was pretty what you would have expected. Aside from Dalton Castle, the either two guys didn't get any real offense in at all. Fish predictably wins all three matches in quick & decisive fashion.

Fish took the mic after this and verbally ran down Laurel, Delaware. He calls for another challenger, and Papa Briscoe, of all people, answers the call!! Fish clearly wanted none of Papa Briscoe, and made a hasty retreat.

8.) Jenny Rose & Veda Scott vs. Hania The Howling Huntress & Mandy Leon: **3/4

This match came about after the women's match at Future of Honor I, where Scott criticized Leon, and convinced Jenny Rose to turn on Leon after their match, leading to a two-on-one beatdown. This time, Leon has backup in the form of Hania The Howling Huntress! This was a pretty solid women's tag team match. You have to give Veda Scott a lot credit for wrestling on this show only one day after wrestling Gregory Iron in a Steel Cage at AIW's Battle of the Sexes, a match where she got busted open. Rose, Hania & Leon all looked good in here as well. Solid & entertaining action, that's all you can ask for in a wrestling match. Veda Scott & Jenny Rose get the win, and Hania & Leon begrudgingly shake hands afterwords.

9.) ROH World TV Title - Jay Lethal (with Truth Martini) vs. Jay Briscoe: N/A

Here we have a battle of the Jay's!! This was originally a non-title match, but Jay Briscoe challenged Lethal to put the World TV Title on the line, and Lethal surprisingly accepts! I didn't give this match a rating, because it really served as a set up for what happened next. There was some stalling and a little bit of wrestling before Adam Cole (who wasn't even scheduled for the show) came out and attacked Jay Briscoe! This resulted in Mark Briscoe, Jay Diesel, Moose, Bobby Fish & Papa Briscoe all running out, causing a big brawl to erupt! The babyface side challenged the heels to an Eight Man Tag, and they accepted!

10.) Eight-Man Tag - Adam Cole, ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal (with Truth Martini), ROH World Tag Team Champion Bobby Fish & Jay Diesel vs. The Briscoe Family (Jay, Mark & Papa Briscoe) & Moose: **3/4

This wasn't a really long match, but it was a lot of fun. Everyone got a chance to do something, and the crowd was actually pretty invested. They were especially into The Briscoes, which should come as no surprise. The Briscoes & Moose eventually are able to pick up the win and send the heels packing to close the show.

Overall: 6.75/10

While this show wasn't as good as the first Future of Honor event, it was still pretty entertaining. There aren't any blow-away fantastic matches on this show, but that's not the point. Shows like this one give opportunities to up & coming talents to show what they got, and you really got to see a lot of solid talents on this show. Some highlights definitely include QT Marshall vs. Mikey Webb, Mark Briscoe vs. Jay Diesel (my Match of the Night), and the Six-Man Tag. I think the fact that there was no commentary actually helped me enjoy this show as well. You also saw some good women's action, and even the Main Event stuff was entertaining. It actually had a really old school house show type feel to it, where the babyfaces vanquished the heels to send the crowd home happy. Speaking of the crowd in Laurel, Delaware, they were really good on this show. You shouldn't expect anything less from the hometown of 'Dem Boys. Future of Honor 2 was an easy show to sit through, and it was pretty enjoyable.

ROH Summer Heat Tour: Cincinnati Review

Michael Elgin defends the ROH World Title against Roderick Strong and Kevin Steen goes to war with Silas Young!

For those of you who hate the Todd Sinclair "Twinkies" Chant, then I'm afraid I've got some bad news (There's my Bad New Barrett reference of the day). The chants were out in full force on this show. Should also add that it was refreshing to have Joe Dombrowski on commentary with Steve Corino. Kevin Kelly has great chemistry with Corino, but it's always nice to take a break from him every once & awhile.

ROH Summer Heat Tour: Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 7/18/14

We open the show with Nigel McGuinness. He announced that Alex Kozlov wasn't able to be there due to injury (which he suffered during New Japan's Best of the Super Juniors Tournament a month or so prior). Instead, Rocky Romero & Tommaso Ciampa will be challenging reDRagon for the ROH World Tag Team Titles, which is up first!

1.) ROH World Tag Team Titles - reDRagon vs. "Sicilian Psychopath" Tommaso Ciampa & Rocky Romero: ***3/4

This was actually a really good match. I wasn't sure how it would go with Ciampa & Romero teaming for the 1st time, but it worked out well. The general consensus is that The Forever Hooligans can get a little repetitive in their tag team matches, so throwing Ciampa in here really freshened things up. Lots of great action throughout in this one. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly would eventually get the win, and retain their titles.

After the match, Ciampa & Romero get into an argument over the loss, and start brawling before they are eventually broken up.

2.) ROH World TV Title - Jay Lethal (with Truth Martini) vs. The Romantic Touch: ***

The Romantic Touch technically earned a World TV Title Shot after Matt Taven (disguised as The Romantic Touch) beat & made a mockery of Lethal at Road To "Best In The World": Night 2This was a solid match. Definitely the best match that The Romantic Touch has had in ROH. Solid action in this one. By the way, apparently The Romantic Touch is bisexual (according to commentary). I believe there were some shenanigans towards the end, and I think The Romantic Touch even got unmasked briefly, which led to Lethal getting the win.

3.) Six Man Tag - The Decade (Jimmy Jacobs, BJ Whitmer & Adam Page with TaDarius Thomas) vs. ACH, Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman: ***1/2

Up next we have The Decade taking on ACH and a one-night-only reunion of C & C Wrestle Factory. This was another really good trios match involving The Decade vs. Cedric Alexander & Friends. These matches always seem to be really good, and this one was certainly no different. Lots of action throughout this one. We even got some interactions between ACH & TaDarius Thomas. The crowd was into it, and the action was pretty good. Not much else you can ask for. The Decade pick up the win.

4.) No DQ Match - Kevin Steen vs. Silas Young: ****1/4

Here we have the second match of Kevin Steen's "Farewell Tour". Steen wanted revenge against Silas Young after he attacked him after their match at Best In The World. I really enjoyed this. Steen always thrives in these types of environments, so it's no surprise that this match was great. They told a good story, the crowd was into it, and Silas Young looked really good. Eventually, Young would score the victory over Steen in a hard fought affair.

5.) Four Corner Survival - Ethan Gabriel Owens vs. RD Evans (with Veda Scott & Ramon) vs. Moose vs. Matt Taven: ***

A pretty random Four-Corner Survival Match, in terms of who was involved. This was another fun match on this show. It wasn't amazing by any stretch, but it was still pretty entertaining. All four guys got to show off what they can do, and it was fine on the whole. RD Evans would, of course, pick up the win to keep The New Streak going!

Before the next match, Maria Kanellis comes out with The ICONIC Title. She announces that Michael Bennett wouldn't be at the show due to food poisoning, so ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal would be taking his place.

6.) The Briscoes vs. War Machine: ***

This match was built up a little bit at Aftershock, as these two teams interacted in all of the brawling that occurred. This was a fine tag team match. It was going along nicely until it ended in a No Contest after Adam Cole & Jay Lethal interfered. It sucks that War Machine has had two No Contests in a row, both here and the week before at Aftershock. The match was going fine until the interference. Cole & Lethal were beating up everyone. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian came out to make the save, leading to the next match...

7.) Adam Cole & Jay Lethal (with Maria Kanellis & Truth Martini) vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian: ***1/4

Of course, as mentioned earlier, Lethal is replacing Michael Bennett, who is out with food poisoning. The match wasn't anything outstanding, but it was still very solid. You're always going to get consistently good matches with Daniels & Kazarian, while I think Cole & Lethal worked pretty well together, especially since they're a throw together tag team. Daniels would eventually pick up the win for his team. War Machine would come out afterwords, and there was a stare down.

8.) ROH World Title - "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong: ****1/4

Michael Elgin had issued a challenge to any former ROH World Champions to come & challenge him for the title. Roderick Strong, being a former ROH World Champion, quickly answered the call. As expected, this was a really good match. Probably the best match they've had with each other, in ROH or PWG. Didn't get quite to the level of amazing (crowd wasn't into it as much at times), but it was still a great Main Event. Elgin would pick up the win & retains his ROH World Title to close the show.

DVD Bonus Match

Summer Heat Tour: Dearborn (TV Taping)
Dearborn, Michigan 7/19/14

1.) Takaaki Watanabe vs. Tyson Dux: **1/2

I decided to put this hear since it occurred the day after the Cincinnati Show. It's an exclusive match featuring Takaaki Watanabe & Tyson Dux. This was a solid match. Nothing really of note to say about this one. Just a solid match that sees Tyson Dux getting the victory.

Overall: 8.5/10

I thought this was a pretty solid show. There really wasn't not a bad match on here. Everything was, at the very least, entertaining. The top two advertised matches (Elgin/Strong & Steen/Young), in my opinion, delivered, and the undercard was very solid. One thing that I was actually surprised about was that pretty much all of the matches got time. I never felt like any one match didn't get enough time (while one or two may have gotten a tad too much), and I think the match quality reflects that. It was on the whole a really enjoyable show to watch, and the fact that, as I said, all of the matches were at least good, helped.

ROH Summer Heat Tour: Aftershock Review

Michael Elgin makes hist first defense of the ROH World Title against....Matt Hardy?

ROH Summer Heat Tour: Aftershock
Hopkins, Minnesota 7/12/14

The show kicks off with a promo from the NEW ROH World Champion, "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin. He's cutting a promo about his title win, but is soon interrupted by Adam Cole & the rest of The Kingdom. Cole says that, sooner, or later, he'll take back the ROH World Title. Elgin says that he can play the numbers game too, as War Machine come out. They want their Six-Man Tag to be right now, and the match is on!

1.) The Kingdom (Adam Cole, Matt Hardy & Michael Bennett with Maria Kanellis) vs. ROH World Champion "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin & War Machine: **3/4

The crowd in Hopkins was really into this match. I think this might be the most over War Machine has been up to this point (We got pretty audible "War Machine" chants). It was a relatively solid match. We got a lot of brawling, as you would expect. Jay Briscoe comes out and tries to prevent Matt Hardy from using his ICONIC Title on Elgin, but he gets dropkicked into Elgin by Cole. The match is thrown out and ends in a No Contest. It could have been a lot better if the match had an actual finish.

Michael Elgin took the mic afterwords and says he wants to defend the ROH World Title tonight, and he challenges Matt Hardy, who accepts. Looks like we have a new Main Event.

Up next is a live-edition of The Fish Tank! Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly never disappoint when they're hosting The Fish Tank. Their guest is Cheeseburger, who was a guest on the first-ever Fish Tank. No much to say here, other than it pretty much just set up the next match.

2.) ROH World Tag Team Champion Bobby Fish vs. Cheeseburger: *3/4

This match was pretty much what you would expect. Cheeseburger got in some offense, but it was all Bobby Fish in this one, as he would end up getting the win.

reDRagon attacked Cheeseburger after the bell, which leads to Cedric Alexander comes out for the save, setting up the next match.

3.) ROH World Tag Team Champion Kyle O'Reilly vs. Cedric Alexander: ****

No surprise......This was a Great Match! It was definitely the Match of the Night. These two are two of the best on the roster, and they always put out great performances, and this match was no different. Lots of great action, and Cedric Alexander eventually gets the win with the Lumbar Check (which O'Reilly sold really well).

4.) The Decade (Roderick Strong & BJ Whitmer with TaDarius Thomas) vs. The Briscoes: ***1/4

The Decade lost to The Briscoes back at Road To "Best In The World": Night 1, but that was BJ Whitmer & Adam Page. This time they're facing BJ Whitmer & Roderick Strong. A pretty solid match, though it went a bit longer than it needed to. Could have shaved a few minutes off, but that's a minor complaint. A relatively solid tag team match on the whole.

After the match, BJ Whitmer blames TaDarius Thomas for loss. The Briscoes try to get through to Thomas but he & the rest of The Decade attack them.

5.) Proving Ground Match - ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal (with Truth Martini) vs. Takaaki Watanabe: **1/2

It's the return of the Proving Ground Match, which means if Watanabe wins, he gets a future shot at the ROH World TV Title. This was ok. It was actually pretty disappointing to be honest. I was expecting a better match, but I don't think that Lethal & Watanabe meshed well together as opponents. Lethal would end up getting the win. 

6.) Kevin Steen vs. "Sicilian Psychopath" Tommaso Ciampa: ***3/4

This is the start of Kevin Steen's "Farewell Tour" of sorts, as Steen got to pick his three opponents, with the first one being Tommaso Ciampa. A pretty entertaining match here. Kinda expected this to be a bit better, but it didn't reach that level I thought it would. They started off with a lot of shenanigans in the beginning, but it was still a very good match. Lots of solid action throughout, and eventually, Steen would get the win over Ciampa. 

Afterwords, Steen cuts a promo, addressing people who criticized him finishing up his time in ROH at shows in places like Hopkins, Minnesota. He said Hopkins just showed what a real wrestling crowd is like. Steen said he was honored to have one of his last ROH matches here, and he gets "Thank You Kevin" Chants in response.

7.) #1 Contender's Four Corner Survival - TaDarius Thomas (with Jimmy Jacobs) vs. ACH vs. Silas Young vs. Matt Taven: ***1/4

The winner of this match will be getting an ROH World Title Match in Milwaukee during Death Before Dishonor XII Weekend. Jimmy Jacobs was originally going to be in the match, but he gives his spot to TaDarius Thomas as a reward for not listening to The Briscoes earlier. This was an entertaining Four-Corner Survival. Not great, but still pretty solid. Seeing Silas Young win with that Backbreaker/Clothesline Combo was strange, considering he's never really won matches with that before in ROH (to my knowledge at least). With the victory, Young will be getting a shot at the ROH World Title in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Jacobs berates Thomas after the match, for blowing his opportunity.

8.) ROH World Title - "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin vs. Matt Hardy: ***

Before the match, Matt Hardy "bestows" The ICONIC Title onto Maria Kanellis, since he's going for the ROH World Title. For a House Show Main Event, this was perfectly acceptable, in my opinion. There were things that added to the match, like Matt Hardy busting out a moonsault, but things that also took away, like all the interference that occurred, as The Kingdom, The Briscoes & War Machine all getting involved. It was ok, but also a bit ridiculous at the same time. Not the best match for a first title defense for Michael Elgin, but it's Matt Hardy, so you really shouldn't expect a whole lot.

Overall: 7.25/10

Not counting the first Future Of Honor Show, this was probably the weakest ROH event in 2014, up to this point. Nothing was really bad, per say (though there was one match that disappointed in Lethal vs. Watanabe), but nothing outside of the Alexander/O'Reilly & Steen/Ciampa matches is really worth going out of your way to see. The rest of the card was fine, but nothing else really stood out. The crowd was, for the most part, really into the show, which made it a lot more enjoyable to watch.

ROH Best In The World 2014 PPV/DVD Review

Ring of Honor makes their debut on Live PPV!!

ROH Best In The World 2014
Nashville, Tennessee 6/22/14

1.) #1 Contender's Six Man Mayhem - ACH vs. Takaaki Watanabe vs. Caprice Coleman vs. TaDarius Thomas vs. BJ Whitmer vs. "Sicilian Psychopath" Tommaso Ciampa: ***

After getting a great promo to open the show, we get our first match of the night! The Six-Man Scramble has seemingly always been a staple of ROH undercards for years, so it's fitting that this is the opening match. The winner gets a future shot at the ROH World TV Title. This was a really fun opener. Pretty much exactly what you would expect, given the guys involved. Lots of solid action, and it got the crowd into the show almost immediately. ACH would eventually pick up the win with a  huge 450 Splash on TaDarius Thomas to win the match and becomes the #1 Contender to the ROH World TV Title!

2.) ROH World TV Title - Truth Martini Is Handcuffed To The Ring Post - Jay Lethal (with Truth Martini & Seleziya Sparx) vs. Matt Taven: **1/2

Up next is a match that has been building for a few months. Taven left The House of Truth after losing the World TV Title, and while making Taven's life a living hell for leaving him, Martini brought Jay Lethal into The House of Truth, leading him to his 2nd ROH World TV Title reign. The gimmick here was that Truth Martini would be handcuffed to the ring post, but the fact that Seleziya Sparx was also out there with Jay Lethal kind of defeats the purpose of the stipulation. The match was ok, but I just don't think it worked. The stipulation and all of the shenanigans with Truth Martini, Seleziya Sparx & even Jay Diesel (interfering on behalf of Truth Martini) really took away from the match. Jay Lethal eventually gets the win to retain his ROH World TV Title, in what was without question the worst match on the show.

3.) Submission Match - Roderick Strong vs. Cedric Alexander: ***3/4

We get a really good video package highlighting this feud. The Decade's bullying of Cedric Alexander led to a series of matches between Alexander & Roderick Strong. Strong won the first match at Supercard of Honor VIII, while Alexander won at Global Wars. Things seemed to constantly escalate, as Jacobs insulted Alexander's family, and The Decade as a whole beat up Cedric Alexander really bad at Global Wars, setting up this Submission Match. This was a really good match, as you would expect. These two are fantastic wrestlers, so it's no surprise that this was going to be great. We got some really cool spots in this match, including Strong giving Alexander a back body drop on the ring apron, which looked scary! I actually think they told a really good story, as Alexander, who isn't exactly a master of submissions, trying to find a way to beat a submission specialist in Strong. Alexander was able to fight back & overcome the odds, getting the win by making Roderick Strong submit to his own submission, The Strong Hold! Strong refuses to shake hands with Cedric after the match, but despite this, Alexander stands tall in victory.

4.) No DQ Match - Matt Hardy & Michael Bennett (with Maria Kanellis) vs. The Briscoes: ***1/2

This feud between The Briscoes and the stable that would soon be known as The Kingdom has been going on for a few months. Things got even more heated when, after Supercard of Honor VIII, Cole gave Jay Briscoe's custom ROH World Title belt to Matt Hardy, who rechristens it as the ICONIC Title, even going as far as to put his face on the title! Hardy & Bennett were accompanied not only by Maria Kanellis, but by Nick Searcy, an award-winning actor from the TV Show Justified. This originally started as a traditional tag team match, but got thrown own after Hardy & Bennett caused a DQ. This brought out Nigel McGuinness, who restarted the match as a No DQ Match. From, this match was actually pretty good. It was a really entertaining hardcore brawl that saw pretty much everything. Chairs were used, Nick Searcy got taken out, Mark Briscoe hit Bennett with a Froggy 'Bow through a table, and Jay Briscoe gave Matt Hardy a superplex from the top of a ladder through two tables!! This leads to The Briscoes getting the win, thought Maria would escape with the ICONIC Title. Not the best match on the card, but one of the most entertaining to be sure, and the crowd definitely enjoyed it a great deal.

Up next, we have Larry Mercer (aka Larry Legend) and Mandy Leon interviewing Ring of Honor's newest signee, Moose, who is an NFL Player turned Pro-Wrestler, and who had recently been spending time in Dragon Gate USA/Evolve as the bodyguard of The Bravado Brothers. The interview doesn't go long before Veda Scott comes out and cuts a promo. She essentially extends an offer to Moose to join up with RD Evans & "The New Steak". Moose said he's think about it. Definitely the worst item on the show (Moose can't cut good promos yet), but I get why it was on here (to serve as a mini-intermission since there was none on the PPV).

5.) Silas Young vs. Kevin Steen: ***1/4

This match came about after Silas Young insulted Kevin Steen & his family at War of the Worlds, which lead to a brawl. These two had a perfectly good match, though I think some people were expecting more. I also think that others were expecting Silas Young to get the win here, but again, the match was still good, and Steen was massively over, so there's not much else to say. Steen puts Young  away with The Package Piledriver.

After the match, Steen takes the mic, putting Young over as an exceptional pro-wrestler, and gives him a lot of credit. He mentions that although he doesn't have many matches left in ROH, he was happy that he got to wrestle Silas Young on PPV. He asks Young to shake his hand, and surprisingly, he does! Steen then goes to thank the fans, but Young quickly returns and attacks Kevin Steen! That handshake was too good to be true. At least it sets up their No DQ Match in Cincinnati a few weeks later.

6.) ROH World Tag Team Titles - reDRagon vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian: ****

The team formerly known as Bad Influence are coming off their releases from TNA. Daniels, one of ROH's founding fathers, is making his return, while it's (technically) a re-debut of sorts for Frankie Kazarian, who I believe had one lone ROH match back in 2002/3. They're challenging Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly, who are coming off of their big Tag Team Title win against The Young Bucks at War of the Worlds. I thought this was really great. reDRagon looked awesome, and Daniels & Kazarian came off as stars. They told a great story with reDRagon going after Kazarian's arm. They even did a funny spot where Bobby Fish pulled the referee out of the ring to break up a pin, and then ran to the other side of the ring to hide. Creative. Of course, the action picked up a good deal down the stretch. We even got the see The Flux Capacitor!! In the end, though, reDRagon would pick up the win & retain their World Tag Team Titles.

They air the video package for the Cole vs. Elgin Main Event, which was really awesome.

7.) ROH Wordl Title - Adam Cole vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin: ****

It's all come down to this. Two guys who've seemingly been intertwined in some way, shape or form since both came into ROH. We all know these two can put on great matches, and that's exactly what we got here. It really had the feel of a big time Main Event. After a lot of back & forth action, Referee Todd Sinclair eats an accidental superkick (which looked great) from Adam Cole, which would lead to Michael Bennett & Matt Hardy coming out. Elgin was able to fight them off initially, but War Machine of Hanson & Raymond Rowe came out to help Elgin even the odds. Then Maria Kanellis tried to interfere, but MsChif (Elgin's wife) came out and blew green mist in her face! Elgin then almost got a 3 Count with the Elgin Bomb, but Cole kicked out, causing the fans to throw streamers in the ring, thinking that was the finish. They then chanted "We Fucked Up" at themselves, which was hilarious. After a little bit more back & forth, Elgin was able to take out Cole with a series of Powerbombs to score the win and finally captures the ROH World Title! He celebrates with MsChif as confetti rains down from the ceiling to close the PPV.

Overall: 8.0/10

While this wasn't exactly the best show to have for their PPV debut, I thought ROH still did a good job with Best in the World. Aside from one match, every contest on the card was entertaining in some way, shape or form. You got to see a little bit of everything. An fast-paced Six-Man Scramble, a hard fought Submission Match, a Hardcore Brawl, a Grudge Match, great Tag Team Wrestling, and a Drama Filled Main Event. Even though the Main Event might be seen as overbooked by some, it was still a great match that saw Michael Elgin finally rise to the top of the mountain in Ring of Honor. A good show from ROH, and definitely one they can build on as they looked toward the future.