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Re: ROH Final Battle 2012 - NYC, Dec 16 (DOOMSDAY~!)

Roderick Strong vs. Michael Elgin
I loved this start to the show, right into a story of 2 guys with an issue. Having not watched any ROH for months, I really enjoyed the ending with them scrambling for the book and then both turning Truth Martini down.

Jay Lethal vs. Rhino
Again, having not seen any ROH for months, I really enjoyed seeing Jay Lethal's character progression in the highlight packages and then put into action last night. He seems to be a lot better placed for a main event run now, whether that be as champion or as a supporting member.

RD Evans vs. Prince Nana
Is RD Evans the marching band guy from Chikara? This match was kinda fun but a drag. I couldn't wait for it to be over and enjoyed seeing the return of Tomoasso Ciampa...not that I knew he'd ever gone anywhere!

Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team vs. Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer
This match screamed out ECW to me, maybe partly because of the violence involved in the match but mainly to do with the fun atmosphere the match brought. With Titus bringing in the giant stocking and the candy canes. Then with the introduction to the tree too the match, it had a real fun feel with the backdrop of violence. I really enjoyed the bait and switch from WGTT where the fans chanted for the tree to be used, they picked it up and then just tossed it to the outside, nice bit of a easy heat. Also, DATBUMP Whitmer going head first through the table Kevin Kelly's reaction made it even better, showing his genuine concern for him as he lay prone in the ring afterwards.

Mike Bennett vs. Jerry Lynn
Lynn's last (ROH) stand was decent. I did NOT realise he's 49 years old, he still doesn't look a day over 40 to be honest. It's interesting how they're continually feeding these old timers/indy legends to Mike Bennett in attempt to get him more over + it seems to be working. The fans still chanting about CM Punk during his matches is a little tiresome though #SameOldShit

Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. The American Wolves
I used to think Davey Richards was one of the best workers in the world and along with popular opinion, my opinion has changed over the last couple of years and I've followed like a sheep, to the point where I can't really enjoy his matches any more. It was nice seeing him and Edwards back together and also really good seeing O'Reilly and Fish heeling it up by giving Mondo a beating (which I kinda marked for, Mondo was sooo cringeworthy in his promo that I both wondered why it'd even been given show time + wanted it to end as quickly as it started)

Matt Hardy vs. Adam Cole
How out of place did Matt Hardy look here? It's so obvious to all that if it wasn't for his name in the industry then he wouldn't have had this place in the show. A part of me thinks that Ricky Steamboat would have looked more at home in the ROH ring than him last night as his tubby frame attempted to keep up with the younger, fitter Cole. That being said I enjoyed the match and really dug the ending, although I thought they should have made more of the honour aspect during the show and match, just so that when he broke it, it would be a dastardly heel move. Where as in reality it seemed to get less of a reaction that I thought it deserved.

Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. The Briscoes vs. S.C.U.M.
Standard, 3 team tag match here. I enjoyed it throughout but it never really got me too excited about what I was seeing. Crazy how the Briscoes have had the ROH tag-titles 8 times now. It kind of has the feeling that whenever they're stuck, they just go back to them to try and make the division seem better than it actually is.

El Generico vs. Kevin Steen
You know what to expect from a "Ladder War" don't you. This one delivered just that, nothing more, nothing less. I was quite shocked that Steen actually won. It seemed fully set that this would be Generico's time and would have been the feel good moment to end the show and kind of give all us fans something to look forward to, wondering where they'd go from here. I guess they think they can get more out of the Steen cow before putting him to pasture.


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