My biggest problem with ROH is that no one on their roster knows how to work & they don't have anyone in the back reeling them in, either. With a decent road agent, they could be O.K. When you're doing a superplex onto a guard rail, a rolling superplex into a brainbuster & a dragon suplex on the ring apron, none of which end a match, you don't know what the fuck you're doing. It's like a bunch of guys that watched old tapes, saw shit they thought was cool, so now they just mimic all those big spots and think that makes a good match but they don't know how to tell a story or have any psychology. Oh, Dynamite Kidd does a Tombstone Piledriver, Kenta Kobashi does a Burning Hammer & Akira Taue did a Chokeslam off the ring apron to the floor? Well if I do all three of those spots in my match some guy online will give it more snowflakes!
Davey Richards no-sold as much as the 'Unbreakable' Elgin, which was my gripe. Hell, the matches don't even build to anything. It's just trading of big ass moves & then the moves not meaning anything.
Here's a good example: "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards had recruited Dan "The Beast" Severn as his mentor/trainer/coach. He was taught the rear-naked choke (or maybe it was the Dragon Sleeper, I can't remember). It was played up as a big deal but then come match time, against Davey, when he goes for it, it doesn't even matter. He doesn't apply it any differently, it's not played up as a big deal, Davey just gets out of it & Edwards never goes back to it again. So what was the entire story? All we got was Severn chasing people outside the ring off and the normal ROH-style main event of killing moves. It was retarded.
I did think that Elgin should have been on the offensive more during the match, dominating Richards. I thought that could really have helped play up how badass Elgin was, which would have made Richards even more of a sympathetic babyface. Whenever he got any momentum going, Elgin should have just crushed him right back to ground zero. I felt that they booked the match too much in a 50/50 split when it should have been like 70/30 in favor of Elgin.
To be fair, even the greats have done that. I watched one of the many Misawa/Kenta matches (one of the Meltzer 5 star ones, can't remember which). I believe it was Kenta who gave Misawa a Dragon Suplex off the entrance ramp onto the concrete floor, which should be a match ender no question, yet they continued on for like...another 25 minutes. Now obviously Misawa and Kenta are on a different level than Richards and Elgin, but you get my point.
What I do like about RoH, however, is that even though they're doing all these crazy moves, like Chaos Theory and whatnot, they do seem to build up to the actual finishers of each wrestler. Elgin's signature, the spinning sitout powerbomb, he did that ONCE in the match (yeah Richards kicked out, I thought that should have ended it). Not 3 AAs like Punk or 2 GTSs like Cena. They use a plethora of different moves to build up to the finisher which should be most devastating. Kicking out of 3 AAs devalues the move. Kicking out of 1 spinning sitout powerbomb, to me, says "ok this guy is pretty tough to kick out of that finisher."
I personally would much rather see a bunch of devastating, high impact moves with a wide variety than see the same fucking 6-7 moves over and over again. I feel like the show is on repeat. It makes sense to me a lot more. "OK, that didn't work, let's try something else." And its not like they're going out there stealing every finisher from every guy. We didn't see Elgin do a Stunner or Richards a Pedigree or something. If that happened, I'd say absolutely, these guys are watching tapes and stealing moves. The way I look at it now, they're wrestlers showing their wrestling ability to its full extent, and I have no problem with that.
I do get your point, of course. Its just that for me, its not a big bother. I actually enjoy it.