Originally Posted by TaylorFitz
Since when does a good match need a clean finish? They help but ROH still lets their guys go out there and have great matches. They might just want to take the booking along a route that actually allows for them to have some storylines. It might actually help heels get over because guys like the KOW and Austin Aries still get cheered when they are booked as heels.
That's my point though.......who cares? Who cares who is getting cheered if the matches are good? My your argument, heels should intentionally put on bad matches to get heat. I've heard this opinion over and over and it makes no sense at all to me.
Who cares who is getting more cheers if the matches are good? Why is getting a heel booed more important than actually putting on good matches? I don't love all the booking in Japan right now, but at least that is one thing they always seem to protect; no matter who the bigger favorite is with the crowd, they don't mess with the matches in terms of giving the wrestlers the chance to put something special together. (Except the big NOAH fiasco two months ago)
Good matches don't necessarily need good finishes...but they ALWAYS benefit from good finishes. That is to say: A good match with a crappy finish may still be good, but there's no way the quality of the match would have been WORSE with a clean finish. We often wish a match had been left to be clean, but no one EVER wishes a match would end with a run-in. How can you say ROh is lettign their guys have good matches when the overbooking is ruining the most important part: the finish? Aries/Black/Roderick, KOW/MCMG, Any Aries/Black match, The Wolves/Briscoes match from last year, and any of several others would have been so much better had they not screwed up the finish.
That, to me, is the biggest difference between what ROH used to be and what it has become. The storylines were always important, but never more important than putting on the undisputed best matches with finishes that didn't make you feel like you wasted your time getting invested. Match quality and decent finishes were always more important than the storyline. Now, that doesn't seem to be the case. Put these latest shows against the last Dayton show, which got all the storylines across without one single screwy finish. The storylines got over, and were advanced, the match quality wasn't compromised one bit. That proves that this CAN BE DONE. Just have the angles be post match, and put people over clean for once. Why is this treated like some big impossible task? Why is it ok that storylines are seen as more important than match quality?