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ROH Border Wars
Rhino vs Eddie Edwards
Great opener with a very good structure. Rhino is being built as a beast in ROH despite his loss here and it's definitely the best way he could be booked. He didn't lose anything from taking the roll up after being distracted by Truth. Eddie was really good in this match, and he sold the ribs very well indeed and this is the role he is great at as the underdog. Really fun match and a great way to open the show. ***1/2
ANX & TJP vs Young Bucks & Mike Mondo
Very enjoyable PWG style 6 man spotfest. Sloppy in a few places, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment and this is the perfect place for this style of match on an ROH card. ***1/4
Tomasso Ciampa vs Jay Lethal
Very good match with a pretty cool brawl to start with the first 5 minutes or so taking place on the outside. I wish Ciampas control segment lasted longer but the finishing stretch was very good, but I didn't like the ending at all, especially since it looks like the end of the feud and I don't know why Lethal went over, he doesn't need to at all. Anyway, good match. ***1/4
Mike Bennett vs Lance Storm
Really really good match. Storm is still great in the ring and Bennett had one of his best matches here imo. I wasn't sure on the finish, but the rest of the match was so enjoyable. I'm liking Bennett at the minute but I think he should use the spinebuster as his finisher because it looks great and far better. ***1/4
The promo for Steen vs Davey is awesome!
Michael Elgin vs Adam Cole
Awesome match and the MOTN to this point. I loved Elgin dominating Cole with sick forearms and power moves and the way he was constantly cutting him off. A really well done power vs speed match that both guys showed how good they are. I'm becoming a huge Elgin fan, his offense looks so great and his strength is genuinely impressive. The deadlift superplex/falcon arrow and chaos theory were insane! Cole was awesome as the underdog too, and the finishing stretch was great. ***3/4
Finlay vs Roderick Strong
Not the match I had hoped for at all but it was still good. Finlay showing he was boss for the first 5 minutes was great, but then I really liked how Roddy got the advantage by showing he could be just as cunning as the veteran. The finish was really anti-climatic though and it really took away from the rest of the match becauseit ended with a sick kick after Roddy had worked the mid-section for the majority of the match. Silly. Saying that though I did really enjoy the majority of it but they could have a much better match for sure. ***
Briscoes vs WGTT
I skipped this match because I really couldn't care less about this feud or the match or WGTT and I couldn't even bring myself to watch another match between these two teams.
Davey Richards vs Kevin Steen
This felt pretty big right from the entrances, and Steens entrance was awesome. The stare down at the start was really good and built up the tension. This was pretty full on right from the start, but never in the same way something like Davey/Eddie was with a bunch of random spots and moves. Davey started it off quick with the dive to the outside and was great at instantly playing up to the crowd and acting like a dick, that is the Davey Richards I want to see in ROH again. Davey hit an exploder on the apron quite early on after Steen had been dominating him on the outside for a bit, but it felt like an important spot because it gave Davey the advantage and control over Steen that he would get after a move that big, but instead of going straight for the cover, he was more interested in acting like a douche with the crowd and toying with Steen. It came off as him being really annoyed with the crowd for not cheering him which was good. Davey worked over Steens leg a bit, and Steen sold it really well in the long run and it did come back in to play later when Davey hit the dragon screw and started going for the ankle locks. There was still a bit of silly Davey psychology such as the two double foot stomps straight into an ankle lock, although one of them was done with Steens leg trapped in the ropes so it added pressure to the leg so it was slightly more acceptable. Despite that, Davey was fucking great here. The way he gradually got more and more desperate as the match went on and vissibly pissed off at the crowd and the fact he couldn't put Steen away was great, and he even busted out the DR Driver II that he hasn't used in years which is basically like the Jay Driller, but because of the size difference here, it looked fucking brutal. The finishing stretch was awesome with some great nearfalls, especially the second Sharpshooter attempt by Steen which the crowd was going bat shit for. Talking of the crowd, they were incredible, even beating out the Elgin match from SITS, and it really added a lot to the match. the actual finish was great too imo and Steen selling the leg almost all the way through while climbing the buckles or inbetween moves really helped the match imo. the repeated stuggles for the package piledriver were great too. I've read people saying it wasn't long enough, but it must have been about 20 minutes which is a great length, especially the type of match they wrestled, and any longer would have been overkill. I dunno, maybe people wanted another Davey/Eddie style match with tons of moves but this was so much fucking better. Really really great title match, that despite the full on nature, never came off as a spot fest or illogical in any way apart from the one spot I talked about earlier with the foot stomps. The way each guy became so desperate, and especially Davey with his facial expressions and actions was awesome to watch unfold I thought. I'm sure there will be some people who might find more flaws in the match than me but I'm not bothered really. I loved this, my US MOTY so far. ****1/4 +
Awesome show. It's really sad what happened with the live stream, because this show was legit great from start to finish, not a match under ***. The worst match was probably Finlay/Strong and I still enjoyed that quite a bit, and it would have been so much better with a good finish. The whole card ranged from good - great, and the main event felt like a big time match and imo, it really delivered big time. US Show of the year for me by a long way and ROH's best show for fucking ages, as well as their best match imo.