ROH The Hunt for Gold
BJ Whitmer & Rhett Titus vs Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly
: * 1/2
This was a sloppy match until Whitmer came in. Especially from Fish and O'Reilly. The rest of the match from when Whitmer came in was decent enough. O'Reilly's attempt to emulate Davey Richards with one of the weakest head kicks I've ever seen was hilariously bad though
. Bad match.
Jay Lethal vs Steve Corino
This was okay but very short. They did well enough with the time they had and got what they needed to across. I have serious doubts about Lethal as a main eventer for ROH. Except for his match against Richards at Glory By Honor XI I have not seen a match by Lethal that I'd deem worthy to put in the main event of a company that is heavily ring focused. He needs to seriously step it up against Steen at the 11th Anniversary Show.
Silas Young vs Roderick Strong
Good match. Told a good story with Strong treating Young like the new kid on the block even though he was put over as an experienced competitor by the commentators. Slapping him around and showing no respect. A lot of strikes in this match with Roddy getting the best of it forcing Young to use heel tactics to gain control. Strong plays the cocky face really well and Young played a pretty good face. Young looks decent in the ring from this showing but nothing overly special. I know Roddy used A LOT of strikes in this match but I felt it made sense in the context of the match because Roddy was pretty much trying to punk out Young the entire match. The ending felt quite quick to be honest but then there was no real need to drag this out.
ROH World Championship: Kevin Steen vs TD Thomas
Glorified squash match made entertaining by Steen's antics. I don't really buy into Thomas's capoeira style in the context of it being used in a professional wrestling environment. I give credit for him and ROH trying to incorporate something unique and different but it really didn't click for me. And it really hasn't clicked for me with him all the times I've seen him compete in ROH. This was designed to give Thomas a rub but I don't see how it helped him at all here. He never looked like winning and Steen didn't take him seriously. And the one time they teased Thomas winning it just wasn't believable.
Haas vs two local jobbers
Complete waste of time, did no one any favours. Didn't get Haas more over and it was just a waste of time for the other wrestlers and the fans.
Jimmy Jacobs vs Adam Cole
: *** 3/4
Close to a great match, without a doubt the best match on the card. Both men have great chemistry. This is the best I've ever seen Jacobs in a match. He looked very animated and into it. Cole put on another great performance. Definitely one of the best workers on the American Indys right now imo. The final 5 mins was borderline amazing. The spear attempt into the superkick I marked for, it was so awesome. Finish of the match was done perfectly. Borderline 4 star match but I couldn't go all the way. Still, great effort by these guys.
Rhino vs Michael Elgin
: ** 1/2
Decent big man match in the end. It started off not so good, the traditional big man feeling out process was fine but then they went out on to the outside to brawl which really led to nowhere and didn't add anything to the match. The brawl itself I felt lacked intensity and the lack of decent camera shots by the ROH production really hurt it in my view. When it got back into the ring it had no correlation to the brawling on the outside but it picked up and was a lot better. Good dynamic between both men. Elgin typically had his really impressive moments and the kicking out of the gore was a nice touch and rub for him. The finish really came out of nowhere really and felt anticlimactic. It felt too quick after the gore and it felt like it was building and built up and then it just suddenly ended which was disappointing. Not a bad match but there has been better ones even with Rhino involved.
ROH World Tag Team Championship: American Wolves vs Briscoes
: ** 3/4
Typical example of a match where I would quote the late great Eddie Guerrero. It's not about how many moves you do its when you do them. This was an extremely disappointing main event. For the first 10-15 mins it seemed like we were going towards a great match. It told the simple but effective classic tag team story of both teams trying to win by isolating one of other members of each team with both resorting to heelish tactics showing how badly both teams wanted to win and how much it meant to them. But after while like in typically Richards fashion with a lot of matches he is in (though it wasn't all his fault here) it broke down into a complete spotfest. Both teams just throwing out moves with no purpose behind them. Like HayleySabin said, it seemed as though some substance was going to be brought back with the leg work over Mark's leg but the wolves weren't consistent with it and then Mark no sold the crap out of it by flying around which really bugged me. And then they pretty much just lost me with the fit as many moves in as possible before the end of the match style working that ROH is sometimes guilty of. I don't think this was a terrible match, it had its moments and for the first 10-15 mins it seemed like we were going to get a great match. But this was extremely disappointing and definitely not good.
Overall, not a good show. Cole and Jacobs is definitely worth checking out though as its already been said.