Lacing SCOTT STEINER's boots
Join Date: Jul 2011
Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
Kyle O'Reilly vs Adam Cole - ROH Best in the World 2012
First of, major props to Adam Cole. He took some Kawada kicks right to the mouth and it knocked out a couple of his teeth. He was an absolute bloody mess and it made him look like a total badass. This fueled his comeback nicely and I couldn't help but root for the guy. I can't really fault this match too much because it achieved on what it set out to do; make Cole look like a superstar.
However, there was too much stuff here that I wasn't keen on that stops it from being a MOTYC. It could be because I've been on a huge shoot style binge recently but some of the strike exchanges and matwork felt quite lifeless and bland. Cole's punches looked exceptionally bad. Excluding O'Reilly's selling of his leg, nothing sticks out in my mind as good or memorable in the first half of the match. The match really gets going when Cole loses his teeth and from that point, this is a treat to watch but I can't praise the match too highly if the first half is pretty lackluster.