Pre-Show: After the promo stuff conducted by Kevin Kelly and WR host himself Eric Santamaria (who sounds sort of different in person..weird), we are presented with Cole/O’Reilly Vs. the former Young Bucks, Generation Me(This will be on the DVD). The match seemed very one-sided, with Cole/O Reily dominating the whole match butiIt was very fast paced, only tarnished by a DQ win for the Bucks after the Mean Street...err, the Bravado Brothers attack and they get destroyed by both teams. Both teams shake hands and it was a hot match to prepare the crowd.
Match 1: Colt Cabana Vs. Tomasso Ciampa w/Prince Nana :
I’ve seen Cabana matches on tapes, but seeing him live is truly a much different experience. I like his comedy stuff. As I expected, Cabana lost. The match was pretty short, likely to hide the weaknesses of Ciampa, who is ok but could use some more work.
Match 2: Jay Lethal vs. Mike Bennett w/ Bob Evans :
Lots of “Fuck TNA” chants from the crowd, funny. Bennett isn’t that great in the ring but I like his gimmick of being a “sports entertainment” wrestler. This match was also pretty short but it was cool to see Jay Lethal back in the ring again. It looked like he had some rust to him but he carried a good match. As expected, he won with the Savage elbow after the crowd initiated a “Thank you, Savage” chant, which was sort of heartwarming. I was really expecting him to cut a promo after the match but was disappointed.
Match 3: Homicide vs. Rhino w/ Prince Nana, Barrio Street Fight :
This match I did have a problem with, mostly just because the action was sort of weak. The match was pretty spotty. There was no blood, which was unusual with Homicide, and the fact it was a street fight, I guess they were trying to play nice for the new owners. I did get annoyed that a sunset flip ended a street fight. Rhino Goring Homicide through a table was nostalgic, though.
Match 4: Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini vs. Steve Corino w/Jimmy Jacobs :
This was the highlight of the undercard, and not for the match. The match itself was 'eh', but the aftermath is what everyone has been talking about and I LOVED it. Before the match, Kevin Steen attempts to come in to the ring invited by Corino but is stopped by Jim Cornette & security and taken away. After the match (won by Elgin with a powerbomb), Steen comes back, Cornette lets him talk, he says, “I’m Kevin Steen...and FUCK ROH!”, decks Jacobs and Package Piledrives Corino. He was carried out by security right next to me, it was awesome. Cornette then says that we will “never see Kevin Steen here again and I don’t care what any of you people think”. A lot of “Little Jimmy” chants. I was actually expecting a Jacobs heel turn but I was stunned by the Steen thing.
Match 5: El Generico vs. TV Champion Christopher Daniels©, TV Title Match :
After intermission, we get our first title match. Generico’s entrance is amazing and it was fun being a part of it. Daniels came out minus Martini but it didn’t matter; this match was arguably the best match on the card (more on that later). Lots of high spots, but notably, Daniels does the Jarrett strut - everybody booed, which I loved. Daniels throws Generico’s head into the barricade right near me. It looked like Generico may have been killed, then Daniels puts on the belt and celebrates. He goes for his Moonsault thing but Generico gets his foot up and hits the Brainbuster on the turnbuckle for the win. That spot always looks sick when he does it. Daniels also shows that at 42(43?), he is better than ¾ of WWE and TNA’s locker room, which is again the Steamboat effect of being unsettling.
Match 6: World Tag Team Champions WGTT© vs. The Briscoes vs. The ANX vs. KOW w/Shane Hagadorn & Sara Del Rey :
The crowd was giving the Briscoes major heat but then cheered them the whole match - go figure. The crowd seemed to only really root for the KOW(who may be on the way out). I did too, they looked really awesome in this match. I had a feeling that it was gonna come down to the WGTT and Briscoes but was the only one in my section who applauded when the Briscoes were gone (because them winning was too obvious given the TV deal coming up and I liked they didn’t do the obvious thing). NO blood again in this match, surprising me since the Briscoes were involved…from MINUTE ONE, or, wait, that’s not it. As I though, the ANX was the next team gone after Hagadorn slips in an elbow pad and gets chased out by ANX. The way that the WGTT won was rather anti-climatic but I was glad to see them win. I must have been the only one since the crowd was sitting on their hands for it.
Match 7: Davey Richards vs. World Champion Eddie Edwards©, World Title :
This match has apparently gotten 5 stars already from Meltzer, and normally I would agree but I was a little disappointed in the ending, so I would give it like 4 ¾ stars. If Davey had used a wrestling move to beat Eddie then it would’ve been better, but I was good with him winning. I personally wanted Eddie to either win or draw because I didn’t think he should lose the title so soon. They could have saved this until Final Battle or some other show at the end of the year. When Davey got the pin the crowd erupted but then almost instantly muted themselves. I have a feeling it was sort of a combination of them being upset he won it a year later than he should’ve and the fact people really picked up sympathy with Eddie & didn’t think he should’ve lost it. This was almost Warrior/Hogan-like in the sense of the crowd reaction because it was LITERALLY 50/50 for each guy, but it seemed they migrated to Eddie mid-way through.
Overall this show was AMAZING. I am now hooked on ROH. I wanted to see it on TV…but it won’t air in the Boston area, which sucks since they come to the area and we get CW & My Network TV.
After the Show I ran into Prince Nana at a McDonalds and I got his business card, which was awesome. Before the show, I walked by the Manhattan Center listening to music (wearing my AMERICAN WOLVES shirt!!) and as I got close, I got freaked out because people were coming at me. I was scared shitless because New Yorkers scare me being a Bostonian and all, then I look to the side and I was walking with Davey Richards for like a minute & a half!! Wow, what a loser I am.