Welcome to Ring of Honor! This week, we have the massive triple-team tag match, with a possible ROH World Championship Match on the line for the one who pins Adam Cole.
Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis vs. The Romantic Touch
This match was a good, solid opener that kept the proceedings very simple. None of what transpired here went along with the Ring of Honor style. Quite frankly, I felt like I was watching a WWE match, which is not all so bad. The action itself was the standard mixture of transitional holds and ringside brawling, which was well performed by both men. A funny aside to mention was that at one point, when Mr. Touch’s box of chocolates were placed at the announce table, Steve Corino used the Brad Pitt line from Se7en and said, “What’s in the box?!!!!!”, like his life depended on it. In any case, Mr. Bennett won this match. Afterwards, The Romantic Touch ate from his own chocolates, after both Maria and Veda Scott, who was at ringside, spurned his advances.
Winner: Michael Bennett
A good Briscoes promo preceded our main event…
The Briscoes vs. Michael Elgin & Chris Hero vs. Adam Cole & Matt Hardy
This was a long, well-worked main event that was a deft blend of both the WWE and ROH styles, which created a very different sort of spectacle that ROH doesn’t usually feature. Everyone seemed to be in sync with one another and every spot was expertly performed. I must admit that it’s quite odd to see Hardy tag with anyone but Jeff. That all said, Adam Cole made for an excellent substitution. The Briscoes were in top form tonight and Elgin and Hero both shined in their roles of reluctant partners. After The Briscoes were eliminated, we had many more minutes of action that led us to Chris pinning Cole and getting the title shot. After the match, the winning team shook each other’s hands, knowing full well that they will collide, soon enough.
Winners: Chris Hero & Michael Elgin
Final Thoughts: Strong main events like these are what separate ROH from its more known competition. The more matches like these can make it to the broadcasts, the better Ring of Honor’s television will be.
In two weeks, we will have AJ Styles vs. Jay Lethal as a featured match-up. The last time these two worked a major bout, was in 2010 on TNA’s Slammiversary PPV. It will be great to see what they do in a more experimental environment.