It's never good to know the spoilers of a show before they air, and unfortunately this happens with Ring of Honor. This week we saw Roderick Strong face Eddie Edwards in a Number One Contender's match for Davey'd World Title at Showdown in the Sun, and ultimately knew the result going into it. I don't think ROH can really help it though. The episodes are shot weeks in advance and so big matches made tend to get a lot of attention. Can you prevent yourself from reading the spoilers? Of course. But, sometimes you find out other ways.
That's not to say that the main event wasn't exciting however. Strong and Edwards are two people who work really well together and this week put on another fine contest. It had the usual hard-hitting action you'd expect between the two, and also had a fresh way to end the match in a draw.
It didn't make that much sense to have the second referee count for Edwards, but overall it was a nice ending that moved away from the double count out spot. I also liked the idea of the show counting down by the seconds, it all made it seem like Jim Cornette made a rushed decision on the entire outcome.
I'm actually really looking forward to the Triple Threat match in Miami. People may say that they've faced each other too many times now, but how many times have we seen a Triple Threat in ROH? This really enables them to do some new stuff, the kind of stuff you wouldn't see in a singles match. I just hope that they do that.
Also on the show we saw Mike Bennett take on TJ Perkins. First of all, I'm a fan of TJ and really think he brings a bit of depth to the roster, so it's good to see that they are using him as a much as possible. It was a decent match overall. Nothing special, but it was fluid, well paced and did a good job of continuing Bennett's momentum without Perkins looking at all weak.
Next up was Tommaso Ciampa against... screw it, I'm too lazy to look up his name. Anyway, I thought this was another match that set out what they wanted to do pretty nicely. Ciampa was intimidating, ruthless and focused, as he put away (insert name here) fairly impressively. If I had of watched this match before the 10th Anniversary Show I really would have thought that'd he'd act the same way against Lethal. Its such a shame that he slowed himself down again afterwards and only got going in the last few minutes of that match in the Hammerstein.
As I whole I thought it was a good show with neither of the three matches being bad at all. Hopefully they keep this build up going heading into Showdown in the Sun this month.
- The interview setting with the black background and red lockers just doesn't do it for me. It looks too obvious a set, if that makes any sense.
- Speaking of interviews, the interviewee Veda Scott just doesn't do it for me either. I don't know what it is, but she comes off too quirky on camera.
- Second week in a row now that the wrestler name plates (that's what they're called right?) hasn't actually shown the wrestlers name. Not good to see.