6/22/15 – Andrew Berg – @WrestleRosters
I was travelling during ROH’s Best in the World PPV on Friday night and watched the show upon my return on Sunday evening. While most of the important news from the show has made its way around the internet by now, I wanted to weigh in with a few thoughts on the show.
-The main event victory for Jay Lethal over Jay Briscoe was extremely well executed. The wrestlers put together a good match and it left Lethal looking as strong as possible, especially because the entire House of Truth was sent away from ringside. The victory was a payoff to a year of Lethal bragging about being the real ROH champion and two years of Briscoe avoiding a pinfall loss. Having each wrestler’s parents at ringside was a nice personal touch. Briscoe is going to remain a major draw for the company in almost any role, and the win elevates Lethal to a lofty status that the company needs him to occupy.
-The tag team rematch that saw The Addiction beat Redragon left something to be desired. All four wrestlers are so skilled that the no-DQ stipulation was unnecessary and even distracting. It was just a matter of time before Chris Sabin got involved, so everything up to that point lacked urgency. I think that Kyle O’Reilly is one of the most talented young wrestlers in the world, so I suspect we will see more great things from him in the near future.
-I have repeatedly complimented the consistent, deliberate way that ROH has rebuilt Roderick Strong after his departure from The Decade. His win over Michael Elgin and Moose in the three-way #1 Contender’s match was well-earned and presents Lethal with a legitimate challenger for his first title defense.
-Speaking of the #1 Contender’s match, I thought Cedric Alexander’s attack on Moose after the match was well done. Alexander cheated to beat Moose on TV last week, teased a turn on Caprice Coleman after their loss to War Machine, and then cemented his heel status with a brutal beating of Moose. Alexander has star potential and needed to find a better way to express his character. The early returns on this bitter heel are promising.
-I was surprised to see Adam Cole take the pin in The Kingdom’s loss to the Bullet Club. I enjoy the over-the-top work that these teams do together, but I thought Cole would be made to look stronger on his return to PPV after six months on the shelf.
-As much as I never want to see Donovan Dijak lose, I can see the value in bringing him along slowly against a veteran like Mark Briscoe. The only perplexing question is why Dijak gets treated with kid gloves while the similarly imposing-yet-inexperienced Moose is thrown in the deep end.