Tremendous Tirades 10.05.13: Ring of Honor TV
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.05.2013
The 19th Champion is crowned…
As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
~The 19th Champion is crowned…~
Kevin Kelly opens the show and announces that this week will be all about the ROH World Title Tournament.
We first see video packages of Adam Cole and Michael Elgin's path to the finals.
Next is video of Jay Briscoe's issues at Death Before Dishonor, where he struggled with the fact that he had to give up the ROH World Title. They showed the opening promo he did from that show…
During the promo, he spoke about busting his ass for his adult life to make ROH the best it could be. And it all paid off when he fought for ROH and dethroned Steen for the title. But then it all got taken away, and he wants to know why Nigel got to defend his title when he had a torn biceps but Jay didn't get that chance. Jay thinks this is all bullshit, but says it is not Nigel's fault because he is the messenger. So whoever wins the title, if they do it the right way, like a man, he will hand over the title tonight. And as soon as he is cleared to return, he will go after the title.
ROH World Title Tournament Finals: Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin: Nigel announces three judges will be at ringside ala Flair vs. Steamboat (Carey Silkin, Joe Koff and Prince Nana) in case there is not a winner after 60-minutes. I really liked the slow start to the match, because it allowed commentary to focus on their different paths to the finals on this show. Just as Elgin was going for the big stalling suplex, he couldn't hold Cole, allowing commentary to expand on the Steen match and the fact that Elgin was showing signs of being hurt from the multiple sleeper suplexes that Steen connected with. Cole went on the attack right away. Nigel, especially in the big matches, has been outstanding on commentary. I loved how he not only discussed the judges and possible scoring, but he also was on point is discussing that Elgin was having issues, due to the brutal match with Steen. And that was an important storytelling tool as the match followed that. Cole had the easier first match and was fresher. Elgin has issues with the stalling suplex and other moves, and was constantly clutching his neck, due to the sleeper suplexes in the Steen match. I really liked this, 99% of commentary in mainstream (WWE/TNA) wrestling is shit and adds very little to the in ring product these days. It's so basic and shouldn't be something I have to praise, but they did it right here and it is appreciated.
I will say that the commercial breaks and the poor sound editing (it sounded as if they took down the crowd, which is a poor choice if that is the case; the live iPPV sounded crisper) hurt the match a bit for me. Overall I liked the match, I liked the deliberate beginning, I liked how they slowly turned up the volume on the violence, and felt that they had some really good exchanges and near falls towards the end. While not a fan of the mini-ref bump they did, I did love how Cole was booked. He kept dialing up the violence, and bent the rules as it were but did so without flat out cheating. Not the most sportsmanlike performance, but also enough to allow you to believe he earned the title instead of going with a shenanigan filled finish.
I still have to see the VOD/iPPV version, but as far as a TV presentation goes, this came off very good.
Segment Rating: 8.0
Jay Briscoe came to the ring with the ROH Title, as he had promised to give the title to the winner if they won like a man. Briscoe gave Cole the title, and then Cole superkicked him in the back of the head after they shook hands. Cole then hit Elgin with the title and posed as the triumphant 19th ROH World Champion. Cole's evil/psychotic look is pretty great.
This show was about one thing, and one thing only; and that was the ROH World Title. I loved that about the show. Sine Jay Briscoe was stripped of the title, they went on a journey to crown the new champion, and for the last seven weeks that's what the shows were about. All too often we talk about lack of continuity, shows not feeling like they mean anything from week to week; but ROH did a great job of making quality and focused episodic TV during this time.
As for this show, the focus on the title and really good main event make this a very good, and easy show to watch. Now all they have to do it follow it up…
Show Rating: 8.0
As a reminder, I will be going by the 411 scale…
0 - 0.9: Torture 1 - 1.9: Extremely Horrendous 2 - 2.9: Very Bad 3 - 3.9: Bad 4 - 4.9: Poor 5 - 5.9: Not So Good 6 - 6.9: Average 7 - 7.9: Good 8 - 8.9:Very Good 9 - 9.9: Amazing 10: Virtually Perfect
The final rating is not simply an average of the rated segments above. The rating takes them into account as well as the segments that are small but not scored, the flow of the show, the overall booking, build to PPV, crowd reactions, and so on and so forth.
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