Tremendous Tirades: ROH Best in the World 2014
Posted by Larry Csonka on 06.22.2014
ROH debuts on LIVE PPV, and Michael Elgin finally wins the ROH World Title…
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. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. 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.
ROH Best in the World 2014
Live from Nashville, TN at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
Steve Corino and Kevin Kelly are the announce team.
Here is a look at the building for tonight's show…
Winner Earns a TV Title Shot: ACH vs. Takaaki Watanabe vs. Caprice Coleman vs. Tadarius Thomas vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Tommaso Ciampa - ACH wins (12:00): Tadarius Thomas and BJ Whitmer are members of the Decade stable, and they teased on commentary that they will have the advantage. They are doing one on one, with Lucha like tag rules, you can either tag or if you get sent to the floor, someone else can pop in to replace you. It is one fall to a finish. As you would expect this broke down into the "everyone kicks everyone's ass" style match, which was both fun and sloppy at times. We got the dives, which really popped the crowd, and that led to ACH hitting a sweet dive onto the pile, rolling his former partner Tadarius Thomas into the ring, hitting a 450 on him and scoring the win and title shot. I figured that this match would open the show, and in many ways it was a good choice to do so. It had good action and dives and a hot crowd, everything you want to get things started. It was a bit sloppy and not nearly as crisp as other matches, and I also feel that ROH failed at introducing the men involved properly to possible first time viewers. ACH winning was the right call, as he is a guy that they should and need to start moving up the card. Match/Segment Rating: ***
Whitmer and Corino had a shoving match afterwards. ACH and Ciampa shook hands in the ring, but Ciampa did not look pleased that he lost.
I am not a fan of some of the lighting choices tonight. Some of the lights in the corners are bright as hell and really blinds you at times. The sound is also sketchy.
Submission Match: Cedric Alexander defeated Roderick Strong (17:00): Adam Page and Tadarius Thomas were with Strong. This will be a challenge, because without near falls, you have to carefully craft a submission rules match to illicit the proper crowd reactions you want. Early on Strong hit a backdrop on the floor, sending Alexander back first to the apron. This was the early heat to set for the Stronghold, as Strong focused on the back. They worked a great pace, and really delivered emotionally as they got across that they hated each other. Alexander hit a back breaker on the buckles and then another, into Strong's own Stronghold submission to score the victory. This was a big win for Alexander, which was the design of the match going in. Early on I felt things were a little hit or miss, they settled into the match and Alexander did well in the match that was set to make him look good. I especially enjoyed the finish, as it was impactful and definitive with Strong tapping almost immediately. The only real criticism was that they never built a submission for Alexander to be taken seriously with heading into the match. Match/Segment Rating: ***½
NO DQ MATCH: The Briscoes defeated Matt Hardy w/Nick Searcy & Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis (21:00 total): Maria Kanellis' "shorts" get smaller each time I see her. This is not a complaint, simply an observation. The story here is that Jay Briscoe wants his "world title" back, which Hardy now holds (Cole gave it to him) and named the ICONIC Championship. Hardy also claims to have invented the "ROH Style" table matches, ladder matches, TLC matches and takes credit for all of ROH's ratings and buyrates. After a few minutes, Bennett ran in and hit Jay with the ICONIC title, causing the DQ. The crowd shit on this. Jay asked Nigel to give the people what they wanted to see. Nigel appeared and restarted the match as a NO DQ match. The Briscoes then ran wild and started to kick as, using chairs (they tossed like 10 into the ring) to take over the match. Ladders and chairs were also introduced. Shit broke down into a wiled brawl; the Briscoes hit a doomsday device on Bennett on the floor to take him out. Actor Nick Searcy tried to save Hardy, but got beat down and took a froggy bow from Mark Briscoe. Bennett got placed on a table on the floor, and Mark hit the froggy bow from the top rope onto Bennett. Matt Hardy climbed a huge ladder, Mark used a fire extinguisher and then Jay hit a superplex through a table onto Hardy. The Jay Driller followed and finished off Hardy. Jay had gotten his title back, but Maria stole the belt back. Obviously changing the stipulation after the false finish made things better, as the crowd instantly got into things. The story was the heels finally getting their comeuppance, which they did as the Briscoes put them through hell (and tables). If Hardy is on the way out (due to TNA commitments) he went out well as the Briscoes got their revenge. Your enjoyment of the match will depend on how much you appreciate and like the hardcore/TLC style they ended up working. I ended up enjoying the match, it was different from the rest of the stuff on the show, and the live crowd loved it. If you liked the Briscoes in their element, doing what they do best, you'll enjoy this. Match/Segment Rating: ***½
We see highlights of the Elgin beat down at the hands of Cole and Bennett, which featured the cutting of the mullet and Cole putting the figure four on McChif (Elgin's wife).
We meet the newest ROH talent, Moose. Moose played for the Falcons and has been working the WWNLive universe shows as the muscle for the Bravado Brothers. Veda Scott is out to interrupt and to hype RD Evans' streak, which is at 122-0. She says she can take Moose to the top, but he says he is enjoying the show and that they can talk later. Scott gets pissed and leaves. Moose is horrible on the mic, but is athletic and has some promise in the ring.
Highlight package for Steen vs. Young.
Kevin Steen defeated Silas Young (13:00): With Steen rumored to be WWE bound, and only having a few ROH booking left, you would have to imagine no matter the result that the goal here is to get Young over as a possible top star. Great and intense start to the match, playing off of what started the feud when Young blasted Steen for being a pussy family man and such. Steen is crazy over with the ROH crowd, but the problem was that when Young got the heat I felt that the crowd got very cold. They got back into it with Steen's comeback, and overall the match was good and well laid out. Steen fought back with a superplex out of the corner and then hit the package piledriver for the win. Steen winning is mildly surprising, but with the dates Steen has left and the post match angle, there is still more to come. This was another quality match, but the night has not provided anything really great as of yet. Match/Segment Rating: ***
Steen got thank you chants post match, and grabbed the mic. He told Young that he said a lot of things, called him a coward, pussy and coward; but after tonight, Young cannot say that Steen didn't beat him. Steen admits that he talked a lot of crap as well, but after tonight, he admits that Young is an exceptional pro wrestler. Young tried to make a name for himself, and you do that by going after the top guy. Steen was going to step away in New York because his contract is about up. He doesn't have many matches left in this ring, he has to admit that he is happy that he got to wrestle Young on PPV before he goes. He hopes that after this fight that Young respect him and will shake his hand. Young shakes Steen's hand as the crowd chants PLEASE DON'T GO. Steen says he's not done, because he has to thank the fans. But Young returns and clips out Steen's knee and beats him down. Referees make the save. That was well done.
We get a video hyping reDragon vs. Daniels and Kazarian.
ROH made their debut on live PPV, and overall it was a good show. The title change is memorable, which is a good thing, but entering into the PPV market, I felt that ROH had to deliver a show that set them apart from WWE and TNA. I did not feel that they did that here. There was a lot of good wrestling, with nothing bad, but at the same time there was nothing to really set ROH apart from the other products out there. Overall a good and entertaining show for $25, but in my opinion, not the homerun that ROH needed.
Show Rating: 7.0
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