As I mentioned in my ROH review this week, Ricardo is unable to give us his 10 Thoughts due to a temporary absence of Internet.Â So, your hero, your party host, yours truly, Kyle Sparks is here to take care of business.Â Heck, we think enough alike as it is.Â So, without further ado–because it’s getting very late and I have to work tomorrow–let’s get down to it.
1. Awesome that they finally specified the time limit for TV Title matches. I was wondering about that, as for awhile they’ve had varying time limits on TV Title matches. A time limit draw can be used effectively in booking the division, and I look forward to where they go with it from here, as Edwards has beaten most challengers. If he’s able to turn back Bennettâ€”as it appears that’s where they’re goingâ€”one wonders who will eventually dethrone him.
2. Opening with the TV Title match could set a very interesting precedent. The belt gives a lot of flexibility to the layout of the TV shows, as it can be used in a main event level slot if the World Champion or Tag Champions are busy otherwise, but can also be used in much the same way that WCW used the cruiserweights–that is, to put on a solid, action-packed 10-12 minute match to get the “live” crowd amped and keep the TV audience interested. Will be good to see where they go with this, if they want to keep the TV Title in the show-opening role or if they’ll move it around. Personally, I’d keep it right there, but what do I know, right?
3. Cabana broke out some stuff tonight that I haven’t seen him do in awhile, if not ever.Â In keeping with his new character that â€œjust wants to wrestleâ€ and wants ROH to help him find the best wrestlers in the world to compete with, this could mean some good things for Cabana.Â It’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here.
4. Okay, I’ll just say it.Â I hate Mike Bennett jumping the guardrail.Â Yes, he’s a contracted member of the roster, but if that’s the case, why buy a ticket?Â Just be backstage.Â If he’s buying a ticket, then he’s not important enough to be backstage and if he’s not important enough to be backstage, why should we as fans care?Â If he goes over the guardrail, he should get the hell beaten out of him.Â Just a pet peeve of mine.Â I don’t like when any company does that sort of thing.Â There’s so much disbelief I can suspend.
5. Kevin Steen delivered another great promo, and Corino did his job well, to put over just how far over the edge Steen has gone.Â Unfortunately, while it was a great promo, it was a lot of the same stuff we’ve heard from Steen.Â â€œThis company isn’t big enough for both of us,â€ etc.Â It put over the anger, but not necessarily the insanity that they’re trying to posit Steen has developed.
6. On the other hand, El Generico did a great job of putting over just how far he’s gone over the edge since Glory By Honor IX.Â The black mask and towel are a nice touch, and if I didn’t know better, I’d think he dyed his beard darker as well.Â The brainbuster on the chair covered with the Steen t-shirt was about as symbolic as you could muster with a guy who doesn’t talk.
7. I’m not certain if the graphic on the women’s dream partner tag match at Final Battle was the correct one.Â On the ROH Newswire, they’ve revealed that Haze will partner with Amazing Kong, but given Mike Hogewood’s lead-in to the women’s interview segment, one would think she hasn’t technically chosen yet, in TV continuity.Â Could this have been a rare SNAFU?
8. The â€œexhibitionâ€ was frankly insulting.Â Hagadorn has been trained.Â He’s a former Top of the Class Trophy winner, and worked matches with Austin Aries and several others.Â He was never going to be mistaken for Aries, Danielson, Nigel, Punk or anyone, but he certainly wasn’t the incompetent boob he was made to be here.Â I don’t get that at all.
9. I’m a bit disappointed that so little of Erick Stevens’ history in ROH was discussed tonight.Â He had a very strong main event match against Davey Richards that proved in my eyes that he could believably hang with the upper-mid card, and possibly beyond.Â Stevens and Richards even have history, as Richards was storyline credited with delivering a shoulder injury that kept Stevens on the shelf for awhile, back around 2007 or so.Â In addition, am I the only one who remembers when Stevens was FIP Champion and was having great matches with Bryan Danielson, Austin Aries, Roderick Strong and more?Â Or that he had a surprisingly solid ROH World Title match during Morishima’s title reign?Â Stevens is a guy that is really struggling to get a fair shake in the company, and I hope this changes for him, as he’s clearly cut a lot of weight and has proven to be a solid hand in the ring.
10. Next week, Aries vs. Strong promises to be an excellent main event.Â The two have a history that goes back to them breaking into the company together in 2004, and even worked briefly when both jumped ship to TNA, just before the PPV era.Â The two have fought over the ROH Title, the FIP Title and more.Â I haven’t seen a bad match between the two, and I expect next week to be no exception.