Live Report From Best In The World
JaQuan Johnson sent in this live report from last night’s ROH “Best in the World” pay-per-view event:
First, I will agree that I feel like ROH should have selected New York for their first PPV, but I do think the Nashville crowd did a good to great job with the energy and excitement. Yes, there was a couple of lull moments, but I think overall we held our own. I attended the show with my dad and stepmom. This was my stepmom’s first wrestling event EVER. We arrived about 30 minutes before the show started there were a couple of matches taped for ROH TV that got the show off to a great start.
Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino made their entrance at about 6:55. Corino was majorly over with the live crowd.
A lot of fans were confused with the rules of the first match. Tommaso Ciampa and ACH were the most over in this match. Everyone wanted to see ACH fly and when he finally did the crowd popped well.
Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven was kind of a let down. The crowd didn’t care about Taven at all and Lethal did a good job of heeling it up. I agree with Jason that the security looked like Steve Blackman.
Roderick Strong vs. Cedric Alexander was good match that saw the right guy win. Strong was very over with the live crowd but Alexander deserved the win.
The Briscoes vs. Michael Bennett and Matt Hardy was the spot-fest crazy match we all wanted. Dem Boys were over huge with the crowd. Hardy played the heel role well. P.S. the fan that threw Matt Hardy’s shirt back at him was an idiot. Maria was hot ass hell! Hardy took the table bump like a champ.
Kevin Steen vs. Silas Young kind of disappointed me. I wanted to see more from these two guys. I’m not saying this was a bad match, but it could’ve been so much better.
Moose was terrible. Don’t give him a live mic for another year or two.
Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish vs. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian had a good match. I know if these two teams get more time and matches together that can tear the roof down.
Michael Elgin vs. Adam Cole was the best match of the night!!! These two guys worked very hard and very well together. The referee who took the super kick was awesome. The “we f—ed up” chant was the best one of the night. We really believed Elgin had won the match on that count. There were some great near falls in this match. When Elgin finally won, he also won over some of the crowd who didn’t want to see him win before the match.
Overall a good show. I can’t wait for ROH to come back to Nashville.
Best Pops Kevin Steen The Briscoes Bad Influence
Most Heat Matt Hardy Adam Cole B.J. Whitmer