By Graham "GSM" Matthews
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and Tetsuya Naito def. IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi
While I would have rather seen Lethal and Okada go one-on-one, I realize that might have been too big of a match to give away on one of ROH's B-level pay-per-views. Regardless, they worked well together as opponents and the involvement of Naito and Hashi didn't hinder the match in the slightest. If anything, they added to the enjoyment of it and made it a solid tag team matchup. The finish was especially fun and Lethal scoring the win for his team was the right move. On a side note, Okada is no longer the IWGP Champion as of this writing, but he was when this was taped two months ago (he actually lost it to Naito).
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Kushida def. Frankie Kazarian (Non-title)
Maybe it's just me, but I've always found Kazarian to be highly underrated as a performer. I've loved his pairing with Christopher Daniels since their TNA days, but he should have been a bigger deal as a singles guy back then. This was the perfect opportunity for him to shine on his own and I thought he did so very well. He didn't needed to win nor should he have since Kushida is a champion, but he looked good in defeat, not to mention Kushida is always a treat to watch in the ring.
The Elite def. Katsuyori Shibata and reDRAGON
How fitting that three of The Bullet Club's core members are in action days ahead of Payback where an alliance between former members AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson has been teased in WWE. I guess it was a relevant main event in that sense even though that wasn't the intent since this was taped back in February. Anyway, if you typically like The Elite's matches with tons of superkicks and false finishers (like I do), this match is for you. If not, you'll probably hate it, but all six competitors were excellent in their respective roles.
It's hard to endorse a show that is two months old, especially with a big pay-per-view coming up that Ring of Honor has hardly promoted. As a wrestling show, this was an entertaining episode. All three matches had good to great wrestling and the hour flew by. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in action on next week's show against The Briscoes is perfect timing since they just wrestled their first Raw match this past week, so I look forward to that.
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