By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Adam Cole def. Corey Hollis
If the name Corey Hollis rings any bells (as it did for me), I believe he's worked as an enhancement talent a few times in NXT. He wasn't completely squashed by Cole, but this was more or less a showcase for the former ROH World Champion as it should have been going into his upcoming match with Kyle O'Reilly. I fully expected O'Reilly to come down afterward and brawl with him, but the post-match promo from Cole sufficed. He comes off like such a star and has so much upside I'm shocked he isn't already signed to WWE.
War Machine def. The Washington Bullets
Similar to the previous match, this match was over within minutes with the only difference being that War Machine didn't let The Washington Bullets get in any offense whatsoever. They're a dominant duo, but after being cast aside for most of 2015, they needed the momentum as they prepare to challenge for the ROH World Tag Team Championship at Final Battle.
Dalton Castle def. Mike Posey
Who the hell is Mike Posey? I had never heard of the guy or his "crew" before he made his entrance. He looks and comes off like Slam Master J (aka Jesse) from WWE. Despite having the numbers advantage, he fell short of victory with Castle having a strong showing here. Castle's post-match promo was also effective in serving as last minute hype for his match with Silas Young.
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal Confronted Jerry Lynn
I haven't followed Lynn at all since I last saw him in TNA four years ago, and he now looks like a completely changed man. And for a guy who's coming off neck surgery, he looks pretty damn good. The back-and-forth between him and Lethal on the mic was great and only made me want to see AJ Styles beat Lethal for the belt even more. He plays to the crowd at times when he shouldn't, but when he turns it on, he's one of the best heels in the business.
Matt Sydal and ACH def. Roppongi Vice
We don't see much of Roppongi Vice in ROH, but whenever they show up, they're always excellent. Their match with Sydal and ACH was every bit as awesome as I expected it to be given the similar styles of the four competitors and the fast-paced, exciting action. My only question was, why was this placed in the main event slot? It was far superior to any other match on the show, sure, but it didn't do much to enhance my excitement for the pending pay-per-view.
This may not have been the strongest go-home show, but I'm still very much looking forward to Final Battle, which has the potential to be exciting. I could have done without three squash matches being placed back-to-back-back, but if nothing else, they made the wrestlers involved look credible coming out of them. The main event was fun, so that's worth checking out if you have 10 minutes to spare, along with the Lynn and Lethal talking segment.
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