By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Roderick Strong def. Adam Page, Moose and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Matt Sydal in a Four Corner Survival Match
I was hoping that with the fresh batch of tapings, most of the matches on these shows would mean something, but this was rather random featuring four guys with no bad blood between them at the moment. I would have understood if there was something at stake such as a future title shot, but apparently not. Don't get me wrong, it was a very entertaining opener, but the only storyline progression we got here was with BJ Whitmer interfering and costing Page the victory, a feud I don't care to see continue to be honest.
Matt Taven Confronted Adam Cole
Cole made a great point when he said Kyle O'Reilly shouldn't have been in his world title match last month at the 14th Anniversary show because he beat him at Final Battle back in December. It's nice to know wins and losses still mean something in Ring of Honor unlike in WWE or in other promotions. Taven returning was a pleasant surprise, as was his apparent split from Cole, and he justified it nicely by talking about how he kept Cole relevant while he was injured last year. I'm looking forward to seeing these two feud in the future, but I'm just curious as to what purpose this segment served in the interim since Taven will supposedly be out for a little while longer.
Foxx Vinyer def. Cheeseburger by Disqualification
I can't really comment on the match because it was over in a matter of a minute when All Night Express got involved and had it thrown out. Of course, the focus was on what happened afterward with ANX confronting Cheeseburger and attempting to convince him to join them. The "mean tweets" were funny, but otherwise, they should stay off the mic. Kenny King is a talented talker, but Rhett Titus is just plain awful. If nothing else, we got a tease for a program between the Briscoes and War Machine and that should be fun. I'm assuming that will take place after Roppongi Vice get their deserved shot first.
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal def. Hirooki Goto
Lethal has had a hell of a reign as champion since the summer by producing excellent matches with just about everyone he has gone up against and this clash with Goto was no exception. It's always a breath of fresh air whenever the Japanese talent appear in ROH because it makes for some awesome wrestling. In the time they were allotted, Lethal and Goto had a very good match even though the ending outcome was never in doubt. Donovan Dijak as Lethal's next challenger should be interesting given their history in The House of Truth, but will anyone see him as a credible challenger?
There was more storyline progression on this show than a typical edition of ROH TV as well as enjoyable in-ring action, but nothing major seemed to occur and thus I don't feel as if you'd be missing anything if you didn't watch. That's strange to say about a show that featured a world title match in the main event, but there isn't too much to get excited about right now in ROH. Perhaps that will change in the coming weeks.
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