By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Lio Rush def. Jason Kincaid in a Top Prospect Tournament Round 1 Match
As I've said every week since this tournament started, it's difficult to care about who wins in these matches because I'm not usually familiar with any of the combatants, but this was the one instance where I was blown away by both guys. Kincaid's breathtaking aerial maneuvers were spectacular while Rush was just incredible with everything he was able to do. His finisher was especially fantastic and by the time this match ended, I was clapping. And it's worth noting I watched this in the front end of my academic center on my college campus, so you can imagine how silly I looked clapping at my laptop. No one was around anyway, so that's between us!
Caprice Coleman and Will Ferrara def. Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser
I've really been digging the ongoing angle between Coleman and Ferrara and them being Prince Nana's associates in the past few months. I figured they wouldn't be on the same page since they have been feuding as of late, but they were a cohesive unit for the most part and ultimately scored the victory. I'm a major advocate for Young, but Coleman and Ferrara are bigger priorities at the moment with what they have going on. Besides, Young's feud with The Boys was well furthered.
Adam Page Turned on BJ Whitmer
I could have sworn that Colby Corino was going to be the one to stand up to Whitmer, and while that would have been the logical choice, I'm actually happy it was Page instead. Granted, it came completely out of nowhere, but he's a more of a threat to Whitmer than Colby would have been. Additionally, based off what Steve Corino said in his promo, it sounded like he will be back in action once his neck fully heals from surgery, which is excellent news.
Mark Briscoe def. Tim Hughes
There isn't much to say about this match other than it was a glorified squash. The name Tim Hughes rang a few bells, but I don't think I've seen him compete before (I could be wrong, though). If nothing else, it was a fine showcase for Briscoe, but because he's not involved in anything noteworthy right now, I was led to believe this was merely a match designed to kill television time.
Matt Sydal and ACH def. The Young Bucks
Yes, this match was every bit as crazy and as exciting as it appears on paper. Holy hell! This was absolutely awesome. It would have benefited from more of a build and not being randomly slotted in the main event (even if it was definitely deserving), but that was the only gripe I had with it. The in-ring action was entertaining from bell to bell and I was psyched to see Sydal and ACH pick up the win. I'm hoping this wasn't the last we will see of them in the ring together and their series of matches is just beginning.
As is usually the case with Ring of Honor, this show was a mixed bag with there being more good than bad. The opener was easily the best Top Prospect Tournament matchup to date, the subsequent tag team match was fun, Page's turn was unexpected, and while Briscoe vs. Hughes was forgettable, the main event closed out the night on a high note. At the very least, do yourself a favor by checking out that tremendous tag match. You'll thank me later.