Matt Taven def. Dutch by Disqualification
I actually had a chance to see Dutch in action just yesterday at a Northeast Wrestling event in Waterbury, Connecticut. He was really impressive with what he could do for a guy his size, and I love his dedication to the character. He'll make for a fine addition to The Righteous, which was down a member anyway because that clown guy never returned after Ring of Honor's relaunch. This was less about the in-ring action and more about furthering Taven's feud with The Righteous, but what we got from them was good. The Righteous attacked Taven and caused the disqualification, which brought out Mike Bennett to make the save. This storyline has lasted so long that I'm just ready for it to end. Hopefully we get that closure at Best in the World so everyone involved can move on.
Bandido def. Eli Isom, Chris Dickinson, ROH World Tag Team Champion Rhett Titus, Brian Johnson and Demonic Flamita in a Six-Way Elimination Match to Win Survival of the Fittest
I liked that we got to hear from each of the competitors a little bit during their entrances. I also liked that this was a mix of talent from the roster and that none of them were really established singles stars, making the outcome more unpredictable. That said, I thought Bandido was the best option to win as him against Rush for the ROH World Championship at Best in the World sounds killer. This was a fun six-way elimination main event with everyone getting the chance to shine at one point or another. Some of the eliminations were slightly rushed, but the match length ended up being right around what it needed to be.
The Survival of the Fittest finals took center stage on this week's show and it was a worthwhile main event, setting the stage nicely for Rush vs. Bandido at Best in the World in a few weeks. We also got Dutch's in-ring debut on ROH TV and the continuation of Taven's feud with Vincent. Surely that's culminating at the pay-per-view, right? All in all, it was an enjoyable episode. Next week, Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe will have their "fight on the farm" and Jonathan Gresham will defend his ROH Pure Championship against Fred Yehi.