By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Matt Sydal def. ACH in Match #4 in the Best of Five Series
Damn! The crowd was shockingly quiet for this match at the All Star Extravaganza pay-per-view and it somewhat hindered my enjoyment of the match, but the crowd on this show was red-hot for this bout. The back-and-forth between the two was extremely exciting and the near-falls down the stretch were fun as well. You had to know Sydal was going to even up the score, but it was cool that the commentators made reference to how ACH wanted to put Sydal away in his hometown. I don't know if it was necessary to have The Addiction beat them both down afterward, but it was a nice transition into the next segment, nevertheless.
All Night Express Interrupted The Addiction
It's been almost a month until the All Star Extravaganza pay-per-view, so I wish we would have had the follow-up with The Addiction and everyone else weeks ago, but better late than never, I guess. Their promo exchange with All Night Express was well done and the live crowd was happy to see them back. I liked how they referenced how they also didn't "technically" drop the tag titles, but what Kenny King failed to mention that it was due to him jumping ship to TNA and screwing over not only ROH but Rhett Titus as well. But we're supposed to forget about that, right?
Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser def. The Boys
Typically, I'm not a fan of "servant" storylines in wrestling because very rarely are they done right, but I absolutely love the idea of Young being paired with The Boys in the meantime. I had zero clue who the hell Beer City Bruiser was, but he was the perfect person to inflict punishment on The Boys while Young looked on. Dalton Castle was conspicuous by his absence, but I hope to see him back feuding with Young in the very near future.
ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal def. Watanabe
Lethal continues to rip it up as the dual champion, contesting exceptional matches every time I see him on TV. This was another enjoyable match from Lethal and the clash of styles between them was refreshing. Watanabe was never much of a threat to the title, but he looked good in this match and was protected in defeat as Lethal cheated to win. My only gripe against the match is that it deserved to go longer, but they made the most of the time they were allotted.
It's a little frustrating that ROH viewers had to wait almost a full month until we had any aftermath of the All Star Extravaganza event, which wasn't mentioned on this show at all. The results of the matches were essentially implied. That said, this was an entertaining hour of TV with an excellent opener, a solid talking segment, an effective squash and a good main event, so it's well worth your time to check out. Next week's edition was also very well built. Again, though, it would be nice if ROH could somehow find a way to follow up on their PPVs quicker than they are.
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