By Graham "GSM" Matthews
The Briscoes def. The Time Splitters
It was a treat to see The Time Splitters in action after Kushida competed in a singles match on last week's show. No, I'm not just a fan of theirs because of their awesome Back to the Future-esque gimmick; they're also excellent athletes. I also loved how this match was made to feel meaningful when the commentators hyped it up as being a "dream match" of sorts. It was very entertaining from start to finish, though I could have done without the countless kick-outs toward the end. I enjoy the suspense, but it should be saved for the marquee matchups. That aside, this was an excellent opener.
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada def. Roderick Strong (Non-title)
Damn! Just when you think it couldn't get any better after last week's main event of Adam Cole vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, ROH managed to top themselves with this exceptional outing. I haven't seen much of Okada's work outside of what we've seen of him in ROH and a one-off Japanese event at the start of the year, but the guy is a total star. Strong is no slouch himself and every match he's a part of is nothing short of stellar. The finishing sequence was fantastic and this was the perfect way of topping off the night.
Both of these bouts took place at the Field of Honor event from SummerSlam weekend, so while they're slightly dated, they're well worth going out of your way to watch. I didn't feel it was necessary to include my thoughts on Watanabe vs. Cedric Alexander because it was only the closing moments of a No. 1 Contender's Gauntlet match for the ROH World Television Championship, so Watanabe vs. Jay Lethal will be held on next week's show. Once again, there was no mention of the All Star Extravaganza pay-per-view from a few weeks ago, but at least they did a solid job of hyping next week's episode.