By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Matt Sydal def. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kushida
It's always surprises me that ROH doesn't do more with Sydal given his natural in-ring ability and connection with the crowd, but his lack of mic skills might be what's holding him back. Then again, he doesn't talk much, so I can't accurately asses his mic skills. I was barely exposed to Kushida before this bout, so it was cool to see more of his work here and his style meshed perfectly with Sydal's. They produced a very fun opener and it was refreshing to see Sydal score a rare televised win, and it a was a big one considering it came against a champion from Japan. I doubt this will lead to Sydal getting a title shot, but I'd love to see a rematch between them at some point.
Takaaki Watanabe def. Adam Page, Will Ferrara and Moose in a Four Corner Survival Match
I know most of the matches featuring the Japanese talent are random, but this one involved a strange cast of characters. Will Ferrara and Adam Page were there for no good reason, and I figured Moose would be saved for something more special. Regardless, Watanabe was above and beyond the most over wrestler in the match and it was wise to have him win. While I enjoyed the opener more, the four-way was fine for what it was as everyone was able to get in their signature spots.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Adam Cole
Although this was taped before Cole officially went heel at the last pay-per-view, he played the heel role in this match, so it was nice that it didn't feel outdated in that respect. On that same note, it was weird one of the biggest stars come out of said show took a loss here, but who can complain when the match was as excellent as it was? Not only was the in-ring action exceptional, but their entertaining antics (especially Nakamura's) kept me invested the entire time. It was a dream match that truly lived up to its potential and Cole lost nothing in defeat.
I was once again disappointed there was zero follow-up from the All Star Extravaganza event from two weeks ago, but putting that aside, this was a strong show for the fantastic wrestling alone. I always enjoy whenever the Japanese talent are brought in to do interpromotional matches and this definitely didn't disappoint. There wasn't anything in the way of storyline significance, but watch this episode when you get the chance, or at least just for the stellar main event. Hopefully ROH works on the post-PPV shows in the future by making them feel more timely so they don't ruin the momentum they get from those events.