Ring of Honor’s Best in the World 2013 iPPV has come and gone. This was, for at least the foreseeable future, the last ROH iPPV. Continual streaming issues have put an end to any other future streaming plans by the company. Was this a good event to go out on? Did it live up to it’s namesake and past? Check out the results and review after the jump.
1.) BJ Whitmer def. Mike Bennett w/ Maria and Brutal Bob
A decent opener here. It seems that Mike Bennett is just running through the motions here at the end of his run with ROH. Only a matter of time before he is in NXT. BJ has looked good since he has come back to ROH and continues his hot streak. Brutal Bob interferes and costs Bennett the match, Maria and Mike go off on old Bob. Perhaps the beginning of the break up?
2.) The American Wolves def. Adrenaline Rush (Tadarius Thomas and ACH)
The first great match of the evening here. I am sad to see Eddie and Davey out of the World title hunt, but it is awesome to get some more great American Wolves matches. Some awesome spots by Tadarius Thomas and ACH throughout the match, they were also extremely over with the live crowd which should help their chances at a future tag title shot. I wouldn’t mind seeing a return match or two from these teams, they had some great chemistry.
3.) Adam Cole def. Roderick Strong via countout
It seems that ROH is finally getting the picture painted by both CZW and PWG. Adam Cole is one of the best heels in the business today, so turn him heel. This was a return match from ROH’s Texas show where Roddy picked up the victory and Adam Cole refused the code of honor at the end. This was a great back and forth match by two of the best around. The ending was excellent which saw Cole superkick Strong off the apron through a table. Cole debated on whether or not to help Strong answer the 20 count and try to win the match by pinfall. As he was helping Roddy back in he through him down to the arena floor and rolled in the ring, more then happy to take the count out victory. The crowd was all over Cole. Meanwhile, Corino has an extreme hard on for Adam Cole both in storyline and out, looks like it is leading to a pairing after SCUM has run its course.
Veda Scott attempts to come out for commentary during the next match after Corino followed Cole to the back, but she is interrupted and replaced by RD Evans. Veda Scott is one of the cutest girls in wrestling today, true story. Also, her twitter handle is @itsvedatime, which is amazing.
4.) Michael Elgin def. Tommaso Ciampa
Match of the night right here. This was Tommaso’s first match back on iPPV since his brutal knee injury and he couldn’t have gotten a better opponent. These two are the future of the company if booked right. A great back and forth match with tons of hard hitting spots. Tommaso even did Elgin’s patented stalling vertical suplex, which should impress you. It is awesome to see Tommaso get off to such a great start back, dude deserves it. Hopefully this is a World Title match by the end of the year. Both men were spent at the end of the match, QT Marshall and RD Evans came into pick up the scraps but were chased off by both Elgin and Ciampa.
5.) Matt Taven w/ Truth Martini def. Jay Lethal & Jimmy Jacobs (Triple Threat for the TV Title)
I love what they are doing with Taven and Truth. Surrounding them with whores and getting the sleaze going, perfect. Also, the way Taven licks the title is the shit. That said, I wish this match was just Taven vs Lethal. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some Jimmy Jacobs, but it seemed like nobody could get any real offense going and the flow just wasn’t really there. Taven picks up the win and retains, which is the right thing to do here. Jacobs and Lethal don’t need a title. Wardrobe malfunction here as Jay Lethal pulled one of the Hoopla Hottie’s tops off. So we had that.
6.) reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) def. C & C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander) & SCUM (Rhett Titus & Cliff Compton) (Triple Threat for the Tag Titles)
Another kind of dull match here. Titus and Compton didn’t really do much here but bump around and take up space. Seems that putting SCUM into the title matches wasn’t the best decision after all. This match was over before it got started. Bobby and Kyle picked up the victory, rightfully so. A showdown with the Wolves looms. I really wish that O’Reilly would get to show some of his personality in ROH like he does in PWG. He is one of the most over guys in PWG right now for a reason.
7.) Matt Hardy def. Kevin Steen (NO DQ match)
Matt Hardy is one of the most hated men in professional wrestling, but you have to give the dude his props, he has relished in this and has used it to his advantage. The heat he gets is tremendous, and he shows up for work when booked, which is more then you can say for his brother. This match was immediately changed to NO DQ at the urging of one Kevin Steen. Perfect decision, as both of these guys have built up some great tension and the feud deserves some brutality. Good hard hitting wrestling in this one, with most of SCUM making their way out to help Hardy to the victory. Matt hit the twist of fate through two chairs to pick up the win. Totally fine with this. Matt is the biggest heel in the company and deserves some credit for it. His YouTube promos have been golden.
8.) Jay Briscoe def. Mark Briscoe (ROH World Title)
I sense this as a one off match here, which is a shame. I would love to see a full on Jay heel turn and a lengthy feud between the two brothers, but I don’t think we are going to get that. Especially if the WWE rumors come to fruition. This was a good match between the two, not their best, and not even their best against each other, but good. I think the event of seeing these two ROH pioneers, two brothers, wrestle for the biggest prize in the company, at a PPV no less, made it something special. It seemed like almost all of the Briscoe clan had made their way west to Baltimore to see #demboys duel it out. Jay picks up the win after three jay drillers, which isn’t a real surprise. I don’t see Jay being a long term champ, but I didn’t see him losing to Mark either.
Despite the streaming issues ROH still put on a good iPPV. It wasn’t as good as last year, but decent ROH shows are better then most wrestling shows. The company is in an interesting spot with a lot of younger talent coming up, older talent reaching the end and a lot of talent being signed by WWE. I look for the rest of this year and next to be filled with Elgin, Cole, Ciampa, O’Reilly, and Taven. They deserve it most and the matches would be phenomenal.