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Last night ROH presented their 14th anniversary show live on PPV it was an incredible night it lived up to the hype; however I had some mixed emotions revolving around the event. As I always I will provide my three count in addition to the results.
1) Main Event
It was the main event that everybody had been waiting for three men who hate each other fighting for the prestigious ROH World Title. Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole have no love lost and against each other and they went at it in the beginning of the match, and whenever Lethal tried to get involved they attacked him.
Then there were a couple of a cool spots where they took out Lethal with some old school Future Shock double teams, and then they went back at each other. Then Lethal were fighting on the outside, O’Reilly attempted a sling shot but was unsuccessfully. Then O’Reilly was back in the ring and he gave a German Suplex to Adam Cole as Cole was the process of giving a vertical Suplex to Lethal.
Adam Cole connected with a Figure Four leg lock to Lethal, O’Reilly stomped him in the face, Cole gave him the middle finger which I thought was amazing, and then O’Reilly grabbed his finger and put Adam Cole in the Cross Armbar. All three men eventually were on the outside and were fighting this set up for O’Reilly signature spot on the outside where he sat both Lethal and Cole in a steel chairs he came off the apron to deliver a running dropkick that took out Cole out, but Lethal was savvy enough to move out of the way.
As the common saying goes if first you don’t succeed try again, Kyle O’Reilly attempted another suicide dive onto Lethal, but Lethal gave him a Superkick for his troubles. Then finally O’Reilly took out Cole out with a trio of dives. Then a sight that I thought would never believe I would see Truth Martini performed a Spinarooi but it was Trutharooni, then Lethal and Cole came back into the ring Cole attempted a Canadian Destroyer, but Lethal countered it and connected with a Lethal Combination for a near fall.
Adam Cole gave bicycle kicks O’Reilly and he threw him in the way when Lethal went for the Lethal Injection, but he changed his mind and then connected with a Brainbuster on O’Reilly, on the knee of Lethal’s for near fall. Then the finishing sequence was absolutely insane. Out of nowhere O’Reilly connected with Brainbuster for a near fall on Lethal and put him in a triangle choke hold immediately.
Adam Cole came back into the ring to break the hold then O’Reilly decided to put Cole in an Ankle lock. The referee checked Lethal’s arm but Cole caught his arm before it fell for the third time which I thought was unique spot. All three men were spent and struggled to their feet and they went back and forth trading shots at each other. Kyle O’Reilly snapped and he hit both Cole and Lethal out with a double lariat. Finally Lethal hit a double Lethal Injection on both men, and he retained the ROH World Title.
2) 6 Men Tag Tag match
Never Openweight Championship
ACH Matt Sydal and Kushida vs. IWGP Never Openweight Champions The Elite The Young Bucks and The Cleaner Kenny Omega
Going into this match everybody knew that this could steal the show, while doing my research I found out that this was Omega’s first appearance in ROH in nearly six years, and the crowd clearly loved him. Nick Jackson and Kushisa started off the match they both tried to pick up some momentum but neither man could find any. Then ACH comes in and he cleaned house on all three members of The Elite. This was when the spots started to happen Omega gave a German Suplex on Sydal onto the ramp, then the Bucks took out both ACH and Kushia with dives at the same time.
After Matt Sydal took significant damage he made the hot tag, and Kushida cleaned house. Kushida gave a backbreaker and took the Bucks out with a dive to the floor, then he took Kenny Omega out with a basement dropkick. Then there was a series of near falls and spots from Kushida and The Young Bucks. ACH hit a twisting Flatliner on Matt Jackson, then he goes to the top rope, but Matt countered the a double stomp. ACH took it old school and he brought out his inner Stone Cold Steve Austin and he hit the stunner, on Nick Jackson for a near fall. Then the end of the match was a spot fest for The Elite/Bullet Club on their opponents. Then The Elite took killed Matt Sydal and took his head off with a triple Super kick for a near. Matt Sydal tried to make a comeback but the Elite was too much too handle. Omega tombstones ACH on the floor, the Bucks gave a double Superkick to Sydal, followed up by a Meltzer Driver Omega hits the One Winged Angel, and Matt covers for the win and The Elite retained their Never Openweight titles.
3) Tag Team Wrestling
Going into this PPV I was very intrigued in a couple of matches and this was one of them. I wanted to see how this newly formed tag team for a couple of months in Elgin and Tanahashi took on ROH veterans in the Briscoe’s. The crowd was 50/50 behind both teams but the Vegas crowd loved Tanahashi. The Briscoes used their tag team experience to keep Tanahashi on their side of the ring for a series of moves, with Mark hit a rolling Samoan drop before he tagged in Jay tags connected with the Death Valley Driver for a near fall.
Then the momentum shifted when Tanahashi finally hit a Crossbody out of the corner on Mark he tagged in Big Mike, who comes off the top rope with a shoulder block to Mark. Mark fires back with redneck Kung Fu, but Elgin fights through, knocked Jay off the apron, and he went into beast mode he started unloading rolling German Suplexes on Mark.
Then all hell broke loose with all four men in the ring, the Briscoes got Elgin alone and work him over with Mark hitting a top rope splash for a near fall. There were a series of double tag moves by both teams and numerous near falls. The Briscoes attempted Doomsday, but Elgin broke it up, and slammed Jay on top of Mark. Elgin once again showed off his strength he literally picked up Tanahashi up and he dropped him on Mark for a near fall. Tanahashi hits Sling blade on Mark, Elgin delivered a Powerbomb Mark, and then Tanahashi went up to the top rope and connected with a High Fly Flow aka a Frog Splash for the massive win.
Overall I was very pleased with the matches and everything I love the venue Sam Town in Las Vegas. I don’t know why the crowd felt very dead on PPV and it affects the overall vibe of the card. There were a lot great matches but the crowd was not involved at all so it hurts the matches itself regardless I thought it was an incredible and I would give it a 9/10.
ROH 14th Anniversary results
Tomohiro Ishii defeated Roderick Strong vs Bobby Fish hit a Brainbuster on Strong to retain his ROH TV Title
BJ Whitmer defeated Adam Page via roll up
Hirooki Goto defeated Dalton Castle via Uranage
Alex Shelley defeated Christopher Daniels via the crucifix on Daniels
Kazuchika Okada defeated Moose via The Rainmaker
War Machine defeated All Night Express via Fall out on Rhett Titus retained their ROH Tag Team Titles
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