“All In” Reactions … from a Indy Newbie

Posted on Sep 3 2018 - 4:39am by Elmo Vincent

Zero Hour The Briscoes vs. So-Cal Uncensored Crowd obvious fans of ROH action cause completely participating in chants and catch phrases (guess I need watch some ROH programming). But this is right up my aisle, I’m a fan of good tag-team action. Though the SCU is obviously the crowd favorite, I’m more intrigued by The Briscoes. Excellent tag action to start the main card, with SCU getting the victory.

19-person Over Budget Battle Royale to determine the #1 contender to the ROH World Championship Hey its a Battle Royale, you know what you are getting, people scattering to the corners, struggling to get people over the top rope, and finding a way for everybody to get their shine before being eliminated. The “All In” battle royale version was well done and entertaining, all the way to the swerve ending of Flip Gordon winning by eliminating Bully Ray.

MAIN CARD Matt Cross vs. MJF They started the main show right, fast paced action and innovative moves. This got the crowd going in Chicago and let me know what to expect the rest of the night. Outcome of Matt Cross beating MJF.

Stephen Amell vs. Christopher Daniels

The celebrity spot, it checks a box when putting together a card, with Daniels for the victory … ¯\_()_/¯

Madison Rayne vs. Chelsea Green vs. Britt Baker vs. Tessa Blanchard

As in the title, I’m a newbie to a lot of these competitors, including this one. And this was an excellent match. Probably at this point in the event I started to realize the there may be a lot of people I may need to keep a eye out for. Either seek their promotion or find some clips (I’m looking at you Tessa Blanchard & Chelsea Green). But congrats to Tessa for the victory. NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis (c) vs. Cody Rhodes

 

This one I might need to find out about the lead up to this match, cause why were they being lead up the ring with all these extra people; (Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes, Diamond Dallas Page, Glacier, and Tommy Dreamer … Nick w/ Jeff Jarrett, Samuel Shaw, Shawn Daivari, and Tim Storm). Good back and forth match, but in the end we have Cody is the NEW NWA World Heavyweight Champion…. And we got a Diamond Cutter

Chicago Street Fight: Joey Janela vs. Hangman Page This fight had crazy spots, definitely one of the most entertaining matches of the night. These two fought all over the ring, using all sorts of “ladders & tables & chairs, oh my” (see what I did there). Even the use of Penelope Ford (top rope cross body & stunner) was dead on.

But you can’t mention this match, without mentioning Joey Ryan … yep that happened this evening

ROH World Championship: Jay Lethal (c) w/ Lanny Poffo vs. Over the Budget Battle Royal winner (Flip Gordon w/ Brandi Rhodes) Jay Lethal gave the people what they wanted with the Black Machismo, with my favorite part the “Miss Elizabeth carry” …

This was a good match, well performed, with Lethal retaining his ROH World Championship. But after the match, Bully Ray decided he didn’t appreciate losing to Flip Gordon earlier in the evening and came out attack him. Until Chicago’s own, Colt Cabana came to the ring to settle things.

Kenny Omega vs. Pentagon Jr.

This is the one I was going in thinking was the main event match, especially due the way you hear people talk about Kenny Omega. I have done a lil YouTube deep dive on Omega and there is plenty to like about him. For what I have seen, which were more highlights and not full matches, I am not qualified to pass judgement on the notion that he is the best in the game, at the moment. While Kenny won the match, the moment was stolen by … CHRIS JERICHO!

Kazuchika Okada vs. Marty Scurll This match had weird WWE vibe. The announcers spent the first few minutes talking about how Scurll is trying to prove he belongs with “big boys”. But they pair him up against a guy ridiculously taller than him, the type of height difference that plague majority of indy wrestlers making the jump the WWE. On first watch definitely had its moments, but not a classic (may have to re-watch to appreciate). But Okada leaves with the victory.

The Golden Elite (The Young Bucks & Kota Ibushi) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr., Fenix & Bandido

Initially surprised this closed the show, but as expected they didn’t disappoint. Out of the six, I have only previously seen Ibushi and of course Mysterio Jr. perform, but certainly heard of the Young Bucks, just haven’t taken the time to do a YouTube deep dive just yet. This came off as a match to showcase the talents of everyone involved, from the very beginning to the tandem of moves The Golden Elite used to get the victory.

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