ROH Best in the World 2016 Review
By: Larry Causion Jr. CausionCreations.com
Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Best in the World 2016 featured three outstanding title matches, including The Biggest Rematch in ROH history, as well as the goriest, most disturbing Fight Without Honor of all time.
ROH World Championship
Jay Lethal vs Jay Briscoe
Great match. Shorter than you'd think but time got out of control. The crowd loved it, chanting "That was awesome" after the finish. Lethal retained with a diamond cutter and Lethal iinjection. So right after the match ended, they turned up the crowd mic and you could hear how loud they were. If they'd done that during the show every match would have come across better. Both shook hands after the match. Briscoe nearly go the pin earlier with the Lethal injection and Jay driller. Lethal did two tope's in a row and Briscoe came back with two of his own and a running flip dive. A lot of near falls. Crowd may have been hottest in this match.
ROH World Television Championship
Bobby Fish vs Dalton Castle
Another good match. Castle dominated. Castle suplexed Fish on his head and they teased Fish being hurt, but he then went for the bang a rang and Fish turned it into a front rolling cradle for the pin.
BJ Whitmer vs Steve Corino
Corino came out to Shinya Hashimoto's theme music. Corino bleached his hair blond. The commentators said this is a match that nobody wanted to see happen. This match was crazy. It came from another era as Whitmer went to hardway him. Corino bled like crazy. Whitmer juiced and it was a bloodbath. The crowd loved it. Whitmer put Corino through a table with an exploder suplex. They beat each other with broken pieces of the table. The lights went out and Kevin Sullivan showed up, teased hitting Whitmer with the spike but instead spiked Corino and Whitmer pinned him. Because nobody does this kind of match, it really worked. They saved things like tables, never do blood like this and used rolls of quarters but didn't over do the foreign objects like in TNA where the shots meant nothing.
ROH World Tag Team Championships
Daniels and Kazarian vs Shelley and Sabin
Another good match. Actually this at first had a hard time following the previous match. Kamaitachi came out and attacked Jay White at ringside. They were brawling and distracted ref Paul Turner and Daniels hit Shelley with a low blow and he was out of commission. Daniels & Kazarian then pinned Sabin after the Best Meltzer ever. You'd think at this point I was the booker and had an ego twice the size of Dusty Rhodes. Daniels & Kazarian & Kamaitachi left together so they are forming a group.
Adam Cole and The Young Bucks
vs Moose and War Machine
Excellent match. Non stop action and the crowd was pretty hot. Finish saw them use the Meltzer driver on Moose and all three kissed each other after winning. We'll update this later because it was a crazy match with all kinds of big spots and a ton of superkicks. Once again it was hurt by the crowd micing. Hanson in particular did crazy stuff for a guy his size.
Mark Briscoe vs Roderick Strong
With Strong leaving, Mark got the pin after a brainbuster and fisherman buster in a really good match. Strong was excellent here and Mark hung with him. Mark has shaved his head but came out with a wig to surprise Strong. Both worked at a hard pace, with Mark doing all kinds of cool stuff and Strong solid with everything he did. Mark survived the sick kick and gutbuster. Mark used a sick kick on Strong. I think if the crowd was mic'd this would have come across as excellent. Fans were chanting "Thank you Roddy" and he was shaking hands on the way out.
Silas Young vs ACH
This was a good match. ACH did a great springobard flip dive. Young missed a springboard move, and ACH won with jumping double knees, a brainbuster and a 450 splash.
Kyle O’Reilly vs Kamaitachi
O'Reilly won with a brainbuster and armbar. Very good technically. The crowd reacted but didn't go wild. Kamaitachi reufsed to shake hands and left. The crowd isn't mic'd well as you can see them reactingbut dont' hear it that well. Kamaitachi didn't look as impressive as he usually does. But his role was to put O'Reilly over as the whole thing they pushed was how O'Reilly gets a shot at the winner of the main event tomorrow.