Mattsent the following results from the ROH debut in Cincinnati, Ohio:
*Michael Elgin defeated Adam Cole.
*Tag Tournament: Shiloh Jonze and Rudy Switchblade defeated Chris Silvio and Sean Casey.
*Tag Tournament: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls defeated Alabama Attitude Mike Posey & Corey Hollis.
*Roderick Strong defeated Eddie Edwards in a No Holds Barred match.
*Samson Walker defeated Mike Mondo. Mondo beat Walker first but another referee came out and restarted the match.
*Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls defeated Shiloh Jonze & Rudy Switchblade in the tournament final so they receive a Proving Ground match against Briscoes down the line. Haste and Nicholls really shocked the crowd with their work.
*ROH TV champion Jay Lethal defeated BJ Whitmer in a Proving Ground match with less than a minute in the time limit. This was AWESOME.
*ROH Tag Team champions The Briscoe Brothers defeated Kyle O’Reilly & ROH champion Davey Richards when they beat Kyle. This was great. Awesome debut.
Mike: sent the following live notes:
I went to ROH’s debut tonight, so here are some random notes and thoughts. The Masonic Temple is the strangest building ever. I lived here my entire life and had never heard of it. It was really intimate, sort of a smaller Center Stage in Atlanta with everyone right on top of the action.
Having driven to ROH a lot during the early era, I was initially really pissy about buying ringside seats for a show in my hometown, only to have it feature half OVW talent but the Australian team that won the tournament was just great. I couldn’t get over having to see Sean Casey in ROH. After seeing him for years locally, it just seemed like a weird fit.
BJ Whitmer showed up in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in. It was like night and day and if he doesn’t get a ROH job, there’s no justice, especially given some of the names on the roster these days. Jay Lethal has really grown as a worker since he was in TNA.
No Holds Barred Match and The main event were each worth the price of admission. Strong vs. Edwards was totally different from their iPPV match a few months ago. Briscoes were great and while I thought there was going to be a styles clash, they worked it really well. The top matches are going to be what sells the DVDs.
I know a lot of people have been hyping Elgin but Cole is the one to watch. I predict he’ll be a top guy within the year. You can just see that he’s got that knack for timing and bumps. He really reminds me of an early Shawn Michaels.
ROH gave out a pre-sale code for Dayton, which was a nice bonus for those of us who came tonight. It’s pretty amazing how often they are running around here these days, but you have to go where the TV airs I guess!
They didn’t sell out the venue but I’d guess there were about 400 or so there. It was a loud crowd as the acoustics made the place really pop in atmosphere. It seemed to be a mix of fans who watch the TV and hardcore fans that follow the company online. I hope they come back here soon. I’ll probably go to Dayton as well, as long as they freshen up the lineup and have the complete roster in for the show.
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