The Reader's Digest version of the following post: Skip to the 25 minute mark or so and just watch it from there.
Richards vs. Strong was in the ***3/4 - **** range. It's not as great as their Final Battle 2010 or Honor Takes Center Stage matches, but an incredible match for free TV between two wrestlers with fantastic chemistry together. It didn't last the entire episode as I had predicted, rather going around 20 minutes... which I think benefitted the match in hindsight, since it ran a lot tighter than their previous matches with less MOVEZ~ spots and finisher-kickout stuff. To me though, it lacked the great storytelling and build-up that the other two matches had, and it was hurt somewhat by the crowd being awful.
Tomasso Ciampa also wrestled Andy Ridge in a three minute glorified squash. A total nothing match that you should skip, unless you've never seen a Tomato Chompa match before. (I'm really starting to like the guy... far from the greatest worker in ROH, but I reckon he's the most likely candidate on the roster for getting snapped up by WWE/TNA. Mostly because of his build, but whatever. Also, he has an awesome powerbomb backbreaker finisher.)
- More of those "inside ROH" packages for Ciampa and Richards/Stong, just non-offensive recap material.
- Cornette interviews The Briscoes in the ring about WGTT and ANX etc. I think Corny said dem boys fight the All Nights for #1 contendership on next week's episode. I'm fairly sure DBDIX renders the whole promo obsolete, but let it serve as a reminder of how intense Jay and Mark can be on the mic.
- Nigel does his "who do u fink iz gonna win da main event" schtick to a random person in the crowd.... only for the guy to yell for Kevin Steen. Obvious plant, but Nigel's response is pretty golden.
- Only ONE plug for the website this week! (unless the capper decided to crop them out of my copy)