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June 29, 2012 / TJ Hawke

Adam Cole vs. Roderick Strong from ROH 2012

Post by TJ Hawke:

This was the big moment in Adam Cole’s premature singles push in 2012. Cole and O’Reilly were really becoming one of the best tag teams in the world, and their separation was one of my biggest gripes during the Smoky Mountain of Honor era. There were some good moments though, as Cole is usually a dynamite babyface wrestler. This was one of those moments, and Cole’s underdog work here was done very well. The real story of the match though is just how awesome Roddy Roddy Strong was.

Roderick Strong has a legitimate case for being the best in the world in 2015. For a wrestler that has been on the indies for too long, that is a fairly remarkable achievement. He manages to work a fan-friendly pace that combines speedy and physicality which is a tough act to balance. That is on full display in this match, and it makes me think that I was overlooking a ton of gems from Roddy in the 2012-2014 time period.

The match is only marred a bit by Michael Elgin showing up late in the match to distract from the title switch. That kind of killed the momentum of the finishing stretch. Cole ended up winning clean at least with the Florida Key. Watch this match. (***3/4)

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