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Recap from TJ Hawke:
Cole did not have his ROH TV Title with him, despite being announced and billed as the champion. Cole also appeared to not be Evil Adam Cole, which is most definitely a shame. This is the first Bandido match that I have ever seen.
They did a bunch of sequences early on to show everyone that they were close in terms of ability. Bandido managed to send Cole to the floor. He went for a tope suicida, but Cole blocked him mid-dive with a leaping enzuigiri. Cole worked Bandido over after that. Bandido eventually came back with a springboard back press and a corkscrew plancha. Back in the ring, Bandido got a nearfall with a diving cross-body. Neither man got a firm advantage after that for a while. Eventually, Cole hit a Matt Cross neckbreaker for a nearfall. They each hit a superkick, Cole hit the brainbuster on his thigh: 1…2…NO! Cole then locked in the Figure Four. Worst tecnico submission. Bandido made it to the ropes. Bandido hit another superkick: 1…2…NO! Bandido then hit Made in Japan: 1…2…NO! Cole played possum after that and caught Bandido with a superkick to the knee. Panama’s Sunrise: 1…2…NO!!! What? Cole went for a super Canadian Destroyer but Bandido reversed it into a top rope draping DDT: 1…2…3!
Some guy told Bandido that he would be taking on Michael Elgin at the next CTWE show.
This match was a lot of fun. They worked their asses off and delivered a very satisfying semi-main event. Cole is definitely someone that should be brought in everywhere and anywhere right now. Bandido made a hell of an impression on me with this match, and I definitely want to watch more of his stuff.
Match Rating: ***1/2