While the New York City area seems to be the epicenter of the wrestling world this weekend, Ring of Honor played the odds returning to the West Coast and Las Vegas. The 2016 Death Before Dishonor event appeared on pay-per-view for the first time and had quite the payout for the company and the fans alike.

Over the last few years, I’ve been critical of Ring of Honor when it comes to their pay per views as it is a premium price then it’s top competitor WWE. And with that price tag comes a higher expectation of delivery. Death Before Dishonor definitely gave you your money’s worth.

The show opens up with a great Four Corner Survival with Jay White, Lio Rush, Kaiamatchi and Donovan Dijak. This is one of those matches where everyone looks good even a loss. All competitors had great moments all throughout. Rush looked amazing with his one-man Spanish Fly. Donovan looked amazing and looked like a true beast using his power and athleticism. I see big things for everyone in the match as Ring of Honor is working to reestablish its mid-card talent.

Kaysuyori Shibata defeats Silas Young in a solid match that I don’t think it really reached its true potential. It was a hard-hitting contest but it was really meant to showcase Shibata in his debut for Ring of Honor. I think they could’ve done a lot more with Silas.

Chaos defeats The Bullet Club in a great little comedy match. Yano is a character onto himself . It looks like their building to Bullet Club versus The Cabinet (Rhett Titus, Caprice Coleman, and Kenny King). That can be a lot of fun.

After the fun was over the previous match, things get serious as Adam Page attempted to hang Yano. This leads to Jay Briscoe coming out and making the save. The Anything Goes match immediately begins and they pull no punches that have a really fun brawl. Both Page and Briscoe go full blast against each other. While nowhere as brutal that BJ Whitmer versus Steve Corino was at Best in the World back in June it had its cringe-inducing moments.

The match was really a showcase for Adam Page. This proved that he can be a solid single star for the company going forward. Ironically, the one with the Right of Passage with seemed rather fitting getting the win over the ROH stalwart Jay Briscoe.

Next, up, it was the Party Peacock Dalton Castle versus The Rainmaker Kazuchika Okada in a really fun back and forth. For a match that did not have any storyline going into it, they had an entertaining display. With that said, I’m not sure what anyone got out of this. It was fun but it didn’t do anything for Castle. It was very similar to the Liger versus Castle from ROH TV. I’m sure the thought was to give Dalton a rub on the IWGP Champion. I believe the fans are ready for Dalton and The Boys have something a little more important on the show.

The TV Title is on the line next as Mark Briscoe battles the now “Infamous” Bobby Fish. This is one hell of a battle. Both men really gave It their all. I was personally hoping that Mark would get the win here. While I like Bobby Fish, he feels kind of stagnant to me as a character. From a creative standpoint, I think there was a greater story to tell with Mark Briscoe as TV champion. But all in all a really solid performance from both men that kicked off a series of great championship matches.

Next up, the tag team title three-way with The Addiction getting the win over Tetsuya Naito & EVIL and Michael Elgin & Hiroshi Tanahashi. Great tag match. Everyone had their showcase moments. Love that The Addiction were the opportunists and came in out of nowhere to get the victory.

Matt Taven was on commentary and once again claimed that the new Kingdom will be coming soon. If I had to wager a guess I would say that the rebuilt faction will be the ones to dethrone the Addiction from their tag team titles.

And finally, Adam Cole put an end to Jay Lethal’s 13 month World Title reign in one hell of a contest. Words cannot really describe this match if you have a chance to see you need to. I like the fact that they made sure they’re going to be no Bullet Club shenanigans this time. It was two men battling it out pride and revenge. Both Lethal and Cole were at their A game. After the match, Kyle O’Reilly appeared setting up a possible showdown at the next pay-per-view All-Star Extravaganza September 30 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Great way to go off the air.

All in all, I think Ring of honor did a lot to give you your money’s worth in a really stacked wrestling weekend. It’ll be interesting to see with such a quick turnaround between this pay-per-view and the next how many people will buy it. $34 every few months is a hefty price tag in this day and age. That said everyone involved should be very happy with the result.