Full Disclosure: This is not a live, or delay live, report in the truest sense. This is a review/report of the show as it aired in syndication on a local Sinclair broadcast channel over the weekend. It is the same show that will air tonight on Destination America at 11PM EST following TNA Impact. If you wish to watch spoiler-free, you can follow along as if it’s a live report just by watching how far you scroll through the report as the show airs.
Ring of Honor Weekly Television, Taped July 25, 2015 at the William J. Myers Pavillion in Baltimore, MD
Aired August 19 on Destination America, and previously in ROH syndication.
We get the opening video package and Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness check in on commentary. Nigel is in for Steve Corino after last week’s angle involving BJ Whitmer. Nigel hopes Corino is back next week.
Match #1 – Silas Young vs. Dalton Castle (w/The Boys):
Dalton attacks early because he was upset at Young for attacking the boys recently. Castle hits a suplex that sends Young to ringside, where the boys fan him. Young takes exception to them doing that, and off the distraction Castle gets a shot in.
Back in the ring, Castle takes over. Just before a commercial break, the fight spills back out onto the floor, where Young throws Castle into the ringside barrier. The fans chant “fan up” for Castle’s boys, and they oblige by fanning Young and causing another distraction. A bit later, Castle hits Young with a nice huracanrana at ringside. The fans chant for him.
Late, Silas is in control and sets up his next move. The boys distract him again, which lets Castle take advantage. He hits a spinning reverse Alabama Slam to get the victory.
Afterward, Young gets a mic and says he’s getting damn tired of this. The fans tell him to shut up but Young says he will say what he wants, because he is a real man who says what he wants regardless of whether or not it offends anyone. Silas says he doesn’t like what Castle does with the boys, or the lifestyle they live. Young says that Castle can’t beat him without them at ringside. He challenges Castle to a match, adding that if he wins, he gets the boys and will teach them to be real men.
Gotta admit, I like this. The character clashes between Young’s “Real Man” persona and the flamboyant style of Castle just makes a lot of sense and it works. It’s odd to see the flamboyant character be the face here (this would never happen in old school wrestling days) but ROH has done a really good job here of defining where the line is, and not going over it. I do hope they add in a return stipulation for Castle though.
Mandy Leon checks in with the Inside ROH segment. The focus is on Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly’s history as the Future Shock team and their recent reunion. She hypes The Addiction vs. Future Shock for next week.
That’s the first step – getting the announcement of the match. Let’s see if we get promos or other hype to “set the hook” better for next week’s broadcast.
Ringside, Kevin Kelly interviews Bobby Fish. He says he thinks he will be facing Hanson rather than Jay Lethal for the ROH TV Championship. Lethal comes out to ringside and they bicker. Fish tells Lethal that he has too much on his plate.
They run a video hyping the New Japan Pro Wrestling talent that will be appearing this weekend at live events in Brooklyn, NY and Philadelphia, PA
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Match #2 – Moose (w/Stokely Hathaway) vs. Will Ferrara:
Prince Nana joins commentary for this one. He says Hathaway has a couple more tasks to complete before they give him the golden stool. Alright. Moose throws Ferrara to ringside, then swings him into the barrier. As the fight moves back into the ring, Moose picks up a two count.
Ferrara fires back with strikes that Moose sells, then he hits a tornado DDT. Ferrara goes for a suicide dive but Moose catches him. Ferrara counters that with another tornado DDT out on the floor. A bit later, Moose catches Ferrara on the ropes. He throws him down, then hits a spear to finish him off. Afterward, Moose holds Ferrara’s hand up.
The match was fine, but it was odd to see Moose give up as much offense as he did. I expected Ferrara to get some in, but not as much as he got.
Kevin Kelly hypes the main event.
Backstage, Adam Cole cuts a promo. He says he would have called anyone a liar that said he would be teaming with O’Reilly again. He talks about the injury to his shoulder, and how Matt Taven, Michael Bennett and Maria questioned him.
A good promo that makes next week’s main event feel like it means something. They did nothing last week to hype tonight’s main event, even though I trust it will be good.
Match #3 – The Young Bucks vs. “RPG Vice” (Rocky Romero and Trent Barretta):
Rather than shake hands, the Bucks do the NWO “Too Sweet” hand gesture. There’s an early commercial break in the match.
Back from break, the fight spills out to the floor. Kevin Kelly does a good job here of hyping RPG, saying he likes their chances if this match breaks down into a brawl. Back in the ring, Romero mocks the Bucks by doing a cartwheel, then raking Matt’s back. RPG sets up a good tag team combination move to grab a near fall. The Young Bucks take back control of the match though as we get the final commercial break.
Action is fast and furious down the stretch. Matt drapes Romero over the ropes and Nick hits a 450 splash that gets them a two count. Time for the superkick party! The Bucks end it with More Bang for Your Buck and get the win.
Afterward, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin hit the ring. They attack the Bucks, taping Matt to the ropes and working him over. Nick tries to fight back, but the numbers are against him. Daniels mocks the Bucks and hits a superkick on Nick, then Sabin hits Matt with one. Daniels and Kazarian hit a double superkick, then they team up for the IndyTaker on Nick as the show ends.
A fast and furious main event with the usual great action. The flashy moves definitely will win over new viewers to the show, but the one thing I’d like to see is better storyline support. With the post-match angle, there’s hope that we’ll get to see some of that. Otherwise, it will just quietly reinforce the notion that they’re doing “typical ROH spot monkey” work.
Glad to see they did a consistent job of promoting next week’s main event on this show. It lends to the episodic feel that I keep thinking ROH needs a little more of to keep viewers interested week to week. The show was pretty solid top to bottom with a good opening match, and a fun main event with a solid heel attack. Definitely worth the hour of your time, however you get to see it.
I’ll be by tomorrow night with Around the Ring, with more thoughts on this show and other topics in pro wrestling. Thanks for reading!