Full Disclosure: This is not a live, or delay live, report in the truest sense. I was able to sit down and watch (via a DVR thanks to a friend) the Sinclair broadcast show from Saturday that aired 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 Television, Taped on June 27 at Terminal 5 in New York, New York
Show aired on July 29 on Destination America, and previously in syndication on Sinclair networks.
We get the opening video, then Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino checked in on commentary. Right into the first match!
Match #1 – Matt Taven and Michael Bennett (w/Maria) vs. Corey Holis and Jonathan Gresham:
Maria joined the commentary team. Hollis hit some running forearms, and Gresham also got in some nice offense before Taven hit a kick from the second rope. The finish came when Taven and Bennett teamed up for a double superkick then the spike piledriver to win.
This was a throwback style match. The jobbers got enough offense in to keep the match interesting, but Taven and Bennett ended up going over strong in the end.
Kelly hypes the main event, which is ACH vs. Bobby Fish, and the Six-Man Mayhem match.
Back from break, it’s time for the six-man mayhem match. Ring introductions took place while Kevin Kelly explained the rules.
Match #2 – Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) vs. Moose (w/Stokely Hathaway) vs. Silas Young vs. Caprice Coleman vs. Cheeseburger vs. Brutal Bob Evans; Six-Man Mayhem:
Cheeseburger got a good reaction, as did Moose and Castle. Early action includes a fun spot where Silas pulled Cheesburger’s shirt over his head, then raked his back.
Moose gets a moment of shine, clearing everyone out of the ring but Silas. Silas cut him off but Moose dumped him to ringside. He hits a running dive onto all of the opponents, and that drew a “Moose” chant. As everyone makes their way back to the ring, there are rapid fire spots. Moose hit Cheeseburger with a big clothesline, then caught Castle off of a dive. Dalton escaped then hit a German suplex on Moose. A bit later, Moose hit a spear on Evans to get the win.
This was fun. Moose is such a freak athletically, and Castle just impresses me. I think the gimmick is growing on me, and he showed good strength by hitting the German on Moose. Silas Young also looked good here. I would like to see Young, Dalton, and Moose featured a bit more.
BJ Whitmer, Adam Page, and Colby Corino come to the ring. Whitmer talked about looking at Colby as a brother when he decided to use him as a young boy. Now he sees himself as the father Colby never had. “Oh come on,” Steve Corino yells from commentary.
Whitmer sets up Colby to compete in a gauntlet match and hyped it as a gift. Whitmer said that four wrestlers he found at the ROH tryout camp are hungry for a chance. Jaheem Ali, Wildman Kongo, The Beast Ortiz, and The Punishment Martinez were introduced as his opponents. Kelly and Corino get upset because of the size of the four men.
Corino had finally had enough and approached the four men and talked to them at ringside. “Now you decide it’s time to step up?” Whitmer asked. Corino yanks his tie off and Whitmer kept jawing at him. Whitmer asked how long it would be before Corino abandons his wife and baby. Nigel McGuinness stood between the two.
That was some good work on the mic from Whitmer. He seemed confident and this role of being Steve Corino’s antagonist seems to be something he is getting into.
Mandy Leon hosted the “Inside ROH” segment. She talked about the return of several New Japan Pro Wrestling stars. They ran a video package that focused on Okada, Kushida, and Nakamura’s past appearances for ROH, and Mandy hyped their coming appearances on August 21 and 22.
We got the ring introductions for the main event.
Match #3 – ACH vs. Bobby Fish
Steve Corino exited commentary, so Nigel McGuinness filled in. ACH and Fish shook hands. Kelly hyped up Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly for next week’s main event. The live crowd reacted well to both wrestlers. Fish dumped ACH out of the ring and posed as we head to commercial.
Late in this one, ACH tried for a 450 splash, but Fish got the knees up. Fish covered, but ACH kicked out on two. They exchanged an awkward striking spot, but recovered. Fish locked on the Fish Hook leg lock. A bit later, Fish hit a superplex into a slam and covered for the win.
I thought this was a good match, but it just didn’t seem to mean much. I would love to see ROH book more meaningful main events and some real episodic-style booking rather than every show standing on its own merit. For example, had they given Cole and O’Reilly some promo time they could have set next week’s main event better and established some story. It seems like guys are thrown out there to fill a main event segment and it ends up being filler. The match quality might still be good, but it lacks a punch because it has no real meaning. That said, I enjoyed this show and I thought the Whitmer/Corino continuation was particularly fun.