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 before 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 26 on Destination America, and previously in ROH syndication.
We got the opening montage then Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino check in on commentary. They hype the night’s lineup from ringside. We’re right into the action.
Match #1 – Adam Page (w/BJ Whitmer, Colby Corino) vs. Jay Briscoe:
Kelly channeled his best Michael Cole and called Briscoe “legendary” while talking about how little respect Page has shown. Jay offered a handshake to start, but Page slapped him. Briscoe gets the better of him early on, and elbowed Page to the floor. He followed with a suicide dive. Colby grabs Whitmer’s crutch and hit Briscoe with it, throwing the match out.
Briscoe no-sold it and walked toward Colby. Page grabbed a chair and threw it toward Briscoe and hit in in the head. Not needed. Page and Co. threw a bunch of chairs in the ring. Page hit Rite of Passage on the chairs before Mark Briscoe ran out for the save.
This was more so an angle than a match, and it worked really well. The chair to the face/head wasn’t needed and I didn’t need to see it. That said, I think Briscoe can make Page if they give this program time.
They showed highlights of Silas Young challenging Dalton Castle to a match for his boys. Backstage, Castle cut a promo with the boys alongside. He said that he will destroy Young and remain silent no more. “These are my boys, they are mine!” Castle said Young is off his rocker for making his challenge, but he will accept it. He said that when he wins Young has to become one of his boys. “Silas, you’re going to make a wonderful ottoman.”
Nice! I was hoping we’d get stakes going both ways and now we have it. The fallout should be good no matter which way this ends up.
Cedric Alexander and Veda Scott came to the ring, then Caprice Coleman. Alexander got a mic and said he is the only man to beat Moose, then that he and Veda were exiting. Coleman said maybe he should be talking to the woman with the most hair on her chest. He told her to keep winning matches for Cedric. Cedric tried attacking to start the match.
Match #2 – Cedric Alexander (w/Veda Scott) vs. Caprice Coleman:
Coleman dodged the early attack and got the better of Alexander. The announcers ran down the history between the two, saying that Coleman was always a good role mode to Alexander. Cedric hit a kick and took control.
Back from commercial and later in the match, Alexander controlled the action. Veda grabbed the wrench and handed it off, but Stokely Hathaway came out. He yanked Veda down from the apron. Moose arrived and took the wrench away. Coleman hit a top rope leg lariat and got the win. Moose punched out Alexander, then Prince Nana showed up to hand Coleman an envelope.
My only complaint is that Hathaway dropped Veda. I’m old school and I remember those days when the male babyface wrestler or manager would get flustered because they could do nothing about the cheating female valet. Otherwise, I like the storyline and the way this is shaking out so far.
Match #3 – Brutal Bob Evans vs. Cheeseburger:
Evans said something with his mouth covered, and the announcers said you can’t say what he said. Cheeseburger chased Evans to ringside and got the better of him there. The announcers emphasized they know what Evans said, and won’t repeat it. Evans got back in the ring and begged off.
Late, Evans set up a table at ringside, then tried offense from the apron. Cheeseburger slipped away and knocked Evans through the table. Cheeseburger counted along with the fans as the official started counting Evans out. Evans struggled to his feet but fell back down and lost by count out.
I got a kick out of this. Cheeseburger is a fan favorite and lovable underdog, and the match was fun.
Backstage Jay Lethal and Truth Martini cut a promo. Lethal talked up his match against Hanson.
Mandy Leon hosted Inside ROH. The segment focused on Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong in a rematch next week, and The Addiction taking on the Young Bucks in a “championship edition” of the show next week.
Match #4 – Jay Lethal (c) vs. Hanson; ROH Television Championship
Bobby Fish sat in for commentary, since he will get the winner of this one.
Late in the match, Hanson hit his own version of Lethal Injection (albeit slightly off) to get a two count. In the end, Jay Lethal hit his own version of the finisher twice and got the pinfall.
Afterward, Fish said Lethal would have to choose between his ability to walk, and the ROH TV Championship, when they met at the pay per view. Fish said he would be happy to take both. Lethal barked at O’Reilly being the man of rEDragon. O’Reilly showed up at ringside and stood with Fish. Lethal said he would take both men on now. Fish told Lethal that his day is coming, but Lethal told Fish his will never come. Roderick Strong came out and chased Lethal off as the announcers hyped that the match would happen next week.
Like I said about New Day in audio, Lethal seems to be in that dangerous place where he’s so good at what he does that fans will cheer him, despite his heel status. He wins clean more often than not, he cut a good promo after the match (he’s a good promo anyhow), and so far he seems to be doing a good job handling both championships.
They did a good job of giving the matches tonight storyline support, and the ring work was generally good. A solid edition of the show yet again. I thought they did a good job of hyping the “Championship Edition” of the show with the ROH Championship and TV Championship on the line. The Inside ROH segment did a great job of pushing that show, and I’m looking forward to it.