Ring of Honor was taped in Baltimore, and the crowd was pretty hot for the show throughout. Our opening match saw NJPW star Watanabe facing off against ACH. This was mostly a highlight match for ACH, though Watanabe got in some good offense too. They started out by trading chops to prove toughness. Beyond that, it was time for ACH to show his incredible offense. ACH picked up the win after a solid sequence of a superkick, brainbuster, and then a 450 splash.
ACH’s moves are so crisp and on the money, and the announcers should really take a little more time putting his offense over. The 450 was hit with a crazy amount of precision. Worth seeing.
The second match brought us some tag action, as War Machine (Hanson & Rowe) took on The House of Truth (J Diesel & Donovan Dijak, w/ Truth Martini and Jay Lethal). Jay Lethal sat in on commentary, and put over his upcoming TV Title defense against Hanson. The match itself was entertaining, though there were a couple of moves that looked as if they could’ve gone terribly wrong – most notably Rowe’s attempted powerbomb to Donovan Dijak. The action was pretty fast here, and as is typical with Ring of Honor tag matches, enforcement of legal tags was thrown out the window early on. That being said, I enjoyed the match. War Machine wins here after hitting their finisher, Fallout, but it was the after-match antics with Jay Lethal ripping into Hanson that I really enjoyed. Listening to Lethal just rip apart Hanson, and being ridiculous – he told him to “eat some breakfast” – was really something amazing.
Next match was a squash – Adam Page (w/ BJ Whitmer and Colby Corino) defeated Tim Hughes in less than a minute. Whitmer was on crutches and cut a promo with Page after the match, calling out Jay Briscoe. Briscoe was not in the arena, so he could not respond, which our announcers sold like a travesty. There was an angle where Steve Corino was removed from the show by Nigel McGuinness, thanks to a “zero tolerance policy.” Corino put his hands on Whitmer after being goaded into hitting him.
Finally, our main event – reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett, w/ Maria Kanellis). Adam Cole also joined in on commentary, which would factor in later in the match. Throughout, he kept his comments fairly neutral, as he supported his teammates in The Kingdom, but acknowledged his past history with O’Reilly when they were a tag team known as Future Shock.
Anyone that’s read my coverage in the past knows I’m a big fan of reDRagon, and this episode was no different. They work extremely well together. But, so does The Kingdom. This was a solid tag match with some awesome tandem moves, including what Cole said was a “Future Shock shoutout.” It wasn’t meant to be reDRagon’s night, however, as Taven and Bennett hit a spike piledriver onto O’Reilly on the floor, then the same move to Fish inside the ring to get the pin.
After the match, The Kingdom attacked Fish and O’Reilly, as Maria shouted orders from the apron. Adam Cole didn’t appreciate this, and got in between them, preventing the attack from continuing. Maria called in her troops and Taven and Bennett headed backstage before any further damage could be done.
The Adam Cole/Kingdom story is becoming quite interesting, and I like where it’s heading. I hope it pans out to it’s logical conclusion, and not some silly swerve. Whether or not that’s the case remains to be seen.
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