Full Disclosure: This is a review/report of the ROH broadcast that airs on a local Sinclair broadcast channel over the weekend. It is the same show that airs Wednesday night on the new Comet TV Network. Check your listings to see where Comet and/or your local Sinclair Network Affiliate is on your dial.
Ring of Honor Weekly Television, Taped in Las Vegas, NV at Sam’s Town Live on August 20, 2016
Aired September 7, 2016 on Comet TV, and previously in ROH syndication
They opened with a recap of Adam Cole winning the ROH Championship at Death Before Dishonor.
Bullet Club, led by Cole, headed to the ring. Cole got a mic and said that when Bullet Club makes a promise, they keep it. He told everyone he would be champion again, and now he is for a second time. Cole said he realized he is a target as champion but he doesn’t care who the challengers are. He proclaimed he would be the greatest ROH Champion of all time.
Jay Lethal interrupted to a fan chant. Lethal said it’s nice to know the fans still love him and that he still hates Cole. Lethal tells Cole if he thinks their feud is over, he’s dead wrong. Cole laughed and mocked Jay, saying the comment is code for “give me a rematch.” Cole told Jay that he will always be better than him. He said he could tell that Jay wanted to go at him, but tonight is the champ’s night off. In the future, Jay would have to go through the Bullet Club to get to him.
Lethal told Cole he would let him have his night off to celebrate, but Cole needed to remember he has friends too. Los Ingobernables de Japon joined Lethal on stage, with Naito and EVIL standing side by side with Jay going to a commercial.
Bill Says: This was strong, and a solid appearance by Adam Cole as champion.
Out of break, Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness check in, and Nigel noted that next week’s ROH TV main event will be a six man tag of Adam Cole, Adam Page and Takahashi taking on Jay Lethal, Naito and EVIL. They ran footage of last week’s main event featuring The Addiction vs. The Young Bucks for the ROH Tag Team Championship. The Addiction complained to Nigel about the footage, saying it was chopped up to make them look bad and the only thing that should have been shown was them retaining the titles.
Bill says: I like it when ROH takes the time to establish the following week’s television, and that’s what they did here. That main event should be very good.
Kevin Kelly recapped the recent Whitmer/Corino/Sullivan storyline development, with Punisher Martinez debuting last week. They ran a video package to tell the history of the feud, highlighting that Corino was a “son” of Sullivan who refused to accept his role, so Martinez was brought along to “kill” him.
They hyped next week’s six man tag main event and set up an ROH Television Championship match with Bobby Fish defending against Shibata.
Match #1 – Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) vs. Caprice Coleman (w/The Cabinet):
Taunting, comedy, and show boating started this match off. Castle was clearly the crowd favorite and he took the early advantage. The Cabinet attacked the Boys to cause a distraction, then the referee sent the rest of the Cabinet backstage going to commercial.
Back with the action, Coleman was in control. Castle fought back to hit a suplex but looked hesitant to follow up. The announcers played up Castle’s high-profile losses of late and asked if he was off his game. Coleman took over the offense again and hit a nice standing huracanrana for a near fall. Castle countered a pin into a bridge, then hit a German suplex for a two count. Titus and King came back to ringside and distracted Castle briefly and Coleman used the opportunity to score a roll-up for two. In the end, the Boys hit King and Titus with dives, and Castle hit Bang-A-Rang to win.
Bill Says: A solid match that the fans enjoyed, especially because the popular Castle and his boys went over. I’m guessing we’ll see this again as a part of the six-man tag team championship tournament.
They ran highlights of the time limit draw between Jay Briscoe and Jay White, then Nigel and Kelly talked about the match and put over White especially.
The Addiction came out again to complain, this time with a ladder. Daniels said that Nigel and ROH were trying to embarrass them because they were running doctored footage. Daniels said the ladder represents tag team wrestling and the top rung represents them, and every other team is below them. Daniels ran down a list of who all they have beaten, saying they have beaten everyone in their path. Nigel told Kelly that he had something in mind for The Addiction in the future.
Bobby Fish cut a promo backstage about his match against Shibata for the ROH Television Championship. He said he can beat Shibata in any way, and there will be no way to protect Shibata from what he will do.
Match #2 – Donovan Dijak (w/Prince Nana) vs. Manny Lemons:
Nana swatted away the streamers fans threw for Dijak. Manny slapped Dijak and strutted, which was a bad move. Dijak beat Manny down both in and out of the ring, then Dijak hit Feast Your Eyes to put him away.
Nana got a mic and said that Dijak has been ready to be the TV Champion since the Top Prospect Tournament two years ago. He said that he doesn’t care who wins next week’s match between Fish and Shibata; his client will be the next ROH Television Champion.
Bill Says: They should have Dijak run through a bunch of guys for the next couple months in squashes like this to kind of get away from his 50/50 up and down booking for a bit. I fear they might be setting him up to lose to Bobby Fish, which I think would be a mistake. There’s other ways out, hopefully.
The Briscoes cut a promo backstage. They put their opponents over as young and hungry but said they would be in a fight with the best in the Briscoes.
They ran an ad for Women of Honor and their first solo event in Baltimore.
Match #3 – The Briscoes vs. Jay White and Lio Rush
The teams adhered to the Code of Honor to start. Kevin Kelly hyped the new six man tag championship and the tournament that will crown those champions. He also plugged the “All Star Extravaganza” event coming up on September 30 from Lowell, MA.
The Briscoes had the early advantage, beating down Rush and White going into a commercial break. Back from the break, White started a rally by hitting a DDT on Mark. He tagged to Rush, who fired away on both Briscoes. Rush hit a plancha on Jay. He took a moment to celebrate, but Mark hit him with a move called “The Chicken Flu” from the apron. Mark celebrate with fans, then he and Jay teamed up on Rush as the fight moved back in the ring.
White took a superkick from Jay, and Rush had to fend for himself against both Briscoes as they tagged in and out and worked double team moves. Jay hit a nice drop kick and a vertical suplex on Rush. Rush escaped a double team and tagged to White, who had recovered and got on the apron. White went toe to toe with Jay, getting the better of it. He followed with a suplex and a missile drop kick for two going into another break.
Back with the action, Rush and White had the momentum. A bit later, all four men brawl in the ring, with Jay hitting a clothesline that turned Rush inside out. Mark and White ended up outside, then Jay tagged Mark in to finish the match. Mark hit a fisherman’s buster for a near fall, then took Lio up top. White hit the ring for the save, then he and Rush hit a double-team move on Mark for a near fall.
Jay and Rush started exchanging strikes mid-ring, then Jay caught him in a fireman’s carry as Rush came off the ropes. Jay hit a Death Valley Driver, the Mark followed with Froggy Bow. White rushed the ring to break up the pinfall and the crowd applauded all four men. White got up and went back to an exchange with Jay. Mark snuck up behind White and it let him and Jay hit White with double forearm shots. With White out of the equation, The Briscoes hit Rush with their version of the Doomsday Device to win.
After the match, the commentary team promoted the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship tournament match between The Briscoes and Toru Yano vs. Jay White, Lio Rush and ACH. That will happen at All Star Extravaganza. All four men from the match shook hands.
Nigel McGuinness made an announcement that the Addiction will defend their ROH Tag Team Titles at All Star Extravaganza in a ladder match against The Young Bucks and Motor City Machine Guns. They showed The Addiction backstage flipping out and yelling “no!” in anger as the show ends.
Bill Says: I really enjoyed this main event, even if it didn’t stand out at first. These two teams really didn’t have any beef between them other than the time limit draw that Jay White and Jay Briscoe went to. That said, the teams worked really well together, and the crowd was into it all the way. I recommend finding time to check this match out.
A good show coming out of Death Before Dishonor that they used to set up future television and move some stories forward. I think next week’s show has a barn-burner of a main event scheduled and we got good hype for that as well. If you have an hour (or a little less with DVR and fast forward through commercials) I’d check this show out.
I’ll have more to say tomorrow on Around the Ring. See you then!