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.
By the way, apologies for missing last week’s print edition. If you want my thoughts on that show, listen to this edition of Around the Ring.
Ring of Honor Weekly Television, Taped On October 1 in Lowell, MA
Aired October 26, 2016 on Comet TV, and previously in ROH syndication
We got the opening video package then Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino checked in for the call.
Match #1 – Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) vs. The Tempura Boys;
After Cabana sold for a minute or so, we got comedy spots. They did some fun reversal spots between Cabana and Castle before one sent the other into the opponent. Corino noted that Cabana and Castle will challenge for the tag titles at an upcoming Baltimore live event. At the end, Castle hit Bang A Rang and got the win.
Bill Says: A fun match with a popular team picking up the win. I like how they brought up the live event in Baltimore and noted a title match taking place. Might mean little for television but definitely shows something of worth happening at the live event. TV should help drive us to live events – this makes that happen.
Kelly hyped the main event. Back from break, he interviewed the Briscoes on the stage. They showed the Briscoes exchanging words with Castle and Cabana during the break. Mark noted that they beat the Young Bucks and Castle and Cabana, and said the winner of Bucks vs. Cabana and Castle will go to Final Battle. Jay said they will beat the team that wins at the Final Battle event and become nine-time champions.
Backstage, Adam Cole and the Young Bucks cut a promo. They also spliced in remarks from Jay Lethal about their upcoming match in London. They cut to a Kyle O’Reilly promo, where he said he needs to prove that he can beat Lethal when it counts and be rewarded for ripping the head off of Cole. O’Reilly said he can put revenge on hold for the ROH Championship, and days are numbered for the winner of the Cole vs. Lethal match.
Match #2 – Kyle O’Reilly vs. Jonathan Gresham;
Kelly plugged ROH social media and said they are finding ways to give fans more access. Gresham got the early advantage by working on O’Reilly’s bad shoulder. He continued to work the shoulder until O’Reilly fired back with a kick and a knee strike. He ripped the tape off, then eventually hit the brainbuster for the win.
After, Hangman Page hit the ring to attack O’Reilly. Page put the boots to him and teased his finish, but Bobby Fish ran out for the save. Kelly noted on commentary that Page winning the ROH TV Championship was last on the list for the Bullet Club. Adam Cole ran out to help Page, holding Fish while Page hit him with a chair repeatedly. Security intervened, and Kelly surmised that Fish had broken ribs.
Bill Says: The match was fine, but this was all about the post-match angle. I think Page has been better positioned now as a part of Bullet Club, and the story of him going after the TV Championship in order to complete Bullet Club holding all the gold has been well done.
They recapped the previous segment, then recapped Damien “Punisher” Martinez beating up Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara previously.
Cheeseburger and Ferrara were in the ring, and they addressed Martinez, BJ Whitmer and Kevin Sullivan. Ferrara said the trio doesn’t have the balls to come fight them. The lights went out, and here came the heels. Sullivan sat in on commentary, and Corino called him “Father” and said he told Cheeseburger and Ferrara to call them out.
Match #3 – Damien Martinez and BJ Whitmer vs. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara;
Corino kept saying how “the kids don’t deserve this, father,” and said that he summoned the haze. Sullivan asked if he had that power now. In the end, Martinez threw Cheeseburger into Ferrara then punched Cheeseburger out on the rope. Whitmer pinned him, then Martinez continued to rough both men up until Corino hit the ring.
Bill Says: Martinez has a lot of upside but this feud is holding him back. I’m sure Corino likes working with Sullivan again, but this isn’t working and is out of place. Corino is such a great color guy, but this feud gets too much attention and feels like it’s never ending.
They did a Halloween themed ad for the ROH Shop with Mark Briscoe and Dalton Castle.
They showed footage from the break where Corino threw down the spike that Whitmer handed him to use on Cheeseburger and Ferrara. Sullivan was excited to see him use it but got mad and stormed off when he didn’t.
They recapped footage of Ladder War 6 from All Star Extravaganza, then the Motor City Machine Guns came to the ring for the main event. They cut a promo, saying that Nigel McGuinness told them he knew they were hurting and gave them the chance to sit out. Sabin said hell no because they love the company and love the fans too much to take a night off. Alex Shelley said all six men in the ladder match put their bodies on the line for the fans. He said they don’t have off days, bye weeks or excuses.
Bill Says: A fine promo, but I’d rather have them focus on the title belts in this case rather than the fans. A sports team is never trying to win for the fans – they’re trying to win championships. A short tip of the cap to the fans is always nice, especially in the babyface role, but this went beyond that.
Match #4 – Naito and Evil vs. The Motor City Machine Guns;
Shelley’s ribs are taped up, and Naito and Evil focused on that heading to the break. Back with the action, Sabin got a run of offense in before tagging out to Shelley. He took a DDT move and got pinned by Naito.
Kelly hyped The Addiction vs. The Briscoes, and The Cabinet vs. ACH, Kushida and Jay White in the six-man tag tournament for next week.
Bill Says: Kelly went out of his way to hype the Guns’ injuries from Ladder Wars and how Naito and Evil benefitted, so that was good selling from his position. The match was rough, and in part probably because of that brutal ladder match the night before. If both teams are healthy, this is a much better match than it played out here.
This show was fine, but truthfully nothing really all that newsworthy happened so it ends up being a bit missable. I think they did a nice job of hyping the Baltimore live event as well as focus on some material for next week, but beyond that it was lukewarm.
I’ll have more to say on this show tomorrow night on Around the Ring. Be sure to join me then.