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 On October 29 at the William J. Myers Pavillion in Baltimore, MD
Aired November 23, 2016 on Comet TV, and previously in ROH syndication
After the opening video package, Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino checked in for the call. They hyped the six-man tag main event as entrances for the first match happened.
Match #1 – Silas Young vs. Kyle O’Reilly;
O’Reilly offered a handshake that Young refused. Kelly and Corino hyped O’Reilly as the No. 1 contender at Final Battle but said Young could get back in the mix with a win. O’Reilly focused his offense on Young’s knee, which Kelly said Young had surgically repaired two years ago. Young sent O’Reilly tot he floor and worked him over, tossing him into the barricade.
The match moved back in the ring where O’Reilly went back after Young’s knee. Young rallied with a neckbreaker, then pulled O’Reilly down into his knee which he sold. Young hit a cutter for two, then set up for Misery but O’Reilly countered. They traded suplexes, then strikes. O’Reilly hit a boot and both men sold to some applause from the live crowd.
Adam Cole walked to ringside and joined the commentary team, saying he was there to watch O’Reilly choke like he would at Final Battle. In the ring, O’Reilly caught Young in an armbar. Young rolled over but O’Reilly held on. Young broke it in the ropes then set O’Reilly up for Misery. O’Reilly escaped and hit a brainbuster to win.
Bill Says: Good work by the commentary team to make the match feel meaningful for Silas, yet put O’Reilly over strong too. Also, good storytelling in recalling his knee injury and how O’Reilly was focusing on it. Young sometimes comes off boring in terms of television matches, but this felt fresh to me and it led to a good win for O’Reilly who needs momentum heading to his title match at Final Battle. Young came off very well here, which was a big takeaway for me.
After, Kevin Kelly interviewed Young. He said he came within an eyelash of beating Adam Cole and O’Reilly. He said he didn’t know what Kelly said to him because he was too busy looking at what an adult male is in 2016. He made a gesture toward a fan dressed like Jushin Liger (Young’s opponent at Final Battle). He said fans are grown men playing make believe and that the guy that fan idolizes is a coward. He said he faces the music whether he wins or loses, which is more than he can say for Liger who never shows his face because he’s embarrassed.
Bill Says: This was fine. I’m not particularly excited about him facing Liger at Final Battle though.
Backstage, Jay Lethal talked about his match against Cody Rhodes at Final Battle. Lethal said ROH fans don’t care about who you’re related to or where you’ve been, they only care about what you can do in the ROH ring. Lethal said ROH is about putting two great wrestlers in the ring with the common goal of proving they are the best in the world. Lethal called himself a former ROH Champion with nothing left to prove, then said he would see what Rhodes has at Final Battle.
Bill Says: This is a match I AM looking forward to at Final Battle. A sound promo from Lethal here, but weird that he said he had nothing left to prove because he’s a former ROH Champion. Is he regressing from chasing the title?
They ran a video package with Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin, talking about Ladder War 6. Shelley talked about being underdogs throughout their careers and said they choked. Sabin said scholars will look back and realize that they are the most influential tag team of the millennium. Shelley noted how the roster has changed and called it good, but for every incredible talent there are people like The Addiction, the Cabinet, and the Bullet Club who take shortcuts. Shelley called the Bullet Club “incredibly talented” but he doesn’t like the way they do things.
They recalled how Hangman Page betrayed them in Michigan, wrapping a noose around Sabin’s neck in front of friends and family. Shelley said they’re tired of getting their asses kicked by Bullet Club. Sabin said they want to comprise a group of people with special abilities. Shelley praised Jay White and Lio Rush.
Bill Says: While it’s good to hear a long-form promo from these guys, Sabin came off a bit full of himself. “Most influential of the millennium” is a bit much for the Guns, who are a very good team that I have enjoyed watching. We shall see where the “group of people with special abilities” leads to.
Daniels and Kazarian cut a promo backstage. Daniels said Ladder War changed him because his strategy is what failed them. He said that his best friend reminded him that if you want to establish a legacy, you have to destroy another. He said that is what they will do to the Briscoes. Kaz added that they want their titles back, and their legacy to be that they are the best team in ROH history.
Backstage, Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle talked about how their match didn’t go well last week. Castle said he missed his Boys not being at ringside. Cabana had a group of guys for Castle to pick from. Castle picked two and Cabana told them to do their job.
Match #2 – Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle (w/Knockoff Boys) vs. Preston Quinn and Ken Dixon;
Castle got a quick victory with the Bang a Rang. After the match, Castle cut a promo. He talked about how they are at the bottom but working their way to the top. Cabana said they have to start over. He said when he returned to ROH he came back to be a champion. Colt said he saw Castle and the people love him. Colt said that Castle reminds him of himself ten years ago.
Cabana said they are starting at the bottom, so maybe it’s in his best interests to do so as a singles competitor. He admitted he thought they had something, but now he doesn’t think so and would prefer a clean break. Fans booed and Castle sold disappointment. Cabana offered a handshake, and Castle wanted a hug. Cabana moved in for a hug, but kneed Castle low.
Cabana smiled and the fans booed. Cabana raised his arms and soaked up the boos before leaving. The imposter Boys fanned Castle, and Colt returned to rough them up. He grabbed the feather fan and slammed it on Castle’s face, bloodying his nose. Cabana left the ring and the commentary team said they were shocked by Cabana’s actions.
Bill Says: Great! Seriously. Cabana has worked face for most of his career. Cabana’s high point to date was his return in Chicago that was overshadowed by Bullet Club, and it’s been downhill since. It’s time for him to cut that angry, frustrated heel promo. Colt can talk, so I’m really interested in seeing him work heel, and Castle was the right guy to do this with because the fans love the Castle character.
Match #3 – The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) vs. Team CMLL (Ultimo Guerrero, Shiego Okumura, and Hechicero); ROH Six-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Match
The teams fought in and around the ring early, then went to a break. O’Ryan had Guerrero down with a kick and they went to another commercial. After that, Taven hit a big dive on all of the opponents. The Kingdom fed in Hechicero and hit him with a triple powerbomb to win.
Backstage, The Briscoes talked about facing The Addiction. They said they are offended that the Addiction thinks they can use the Briscoes to get back on track. Mark called it nothing but a tune-up match for their own match against the Young Bucks at Final Battle.
Bill Says: Man, I just can’t get into the six-man title tournament. The action is fine, generally speaking, and I understand why they put the matches in the main event slot in order to make them feel more special and important. But, it’s just not clicking. I’m not caring about the titles either. I thought it was the wrong choice for ROH to start this championship – but maybe they’ll prove me wrong after the tournament is over.
Otherwise, this was a good show that I enjoyed throughout. The opener was a main event level match, and I like the progression of Colt Cabana and watching him turn heel. Definitely some storytelling they can use going forward there. I’ll have more to say on this show tomorrow on Around the Ring. See you then.