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 30, 2016 on Comet TV, and previously in ROH syndication
We got the opening video, then Kevin Kelly, Steve Corino, and Alex Shelley checked in for the call. Shelley made a gesture with his finger, and Corino responded by pretending to pick his nose.
Match #1 – Lio Rush vs. Jonathan Gresham;
Rush’s shoulder was taped up. The two adhered to the Code of Honor. They tied up into the corner, where the official called for a break. Gresham threw his arms up and hit Rush in the head. Another handshake, then Rush shoved Gresham’s hand away when he put it on his shoulder. Gresham went back to it, and Rush shoved him off again. Gresham focused his offense on the bad shoulder.
They traded strikes, with Gresham going at the shoulder. Later, Gresham went to the ropes but Rush caught him with a kick. There was a series of rapid pin attempts, then Rush threw another kick. Gresham hit a big clothesline. Rush came back with two Rush Hour moves, then hit a top rope elbow for the win.
Bill Says: This was an entertaining match but I thought the commentary team gushed too much over it (see the following). They set up some tension between the two face talents, which was better than just having a respectful bout between them.
Chris Sabin joined commentary, and Shelley told Kelly and Corino that he wanted to take care of business. The MCMG got in the ring and said he thought the match was awesome, and that neither man holds back in order to give the fans everything they have. He said that the best thing about being in ROH is observing things like that and think like the fans do. Shelley said the match made him a fan of pro wrestling. Sabin said that they’ve been watching Rush and Gresham and feels they are the future of ROH, and that they display honor and respect. The Guns raised their hands.
Bill Says: I felt like there was a heel turn coming, but it didn’t. I would rather have seen them go heel than play the elder statesmen role that this feels like. I thought Alex Shelley did a good job on the call here, and if Steve Corino does indeed leave the company as rumored he could fill in the void short-term when needed.
We got a video package highlighting the Adam Cole/Kyle O’Reilly match at Final Battle. O’Reilly cut a promo, talking about how they got thrown together as a team and became friends. O’Reilly said Cole screams confidence but you can see the insecurity in his eyes. O’Reilly talked about how he put Cole on the shelf, only to see him return with Bullet Club to remain relevant. O’Reilly said Cole ruins his attempts to win the ROH Championship out of spite.
O’Reilly said Cole doesn’t realize he created the Violent Artist. He talked about a previous match at Hammerstein when Cole left a bloody mess and his mother was crying in the crowd. O’Reilly said he might have lost, but it bothers Cole to see the scar on his lip because it reminds him of O’Reilly. “I’m the best thing that ever happened to you. I made you famous.” O’Reilly said he will be the worst thing that ever happened to Cole at Final Battle.
Bill Says: A well-produced piece to tell the story of the title match to the viewers. O’Reilly was intense and believable in this setting and did really well.
They hyped the various matches at Final Battle. They said Lio Rush will replace ACH in the six-man tag title finals. The commentary team talked a bit more about Final Battle and the show main event, which was next.
Match #2 – The Briscoes vs. The Addiction;
Daniels and Mark shoved early, and Kaz shoved Mark from behind. The distraction let Daniels attack Mark. Jay got in to even the score and the Briscoes got the better of Kaz and Daniels early.
The Briscoes still controlled the action after a break. The Addiction started to come back by Daniels whipping Mark to the barrier then throwing him in for the legal man Kaz. The Addiction focused on Mark while Kelly noted that Kamaitachi hadn’t been seen or heard of since The Addiction lost in the six man tag tournament. The Addiction kept the advantage going to the next break.
Jay got the hot tag. “Ricky to Robert, and here we go,” Kelly threw out as a Rock-N-Roll Express reference. The Briscoes took control for a stretch of offense. They set up the Doomsday Device, but Kaz countered with the Flux Capacitor for a good near fall. The fans chanted “this is awesome.” The Addiction set up for Celebrity Rehab on Mark, but Jay hit a superkick to counter. Jay hit Daniels with the Jay Driller, then Mark hit Froggy Bow on Daniels for the win. Afterward, the Briscoes offered a handshake, which Daniels and Kaz accepted.
Bill Says: A good match that got the Briscoes some good shine going into the title match at Final Battle. Predictable, but in a good way. It sets up the story that the current champions (The Young Bucks) defeated the Addiction, and now the Briscoes as the challengers have also beaten them. Looking forward to Briscoes vs. Young Bucks on Friday – should be a fantastic match. I also sense we’re watching the Addiction migrate back to being babyfaces.
Adam Cole gave a sit-down interview/promo from backstage. Cole said he is tired of the same old song and dance with O’Reilly. He said he wouldn’t bother to recap the feud history, but would focus on the past year. He said he made good on his promise to regain the ROH Championship and recalled saying O’Reilly would never win the title. Cole said O’Reilly is content and satisfied in life because he’s making a living as a pro wrestler.
Cole said being the best can be miserable and exhausting, but it’s the price one pays to be the best there is at what they do. Cole said O’Reilly’s talent has taken him all over, but he is not and never will be Cole. Cole said that the fact he has to have this conversation again makes him sick. Cole said he has carried the company on his back, and still has to prove to everyone that he’s better than O’Reilly. “Why? Are we out of challengers? Are we out of ideas?”
Cole said if you put heroin in someone’s arm long enough, they will become a junkie. He said if he beats O’Reilly enough, then O’Reilly and his fans will have to admit he’s a loser. Cole said it will be one last time that he and O’Reilly will face off, and O’Reilly will either choke or win the big one.
Bill Says: O’Reilly’s package was good, but this was better. Cole really came off well with a good range of emotion and portrayed himself as a confident champion. Both men really did a good job of showing confidence in their segments, and the two pieces really did a good job of putting the final touches on their story going to Final Battle.
The whole build for this show on Friday felt like it was jammed into a couple of shows. I think the most important thing is that we got some touch on a couple things, but they spent most of their time on the main event with the video packages. Well done.
Really looking forward to a good show on Friday night. We’ll have live results at least when the show kicks off at 9PM EST here on the site. If you attend the show in person, we’d love to get a live event report as well – send it to email@example.com. I’ll have more to say on this show as well as putting some prediction to Final Battle tomorrow night on Around the Ring. See you then.