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 December 7, 2016 on Comet TV, and previously in ROH syndication
We got the opening video then Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness checked in for the call.
Match #1 – Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara vs. The Tempura Boyz;
Joey Daddiego sat in on commentary. The live crowd was into Cheeseburger. Tempura isolated Ferrara for a stretch, and when he went for a tag but Sho pulled Cheeseburger off the apron to continue the control. Ferrara got a tag and Cheeseburger did some comedic offense. The Boyz took back over and won with a superkick into a package piledriver.
Prince Nana led Donovan Dijak to the ring after and ordered him to destroy the guys in the ring and end their careers. Dijak hit Feast Your Eyes on Ferrara twice. Daddiego got in the ring and asked what he was doing. He said Dijak knocked down his friend, and if he wanted to knock someone down he should try knocking Daddiego down. This led to a match.
Match #2 – Donovan Dijak (w/Prince Nana) vs. Joey Daddiego;
Dijak got the early edge while Nana told commentary that Dijak is a winner and everyone else is a loser. Daddiego got some offense in with a kick off the ropes. Dijak went top rope but Daddiego cut him off into an electric chair. Dijak came back with Feast Your Eyes to win, and Nana told commentary that “That is how you win a match.” Kelly said Dijak has a manager who is angry with him all the time.
Bill Says: Having seen the Final Battle pay per view, it’s weird seeing Dijak still with Nana on this show. That’s an ongoing continuity issue that the company has. Anyhow, he was reluctant to go after Ferrara, so that hinted at his turn that sort of played out at Final Battle. I am having trouble being sympathetic at the moment for Dijak since Nana really has no reason to have a hold over him.
We got a recap package focusing on Kenny King, Rhett Titus and Caprice Coleman blaming ROH for the Cabinet gimmick. “There are more of us than you think there are,” they said. They showed the group attacking the Motor City Machine Guns and Donovan Dijak in San Antonio at a live show. King invited Chris Sabin to join the rebellion.
Bill Says: Well, here’s that continuity I just mentioned again. While the match at FB was fine, why not show this footage before, or during, the event to help understand why Dijak was with the Guns? We don’t even know for sure that he is splitting with Nana (I’m assuming that’s happening…).
They ran a video package that focused on Kevin Sullivan, Steve Corino, and BJ Whitmer. Whitmer said Corino’s personal life doesn’t feel right and invited him to join them and Damien Martinez.
Match #3 – War Machine vs. BJ Whitmer and Damien Martinez (w/Kevin Sullivan);
The heels blew off the Code of Honor. Early on, they fought to ringside where Martinez slammed Hanson to the mat. Back from a break, Hanson sent Martinez over the ropes with a clothesline, then the two popped up and continued the brawl. In the ring, the official tried to stop Whitmer and Hanson from striking each other. The two took turns shoving the official down, which led to the apparent double disqualification after the second shove. Whitmer kicked the official, then Martinez stopped Rowe from suplexing Whitmer. He chokeslammed Rowe through a table on the floor.
After, Kevin Sullivan asked Hanson if he minded if he called him Todd. He talked about taking Hanson to the matches, and said he knew Hanson would become a devious person. He recalled that when Hanson started wrestling, he dyed his hair blonde and called himself “New School Steve Corino.” He called out for Corino to come to the ring and he obliged. Sullivan whispered in his ear, then told his team to “let him live.” They left, and Corino and Hanson looked at each other then exited the ring.
Bill Says: For the love of all things holy, get Martinez away from this awful feud that never ends. He has a great look, a lot of upside, and he could be getting so much more out of being built up outside of this Kevin Sullivan Tribute Program. Not to mention they’re bogging War Machine – a really good tag team – down with this nonsense. I’m not sure if Steve Corino is heading to WWE as rumored, but if he is maybe this program will come to a merciful end.
They ran an ad for Women of Honor airing next week. Mandy Leon vs. Jessicka Havok, Candace LeRae vs. Deonna Purrazzo, and Kelly Klein vs. ODB are featured.
Bill Says: I enjoyed the last WOH show and am looking forward to covering this one as well. I hope they use that format more regularly after pay per views.
Match #4 – Jay Lethal, The Briscoes, and Silas Young vs. Lio Rush, Jay White, and Motor City Machine Guns;
Young blew off the Code of Honor. Early, Rush tried for a dive on Lethal but Jay Briscoe cut him off. He ended up leaping over the top on Lethal instead. Jay Briscoe followed with dive on both men, then Jay White followed with a dive of his own on Briscoe. Rapid fire spots ensued that got the crowd hot and chanting “ROH” going to break.
The action continued and Kenny King, Rhett Titus and Caprice Coleman watched on from the ramp. After a break they had disappeared. Lethal set up a cutter, but Rush blocked it with a handstand and landed a kick of his own in a cool spot. White checked in and went to work on Young and Lethal, clearing Young and hitting Lethal with a missile drop kick. He covered, but Mark Briscoe broke it up.
Later, the Guns and White teamed up for a series of moves on Lethal, then tagged out to Rush. Rush hit a frog splash, but Lethal put his knees up and cradled Rush for two. Lethal hit Lethal Combination and went top rope but White shoved him off. The Guns caught Mark with a double superkick. Rush followed with a drop kick, then Jay White hit a clothesline. White hit a sit out slam on Mark for the win.
Bill Says: A fun spotfest match to close a filler show out. There was a lot of good action here, but no real storyline purpose behind it. The spot with Rush where he landed that kick out of a handstand should have been saved for a bigger moment, but none the less it showcases his athleticism. Lots of upside for Rush, for sure.
This show was fairly missable, as most post-pay per view shows are. Nothing mattered if you were interested in storyline advancement, as this show aired in most markets on the pay per view weekend. The main event presented some unique match-ups and action, but that’s all that it really was.
I’ll have more to say on this show later tonight on Around the Ring. If you’ve got questions or topics you’d like to hear me talk on tonight, be sure to hit me up @Bill_SoonerFan or @RingRap. See you then.