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 February 11, 2017 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
Aired March 8, 2017 on Comet TV, and previously in ROH syndication
We got The Briscoes, Jay Lethal and Bobby Fish in the open. They cut a promo about the main event against the Bullet Club. Fish said they would end the Bullet Club. The opening show package ran then Ian Riccaboni and Dalton Castle checked in for the call.
Match #1 – The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia)(c) def. The Rebellion (Kenny King, Rhett Titus, and Caprice Coleman) to retain the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Championship;
Castle asked Riccaboni if he had boys, and Riccaboni noted he had a son. Castle told him he doesn’t have boys. Interesting. After a break the Kingdom was in charge and took out Titus and King. They worked Coleman over, then Lio Rush joined the match and tagged in in front of the official. Weird. Rush went on a flurry of offense which got the crowd to cheer him after initially booing him for joining the match for the Rebellion.
Late, King hit a spinebuster on Marseglia and played to the crowd. Rush hit him with an RKO and motioned to the Kingdom that they could have their way with him. Fans cheered that. The Kingdom hit the triple powerbomb to win. Castle hyped him and the Boys challenging the Kingdom for the six-man titles at 15th Anniversary.
Bill Says: Very weird how the official had no issues with Rush checking into the match like he did. I guess I just expect more from ROH in those kinds of situations. The heel vs. heel dynamic didn’t work really well here, either. I think the Kingdom could actually be good babyfaces, since O’Ryan seems likeable, Marseglia’s gimmick of being a bit of a wild man could play over well, and Taven is capable.
Backstage, Jay White challenged Jay Briscoe to a second match, and Briscoe responded in a video clip from his farm. He called White “dog food,” and we got a graphic to hype their match.
Riccaboni talked to Castle about the six-man title match at 15th Anniversary. Castle said the Kingdom put their hands on his boys. He said he might challenge for the ROH Championship in the future, but his boys want tag titles, so he will do his best to bring home the six man title.
Match #2 – Brian “Kingpin” Milonas def. Raphael King (w/Devyn Nicole) in a Top Prospect Tournament Match;
Brutal Bob Evans joined commentary for this match. Both men cut brief pre-match promos, and Riccaboni noted that King and Nicole are married. The two traded strikes early, with Milonas getting the better of things and landing more strikes. King fought back with kicks to get Milonas down to a knee. Milonas rallied with splashes in the corner and a running cross body block. He stood and jumped up and down in the ring rather than cover.
Later, Milonas kicked King away, and he bumped through the ropes. Devyn pulled King out of the way of a charge, and he kicked Milionas. He then distracted the official to let Devyn take a cheap shot. He followed with a uranage then went for a second but Milonas didn’t budge. Milonas hit a side slam and a senton and got the win. He will get the winner of Josh Woods vs. Chris Lerusso.
Bill Says: I like King’s look and gimmick, but he seems kind of green and inexperienced. Milonas comes off as a big guy who just seems like a big guy. He could be a monster, but that’s not how he works.
They hyped the 15th Anniversary show and listed the matches. You can see the card in this post. A narrator talked over the Daniels vs. Cole segment at the end of the video to hype that match.
Daniels joined commentary for the main event, and we got the introductions.
Match #3 – Bullet Club (Adam Cole, Cody Rhodes, and The Young Bucks) def. The Briscoes, Jay Lethal and Bobby Fish;
This got started as an eight man brawl. The Bucks and Briscoes faced off early then the Bucks delivered superkicks. Lethal checked in to take a superkick which drew cheers. The Bucks did their terminator pose then dove on everyone else fighting at ringside. Jay Briscoe hit a dive on the group then went to the ropes. Cody caught him there and hit a superplex on to the group out on the floor. That drew a “this is awesome” chant.
Things settled into an actual tag match for a period of time, but it didn’t last. The Bullet Club knocked the babyfaces off the apron, then Lethal followed with a suicide dive on Nick Jackson. He tried one on Cody, but he took out Bobby Fish. Fish got in the ring and shoved Lethal, and he tried to explain. Fish pie faced him, then they fought through the crowd.
After the break the Briscoes were left to face the four Bullet Club members on their own. They had some success, getting a two count on Matt Jackson. They tried for the Doomsday Device, but got cut off. They eventually got it, but Matt landed on his feet. The Bullet Club dominated them in a 4 on 2 situation, then Matt and Nick hit Jay with the Meltzer Driver to win.
Afterward, Riccaboni and Daniels hyped the main event. Adam Cole played to the crowd at ringside, and Daniels said this might be a good time for party favors. He headed over to Cole and talked into his ear. They jawed, then traded shots. Cole kicked Daniels and then tried for a belt shot, but Daniels ducked it and hit Angels’ Wings. He grabbed a bag he brought to the ring which had a razor and scissors in it. Cole backed up and tried to leave but Daniels caught him. Cole threw an elbow but Daniels hit another Angels’ Wings suplex. “I’m going to cut your hair and take your title,” Daniels said.
Frankie Kazarian came to the ring and mocked Cole and Daniels went to get the scissors and razor again. Kaz took his jacket off, revealing a Bullet Club t-shirt. Daniels stopped, not believing what he was seeing, then tried to walk past Kaz. Kaz stopped him and knocked the cutting implements away. Daniels and Kaz jawed and the fans chanted for the Bullet Club. Kaz held up the “too sweet” hand sign.
Daniels turned around and the rest of Bullet Club had entered the ring. The Bucks threw a double superkick and left him laying while Bullet Club stood over him. Riccaboni sold the pay per view main event and said Bullet Club never travels alone. Cole knelt down and told Daniels he was going to kill his career to end the show.
Bill Says: A very solid angle to send the show home on for the pay per view, but I still find myself scratching my head with how Bullet Club is treated. It seems like they go for cheers, and get them, when they should be going for heat. It works for the faction overall, but when you’re trying to get heat on a heel champion you want the fans to feel sympathy for Daniels, the challenger. The fans were cheering them attacking Daniels instead. A very weird dynamic.
Despite that, a very well focused show looking ahead to Friday’s pay per view. Ian Riccaboni is doing a decent job on commentary and holding his own on commentary right now, working with various wrestlers and other people on color. It feels kind of makeshift, but he’s making it work at this point.
I’ll have more to say on this show, and a brief preview of the 15th Anniversary show, tonight on Around the Ring. See you then.