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 15, 2017 on Comet TV, and previously in ROH syndication
They ran the opening video then Ian Riccaboni and Alex Shelley checked in for the call. They hyped the main event of War Machine vs. BJ Whitmer and Punisher Martinez in a no disqualification main event.
Match #1 – The Young Bucks (c) def. “Coast to Coast” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni in a Proving Ground match.
The fans were hot for the Bucks, who got the early control. They tried for their Terminator dives but got tripped up which drew boos. The fans cheered when Ali hit a moonsault off the ropes onto the Bucks at ringside. Ali and St. Giovanni hit a double coast to coast on Matt, but Nick broke the cover. The Bucks rallied with superkicks. The finish came when Matt held Ali’s legs over the ropes. Nick hit a flip into a splash on him for the cover. They hit a Twist of Fate and Swanton combination on him after the match to taunt the Hardys, leading “Delete” and “Suck It” chants.
Selling is a thing, and I’m not sure I like it when a wrestler takes the double coast to coast then pops up and hits a move of his own. That said, the fans were into it, and the Bucks gave up a lot of offense to the young team and made them look good. This was a classic Bucks match. I would have liked to see Ali and Giovanni get some mic time.
They ran a package on Lio Rush helping the Rebellion by replacing Rhett Titus, who got injured, then hit a cutter on King.
Riccaboni interviewed Rush on the stage. He asked if Rush had a relationship with the Rebellion, and Rush said they don’t know who they are or what they want to do. He said they play games, and he showed them he can play games too. He said he’s sick of dealing with them and has had enough. King came to the stage and grabbed the mic. He said they aren’t playing games with Rush going forward. He said they saw something in him and wondered why he didn’t join. King said Rush flies around with the grace of a cruiserweight, “But Kenny King gets live at 224.” He said everyone will know King put the hush on Rush.
Bill Says: The lines were corny but it was decent in terms of setting up the match for next week. I like doing the promos on the stage – a nice touch.
Match #2 – Curt Stallion def. Preston Quinn (w/Andy Vineberg) in a Top Prospect Tournament Match. Bob Evans joined commentary and noted that Quinn has been working for 23 years. Riccaboni said it’s not about age but about whoever is on the radar. Both men got promos before the match got underway. Vineberg (MCW Pro Wrestling talent) acted somewhat like Jim Cornette. Quinn threw a cheap shot to start.
Vineberg interfered by grabbing Stallion’s leg at one point, allowing Quinn to get the edge. Later, Stallion hit a headbutt and followed with a neckbreaker to the leg. Quinn threw a punch and hit a piledriver then tried for a rope drop. Stallion avoided it and hit a diving headbutt to win.
There are a lot of older guys in this tournament this time, but I get the impression that the older guys are there to put the younger ones over in the end. Quinn stood out well here, but Stallion spent his time working from underneath.
Cody Rhodes came to the ring to cheers and streamers. He said he wanted to play the game called Where is Jay Lethal. He pointed to a fan who said he had seen him. The fan said Lethal was hanging out with Brandi Rhodes. “This man is a liar.” Cody noted kicking Lethal “in his tiny little balls” at Final Battle. Cody said he became Lazy Jay at that point.
Cody said he wanted to talk about the youngest member of Bullet Club. He said Hangman Page worked on a farm and had callouses the size of a silver dollar on his hands. Page got booed as he came out. Cody pointed to the noose and said he would attach something to it that went upside the head of Superstar Billy Graham in 1977. “That’s right, a cowbell. The very same cowbell that has been in the Rhodes family for four decades.” The fans chanted for Dusty. Cody challenged Lethal to a Texas Bullrope match on April 1 at Supercard of Honor. He played to the crowd.
Bill Says: Cody has so much more freedom and confidence on the mic now and it shows. He was always good in WWE, but now he really seems to be able to put things in his own words so much more effectively than he ever has before.
Jay Briscoe said backstage that his match with Jay White would take place next week. He said White is good but asked who he has beaten. Briscoe said their last match went to a time limit draw, and he would make quick work of White this time.
Match #3 – Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) def. Jonathan Gresham.
Late, Gresham hit Castle with a high knee off the apron to the floor. Gresham went top rope to leap at him but Castle caught him and hit Bang-A-Rang to win.
The commentary team played up how much offense Gresham got and said that there may be gold in both men’s futures. Odd that Gresham was in this match if only because his normal role is an undercard babyface against heels trying to get over. This was a filler match.
Marty Scurll cut a promo about Supercard of Honor, which will happen during Wrestlemania weekend.
Whitmer and Martinez were introduced first but got jumped by War Machine before the main event.
Match #4 – “Punisher” Martinez and BJ Whitmer def. War Machine in a no-DQ match.
Mark Briscoe joined commentary for the match. The teams brawled as a continuation of War Machine jumping the heels. Whitmer and Martinez started to focus on Rowe going forward. Whitmer hit him with an exploder suplex for two. War Machine rallied with a pop-up powerslam. Late, Martinez chokeslammed Hanson off the ropes and through a table in the ring and pinned him. Afterward, Martinez hit Whitmer with a chokeslam for good measure and stood tall to end the show.
This overall was a good War Machine brawl main event. It had much the same feel as their feud with Keith Lee and Shane Taylor, and they had another match of similar nature with Martinez and Whitmer as well. I like that Martinez stood tall here and has seemingly cut himself loose of Whitmer. I really feel like Martinez has a lot of upside, he has a great look, and he stands out. I hope ROH has plans to move him up the card as a singles act moving forward.
Bill Says: This match, by the way, was a good match to main event a show that aired on pay per view weekend. They could give away a really good main event on television that doesn’t have carry over to what we saw on the pay per view. This is much better than the stuff we have gotten in the past. Also, it seems like we will start seeing first-run material next week, so hopefully it won’t be as long after the pay per view before we get new content.
I will have more to say on this show and other things pro wrestling tomorrow night on Around the Ring. See you then!