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 22, 2017 on Comet TV, and previously in ROH syndication
They ran the standard open then cut to Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser making their way to the ring. Ian Riccaboni checked in for the call and hyped Supercard of Honor on April 1 as well as the main event of this show, which was Jay Briscoe vs. Jay White.
Match #1 – Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser def. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara;
Silas and Bruiser teased announcing their partner for the six-man championship chase in a pre-match backstage promo. Young told Bruiser to wait until April 1 to reveal the man’s identity. The heels jumped on Cheeseburger to start, then Cheeseburger and Ferrara mounted a comeback. Bruiser wheelbarrowed Cheeseburger into a high knee shot from Young. Cheeseburger got a hot tag to Ferrara, and he got the better of the heels. He scored two on Young.
Ferrara was unsuccessful trying to pick Bruiser up for a move. Young sent him to the floor, then Bruiser tried a somersault only to miss when Ferrara moved. The finish came when Young hit a cutter and Bruiser followed with a splash on Ferrara to win.
Bill Says: This was fine in terms of the action. It gives Young and Bruiser some momentum as they look to join the six man tag ranks.
Silas Young and Bob Evans joined Riccaboni on the call for the Top Prospect Tournament match.
Match #2 – Josh Woods def. Chris Lerusso in a Top Prospect Tournament Match;
In his pre-tape, Woods called himself “Josh ‘The Goods’ Woods,” while LeRusso referred to himself as the Heir Apparent. He was billed from Pittsburgh, so that got him a good pop with the hometown fans. Early, Woods caught a kick then locked in a submission hold that LeRusso rolled over into a pin attempt.
Woods tried for a cross arm breaker that LeRusso avoided. Young and Evans talked about looking for third men for the six-man tag team championship chase. Late, Woods hit a high kick and started throwing strikes until the official stopped it. Woods moves on to face Brian Milonas in the tournament.
Bill Says: Woods has worked in WWE NXT, but was cut in July of 2016. His gimmick resembles that of an MMA fighter, and he has a really good look to him. I like his upside and he stands out visually compared to the other guys in the tournament that we’ve seen.
Jay Briscoe cut a promo asking what all the hype was about regarding his rematch with Jay White. He promised to make quick work of White. They then ran a video package on the story between Lio Rush and Kenny King.
Match #3 – Kenny King (w/Caprice Coleman) def. Lio Rush;
Chris Sabin sat in for the call on this. Rush set up an early dive but King hit him with a shot. King sent Rush back to the floor after the commercial, then hit a dive over the top. Rush avoided it though, and he followed with several suicide dives.
Rush got a good near fall out of a frog splash, then King made a comeback. He missed a double knee strike though, and Rush came back with another frog splash. King moved out of the way, then hoisted Rush up and delivered a uranage style slam for the win.
After, Coleman and King taunted Rush until Shane Taylor came out. He appeared to side with Rush, but instead turned and slammed him. Riccaboni played up whether Taylor had joined The Rebellion or not.
Bill Says: This was a good match with a mildly surprising outcome. King tends to be on the losing end a lot, so seeing him win was a good surprise. It seems that Keith Lee, Taylor’s tag partner, has signed on with Evolve over ROH, so it’s a reasonable guess that they’ll stick Taylor with the Rebellion at least for now to give him something to do.
Match #4 – Jay Briscoe def. Jay White;
Mark Briscoe sat in for the call and took exception to the idea that White took his brother to the limit in their last meeting. Briscoe walked away from a handshake offer, so White hit a drop kick to get the match started. White controlled the opening offense, hitting a suicide dive. Jay came back with a huracanrana then hit a suicide dive of his own.
Briscoe controlled the action after the commercial. He hit a DDT going into the final break. White caught him in a submission after that, but Briscoe broke it in the ropes. White went top rope a bit later, and Briscoe tripped him and shoved him off and through a table out on the floor. “Jay Briscoe simply no longer cares,” said Riccaboni. Mark noted his brother’s new attitude.
Briscoe set up for the finish but White countered out. Briscoe threw three kicks then hit a Death Valley driver for one. White and Briscoe traded blows with White getting the better of things. Briscoe spat at him then caught White with a discus forearm and a running lariat to score the win.
Bill Says: This was a good rematch. I thought ROH did a hell of a job building this up over the past couple weeks and making it feel like a meaningful and quality television main event. The only thing I would have done differently here was to have Jay White speak before the match. We know so little about him that a promo or two would have been helpful to establish his character.
Overall, a solid show for the second event out of the pay per view. It didn’t feel like filler or wasted television time. The Top Prospect Tournament and the last two matches on the show in particular helped make the show feel like relevant TV. I still find myself hoping that they get the pay per view cycle honed out a little better to where we’re getting more immediate follow-up though.
I’ll have more to say on this show and all things wrestling tonight on Around the Ring. See you then.