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.
By the way, apologies for missing the print coverage last week. Hopefully, we’re back on track again.
Ring of Honor Weekly Television, Taped On March 11, 2017 at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas, NV
Aired April 12, 2017 on Comet TV, and previously in ROH syndication
They opened with the Briscoes talking about being outnumbered by the Bullet Club in New York, and Bully Ray making the save. They ran footage of Bully talking about how he didn’t want to be a veteran taking money from a company. “I’m Bully Ray, and as of right now, I am in Ring of Honor.” He said he came to ROH because he wanted to. They recapped the three beating War Machine and Davey Boy Smith Jr. at 15th Anniversary, then ran the standard ROH video open. Ian Riccaboni and Kevin Kelly on the call.
Match #1 – Punishment Damien Martinez def. Hanson of War Machine,
Riccaboni asked who The Kingdom would add to their team to replace the injured TK O’Ryan. Hanson hit an early suicide dive, then with Martinez on a chair he ran down the ramp and hit a split leg dive at ringside. The fight moved back in where Martinez hit a slam and a springboard senton.
Hanson took back over and hit a springboard clothesline. Martinez came back with a big dive to the outside, then threw Hanson in for a spinning kick off the top for two. They traded strikes with Martinez getting the better of it, but Hanson came back with a spinning kick for two. Hanson got Martinez down in the corner, but Davey Boy Smith Jr walked to the stage. Martinez avoided a moonsault attempt and followed up with a spinning kick and chokeslam to win.
Bill Says: I’ve raved about Martinez’s upside and it showed here. Beating Hanson would have been a bigger deal without the distraction though and as a result the moment fell a little flat with me. The matchup was intriguing though and overall done well.
They recapped TK O’Ryan’s injury at 15th Anniversary, which was nasty and unfortunate.
Silas Young cut a promo about ROH Unauthorized which will take place in Milwaukee, WI. He said the matches are unsanctioned and anyone can show up. He also added that he will do a lot of fighting and drinking.
They set up footage of Hangman Page sitting in a car, and talking about how Kazarian swerved Bullet Club. He spotted Kaz and attacked him, then told the person holding the camera to give him his noose. A car horn could be heard, so Page ran off before using the noose.
Bill Says: I loved this. It stood out in a good way because ROH rarely if ever does angles outside of the building they run in.
The commentary team fed it to footage of a Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final match that took place in New York.
Match #2 – John Skyler def. Curt Stallion in a Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final Match.
Riccaboni and Bob Evans called this one. The two observed Code of Honor and shook hands. Stallion in the early going hit an ugly looking double stomp for two, then went to the ropes but Skyler rolled out. Stallion set up a suicide dive, but Skyler avoided it. Stallion crashed and burned in the guardrail.
Skyler hit a nice tiger bomb for two then taunted and spit at Stallion. Stallion grabbed him then threw a series of kicks and chops. Skyler hit a German suplex but Stallion no-sold and threw one of his own. Stallion hit a bridging German for two then followed with a running drop kick in the corner for another two.
Stallion hesitated, which led Evans to question the moment on commentary. Skyler hit a spear through the ropes for two, then Stallion came back with a good near fall of his own. He took Skyler top rope and followed him. Skyler blocked a huracanrana and hit a rolling senton from the second rope to win. The two shook hands afterward.
Bill Says: This got off to a rocky and slow start and the crowd got a little restless, but they built to a good finish and a nicely paced second half of the match. Skyler is an impressive talent and I’m surprised we don’t see more of him with some of the top promotions.
They promoted the main event then switched to Adam Cole for a promo from an undisclosed location. He said he has been trying to contact the Young Bucks but they’ve been ignoring him. He said he was desperate and wanted to get things back to normal. He said he forgave the Bucks and wanted to get things back to the way they should be.
The Briscoes and Bully Ray made their entrances for the main event. The camera went backstage to Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia talking. Silas Young volunteered to fill in for O’Ryan if they gave him, Beer City Bruiser, and a partner a shot. Taven said they would do it one time and asked if he would drop the ball. Young said he is the last real man. The Kingdom members came out, then Young walked right by them making his entrance.
Match #3 – The Briscoes and Bully Ray def. Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia of the Kingdom and Silas Young (c) to win the ROH Six-Man Tag Championship.
Taven and Young bickered, then Bully grabbed a mic and asked if they know who he and the Briscoes are. He called them “former” six-man tag champions. He said they would kick their asses, and the faces attacked to start the match. They cleared the heels out going to a break.
Back with the action, the heels isolated Jay on their side of the ring. The crowd chanted “man up” in support. The heels kept control going to the final break. Back, Jay hot-tagged Mark and he fired up on all three heels. Taven and Marseglia hit a nice combo move.
Young shoved Taven off of Mark then threw punches and covered him for two, which led to more bickering between Taven and Young. Bully took the tag from Mark and worked over all three opponents. The Briscoes and Bully teamed up for their 3D on Marseglia, and Bully covered for the win. Taven and Young argued some more at ringside after the match, and Bully proclaimed he and the Briscoes as the new six-man tag champions.
The show closed by hyping a wildcard eight man tag match, with the winners then moving on to compete in a four-corners survival match for a future ROH Championship match.
Bill Says: A nice job of ROH featuring star power in their main event with Bully Ray and the Briscoes being involved. The match was solid, and while I’m still not the biggest fan of the six-man tag belts, perhaps the Briscoes and Bully can put some life in them by putting on a good run and working with a solid series of opponents.
All in all, another solid show from ROH. They were able to cover the Cole and Young Bucks situation with Cole’s promo, and they gave us a solid big man match to open as well as a good Top Prospect Tournament match. They even built to next week’s show with their closing video, which is something ROH doesn’t always do a good job of.
I’ll have more on this show and all things pro wrestling later tonight on Around the Ring.