MCNEILL'S TAKE Double Duty: McNEILL previews ROH's All-Star Extravaganza VII pay-per-view!
Sep 18, 2015 - 10:50:27 PM
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By Pat McNeill, PWTorch Columnist
Wake the pets and call the neighbors. It's time for our semi-monthly ROH pay-per-view preview column!
DISCLAIMER: Projections are made by myself and for myself with absolutely no assistance from Joe Koff, Nigel McGuinness or The Man With The Lizard Face. Projections are not predictions, because this is the column where everything's made up and the points don't matter. This preview has been sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnall's porch since noon today. Some of our departing contestants will receive a supply of Havoline Motor Oil. Havoline is the only motor oils with Deposit Shield® that protects your engine against harmful deposits. And remember, four whammies brings tears to your eyes and puts you out of the game. Remember, this is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, please, no wagering. This lineup is based on the best available information as of this writing. These predictions are based on what the columnist would do if he had creative control over ROH, unless a better one-liner comes along.
This should be a good show, and the main event should be fantastic. ROH doesn't really need my help, and I've never been particularly good at predicting what Hunter Johnson will book on any given weekend, but I feel duty bound to try.
Three weeks ago, frequent PWTorch Livecast guest Stevie Richards made his return to Ring of Honor. Here's what happened.
And without further ado, let's roll right into this month's Wrestling History Lesson. Twenty years ago, on September 18, 1995, World Championship Wrestling aired WCW Monday Nitro from Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee. The show kicks off with Harlem Heat defending the WCW World Tag Team Titles against Buff Bagwell & Scotty Riggs, the American Males. Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Steve "Mongo" McMichael had the call. Good times.
And, as your free gift for viewing this column, let's take you back to January 14, 2006 for ROH's Hell Freezes Over show from Philadelphia. On that show, we saw "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles take on Matt Sydal. Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard had the call.
While we're here, let's take a look back at the 17th Greatest Moment in TNA Wrestling history. Why? Because it involves ROH Champion Jay Lethal.
On with the projections!
I have no idea what the dark match will be for this show, but I hope Samson Walker is involved.
The Briscoe Brothers' Open Challenge:: Originally, I thought BJ Whitmer would send Colby Corino and a scrub out there to take a beating. But I've heard another idea I like better. Projection? We get the ROH return of **Kenny King**, and the All Night Xpress reunite to give the Briscoes a battle. Titus succumbs to the Jay Driller.
Dalton Castle vs. Silas Young (Battle For the Boys): If this were WWE, you just know Silas would be winning, so we could get the skits of Young bullying Dalton's Boys. Projection? Castle wins with the bang-a-rang. Silas has to become one of Castle's boys. After a few weeks of silliness, Silas snaps and injures Dalton's assistants, to give us a fresh round of Castle vs. Young going into Final Battle.
Moose vs. Cedric Alexander (No Disqualification): Virtually everyone is predicting Moose gets the better of Cedric here, which is reason enough to wonder if something's afoot. Projection? Veda calls on the House of Truth. Dijak & Diesel help stall Moose long enough so Cedric can hit Moose with the wrench and knock the man. Cedric wins again, and we learn how anxious Truth Martini is to keep Moose from getting a title shot.
Matt Sydal vs. ACH (Match 3 - Best of Five Series): Some people have complained that there's no reason behind this feud, other than the desire to have some good matches. What do those people think Ring of Honor has been about for the past thirteen years? Projection? ACH hits the Big Bang Attack to go up two matches to one.
A.J. Styles vs. Roderick Strong vs. Michael Elgin vs. Adam Cole: Somebody will get the next ROH title shot, which will presumably happen in five weeks at Glory By Honor. We just came off of Roderick's last title shot. Projection? Cole pins Michael Elgin after a Panama Sunrise, setting up a perfect spot for the newly turned babyface.
Jay Lethal vs. Bobby Fish (ROH Television Title): I know Jay is the World Champion, but he has also held the Television Title for the past 6,488 days, the longest title run since The Fabulous Moolah. Projection Takaaki Watanabe is at ringside for this, since he faces the winner. Lethal has the advantage the whole way until Fish stuns the champ with the Flying Fish Hook for the pin. History is made in San Antonio.
The Addiction vs. The Kingdom vs. The Young Bucks (ROH Tag Team Titles - No Disqualification): It sounds like we'll be seeing a lot more of the Brothers Jackson in Ring of Honor, and that's not a bad thing. Projection? We have a ringside scrum between Chris Sabin, Maria Kanellis and whoever is seconding the Bucks. Kazarian catches Matt Jackson with the Wave of the Future, and The Addiction stays on top for a bit longer.
Jay Lethal vs. Kyle O'Reilly (ROH World Title): Yes, Kyle O'Reilly has looked spectacular so far in 2015. Yes, Kyle O'Reilly would make a great Ring of Honor champion. No, I don't see it happening here. Projection? Lethal pins O'Reilly with the dreaded handful of tights after a long match, then Lethal and his House of Truth crew beat down O'Reilly after the match, until Adam Cole and Bobby Fish make the save.
Aftermath: The next pay-per-view is what, Final Battle, right? Let's say Jay Lethal vs. Moose and Cole, O'Reilly & Fish face The Addiction & Chris Sabin in a six-man tag team war. We'll see you then.
*** Pat McNeill of Greenville, South Carolina has been a Torch columnist since February 2001. He'd take the Alabama Crimson Tide to beat the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday Night Football. You know, if gambling were legal.
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