Ring of Honor METZGER'S ROH TV REPORT 9/6 & 9/9: "Championship Edition" features ROH World Title match, ROH Tag Title match, more; Overall Reax
Sep 9, 2015 - 10:48:20 PM
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ROH TV Report
Aired September 6, 2015 in syndication
To air September 9, 2015 on Dest. America
Taped 8/21 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Report by Mike Metzger (@md0uble), PWTorch Contributor
The ROH "Creating Excellence" signature aired.
Backstage: ROH World & TV champion Jay Lethal and Truth Martini cut a promo on Roderick Strong hyping tonight's main event. Martini offered Strong a "multiple choice" of how he wanted his ass beat and then listed off a bunch of Lethal's moves. Lethal continued his crazed yet confident promo style, yelling that Strong's "time was up" and his "chance was done." He said that Cheeseburger was more deserving of a title shot at this point and said that this would be Strong's last chance at the ROH World Title. Strong was then shown backstage. He complimented Lethal for being great, but said that he was much better. He promised to become a two-time ROH World champion.
[Reax: Strong (no pun intended) promos from both men. I really like Lethal's new "delusions of grandeur" promo style he has adopted in the past few weeks. It's just a great way to tell the story of the two championships going straight to Lethal's head. I think it's safe to assume that Lethal's hubris will lead to his eventual downfall.]
The ROH TV opening aired.
Ringside: Announcers Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino welcomed viewers to the show and then hyped tonight's "Championship Edition" of ROH TV. They hyped tonight's ROH World Title main event and...
1 -- ROH tag champions THE ADDICTION (CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & FRANKIE KAZARIAN w/Chris Sabin) vs. THE YOUNG BUCKS (NICK & MATT JACKSON) -- ROH Tag Team Title match
Clips aired of the Addiction's epic beat down of the Young Bucks a few weeks ago on ROH TV. The Bucks appropriately responded by nailing Daniels with a pair of superkicks during introductions! The bell then rang and the Bucks took turns double-teaming each of their opponents. They threw Kaz to the ropes, but Sabin pulled him to safety on the outside. They threw Daniels to the outside and then Nick hit a beautiful moonsault onto him! Sabin immediately nailed Nick with a superkick on the outside, but the ref saw it and ejected Sabin at the 0:50 mark! No more numbers game for the champions.
"This is awesome" chant from the crowd as the Bucks taunted Sabin to leave the ringside area. Sabin charged at them, but ate a double superkick from the Bucks! The Bucks isolated Daniels in the ring and hit him with a double-moonsault/dropkick combo! They kicked Kaz off of the apron and then Matt nailed Daniels with a superkick in the corner. The Bucks went for another double-team, but Kaz shoved Nick off the top rope while Daniels dumped Matt to the outside. Daniels hit a moonsault on both Bucks and then Kaz scored a nearfall on Matt in the ring, as the show went to a break at the 2:55 point in the match.
Back at 5:25, Daniels was in firm control of Matt Jackson in the ring. The champs spent the next couple minutes isolating Matt with some quick tags. Both Daniels and Kaz heelishly taunted the crowd in the process. Daniels applied a bear hug to Matt on the Matt while illegally using the ropes for leverage. Matt eventually broke the hold and hit a unique-looking Ace Crusher from the top rope. This allowed him to make the hot tag to Nick at 8:00!
Nick came in and was a house afire. He nailed Daniels with a moonsault on the outside and then a springboard facebuster to Kaz back on the inside. He scored a nearfall on Kaz. Matt then re-entered and the Bucks hit a Corner Cannonball/enziguri combo on Kaz. The Bucks hit their Swanton in the ropes combo and went for the cover, but Daniels broke it up. The Addiction fought back with their powerbomb/neckbreaker combo on Matt. They went for another move, but Matt nailed Kaz with a superkick! Daniels fought Matt off and went for the Best Moonsault Ever, but Matt got the knees up! Nick came in, but was hit with a slingshot cutter from Kaz. Before Kaz could capitalize, he was immediately superkicked by Nick! All four men were down at 10:15.
The Addiction isolated Matt again. Kaz applied a cross arm-breaker, as the Kingdom ran out and attacked Daniels on the outside. Kaz tripped Matt in the ring and went for the cover, but he couldn't put Matt away. Nick ran in and hit a superkick on Kaz! The Bucks hit their Buckle Bomb/enizguri combo. The Bucks went for an IndyTaker on Kaz, but Nick chose to moonsault onto the Kingdom and Daniels on the outside instead! He quickly ran in and hit the IndyTaker on Kaz. He went for the cover, but Taven yanked the ref out of the ring at the 12:05 mark!
Nick kicked Taven from the apron. The Bucks were going for a double-superkick on Kaz, but Daniels ran in and nailed Nick with the title belt. Daniels went to hit Matt with the belt, but ate a superkick instead! Matt then picked up the belt and nailed Daniels and then Bennett on the apron with it. Matt went to hit Kaz with it, but Maria got on the apron and yanked it away from Matt. The fans chanted super kick as Matt stared down Maria. Kaz rolled up Matt and used the tights as the ref counted to three!
WINNERS: The Addiction via pinfall in 13:04 to retain the ROH World Tag Team Titles.
After the match, ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness came down to the ring. He grabbed the mic and said "not like that, not on my watch." Huge "Nigel" chant from the crowd. McGuinness addressed Daniels and said that when he first started in ROH, Daniels believed in pure wrestling and a "clean winner and clean loser." He said that Daniels might not believe in that anymore, but many people still do.
McGuinness said that the Bucks definitely deserved another title match. He threatened to take away the Kingdom's title shot at All-Star Extravaganza and award it to the Bucks. The crowd booed at the re-match not happening right then and there. Nigel said that he could not contractually take away the title shot from The Kingdom, so instead, there will be a three-way between The Addiction, The Kingdom, and the Young Buck at the All-Star Extravaganza PPV.
ANALYSIS: The match itself was very good while it lasted. The Bucks had the right tone after the heinous attack from The Addiction a few weeks back. Things really broke down at the end, but I guess ROH needed a path to the three-way at All Star Extravaganza. I think the Kingdom definitely deserves a spot on the PPV, but I wish ROH would have put them somewhere else on the card. While the Kingdom being added will help the match itself, it waters down the Addiction-Bucks feud I was so high on just a few weeks ago. (***1/4)
Inside ROH: Mandy Leon threw to a video package on the Dalton Castle-Silas Young feud. The package started with a post-match promo from Castle where he lounged on his "boys" in the ring while calling himself the true "last real men in Ring of Honor." Clips from a few weeks ago then aired where the "boys" cost Silas a match against Castle. After the match, Silas challenged Castle to a match in which the "boys" would be on the line. Castle's promo from last week then aired where he accepted the challenge, but said that Silas would have to become one of his "boys" if he lost the match. A new promo from Silas then aired. He said that the "boys" would become men and learn "how to chop wood... how to change to the oil on a car... how to put a broad in her place." He said the "boys" would become rude and misogynistic, but they would also become "men."
[Reax: Good use of Inside ROH this week, hyping another match for All-Star Extravaganza.]
2 -- ROH World & TV champion JAY LETHAL (w/Truth Martini, Donovan Dijak, and J. Diesel) vs. RODERICK STRONG -- ROH World Title match
Strong tripped over a ring crew member at ringside during his entrance. Not sure why that wasn't edited out. During the House of Truth's entrance, clips aired of Lethal defeating Hanson to retain the ROH TV Title last week. The fans battle-chanted while both men shook hands and stared each other down in the center. Neither would let go of the handshake until both men started throwing punches and the bell rang. Strong got the early advantage until he went for an early Strong Hold. Lethal kicked out of it and sent Strong to the outside. He followed up with a dive, but Strong ran right back into the ring and hit a beautiful dropkick! The show then went to an early commercial at 1:15.
(During the break, Cedric Alexander and Veda Scott cut a backstage promo on Moose. Veda did most of the heavy-lifting. She said they were going to take Moose back to where he started- being a nobody. Veda warned that they would do whatever it took to end Moose's career because anyone and anything would be legal at All-Star Extravaganza.)
Back at 3:45, both men were trading chops on the outside. Strong got the upper hand and then threw Lethal into the hockey boards. Strong rolled Lethal back into the ring for a one count. The battle chant started back up again, as Lethal fought back with some elbows. Strong sent Lethal to the outside, however. Strong went to dive onto the House of Truth at ringside, but was caught by Dijak and Diesel. Roddy fought them off momentarily, but then ate a superkick from Lethal. Lethal threw Strong into the hockey boards, as another battle chant broke out. Lethal hit Strong with some chops and then rammed his head into the ring apron. Lethal followed up by dropping an elbow onto Strong while he was on the apron.
Lethal rolled Strong back into the ring, but could only get a one count. Strong got to his feet and both men traded blows in the center. Strong knocked Lethal off his feet with a chop, but Lethal got up and hit a variation of Snake Eyes on Strong in the corner. Lethal stayed in control for the next minute or so, cutting open Strong's forehead in the process. Lethal applied a chin lock in the center at the 8:40 mark. Strong fought out after 30 seconds, but Lethal just tossed him back to the outside. Dijak snuck in some stomps to Strong on the outside, as Lethal posed in the ring. The show then went to another break at the 9:43 point in the match.
Back at 10:43, Strong reversed a Lethal Combination attempt into a backbreaker! Strong threw a series of chops at Lethal in the corner. Strong went for a throw, but Lethal fought out. Roddy remained in control by throwing five consecutive running elbows at Lethal. He went for the cover, but Lethal kicked out at two! Lethal countered a Gibson Driver attempt and then nailed Roddy with a superkick. He quickly followed up with the Lethal Combination, but Roddy was able to kick out of the pin attempt!
Yet another battle chant erupted, as Lethal positioned Strong on the top turnbuckle. Lethal went for a superplex, but Strong fought out and shoved Lethal to the mat! Strong hit his own version of the Hail to the King elbow smash, but Lethal kicked out at two! Both men were down on the mat and then traded blows on their knees! Strong dared Lethal to hit him in the face. Lethal obliged, but Strong hit Lethal right back.
Lethal hit a series of forearms strikes, but Roddy countered with a jumping knee strike. Strong positioned Lethal up top and hit a superplex! He went for the cover, but Lethal reversed into a small package for two! Strong hit another jumping knee, but Lethal reversed with a superkick. Lethal went for the Lethal Injection, but Strong reversed with a Sick Kick! Strong went for the cover, but Lethal kicked out at two. Crazy sequence! The show went to yet another break at 17:10.
Back at 19:10, Strong hit Lethal with several knees and even dropkicked Dijak on the outside to boot. Lethal fought back with two consecutive superkicks. Lethal unwrapped his tape and began choking Strong with him. Referee Todd Sinclair grabbed it and threw it out of the ring, but while his back was turned Lethal nailed Strong with the title belt! Lethal hit the Lethal Injection and went for the cover, but somehow Strong kicked out at two! Lethal appeared to be frustrated. He kicked Strong in the head and then hit another Lethal Injection for the victory.
WINNER: Jay Lethal via pinfall in 21:04 to retain the ROH World Title.
ANALYSIS: I liked this match a lot better than their 60-minute time-limit draw at Death Before Dishonor. This was both guys's best stuff packed into 20 minutes, rather than watering it down with an extra 40 minutes just for the sake of doing a time-limit draw. The three commercial breaks hurt the flow of the match at times. I thought the match was well on its way to four-star territory, but then the final break (which included two house ads for upcoming ROH live events and All-Star Extravaganza) really cut off the momentum. Still, this was a great match for TV and worth going out of your way to see. (***3/4)
After the match, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish appeared in the entranceway and locked eyes with Jay Lethal from afar. Graphics hyping both singles title matches at All-Star Extravaganza aired and then the show concluded with the All-Star Extravaganza TV ad.
FINAL REAX: This "Championship Edition" showcased ROH's superior in-ring product. Unfortunately, both matches featured a great deal of outside interference and cheating. Perhaps ROH is saving the clean finishes for their upcoming PPV, but I think they run the risk of turning off prospective viewers who see all too much of that in WWE and TNA. I don't think the shenanigans were even necessary in the main event. Lethal is notorious for cheating, but at the same time he's positioned as one of the best wrestlers in the business. I think it would have been better for him to go over Strong clean, as he would still have to "turn it up" in order to successfully defend both titles in the same night against Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish.
The rest of the show did a great job of hyping the All-Star Extravaganza PPV. As mentioned previously in my ROH TV reports, the company has improved by leaps in bounds in this regard over the last year. The card has come together quite nicely with intriguing stories behind most of the matches. This is a major reversal from last year when a lot of the PPV matches came off more as exhibitions than heated rivalries. The booking is another area where ROH has improved tremendously and it's a shame that there is not more buzz surrounding this promotion right now.
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