ROH TV REPORT
APRIL 7, 2019
LAS VEGAS, NV AT SAM’S TOWN
AIRED ON SINCLAIR AFFILIATES & ROHWRESTLING.COM
REPORT BY HARLEY R. PAGEOT, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Commentary: Ian Riccaboni, Caprice Colema, Nick Aldis
-In the arena we opened with the NJPW logo and the three young lions from the January tour of Texas made their entrance.
(1) DALTON CASTLE & THE BOYS (Brandon & Brent) vs. NJPW YOUNG LIONS (Alex Coughlin, Karl Fredericks, & Clark Connors)
Castle and Connors started. Riccaboni explained that Katsuyori Shibata hand-picked these three rookies to be a part of New Japan’s Los Angeles dojo. Brent tagged in but Connors worked him back into the corner, wanting Castle. They jockeyed for a bit before Coughlin tagged in against Castle. The Boys both tagged themselves in at the same time. [C]
Brent avoided the lions and tagged Castle. Release German suplex to Fredericks. Castle took turns tossing the Boys over the top ropes onto the lions at ringside. Castle tagged out to Brandon but was disposed of by the lions immediately. They triple-teamed Brandon. Boston crab. Castle made the save. The Boys pulled twin magic while the referee was busy with Castle. Brent rolled up Fredericks for the win.
WINNERS: Castle & The Boys in 8:46. [C]
(Pageot’s Perspective: The last happy victory for the team of Castle and his Boys, although they had to cheat to beat the unsigned rookies. I said in January that Coughlin & Fredericks reminded me of the American Wolves at times and I stand by it. They could definitely be players in ROH when they graduate from the dojo.)
-Video recap of Bandido defeating PJ Black at Honor Reigns Supreme on January 13.
-Video package on Black. He blamed his heel turn on his loss to the much younger Bandido. Footage also played of Black’s match vs. Aldis where he wrestled heel. Since then he’s done some soul-searching and he’s heard what Lifeblood’s been talking about. It makes a lot of sense to him and he needs to get back to that.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Short but effective. First real voice work we’ve heard from Black since him joining ROH. He currently has the second worst record in ROH this year behind Rhett Titus at 0-4 so we’ll see if a face turn helps him pick up wins. With his Worldwide Underground cohorts Johnny Impact and Taya Valkyrie off in Impact! and Jack Evans wrestling in AAA there was no chance of that stable showing up in ROH so you might as well take Black in a different direction.)
-The Voros Twins (our second set of twins tonight) entered for a tag match. The Bouncers were their opponents to “Beer!” chants from the crowd. [C]
(2) THE BOUNCERS (Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas) vs. THE VOROS TWINS (Chris Voros & Patrick Voros)
Bruiser and Chris Voros started. The twins distracted and chopblocked to gain control. The commentators amused themselves by making fun of the Voros’ appearances. Milonas tagged in and they bumped for him. Last Call.
WINNERS: The Bouncers in 3:20.
(Pageot’s Perspective: This was the Bouncers’ third televised enhancement match in the past two months and ROH rarely books jobbers. They must be being built up for something big but I can’t say they’ve been built up enough yet to be credible threats to Guerrillas Of Destiny at this point.)
-Video recap of TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia bashing Jonathan Gresham’s knee with a steel chair at 17th Anniversary when Gresham tried to counteract their interference in the Lethal-Taven world title match. Backstage Silas Young found him being helped down the hall by two medics. Young asked if Gresham was ducking out of their scheduled match. Young kicked his knee out and sprinkled some cigarette ashes on him. Their match would end up getting pulled from that pay-per-view as a result. [C]
-The Briscoes cut a promo outside at night on their match next week. They face Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack with the winners entering the Crockett Cup.
(3) “THE OCTOPUS” JONATHAN GRESHAM vs. “THE LAST REAL MAN” SILAS YOUNG
Basic action through the opening minutes. They traded chops at ringside. [C]
Young worked over Gresham. [C]
Standing switches. Gresham with a dropkick to Young in the corner. Roll-ups and counters. They traded headbutts. Death valley driver from Young. Knee. Anarchist suplex. He elbowed Gresham back to the mat. Kip-up, enzigiuri, release German suplex from Gresham. Young to ringside and Gresham took him out with his Sonic cannonball. Shooting star press but Young got his shoulder up at two and a half. Ankle lock from Gresham. Young was bleeding badly from somewhere on his head. Young rolled through on the ankle lock, which sent Gresham nearly crashing into referee Todd Sinclair. As Sinclair doubled up, Young low blowed and small packaged Gresham.
WINNER: Silas Young in 21:28.
(Pageot’s Perspective: I like both of these guys but gosh, that was boring. The last five minutes or so were fun but the rest was slow and paint by numbers. This was a completely skippable episode of TV and I can’t say that next week’s lineup sounds all that important either considering Cobb & Mack have only teamed together once and their opponents are ten-time ROH tag champions.)
-Next week: it’s Shane Taylor vs. Luchasaurus and The Briscoes vs. Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack for a spot in the Crockett Cup.