ROH TV REPORT
APRIL 14, 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 Coleman
The Briscoes cut a promo in a dark room. They were insulted about having to qualify for the Crockett Cup. They’re ten-time ROH tag team champions. Jay vowed to win the whole tournament.
-In the arena we opened with Shane Taylor’s music.
(1) LUCHASAURUS vs. SHANE TAYLOR
Taylor talked trash so Luchasaurus clocked him. Taylor hit a draping cutter with Luchasaurus dragged across the top rope. [C]
Luchasaurus got some strikes in but Taylor controlled for the most part. Chokeslam from Luchasaurus. Standing moonsault but Taylor got his knees up. Greetings From 216.
WINNER: Shane Taylor in 6:44.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Not a bad match but very formulaic. If you’ve seen any Taylor match or any Luchasaurus match this was that.)
-Video recap of last week’s main event where Silas Young defeated Jonathan Greham due to ref bump and low blow. Cameras caught Young backstage after the match. He addressed Gresham. He said Gresham busted his head open but– Gresham walked up. He said Young can’t beat him in a fair one-on-one match. Some goons in black shirts showed up and separated them. [C]
-Tenille Dashwood joined commentary. She said she’s finally cleared to wrestle again and can’t wait to get back in the ring.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Just not for ROH apparently. She left the promotion two weeks ago.)
-Katie Forbes and Mazzerati made their entrance for their WOH debut. Riccaboni put over their wrestling résumés but Forbes undercut all of that by posing doggystyle on the apron and shaking her ass. Their opponents were our two former WOH world champions.
(2) SUMIE SAKAI & MAYU IWATANI vs. MAZZERATI & KATIE FORBES
The enhancement talent blew off the code of honor. Iwatani and Mazzerati started. Quick arm drags and snapmares from Iwatani that left Mazzerati overwhelmed. They tagged out to Sakai and Forbes. Mongolian chops from Sakai. Forbes yanked her to the mat by her hair and ran her ass into her head before rubbing it in Sakai’s face in the corner. Coleman really overacted on commentary about how terrible and disrespectful this was. [C]
Mazzerati worked over Sakai. Forbes yanked Iwatani off the apron to prevent a tag. She dropped her face-first into the apron. Pendulum DDT from Mazzerati. TJ neckbreaker from Sakai. Tag to Iwatani. Forbes jumped in but Iwatani took them both out with a springboard armdrag and split-leg basement dropkick. Northern lights suplex. Tag back to Sakai. Missile dropkick from Iwatani. High crossbody from Sakai. All four women back in. Forbes picked up both opponents in a firewoman’s carry and did squats with them on her back before landing a Samoan drop. All four women remained in the ring while referee Todd Sinclair just stood around, not even trying to enforce anything. Sakai hit Smash Mouth on Mazzerati for the win.
WINNERS: Iwatani & Sakai in 8:35.
-Iwatani celebrated with the Women Of Honor championship that she lost eight days ago.
(Pageot’s Perspective: A fine match. The enhancement talent playing heels kept things a bit more interesting than it would have otherwise been. Iwatani’s taking significant time off to deal with a nagging knee injury but, even if she weren’t, G1 Supercard felt like the closing of a chapter. All signs are that we’re moving on from the Stardom period of WOH into a TNA period.)
-Replay of the PJ Black vignette from last week where he blamed his loss to the young Bandido on January 13 at Honor Reigns Supreme as the impetus for his (short-lived) heel turn. Now that Black has turned face again they will meet in a rematch next week.
-Nick Aldis joined commentary for the main event.
(3) ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION JEFF COBB & NWA NATIONAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION WILLIE MACK vs. THE BRISCOES (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) – CROCKETT CUP QUALIFIER
Mark and Mack started with a chopfest. Cobb tagged in for a delayed vertical suplex. Jay tagged in against Cobb. [C]
The Briscoes double-teamed Cobb. Mark with a corkscrew flip off the top turnbuckle onto Cobb and Mack at ringside. Mack got the tag at 10:00 but the heels quickly put him back down. [C]
Pop-up flatliner from Mack to Mark. Hot tag to Cobb at 15:00. He took out both brothers including back suplexing them at the same time. Tag back to Mack. Standing moonsault to Jay. Jay goaded Mack at ringside, which allowed Mark to nail him with a dropkick through the ropes. Mark with a blockbuster off the apron to Cobb. Mack blocked a Jay Driller and hit a ura nage. Mack went to the corner but Jay caught him on his shoulders and they hit a Doomsday Device. Cobb just barely broke it up. “This is awesome” chant. Redneck Boogie prevented by Cobb. Stunner to Mark from Mack into a German suplex from Cobb. Top rope frog-splash but Mark kicked out. Jay saved Mark from taking a Tour Of The Islands and took out Cobb with a boot on the floor. Jay Driller to Mack. Froggy-bow.
WINNERS: The Briscoes in 20:53 to earn a spot in the 2019 Crockett Cup.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Definitely the best match we’ve had on ROH television in weeks. During the Bullet Club era of ROH The Young Bucks and their various opponents helped truly establish tag team wrestling as main event wrestling for ROH and on the same level as singles matches. It’s nice to see this trend continue even after their departure as it’s one of the few areas where ROH excels over WWE.
The results of this one were, as usual, spoiled due to how long it takes for ROH tapings to make air. The NWA revealed the full brackets for the Crockett Cup last week whereas this match was filmed almost a month ago on March 16. The Briscoes will face the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in the first round.)
-Next week: it’s Bandido vs. PJ Black, Kenny King vs. Tracy Williams, and The Bouncers vs. Reno Scum.