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ROH TV REPORT
JULY 28, 2019
PHILADELPHIA, PA AT 2300 ARENA
AIRED ON ROHWRESTLING.COM
REPORT BY HARLEY R. PAGEOT, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Commentary: Ian Riccaboni, Caprice Coleman
Quick vignette showcasing highlights of The Briscoes, Rush, and Dragon Lee in action followed by a snippet of the Briscoes’ closing promo from last week.
-In the arena we opened with the 2017 Top Prospect winner Josh Woods. As Young made his entrance clips aired of Jonathan Gresham low blowing him to steal the victory at Best In The World.
(1) “THE TECHNICIAN OF HONOR” SILAS YOUNG vs. JOSH “THE GOODS” WOODS
Young immediately bailed to ringside and grabbed a microphone. He said it’s been two years since Woods arrived in ROH and he hasn’t done anything. Young said it shouldn’t be that way. Woods is a multi-time collegiate wrestling champion but nobody respects him. Whether they like Young or not they respect him. He asked Woods if he wants polite golf claps or if he wants to be great. He’s got a hell of a lot of learning to do before he earns any respect.
Young handed the mic to the referee, who accepted it for some reason and walked over to place it out of the ring. Young used his negligence to kick Woods between the legs and small package him.
WINNER: Silas Young in 2:36.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Enough with the low blows already. Good lord.)
-Video recap of Villain Enterprises refusing to defend the six-man titles last week and instead battling Lifeblood in a street fight. Bandido pinned Scurll with a moonsault fallaway slam. [C]
-The Jay Lethal promo from Manhattan Mayhem played again with Lethal talking about wrestling in Madison Square Garden at G1 Supercard. He said he doesn’t care what the ROH title means to other people, he knows what it means to him, and he could not leave New York City without the world title.
(Pageot’s Perspective: LOL)
-Out of the video the bell rang in the ring with Cheeseburger’s ninja squad in the heel corner facing off against three Future Of Honor competitors.
(2) SHINOBI SHADOW SQUAD (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom, & Ryan Nova) vs. “NUMBER ONE” BRIAN JOHNSON, JOE KEYS, & DANTE CABALLERO
Nova and Keys started. The rookies worked over Burger. Hot tag to Isom at 2:08. Kryptonite Crunch to Caballero but Johnson broke up the pin. Nova with a suicide dive to Johnson. 3S hit their triple-team finisher, Oyasumi, to Caballero for the win.
WINNERS: Shinobi Shadow Squad in 5:50.
-Caballero and Keys argued about the loss and came to blows before security got between them. [C]
(Pageot’s Perspective: This has been the go-to dark match for most ROH live events over the past six months. 3S continue to declare they want the six-man titles. It will likely lead to a title shot sooner than later seeing as how they’re the only ones in the company who do. Their opponents here are all entrants in the 2019 Top Prospect Tournament with Caballero and Keys facing each other in the first round. No word on when the tournament will start.)
-The same video package from last week played again recapping Sumie Sakai becoming the first Women Of Honor World Champion at Supercard Of Honor 2018 and having her orbital bone broken by Kagetsu at G1 Supercard. This next match was her first since April 14 TV.
WOH World Champion Kelly Klein joined the commentary team.
(3) SUMIE SAKAI vs. KARISSA RIVERA
They wrestled to a standstill early on. [C]
Northern lights suplex from Sakai. Catapult into a Boston crab. Dropkicks, forearms, and a pump-kick from Rivera. Swinging neckbreaker from Sakai. Missile dropkick. Spinebuster from Rivera. Back body drop from Sakai. Rivera fought off a Smash Mouth attempt. Sunset flip from Sakai but Rivera sat down and hooked the legs for the pin.
WINNER: Karissa Rivera in 8:50.
-Interviewer Quinn McKay entered the ring. She put over Rivera defeating a former WOH World Champion. Sakai pushed McKay away, shook Rivera’s hand, and raised her arm in victory. [C]
(Pageot’s Perspective: This was fine but it never really gelled into anything more than a collection of stray moves. Rivera will be challenging Klein for the title on TV sometime in August. (Yes, all it takes is one victory in Women Of Honor to earn a title match.) With her initial championship reign behind her it appears Sakai will be transitioning into a role as the veteran putting over the younger talent.)
-In the locker room Josh Woods was being held back by security while he tried to get at Silas Young. Young insisted he did Woods a favor and that Woods needed someone like Young to smarten him up.
-Quick video recap showing Coast 2 Coast defeating Master & Machine at an undisclosed location sometime in the recent past.
(4) ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE BRISCOES (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) vs. RUSH & DRAGON LEE – NON-TITLE MATCH
Los hermanos de CMLL wore matching baseball jerseys. The Briscoes caught a suicide dive from Lee and turned into a suplex on the floor. They threw Rush into the guardrail. [C]
A disclaimer on the screen said that aspects of this match have been edited and censored for broadcast television but you can watch the whole thing uncensored on Honor Club. The Briscoes worked over Lee. Lee fired up on Mark and made the tag. Rush entered legally for the first time. He could have hit his finisher on Mark but elected to just kick him across the face instead. Both Briscoes into the guardrail. Double-team maneuevers to Jay. Mark returned to the ring bleeding profusely from the head. The blood was partially blurred out. Stereo tranquilo poses from Rush and Lee. [C]
Powerbomb from Mark to Rush. Lariat from Jay. Jay threw a steel chair into the ring. Mark set it up and leapt off for a cannonball over the ropes onto both opponents. Neckbreaker to Rush from Jay. Froggy-bow from Mark but Lee broke up the pin. All four men threw hands. Poisonrana from Lee to Mark. Death valley driver from Jay to Lee. Rolling German suplex from Rush to Jay. The fans were on their feet. “Fight forever” chant.
Mark dropkicked Lee off the apron. Ura nage to Rush. Rush with an overhead suplex sending Jay into the corner. Lee ran and leapt over the top rope to hurricanrana Mark off the apron to the floor. Lee landed on his feet. Rush with The Bull’s Horns to Jay for the win.
WINNERS: Rush & Lee in 13:47 of TV time.
(Pageot’s Perspective: It certainly seemed like a fantastic match based on the crowd and commentary reaction. We’ll have to check out the uncut version on Honor Club to decide for ourselves as the multiple commercial breaks always hurt the flow. One would have to assume this means Lee & Rush are in line for a tag title match now post-Summer Supercard. Based on 2019 ROH booking that will likely be a street fight for the titles at Death Before Dishonor in September.)
-Next week: it’s a replay of Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal vs. Kenny King for the world title from Manhattan Mayhem.