Ring of Honor Wrestling TV Report – #Episode 290
The show opened with a version of the promo we saw last week from the Briscoe Brothers that detailed Bully Ray’s debut at Manhattan Mayhem, but this time we see more of Bully Ray’s promo that night, and we see highlights of the match from the last pay per view, where Ray and The Briscoes defeated War Machine and Davey Boy Smith Jr. Tonight they challenge the Kingdom for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Titles.
Once again, the show comes from Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Kevin Kelly and Ian Ricconabi are on commentary this week.
Punishment Martinez vs. Hanson
These two go right at each other from the opening bell. Martinez goes for a spinkick, but Hanson turns into a one arm powerbomb. Martinez takes a powder, but Hanson nails him with a tope. Hanson then takes a chair, sits it on the bottom of the rope, then sits Martinez on it so he can run down the ramp with an awesome seated senton on him. Martinez staggered into the ring and Hanson caught him with a clothesline in the corner. Hanson whips him in the other side, but takes his eye off Martinez for just a minute and Martinez hit a spear from the second rope. Martinez catches with a flying back elbow and a clothesline in the corner, then bodyslams him and hit a springboard corkscrew senton on him. Commercial Break.
BFC, both men are fighting to get a suplex, but neither can the other attempt for several attempts, until Hanson finally hits the move. Hanson then goes on the assault-a backdrop, a clothesline in the corner, and a basement crossbody block. He then hit a springboard clothesline for a two count. Hanson sits Martinez across the ropes and starts dropping 10 forearms across the chest, but Martinez grabs him by the throat at nine and goes for a chokeslam, but Hanson kicks him in the gut. Martinez reverses a whip, but Hansen floats over to the apron, but Martinez knocks him to the floor with a springboard Superman Punch, then goes over the ringpost with an awesome suicide dive! Martinez tosses Hanson back in the ring and hits a top rope spin kick for a two count.
The two big men go through a series of ducks and reversals that ends up looking really rough, which ends in Hanson catching him with a power slam for a two count. Hanson goes for another springboard, but Martinez catches him by the throat. Hanson fights out and they both miss spinkicks and trade big shots until Martinez beats Hanson down with a series of punches, but Hanson catches him with the spinkick of Doom for a near fall. Martinez keeps trying to go for the chokeslam, but Hanson fights out of it a few more times, and hits a seated senton out of the corner. Hanson sets him up for the moonsault, but Davey Boy Smith Jr comes out and distracts him. Hanson then goes for the move and misses. Martinez then gets up and catches him with a Trouble In Paradise, then hits a seated chokeslam for the three count.
Winner: Martinez via pinfall
They hype The Six Man Tag Team titles in the main event, but then they go back to the anniversary show, in the title match, TK O’Ryan got crazy a height and distance on an Asai Moonsault and busted his ankle on the guardrail. The Kingdom managed to go on and win the match against Dalton Castle and The Boys, but would be a man down for their match tonight.
BFC, we get a promo from Silas Young, The Last Real Man, hyping up ROH Unauthorized, which would be taking place in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
We then go back to Kelly and Ricconabi, who then setup a video of Hangman Adam Page, who they hype up as the “Problem Solver” of Bullet Club, attacking Frankie Kazarian in a parking garage for what the trick he played on the Bullet Club, making everyone believe that he had joined them. Hangman threw him into the hall and was going to put the noose around him before a car honked, and Page ran off. Very old school NWA of them.
They then went back to The Hammerstein Ballroom for the second semifinal match of the Top Prospect Tournament. Once again, its Ricconobi and Brutal Bob Evans on commentary.
John Skyler vs. Curt Stallion in the SemiFinals of the Top Prospect Tournament
Stallion is actually from Crane, Texas, where a good friend of mine from college is form. Skyler, wearing his crazy shoulder pads, is no doubt the favorite in the tournament. They stalemate on a couple of tie ups to start the match and they start exchanging slaps and chops until Skyler grabs a headlock. Skyler nailed him with a shoulder block, but Stallion came back with a backelbow and a dropkick. Skyler went for a sunset flip, but Stallion rolled through and yelled “You’re Stupid!” while coming down with a double stomp to the chest for a two count. Stallion went to the second rope, but Skyler saw it coming and took a powder. Stallion tried to come at him with a top, but Skyler just stepped to the side, and Stallion crashed into the rails! Commercial Break.
BFC, Skyler caught Stallion with a kick to the head as he comes back in the ring for a pair of two counts, then drops a senton for a two count. Skyler then went to a rear chinlock. Stallion fought out of the hold, but Skyler caught him with a rolling Fireman’s carry, and then he went for the senton again, but Stallion got the knees up. Stallion went for a backdrop driver, but Skyler blocked it and hit a Tiger Driver for a near fall. Skyler then taunted Stallion, before slapping him in the face, but Stallion fired up and made a comeback. Stallion hit him with some chops, but Skyler caught him with a Release German, but Stallion no sold it and hit a Release German suplex of his own! Stallion caught Skyler with a roaring elbow, then a bridging German suplex for a two count. Skyler sunk in a corner, and Stallion nailed him with a running boot scrap, a charging knee, and a skateboard dropkick for another near fall. Stallion hit a few big forearms, then Skyler came back with a superkick, but Stallion came back with a running dropkick that sent Skyler to the apron. Stallion was set to charge, abut Skyler hit a slingshot spear for a near fall. Skyler went for the Tiger Drive, but Stallion turned it into a schoolboy for a two count, then went for a jackknife pin, but Skyler rolled through and went for the Driver again, but Stallion then hit the backdrop driver across the knee! Yet Stallion once again poses before going for the cover and only got two. Stallion then sat Skyler on the top and looked like he was looking for the avalanche frankensteiner, but Skyler shoved him off. Stallion managed to catch with a flying headbutt, and then went for a top rope hurricanrana, but Skyler caught him, then hoisted him up and the Southern Savior (second rope flipping Fireman’s carry aka the Green Bay Plunge) for the three count.
Winner: Skyler via pinfall
We then get a promo from Adam Cole which looks like its being done on a hand-held camera. He then says that this for the Young Bucks. He said that he had left calls and messages that had gone unanswered and that he was making this so they could see it. He said that it was time to bring the SuperKliq back together, to make things the way they should be.
As the Briscoes and Bully Ray enter the ring, we are then showed a video from earlier today, where Matt Taven and Vinny are talking about potential partner when Silas Young interrupts. He said he would be there partner this one time, if he, Bruiser, and whoever they got as a third could get a title shot. Taven’s response “Don’t be a Melvin and you got a deal.”
The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia) and Silas Young (C) vs. The Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark) and Bully Ray for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team titles
Young took one of the belts and put it on his shoulder on the way to the ring, which the Kingdom did not look happy about. When they got to the ring, Taven and Young were arguing over who would start the match when Bully Ray grabbed the mike. He asked if they who they were? He said that he knew they were the Kingdom-the former World Six Man Tag Team champion and they were the Briscoes and Bully Ray, the new champions, and they were here to kick their asses. The faces then attacked to start the match! Bully worked over Taven, while Jay hit a Yakuza Kick on Vinny and Mark hit a Flying clothesline on Young. The Briscoes hit a double backdrop on Taven, and then Bully clotheslined him to the floor. Commercial Break.
BFC, Bully had Vinny in the corner and was working him over good, including nailing him with some stiff chops to the chest, which had Vinny responding with rather high-pitched screams. Vinny finally managed to catch Bully with a kick to the gut and a pair of stiff European uppercuts. Bully came back with a backdrop, then tagged in Mark, who continued chopping the chest, then tagged in Jay who hit a Yakuza Kick in the corner on Vinny. Vinny went to the eyes, and got Jay in the corner. He tried to fight out, but Taven and Young tripped him up and pulled him crotch first into the ringpost. Taven tagged in and worked over Jay, then tagged in Young who kept it up. Young distracted the ref so the Kingdom could work him over, and then he hit a kneedrop for a two count. Young raked the back, then hit a back suplex for a two count. Vinny tagged in and hit some charging forearms in the corner, and then he tagged in Taven, who hit a top rope elbowdrop, but Mark came in and broke up the pin. Young tagged in, as the fans chanted “Man Up!” Young worked him as we got to our final commercial.
BFC, Jay finally got the hot tag to Mark, who cleaned house, finishing with an enziguri on Taven and a Release German suplex on Young. Mark hit Young with a series of chops, but Vinny hit him from behind, and Young hit a Yakuza Kick. Vinny followed up with a tilt a whirl into a Russian Legsweep and Taven hit a Lionsault. Young pounded Mark from the mount while Taven yelled at him “cover him, you idiot.” While Taven and Young argued, Mark made the tag to Bully. Bully took them down with a double clothesline, then hit an avalanche on both members of the Kingdom. He hit a big boot on Young, then the Full Nelson Bubba Bomb on Vinny, but Taven broke up the pin. Jay came in and hit him with an Exploder, then Mark hit a running forearm on him. Then The Briscoes and Bully hit the 3D on Vinny and Bully covered for the three count! New champions!
Winner: The Briscoes and Bully by pin to win the ROH Six Man Tag Team Titles
After the match, it’s hard to see whose more shocked, Matt Taven or Bully Ray. Ray then takes the mic and announces them as new champions.
We then end the show was a high production promo for next week’s main event. A wild card eight-man tag team match with the winners advancing to a four corner Survival Match, which the winner of would become the new No. 1 contender for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship.
Fanatic Take: This take isn’t so much about the episode, but what it says about ROH as a whole. A lot has been made of how much talent ROH has lost over the past year and a half, and if you believe the recent reports, add Lio Rush to that list. But we see how with Punishment Martinez, who may be a big star, with the Top Prospect guys, with Vinny Marseglia, ROH just keeps finding ways to reload their talent roster. It’s something they better keep up, because so much of their talent is now in NXT or Evolve now that it’s not even funny. Decent episode overall though.