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Ring of Honor Episode #287 Review (3.19.17)



The ROH opening airs. Once again, we are from Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ian Riccanobi is flying solo on commentary for this first match, Joey Styles style.

Silas Young and The Beer City Bruiser vs. Will Ferrera and Cheeseburger

Bruiser jumped the babyfaces before the bell rang, splashing both men in the corner at the same time. Cheeseburger took a vicious double powerbomb and Ferrera ate a reverse atomic drop/neckbreaker/basement dropkick series. Cheeseburger managed to hit a spiringboard flying knee to send Bruiser to the outside and Ferrera and Cheeseburger finally got some offense going on Young. Young recovered quickly and managed to isolate Cheeseburger. He took his usual great beating, including some awesome double team offense from Young and Bruiser. Cheeseburger avoided a Bruiser corner cannonball and caught Young with a big forearm to get the hot tag to Ferrera. Ferrera hit a jumping flatliner on Young for a near fall.

Ferrera tried to get the 300 pound plus Bruiser in a Fireman’s carry, but it was too much weight, and Young cut him off with a clothesline from the ring. Bruiser missed a huge senton to the floor on Ferrera. The underdogs isolated Young, and Cheeseburger hit the Shotei Palm Strike, but Bruiser managed to come in and break up the pin. Cheeseburger went for the Shotei on Bruiser, but missed and got laid out with a huge Michinoku Driver. Ferrera managed to get Bruiser in the corner and was teeing off on him, but Young cut him off from behind and eventually laid him out with a cutter. Bruiser then hit a massive Frog Splash for the pin.

Winner: Young and Bruiser for the pin in about six minutes. Commercial Break.

BFC, Young and Brutal Bob Evans joined Riccanobi on commentary for the final match of the Top Prospect Tournament.

Josh “The Goods” Woods vs “The Heir Apparent” Chris LeRusso.

Woods is from Florida and has a good look. He has an amateur wrestling background and wears the shoes to prove it. LeRusso is a local guy from Pittsburgh who has made some appearances as a job guy before. Woods takes LeRusso down and locks in an inverted triangle choke, but LeRusso got his shoulder for a two count. LeRusso tried to flurry, but he got caught an armbar from Woods, but LeRusso stacked him for a two count. Woods came back with a flying knee for a two count, and locked in a kneebar, but LeRusso got the ropes. LeRusso came back with a great flying neckbreaker for a two count. LeRusso hit a really nice dropkick and a back body drop, a move you don’t see too often anymore. Woods for a leglock from the ground, but LeRusso pounded him and whipped him into a back elbow for a near fall. Even though he was in hometown, LeRusso was working as heel. Fans were still cheering for him.

A forearm exchange broke out and Woods caught with an awesome half nelson into a Belly to belly overhead, then an Exploder suplex for a near fall. LeRusso cut him off with a high knee and hit a modified Angle Slam for his own near fall. Woods taunted LeRusso, but LeRusso hit a superkick to the seated Woods. LeRusso went for a powerbomb, but Woods spun out and front kicked him away, then nailed with a head kick. Woods mounted LeRusso and was throwing hard shots, but LeRusso was out and the ref stopped the match.

Winner: Woods by stoppage in five minutes

The second round of the Top Prospect tournament is set. John Skyler vs Curt Stallion and Josh Woods vs Brian Milonas.

We see the Jay Briscoe promo from last week, as well as highlights of the Kenny King-Lio Rush segment.

Chris Sabin joins Riccanobi on commentary for the next match.

Kenny King (with Caprice Coleman) vs. Lio Rush

They start the match with a beautiful wrestling exchange. King bullied Rush with a shoulderblock, then a big right hand. Rush did his spot where he dodges a series of punches, then comes back with a series of strikes of his own, finishing with an enzugiri for a near fall. Rush leapfrogged a charging King, who flew to the outside and went for a tope, but King cut him off a flying kick. Commercial Break.

BFC, Rush is fighting out of chinlock. King works hard to cut him off, but Rush catches him a flying clothesline, then a back-handspring elbow. King came back with an enzugiri that sent Rush to the floor, but missed a corkscrew pescado, and Rush hit a pair of high-speed topes on King. Rush threw King back in the ring and hit a flying bodypress, but King rolled through with and threw him into a fireman’s carry, but Rush countered it with an awesome reverse hurricanrana and a beautiful Frog Splash for a near fall He may have the prettiest one in wrestling right now. King cut him off and went for a double flying knee in the corner, but Rush avoided it and went for the Frog Splash, but King moved only to have Rush roll through, and King hit an awesome fireman’s carry into a STO for the win.

Winner: King for the pin in about seven minutes, plus a commercial.

After the match, Coleman was standing over Rush, taunting him, but Rush pushed him away. Coleman then took his jacket off and it looked like he and Rush were about it throw hands until Shane Taylor, formerly part of the Pretty Boy Killers tag team with the departed Keith Lee, came down, seemingly to back up Rush, but then Taylor grabbed Rush and hit a double-handed sitout chokeslam! It looks like there is a new member of the Rebellion! Sabin came down to the ring to help Rush in the back while Taylor posed with Coleman and King.

Main Event Time. Mark Briscoe joins the commentary table for the match.

Jay Briscoe vs. Jay White

Riccanobi stated White has been unpinned, unsubmitted for nearly nine months. The bell rang and White went right at Briscoe with a dropkick in the corner and a series of right hands. White hit a flying forearm and tried to send Briscoe to the outside, but Jay came right back in only to eat a Release German suplex. Briscoe tried to take a powder, but White caught him with a tope, then rammed him several times into different guardrails. Briscoe escaped to the ring, caught Jay charging with a Frankensteiner. White went to the floor and Briscoe hit a tope with some serious hangtime! Briscoe threw White into the rails. Commercial Break.

BFC, Briscoe was still in control. He hit a running knee hit, followed by a snap suplex for a two count. Briscoe locked in a Dragon Sleeper, but White quickly got the ropes, only to have Briscoe hold the move until four. Briscoe hit a backelbow for a two count. White tried to fight back, but Briscoe cut him with a Yakuza Kick, then went to a rear chinlock. White tried to battle out, but Briscoe cut him off with a headbutt, then hit a Saito suplex for a near fall. White tried to fight back with some stiff chops, but again took a headbutt. Briscoe ate some strikes from White like they were nothing, and hit a DDT. Second commercial break.

BFC, White was finally finding a second one, hitting a flying forearm and a series of European uppercuts in the corner. White hit a top rope dropkick, then a classic urange suplex for a near fall. White locked in the crossface and when Briscoe reached for the ropes, White turned it into a Rings of Saturn. Briscoe got the ropes with his feet. White’s aggression came out, as he pounded a prone Briscoe in the corner. White charged wildly, but ate a dropkick and a hangman neckbreaker for a near fall. Briscoe went for the Jay Driller, but White backed him into the corner, and hit a flatliner, Release German suplex, and a snap suplex into the corner for a big near fall!

White went up top, but Briscoe was there to meet and hit with a big punch and White fell off the ropes and crashed through the timekeepers’ table! Briscoe went and pulled him to the outside and went for the Jay Driller, but White escaped and hit a half nelson suplex, but Briscoe shook it off. Briscoe hit a trio of Yakuza Kicks and a Death Valley Driver, but White somehow kicked out! Both men exchanged forearms from their knees, then punches to their feet. White eventually got the better of it, only to be slapped in the face by Briscoe! White fought back, but soon charged into a stiff forearm and Briscoe laid him out with a huge lariat to finally get the pin an awesome match!

Winner: Briscoe by pin in fourteen minutes.

Briscoe celebrated while Riccanobi called it the end of White’s unbeaten run and that’s how the show ended…

Frank’s Fanatic Take: Many longtime Ring of Honor fans have been troubled by the massive talent exodus promotion over the past year or so, and with good reason, but Ring of Honor still flat-out has some of the very best wrestlers in the world on their shows and this episode proved that. This matches featured some great, great wrestling, and the main event was excellent. Jay White is going to be a big star in the wrestling business and he put on an incredible performance against Briscoe, who was also on his A-Game. Lio Rush is one of the best young talents in the game and lives up to all hype. Josh Woods is a guy to keep an eye for sure, and I LOVED his match ending by stoppage. Something I wish happened at much more in wrestling. Month old TV, yes, but still a fantastic hour of television.

"Frank has been a wrestling fan since he was two years old. (Don't worry, he's got proof.) He's also a huge boxing and UFC fan and has a long standing love affair with Popeyes Chicken. He still owns a VHS copy of the first Ring of Honor show ever and was watching NXT before it was cool (or good). Bret Hart > Shawn Michaels. You can follow him on Twitter at @FightFanaticPod and on Tumblr at FrankTheFightFanatic." He's also starting his own podcast soon!

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