8/4 Gutteridge's ROH TV review: Golden Gauntlet match featuring Jay Lethal, Matt Taven, Cedric Alexander, B.J. Whitmer, Caprice Coleman and Romantic Touch competing for an ROH Title shot


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8/4 Gutteridge's ROH TV review: Golden Gauntlet match featuring Jay Lethal, Matt Taven, Cedric Alexander, B.J. Whitmer, Caprice Coleman and Romantic Touch competing for an ROH Title shot
2014-08-04 16:48:56


By Darren Gutteridge

Ring of Honor TV
Taped July 19, 2014 in Dearborn, Michigan
Aired August 4, 2014 on the ROH website

After titles, Kevin Kelly introduced himself and Nigel McGuinness on commentary. I hope you like your commentary excitable and high-pitched! Kelly talked about the nights main event, a "Golden Gauntlet" match to determine the next ROH Title challenger. The six participants are BJ Whitmer, Matt Taven, Cedric Alexander, Jay Lethal, Caprice Coleman and the Romantic Touch.

BJ Whitmer came out first, accompanied by Adam Page and Tadarius Thomas. The crowd were very apathetic, with Whitmer only getting a few boos. Caprice Coleman got a nice pop though for his entrance...

1. Golden Gauntlet - Round 1: Caprice Coleman vs. BJ Whitmer. Whitmer didn't shake Coleman's hand. The pace was slow early on, which the commentators covered for (or accentuated) by saying they knew they had a long night ahead. Whitmer took control with a big right hand, and took some time out to flip the crowd off. He grounded and pounded Coleman as McGuiness said that the entire hour will be given to the gauntlet match...

During an advert break, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian cut a promo ahead of their match at Field of Honor on August 15th. Daniels said when they got the chance to face Red Dragon for the ROH Titles, they would be taking them home. Kazarian quoted the Beastie Boys, saying they would get "No sleep til' Brooklyn". They called themselves the best team in the "Biz-i-ness", and concluded by saying when they won, Red Dragon would have permission to worship them...

Coleman fired back up with right hands when we returned. He got a two count off of a top rope shoulder block, and then seemed to have Whitmer on the verge of tapping out a few moments later in a modified crossface. Whitmer escaped, and ended up on the top rope. Coleman cut him off, but the ref became distracted by Thomas climbing on the apron. As Coleman went to Frankesteiner him off the top rope, Page grabbed Whitmer, causing Coleman to fall to the mat head first. One running clothesline later, Whiter got the pin...

BJ Whitmer defeated Caprice Coleman in 8:32 to advance in the Golden Gauntlet.

Gutt Reaction: The match was just kind of there. It didn't hold my attention, nor did it excite me down the stretch. And any Coleman match not featuring the rolling Northern Lights suplexes is sacrilege. It may be a long night if the opener is anything to go by.

Page and Thomas got in the ring to towel Whitmer down before Matt Taven's music hit...

2. Golden Gauntlet - Round 2: Matt Taven vs. BJ Whitmer. Whitmer tried to blindside Taven as he slid in the ring, but he was soon on the backfoot thanks to a dropkick. Whitmer rolled outside, and as Taven gave chase, Page tried to hit him as he ran past. Taven ducked, took Page out with a superkick, but then got taken out himself, as Whitmer threw him into the barricade.

Whitmer dominated for a minute or two back inside the ring, but Taven caught him with an enziguri to get a foothold in the match. He landed a superkick for a two count, but a follow up suplex attempt was blocked, allowing Whitmer to come back with a scoop slam. He hit a sweet series of rolling fisherman suplexes (I'm a sucker for rolling suplexes if you haven't gathered) before we went to commercial...

Taven caught Whitmer with a headstand-rebound roundhouse kick, and went to the top rope. After a brief slip, he hit a frog splash to advance...

Matt Taven defeated BJ Whitmer in 5:21 to advance in the Golden Gauntlet.

Gutt Reaction: A marked improvement on the first match thanks to it's better pace. Taven has talent, but he has to change his look. It's horrendous. It's like he's stepped out of a Delorean from 1995.

Next up for Taven was the Romantic Touch, who asked two females at ringside to kiss a cheek each. Only one bothered. He's losing his Touch...

3. Golden Gauntlet - Round 3: Matt Taven vs. The Romantic Touch. After a "hug it out" chant, the two obliged, only for Touch to try and roll up Taven. After he kicked out, Taven said "I'm never hugging you again". Control flitted back and forth until Taven took Touch down with a moonsault. He followed up with a Falcon Arrow for a two count.

Taven set up for the Climax, but Touch threw him off and hit a "belly to abs" suplex. It wasn't long before Taven was back on the offensive, hitting a nice springboard senton. Another springboard attempt ended in him eating a dropkick however. Touch went for a crucific powerbomb, but Taven slipped out and hit the Climax (an arm trap headlock driver) at the second attempt...

Matt Taven defeated The Romantic Touch in 5:42 to advance in the Golden Gauntlet.

Gutt Reaction: The Touch quirks do nothing for me at the moment (I did laugh the time he went under the ring with Veda Scott, and then reappeared smoking a cigarette), but when they got past them it was a quick paced and enjoyable spot fest.

"We are the House of Truth" blasted out in the arena, and Jay Lethel, Truth Martini and Seleziya Sparx came out, with Lethal staring Taven down. They cut to a commercial before the match started...

4. Golden Gauntlet - Round 4: Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal. We joined the match in progress. The two brawled around the outside, with both men getting thrown into the barricade at some point. Taven took control after a suicide dive. Seleziya threw Lethal back inside, and then squared up to Taven. As they eyeballed each other, Truth snuck up with a chair. Taven luckily sidestepped an onrushing Seleziya, throwing her into Truth, who ended up in a hilarious position propped upside down against the barricade.

Back in the ring, Taven avoided a Lethal Injection, countering with a rope hung spinning neckbreaker for a close two. Seleziya was shown carrying Truth up the ramp. Lethal managed to weather a storm long enough to hit the Lethal Combination. Taven kicked out of the subsequent pin, which caused Lethal to roll to the outside and grab his TV Title.

Lethal went to smash Taven, but he ducked and hit a superkick. Taven climbed to the top rope, but suddenly, ROH Head of Security Jay Diesel came from ringside to trip Taven. He fell back into the ring, and Lethal capitalised with the Lethal Injection...

Jay Lethal defeated Matt Taven in 6:02 to advance in the Golden Gauntlet.

Gutt Reaction: They can sell the intensity really well at this point in the feud, but we've seen this match up so many times it was hard to get invested. If you are new viewer to ROH, you more than likely enjoyed that more than I did (this is not to say it was bad, just uninteresting). The Lethal Injection is a strange blend of awesome visual and cuckoo-land logic (why does Taven jump to take it, for example)

Diesel, who the commentators explained is suspected to be on Truth's payroll, left through the crowd under Lethal's instructions, as Cedric Alexander sprinted to the ring...

5. Golden Gauntlet - Final Round: Cedric Alexander vs. Jay Lethal. Cedric immediately rolled Lethal up for a near fall. He tried for another one before the final commercial...

Kelly announced that Michael Elgin will defend the ROH Title next week against Kyle O'Reilly. Lethal controlled for a good chunk of time, toying with the fans, refusing to give in to their "one more time" chants. It all came crashing down however when Alexander hit a tornado DDT. He soon followed up with a wheelbarrow facebuster for a close two. Both men ended up on the top turnbuckle, where Lethal gained the upper hand, throwing Alexander to the mat and landing a Hail to the King (Randy Savage elbow drop) for a close two of his own.

When both men returned to their feet, they exchanged superkicks before Alexander levelled Lethal with a clothesline. Alexander hit a hot streak, flipping out of the Lethal Combination, and countering the Lethal Injection with a rolling roundhouse kick. He nailed a dropkick in the corner, and attempted a brainbuster. Lethal escaped, but soon found himself eating another dropkick in the corner. This time Alexander hit the brainbuster successfully. The crowd were going crazy as he set up, and executed, the Lumbar Check (suplex lift transitioned into a double knee backbreaker), earning him the pinfall victory...

Cedric Alexander defeated Jay Lethal in 12:49 to win the Golden Gauntlet match and earna shot at the ROH World Title.

As Alexander celebrated, Kelly pronounced "A Star is born!". Michael Elgin appeared on the ramp and applauded, before both men argued back and forth as Alexander said he was coming for the title. They advertised Elgin vs. O'Reilly for next week as ROH came to a close...

Gutt Reaction: A strong finish to the show. I'd like to see these two work an extended programme, as not only would they put on good matches, it would also mean the end of the neverending Lethal/Taven feud. The crowd were crazy into Alexander winning, which can only be good news for a roster about to lose it's top babyface in Kevin Steen.

Overall, the match quality built nicely throughout the night. I both admire the balls ROH showed to devote an entire episode to one "match", and also question it, as it meant the action got a little stifling, even when it was enjoyable. I think cut the tournament to 5 people, and sprinkle in backstage promos, and another tournament could be a hell of an hour of wrestling. Having said that, if you want an hour of pure action this week, give ROH a shot.

Thanks for reading. If you have any thoughts or opinions on this article, add me on Twitter - @DazatheG . You can also check out my website, www.thegutteridgelog.co.uk

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