12/7 Powell’s Ring of Honor TV Review: Jay Lethal, Silas Young, Jay Briscoe, and Mark Briscoe vs. Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Jay White, and Lio Rush, War Machine vs. BJ Whitmer and Damien Martinez

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By Jason Powell

Ring of Honor TV
Taped October 29 in Baltimore, Maryland at the William J Myers Pavilion
Aired in syndication over the weekend, available Wednesdays on Comet TV

The opening video aired… Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness were the broadcast team… They went right to introductions for the opening match…

1. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara vs. The Tempura Boyz. Joey Daddiego sat in on commentary for the match. The crowd was hot for Cheeseburger. Ferarra was isolated for a stretch. He went for a tag, but Sho Tanaka pulled him off the apron, allowing Yohei Komatsu to continue to work over Ferrara. Eventually, Ferrara made the hot tag. Cheeseburger performed some comedic offense including a silly series of chops. [C] The Tempura Boyz took offensive control and ended up putting away Cheeseburger with a superkick into a package piledriver.

The Tempura Boyz beat Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara.

After the match, Prince Nana led Donovan Dijak to the ring and ordered him to destroy the wrestlers in the ring and end their careers. Dijak performed Feast Your Eyes on Ferrara. Nana told him to do it again, and Dijak complied. Daddiego entered the ring and asked Dijak what he was doing. He said Dijak knocked down his friend, and if he wanted to try knocking someone down, he should try knocking him down. This lead to an impromptu match…

2. Donovan Dijak (w/Prince Nana) vs. Joey Daddiego. Dijak grabbed the early advantage while Nana told the broadcast team that Dijak is a winner and the others are losers. Daddiego came back and performed a kick off the ropes. Dijak went to the ropes and Daddiego cut him off and performed an electric chair. Dijak came back with Feast Your Eyes for the win. After the match, Nana told Dijak, “That is how you win a match” and then walked off. Kelly said Dijak has a manager who is angry with him all the time…

Donovan Dijak beat Joey Daddiego.

Powell’s POV: Dijak is turning based on the reluctance he showed before attacking Ferrara. It is hard to feel sympathetic for him, though, since there’s no reason that Nana would have a hold over him.

An ROH recap video hosted by Ian Riccaboni aired. It focussed on Kenny King, Rhett Titus, and Caprice Coleman blaming ROH for the Cabinet gimmick and saying, “There are more of us than you think there are.” Footage aired from San Antonio of the group attacking Donovan Dijak and the Motor City Machine Guns. King invited Chris Sabin to join The Rebellion…

Powell’s POV: Well, that would have been nice to see before the Final Battle pay-per-view. I wasn’t even sure why Dijak was teaming with the Machine Guns because his apparent split with Nana has yet to air.

A video focussed on Kevin Sullivan, Steve Corino, and BJ Whitmer. Whitmer said Corino’s personal life doesn’t feel right. He invited Corino to join them and Damien Martinez…

3. War Machine vs. BJ Whitmer and Damien Martinez (w/Kevin Sullivan). War Machine offered a handshake, but the heels blew it off. They teams fought to ringside. Martinez slammed Hanson on the mat heading into a break. [C] Hanson clotheslined Martinez over the top rope. They both popped up and continued brawling. Inside the ring, the referee tried to stop Whitmer and Hanson from striking one another for lord knows what reason. They both took turns shoving the referee down. The ref called for the bell after the second time. Whitmer kicked the referee in the face. Martinez stopped Ray Rowe from suplexing Whitmer on the apron and then chokeslammed him through a table on the floor…

War Machine fought BJ Whitmer and Damien Martinez to an apparent double disqualification.

After the match, Kevin Sullivan asked Hanson if he minded if he called him Todd again. He recalled picking up Hanson and taking him to the matches. Sullivan said he knew Hanson would become a devious person. He said that when Hanson started wrestling, he dyed his hair blonde and called himself “New School” Steve Corino. Sullivan called for Corino, who came out and listened as Sullivan whispered into his ear. “Let him live,” Sullivan told his team. They all left. Corino and Hanson looked at one another and exited on opposite sides of the ring… [C]

Powell’s POV: Get Martinez away from this nonsense. He has a good look and they should be showcasing him in squash matches and giving him a big buildup rather than featuring him in this bizarre tribute to the life and times of Kevin Sullivan. And now they are dragging War Machine into this? Will it finally stop now that Corino is leaving for the trainer’s job at the WWE Performance Center?

An ad for next week’s Women of Honor edition aired. They advertised Mandy Leon vs. Jessicka Havoc, Candice LeRae vs. Deonna Purrazzo, and Kelly Klein vs. ODB…

Powell’s POV: The last WOH edition was fun, so I’m looking forward to seeing next week’s show. I hope that’s the new norm for these weeks after pay-per-view shows.

4. Jay Lethal, Silas Young, Jay Briscoe, and Mark Briscoe vs. Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Jay White, and Lio Rush. Young didn’t take part in the Code of Honor. Rush wanted to run the ropes to go for a dive on Lethal, but Jay Briscoe got in his way. Rush ended up leaping over the top rope onto Lethal. Jay Briscoe dove onto both men. White dove onto Jay Biscoe. The rapid fire spots continued until everyone was down on the floor and the fans were chanting ROH heading into the break. [C]

The action continued and The Rebellion (King, Titus, and Coleman) came out and watched the match from the entrance ramp. [C] The Rebellion was no longer on the ramp coming out of the break. Lethal went for a cutter, but Rush blocked it by performing a handstand and then caught Lethal with a kick. A cool spot (that probably should have been saved for a bigger moment in a bigger match). White checked in and worked over Young and Lethal. White cleared Young from the ring and hit a missile dropkick on Lethal and went for a pin, but Mark Briscoe broke it up.

Later, the Guns and White hit a series of moves on Lethal, then tagged in Rush, who performed a frogsplash. Lethal put his knees up and cradled Rush for a two count. Lethal hit the Lethal Combination on Rush and then went up top only to be pushed off by White. In the end, the Guns caught Mark with a double superkick. Rush dropkicked Mark, then Jay White clotheslined him. White performed a sit-out slam and pinned Mark Briscoe…

Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Jay White, and Lio Rush beat Jay Lethal, Silas Young, Jay Briscoe, and Mark Briscoe.

Powell’s POV: A good spot-fest match for a filler show in that it provided a lot of action even if there was not a real storyline purpose for it. The overall show was very missable. The main event provided some unique matchups and plenty of action, but very little on this show mattered from a storyline standpoint. All of that is understandable considering this show aired in most markets during a pay-per-view weekend.

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12/7 Powell’s Ring of Honor TV Review: Jay Lethal, Silas Young, Jay Briscoe, and Mark Briscoe vs. Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Jay White, and Lio Rush, War Machine vs. BJ Whitmer and Damien Martinez

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By Jason Powell

Ring of Honor TV
Taped October 29 in Baltimore, Maryland at the William J Myers Pavilion
Aired in syndication over the weekend, available Wednesdays on Comet TV

The opening video aired… Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness were the broadcast team… They went right to introductions for the opening match…

1. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara vs. The Tempura Boyz. Joey Daddiego sat in on commentary for the match. The crowd was hot for Cheeseburger. Ferarra was isolated for a stretch. He went for a tag, but Sho Tanaka pulled him off the apron, allowing Yohei Komatsu to continue to work over Ferrara. Eventually, Ferrara made the hot tag. Cheeseburger performed some comedic offense including a silly series of chops. [C] The Tempura Boyz took offensive control and ended up putting away Cheeseburger with a superkick into a package piledriver.

The Tempura Boyz beat Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara.

After the match, Prince Nana led Donovan Dijak to the ring and ordered him to destroy the wrestlers in the ring and end their careers. Dijak performed Feast Your Eyes on Ferrara. Nana told him to do it again, and Dijak complied. Daddiego entered the ring and asked Dijak what he was doing. He said Dijak knocked down his friend, and if he wanted to try knocking someone down, he should try knocking him down. This lead to an impromptu match…

2. Donovan Dijak (w/Prince Nana) vs. Joey Daddiego. Dijak grabbed the early advantage while Nana told the broadcast team that Dijak is a winner and the others are losers. Daddiego came back and performed a kick off the ropes. Dijak went to the ropes and Daddiego cut him off and performed an electric chair. Dijak came back with Feast Your Eyes for the win. After the match, Nana told Dijak, “That is how you win a match” and then walked off. Kelly said Dijak has a manager who is angry with him all the time…

Donovan Dijak beat Joey Daddiego.

Powell’s POV: Dijak is turning based on the reluctance he showed before attacking Ferrara. It is hard to feel sympathetic for him, though, since there’s no reason that Nana would have a hold over him.

An ROH recap video hosted by Ian Riccaboni aired. It focussed on Kenny King, Rhett Titus, and Caprice Coleman blaming ROH for the Cabinet gimmick and saying, “There are more of us than you think there are.” Footage aired from San Antonio of the group attacking Donovan Dijak and the Motor City Machine Guns. King invited Chris Sabin to join The Rebellion…

Powell’s POV: Well, that would have been nice to see before the Final Battle pay-per-view. I wasn’t even sure why Dijak was teaming with the Machine Guns because his apparent split with Nana has yet to air.

A video focussed on Kevin Sullivan, Steve Corino, and BJ Whitmer. Whitmer said Corino’s personal life doesn’t feel right. He invited Corino to join them and Damien Martinez…

3. War Machine vs. BJ Whitmer and Damien Martinez (w/Kevin Sullivan). War Machine offered a handshake, but the heels blew it off. They teams fought to ringside. Martinez slammed Hanson on the mat heading into a break. [C] Hanson clotheslined Martinez over the top rope. They both popped up and continued brawling. Inside the ring, the referee tried to stop Whitmer and Hanson from striking one another for lord knows what reason. They both took turns shoving the referee down. The ref called for the bell after the second time. Whitmer kicked the referee in the face. Martinez stopped Ray Rowe from suplexing Whitmer on the apron and then chokeslammed him through a table on the floor…

War Machine fought BJ Whitmer and Damien Martinez to an apparent double disqualification.

After the match, Kevin Sullivan asked Hanson if he minded if he called him Todd again. He recalled picking up Hanson and taking him to the matches. Sullivan said he knew Hanson would become a devious person. He said that when Hanson started wrestling, he dyed his hair blonde and called himself “New School” Steve Corino. Sullivan called for Corino, who came out and listened as Sullivan whispered into his ear. “Let him live,” Sullivan told his team. They all left. Corino and Hanson looked at one another and exited on opposite sides of the ring… [C]

Powell’s POV: Get Martinez away from this nonsense. He has a good look and they should be showcasing him in squash matches and giving him a big buildup rather than featuring him in this bizarre tribute to the life and times of Kevin Sullivan. And now they are dragging War Machine into this? Will it finally stop now that Corino is leaving for the trainer’s job at the WWE Performance Center?

An ad for next week’s Women of Honor edition aired. They advertised Mandy Leon vs. Jessicka Havoc, Candice LeRae vs. Deonna Purrazzo, and Kelly Klein vs. ODB…

Powell’s POV: The last WOH edition was fun, so I’m looking forward to seeing next week’s show. I hope that’s the new norm for these weeks after pay-per-view shows.

4. Jay Lethal, Silas Young, Jay Briscoe, and Mark Briscoe vs. Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Jay White, and Lio Rush. Young didn’t take part in the Code of Honor. Rush wanted to run the ropes to go for a dive on Lethal, but Jay Briscoe got in his way. Rush ended up leaping over the top rope onto Lethal. Jay Briscoe dove onto both men. White dove onto Jay Biscoe. The rapid fire spots continued until everyone was down on the floor and the fans were chanting ROH heading into the break. [C]

The action continued and The Rebellion (King, Titus, and Coleman) came out and watched the match from the entrance ramp. [C] The Rebellion was no longer on the ramp coming out of the break. Lethal went for a cutter, but Rush blocked it by performing a handstand and then caught Lethal with a kick. A cool spot (that probably should have been saved for a bigger moment in a bigger match). White checked in and worked over Young and Lethal. White cleared Young from the ring and hit a missile dropkick on Lethal and went for a pin, but Mark Briscoe broke it up.

Later, the Guns and White hit a series of moves on Lethal, then tagged in Rush, who performed a frogsplash. Lethal put his knees up and cradled Rush for a two count. Lethal hit the Lethal Combination on Rush and then went up top only to be pushed off by White. In the end, the Guns caught Mark with a double superkick. Rush dropkicked Mark, then Jay White clotheslined him. White performed a sit-out slam and pinned Mark Briscoe…

Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Jay White, and Lio Rush beat Jay Lethal, Silas Young, Jay Briscoe, and Mark Briscoe.

Powell’s POV: A good spot-fest match for a filler show in that it provided a lot of action even if there was not a real storyline purpose for it. The overall show was very missable. The main event provided some unique matchups and plenty of action, but very little on this show mattered from a storyline standpoint. All of that is understandable considering this show aired in most markets during a pay-per-view weekend.

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