Gutteridge's Ring of Honor TV report: Michael Elgin vs. Cedric Alexander, Dalton Castle vs. Donovan Dijak, and Jay Lethal appears on the Fish Tank


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Gutteridge's Ring of Honor TV report: Michael Elgin vs. Cedric Alexander, Dalton Castle vs. Donovan Dijak, and Jay Lethal appears on the Fish Tank
2015-04-21 17:30:11


By Darren Gutteridge

Ring of Honor TV
Taped April 4, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas
Aired April 20, 2015 on the ROH Website

After titles, Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino welcomed us to the show, and touted a live Fish Tank with special guest Jay Lethal for later in the show. Corino then announced that War Machine would also be in action tonight, before the main event of Cedric Alexander vs. Michael Elgin.

Donovan Dijak and Truth Martini came out to open the show, and a video aired recapping Dijak giving up his ROH TV Title opportunity in order to join the House of Truth. The now familiar sound of knock-off Queen aired, which heralded the arrival of Dalton Castle and his "boys"...

1. Dalton Castle vs. Donovan Dijak. Castle got a great reaction as he asked Dijak to kiss his hand during the Code of Honor. Castle kept up the mind games until Dijak took advantage of his showboating, forcing the action to the outside. Dijak threw Castle around ringside until he hit a sweet fake-out headscissors, following up with a dive through the ropes before the first commercial...

Dijak suplexed Castle into the turnbuckle as we returned. He followed up with a nice senton bomb from the bottom rope (!), before setting up for Feast Your Eyes. Castle wormed his way out, and set to work chopping down Dijak. It culminating in a deadlift German suplex for a two count. He followed up with a weird move, wherein he took Dijak from Alabama Slam position and spun him into a facebuster.

Castle went for another German, but Matini grabbed Dijak's leg. This allowed Dijak to land some elbows, and follow up with a less than perfect Feast Your Eyes for the 1-2-3...

Donovan Dijak defeated Dalton Castle in 8:19.

Castle's "Boys" started to fan him, until Martini pushed them over. He grabbed Castle's hair and started shouting at him, until Castle grabbed him in a testicular claw. Dijak charged (after a few seconds), but Castle pulled down the ropes. The House of Truth retreated as Castle posed like a peacock...

Gutt Reaction: Based on the reactions from the crowd, the ending of the match, and the commentators acknowledging his quick rise to popularity, it's seems safe to say that Castle is likely sticking around ROH, which is great news. It's a very entertaining act backed up by solid in-ring work. I said he could become the new RD Evans, but he's actually reminding me of Damien Mizdow at this point - an unlikely hero getting over by sheer force of entertainment.

War Machine got a nice pop for their entrance. Just like a few weeks ago, two jobbers, called "Andy Dalton" and "Kent Phoenix" by their mothers, waited in the ring...

War Machine vs. Andy Dalton and Kent Phoenix. Dalton licked his hand before going to shake Rowe's hand. Rowe shook it, but then levelled him with a right hand. He tagged in Hanson, and they hit their Side Slam/Leg Drop tag finisher...

War Machine defeated Andy Dalton and Kent Phoenix in 0:21.

Gutt Reaction: Well I'd say that's War Machine firmly re-established. Lets hope the jobber beatings end here, because despite having strong champions, the ROH tag division isn't great right now.

Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly were in the ring ready for the live Fish Tank. Fish rattled off their accomplishments, and said the only word to describe them is "dominant", which is a word you could also use to describe their guest. O'Reilly then brought out Jay Lethal, but not before he reminded everyone that he had tapped Lethal out in the middle of the ring.

Lethal and Truth came out, and actually got a good "Lethal" chant. Lethal shot down O'Reilly's story by saying it happened in a three on one match, before extending an invitation for a one on one match at an upcoming show. Lethal said the only reason he was coming on the show was to promote his new "Best Of" DVD.

O'Reilly and Fish said they had prepared a statement, and proceeded to make out that the DVD was the cure for insomnia. Martini grabbed the mic to shut them up, before he pointed out that the TV Title had now been "altered" to right ROH's mistake - it now had the words "World Champion" on it. Fish said they could rename the tag belts the "Masters of the Universe titles", but "He-Man has that nailed down". Fish then addressed the elephant in the room - ROH already has a world champion in Jay Briscoe.

The mention of Briscoe's name made Lethal irate, and he called Briscoe "unworthy". "He was born on the highway, because that's where most accidents happen". This brought Briscoe out to a great pop. He grabbed a mic, but before he really spoke, he hit Lethal. They brawled, and got backed up the ramp by refs and security.

Fish was about to brag about the Fish Tank, but he and O'Reilly were then attacked by the KRD. Two of the Knights attacked, and looked to be setting up for the Twist of Fate (implying they are the Kingdom), but Christopher Daniels, ACH and Matt Sydal ran down to make the save. Corino then pointed out that it couldn't be the Kingdom, as they were in Japan. The KRD ran for it...

Great news everyone - Dalton Castle is doing the Prostate advert! He's sticking around!!!

Gutt Reaction: The identity of the Knights of the Red Dawn has been revealed if you want to seek out spoilers. This was a surprise run in, but the fact that so many people got "crossed off the list" here in terms of potential KRD members works great for the mystery. I hope they don't give away Lethal vs. Briscoe on TV, as that is one of the last true marquee matches Briscoe has left as champion outside of part-timers coming in. Both are super dominant champions, so that is a PPV match if ever there was one.

BJ Whitmer and Adam Page called out ACH. Page noted that he had paid his dues, and he wanted the opportunities that ACH was "undeservedly" getting...

Michael Elgin came out to unenthusiastic boos ahead of the main event. Kelly announced that Red Dragon vs. The Addiction for the ROH Tag Titles will be next week's main event as Cedric Alexander made his entrance...

3. Cedric Alexander vs. Michael Elgin. Within the first few minutes, Elgin got sent to the outside, and Alexander followed him out with a dive over the ropes. He looked for a frog splash back in the ring, but Elgin moved. Alexander ended up in the ropes, and Elgin hit him with his flip legdrop for a two count. A rope hung neckbreaker brought him another two count, so he took it to the outside. A giant elbow shot took us into the final commercial break...

After some back and forth, Alexander started to roll, building to a springboard clothesline for a two count of his own, before following up with a Michinoku Driver. He tried for a roundhouse kick, but Elgin ducked it, and took his head off with a clothesline. Elgin went for the deadlift superplex, only for Alexander to cut him off and start rolling again.

Following some corner dropkicks, Alexander hit a big splash from the top, but took too long to follow up with a second one, so Elgin was able to get the boot up to counter. After a few counters and power moves, both men ended up on the apron, where Elgin took Alexander down with a clothesline. He went top rope, but Alexander followed him up. Alexander went for a head scissors, only for Elgin to roll through into a powerbomb. He dragged Alexander up, hit a big backhand chop, and then put him down with an Elgin Bomb...

Michael Elgin defeated Cedric Alexander in 14:12.

Elgin grabbed a mic and said he was calculated and determined to make every ROH wrestler suffer for the "rules they follow". He told everyone in the back that he was a killer, and they had "dug their own grave"...

Gutt Reaction: A solid main event, but it ultimately felt pointless. Elgin picking up steam doesn't excite me, even if it's happening in the mid-card. He could do with a sabbatical, just to let some of the "X-Pac heat" blow over. And no follow up on Alexander's growing frustrations also meant his stock didn't rise here either.

Oddly for ROH, the talking segment of the show was the highlight. The two matches that went longer than a minute were fine, but they didn't feel important (despite Corino and Kelly's efforts in stating that "wins and losses matter"). But the Fish Tank teased that Briscoe vs. Lethal may happen some day, which could be great if built well, and put the best foot forward in the KRD mystery to date. But overall, I'd prioritise next week over this week's offering.

Thanks for reading. If you have any thoughts or opinions on this article, share them with me via Twitter.com/DazatheG. You can also check out my website, TheGutteridgeLog.co.uk

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