By Darren Gutteridge
ROH TV Hits
The Young Bucks vs. Michael Elgin and Hiroshi Tanahashi: Who knew these two teams would have such good chemistry? The commentators set this up as power vs. speed, which did make up most of the match, but both teams looked like they were having so much fun. That said, having the Bucks lose again seems shortsighted. I could put it down to a long term story idea, but this ROH we’re dealing with.
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Cedric Alexander for the ROH TV Title: When Veda Scott paid off BJ Whitmer to give up his TV Title shot (which is a mega Hit, by the way), I expected Alexander to get crushed in 15 seconds. The story just seemed set up for it. Instead, we got a competitive match, which I liked all the same. Ishii could be a good champion if he appears regularly.
The Briscoes vs. Reno Scum: I was about ready to give this a Miss when it appeared to be just a Briscoe squash match. They have been in a holding pattern for a while now, and it’s starting to grate. Fortunately, this match was fun, and with both the commentators and Jay Briscoe talking up the possibility of Briscoes vs. War Machine in the near future, my frustration was quieted. For now.
ROH TV Misses
Supercard of Honor hype: Was there any? Outside of the generic ads, I don’t think there was a single mention of one of ROH’s biggest shows of the year. It seems like they have already surrendered to getting crushed by NXT Takeover: Dallas, which really does speak to a confidence problem that won’t help a damn thing in the eyes of the fans.
The Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features Ring of Honor's PJ Black discussing the ROH Pure Title tournament beginning on ROH Wrestling TV this weekend, ROH's COVID-19 safety precautions, his run in WWE as Justin Gabriel with The Nexus, wrestling as The Bunny, and more...