By Darren Gutteridge
ROH TV Hits
Jay Briscoe vs. Jay White: My big worry throughout was that White would suffer his first loss. There is no shame in losing to Briscoe, but it felt unnecessary. Instead, they surprised me with the time limit ending. It wasn’t even a case of White “surviving” – both men were visibly spent, and it could have gone either way. So instead of costing White momentum for no good reason, they instead did a lot to put him over by taking a former ROH champion to the limit. I worried for nothing!
Adam Page vs. Jonathan Gresham: A minor Hit for a nice and breezy opener. They made mention of Page’s win over Jay Briscoe at Death Before Dishonor, so it seems we should see this as the next match in a hot streak for Page, which I’m all for. Plus, it is nice to see Gresham back. Every roster needs an undersized plucky underdog, and Gresham is a cut above current ROH incumbent of that slot, Cheeseburger, in terms of in-ring ability.
ROH TV Misses
Stuka Jr. vs. Kamaitachi: The action in parts of this match was certainly Hit worthy, including a well executed finish, but this was hardly a great start to the new CMLL relationship. Not only did their guy lose on night one, but he lost to perennial loser Kamaitachi. I did have to laugh though – on the last ROH audio when me and fellow Dot Net staffer Haydn Gleed joked that ROH seemed to be striving to book a show featuring only CMLL and NJPW talent, completely devoid of ROH stars. Little did we know that such a match would be coming the very next episode!