Gutteridge’s Ring of Honor TV Hit List: The go-home show for All Star Extravaganza with Michael Elgin and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Adam Cole and Adam Page, Toru Yano vs. Silas Young, and Cheeseburger vs. Punishment Damien Martinez

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Christopher Daniels: Good lord, where did that promo come from?!? Daniels cut his best ROH promo to date, and really added some substance to Ladder War 6, an otherwise emotionally empty spectacle match. I would now like to hear ROH’s reasoning for having Daniels and Kazarian talk so infrequently for the first six-plus months of their ROH return.

Michael Elgin and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Adam Cole and Adam Page: As is becoming a somewhat regular feature, this was a solid if unspectacular main event for ROH TV. That may sound like a negative, but I was often critical of them giving away fantastic matches with zero build for free, so this is a smarter approach. The match served its purpose of setting All Star Extravaganza’s main event, even if it feels like a foregone conclusion that Cole will retain.

Toru Yano vs. Silas Young: This match gets a minor Hit for bringing something different from New Japan Pro Wrestling. Usually, we get treated to their elite talent or their young lions. In Yano, we got a taste of their comedy. I can’t say I laughed during the match, but the crowd was into Yano’s stuff, and it also didn’t come at the expense of Young, who needed the win. Still, I can’t see why the hard hitting, no nonsense Jay Briscoe would ever team with goofball Yano.

ROH TV Misses

Punishment Damien Martinez vs. Cheeseburger: The unstoppable torrent of terrible continues with the never ending Steve Corino vs. BJ Whitmer feud. Now with added “Boozah Mookhan”, meetings in the desert, golden spikes, and reincarnated hazes, this is the single worst ROH storyline ever to air on television.

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