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ROH TV Taping
October 1, 2016
Lowell, Massachusetts at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Attendance was rough. Probably 300-400 people in a building that holds over 2,500. They offered anyone sitting up in the balcony a seat upgrade to the floor.
1. Kamaitachi beat Sho Tanaka in the dark match.
The Bullet Club opened up with a promo. Adam Cole is the World Champion, the Young Bucks are the new Tag Champions. They recapped the ASE PPV and said that they’d add the new Six-Man Championships to their collection, as well as the TV Championship via Hangman Page.
1. War Machine (Hanson and Rowe) defeated Keith Lee and Shane Taylor. This match was insanity. So much fun. Started with a wild ringside brawl and turned into a wild match. Taylor kicked out of Fallout, but Lee was pinned after a Destroyer from Rowe. Afterwards, Taylor destroyed War Machine with a hard chairshot to the head of each guy.
2. The Cabinet (Caprice Coleman, Kenny King, and Rhett Titus) beat Jason Kincaid, Leon St. Giovanni, and Shahim Ali to advance in the ROH Six-Man Title Tournament.
3. Jay Lethal over Silas Young with a rollup. Adam Cole was on commentary and looked to be headed towards ringside late in the match, but Kyle O’Reilly came out and stopped him from getting involved. There was a stare-down in the ring between Silas and Cole before O’Reilly spiked Cole with a brainbuster. Meanwhile, Silas escaped the ring with the ROH Title and held it up on the stage to close the show.
1. Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) pinned The Tempura Boyz (Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu). Fun matchup. Castle got the win with the Bang-A-Rang but the Young Lions looked good in defeat, even earning a fanning from The Boys afterwards.
The Briscoes came out for a promo and got into a small confrontation with Cabana and Castle when they crossed paths. They said they they have wins over The Young Bucks as well as Cabana and Castle, so whoever the champs are come Final Battle will lose the belts to the Briscoes.
2. Kyle O’Reilly defeated Jonathan Gresham. Good technical matchup which Kyle won after a brainbuster. Afterwards, Hangman Page ran out to attack Kyle, which subsequently brought out Bobby Fish and then Adam Cole, presumably setting up a tag match between Redragon and Bullet Club down the line.
3. BJ Whitmer and Punishment Martinez (w/ Kevin Sullivan) over Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara. The heels beat down the smaller guys after the match until Steve Corino hit the ring. Whitmer offered Corino the metal spike and told him to finish Ferrara. Corino took the spike and thought about it, but decided against it.
4. Tetsuya Naito and EVIL beat The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley). This was the main event of the second show, which Naito won with Destino.
There was an unnecessary intermission, as the second half of the show didn’t kick off until the three-hour mark.
1. Sumie Sakai beat Taeler Hendrix in a Women of Honor match. Sakai got the surprise win with a rollup. Hendrix looked to attack her afterwards, but Mandy Leon ran out with a steel chair and appeared to hit Hendrix unprotected in the back of the head. She followed up with a DDT onto the chair and Sakai hit a moonsault to make sure the poor heel was dead.
1. Donovan Dijak (w/Prince Nana) killed a jobber with three Feast Your Eyes. Afterwards, Nana threateningly suggested that Dijak not lose again as he did against Bobby Fish at ASE.
It looked like it was going to be The Briscoes vs. The Addiction, but after ladder wars The Addiction were in no shape to compete. Kazarian cut a promo about the legacy of The Briscoes and the legacy of Christopher Daniesls. He said that they’re retreating on this day, but they’ll never surrender. He said that The Addiction will surpass The Briscoes as the greatest team in ROH history.
The Briscoes wanted a match anyway and called out The Young Bucks, but were answered by Adam Cole and Hangman Page instead.
2. Jay and Mark Briscoe beat Adam Cole and Hangman Page by DQ. Cole attacked the Briscoes with the ROH title belt for the DQ. Cole and Page were about to attack with chairs when Redragon saved and ran them off.
Jay Lethal came out for a promo. He said that he has a chance to reclaim the ROH Championship from Adam Cole at a show in London in November. He said he’s more clear-headed now than ever. He said he no longer hates Cole, and he’s even coming around to liking his shaved head. He said that without the distractions he’ll become a two-time ROH Champion.
3. ACH, Kushida, and Jay White defeated The Cabinet to advance to the finals of the Six-Man Title Tournament.
1. Michael Elgin pinned Toru Yano. There were a few little laughs early on but it was pretty much every Yano match. Elgin won with his powerbomb.
2. Dragon Lee upset Bobby Fish in a Proving Ground match. Lee earned a shot at the ROH TV Title at some point.
3. The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia) defeated The Bullet Club (Adam Cole and The Young Bucks) to advance in the Six-Man Title Tournament. The Kingdom won when Taven hit his headlock driver and Marseglia came off the top with a Swanton.
Presumably after the show went off-air, Bullet Club asked the Kingdom to come back into the ring and shake their hands. Once they did, Bullet Club flipped them off and dropped them with stunners. They all hit superkicks to knock the Kingdom out of the ring and the show closed with them celebrating.
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