By Darren Gutteridge
ROH TV Hits
Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle vs. The Tempura Boys: This was a squash match, but a fun and necessary one. Castle and Cabana being No. 1 Contenders for the ROH Tag Titles is perhaps premature, but if that is the direction they feel like going for Final Battle (or the next title match at least), Castle and Cabana need wins fast. Hopefully there are more substantive ones ahead, though this one did allow them to ham it up whilst looking strong, and the fans were into it.
Motor City Machine Guns vs. Tetsuya Naito and Evil: An ROH main event barely registering as a Hit is a rarity, but this match was tragically short given the talent involved. On another show this might have been a very good match, but starved of time on this show, it was solid at most.
ROH TV Misses
Kyle O’Reilly vs. Jonathan Gresham: There was just something off about the pacing here. The criss-crossing rope run came dangerously close to being comical early on, and from then on things never really got going into a nice flow. The headlock choke out by O’Reilly was a nice “out of nowhere” submission finish, but it happened with no fanfare, as it just looked like a normal headlock. The post match attack by Cole and Page was good though – at least they are booking the “Adam” side of the Bullet Club to be heels!
BJ Whitmer and Punishment Martinez vs. Will Ferrara and Cheeseburger: It says a lot when this wasn’t the worst of the Corino/Whitmer/Sullivan segments we’ve had recently, and yet it is still by far the worst thing I have seen in wrestling this week. We must be approaching the two year mark on this feud, and it is insulting that there is no end in sight.
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