4/19 Powell’s Ring of Honor TV Review: Wildcard eight-man tag match, RPG Vice vs. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara, Chris Sabin vs. Caprice Coleman

By Jason Powell

Ring of Honor TV
Taped on March 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada at Sam’s Town Live
Aired in syndication over the weekend, available Wednesdays on Comet TV

The show opened with a video hyping the wildcard eight-man tag and touting that the winners will meet in a four-way for a future ROH Title shot… The standard ROH opening aired… Ian Riccaboni and Kevin Kelly checked in on commentary…

1. Caprice Coleman (w/Kenny King) vs. Chris Sabin. The broadcast team spoke about Coleman having the advantage due to King being at ringside. King stood in front of Sabin at ringside, allowing Coleman to reach in front of him and poke Sabin’s eyes. Lio Rush came out to be in Sabin’s corner heading into a break. [C]

Late in the match, Sabin performed a summersault off the apron and onto King at ringside. Sabin went for a sunset flip. King held the arms of Coleman, but Rush prevented that. Sabin’s sunset flip occurred and he got the win…

Chris Sabin defeated Caprice Coleman.

Footage aired of Bully Ray and The Briscoes defeating Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia, and Silas Young to win the ROH Six-Man Tag Titles in last week’s main event… [C]

Powell’s POV: Fine for an opening match and it continues the undercard storyline drama involving the Rebellion and Rush.

Silas Young delivered a promo for the show in Milwaukee… The broadcast team acknowledged the Young promo and also hyped the Hopkins, Minnesota show for the following night…

2. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara vs. Rocky Romero and Beretta. Romero and Beretta tossed their ring jackets to the broadcast team, who then put them on for a laugh. Romero and Beretta were in control heading into a break. [C] Ferrara performed a suicide dive onto Beretta, but then Romero caught him with a knee off the apron.

Back inside the ring, Cheeseburger and Ferrara got a big hope spot after a crucifix and rollup combo on Beretta, but Romero broke it up at the last second. He appeared to be late as there were some boos and a “that was three chant” from the crowd. Ferrara was caught going for a tornado DDT, leading to RPG Vice hitting a dropkick into a reverse piledriver combo for the win. Afterward, Ferrara and Cheeseburger bickered a bit, then Ferrara shoved Cheeseburger from behind and left without shaking hands…

Rocky Romero and Beretta beat Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara.

Powell’s POV: Another RPH Vice in Ring of Honor goes by and I’m still not sure if they want fans to cheer or boo them. I might be in the minority, but the split of Cheeseburger and Ferrara interests me. I’d like to see ROH do more with Ferrara. Then again, the last time they teased doing something with him was when Prince Nana was handing out envelopes and nothing actually happened, so I won’t get my hopes up too high.

A video package focussed on Josh Woods and John Skyler, who will meet in the finals of the Top Prospect Tournament on next week’s show…

Introductions for the wild card eight-man tag match took place. It was explained that the teams were assembled randomly. Silas Young, Hangman Page, Jay White, and Jay Lethal made separate entrances as the first team… [C] The second team was Colt Cabana, Lio Rush, Hanson, and Bobby Fish…

3. Silas Young, Hangman Page, Jay White, and Jay Lethal vs. Colt Cabana, Lio Rush, Hanson, and Bobby Fish in a wildcard eight-man tag match. Cabana was going to start for his team, but Rush spun him around and pie-faced him. Cabana smiled and then let him smart the match. There was good early action with Rush and White. Young mocked them by entering the ring and clapping just as the fans were applauding their early effort.

Young called for a tag from White and got it. Hanson made a blind tag. Young backed off. Lethal laughed at Young, who responded by chopping him to tag him in. The Lethal team fought amongst themselves heading into the break. [C] Lethal was isolated by the other team coming out of the break. Later, Fish was isolated by the other team. Page teased tagging Lethal, but pulled his hand back and smiled. Lethal ended up tagging himself in, but then Young tagged Lethal before Lethal could do anything. Fish was still being worked over by Young heading into the final break. [C]

Fish ended up suplexing his way into tagging Hanson, who worked knocked Lethal and White off the apron and then hit running clotheslines on Page and Young. Lethal and White eventually stood in front of their partners and also took the running clotheslines. Hanson asked Rush to slam him onto Page. Rush fired himself up. The crowd popped huge when the small Rush pulled it off.

Later, Young slowed down a hot Rush, but Fish cut him off. Fish took a dragon suplex from White. Hanson took out White with a clothesline. Page took out Hanson. Cabana took out Page. Lethal hit the Lethal Combination on Cabana. Lethal wanted to tag Page, but he dropped off the apron and headed up the stage. Frankie Kazarian ran out and attacked Page. They fought backstage. Lethal was distracted and rolled up by Rush for a two count. Rush powerbombed Lethal and went for a frogsplash, but Lethal put his knees up. Lethal hit the Lethal Injection for the win…

Silas Young, Hangman Page, Jay White, and Jay Lethal beat Colt Cabana, Lio Rush, Hanson, and Bobby Fish in a wildcard eight-man tag match.

Powell’s POV: The wildcard gimmick was executed nicely by the Lethal team with all the in-fighting amongst the babyfaces and heels. It also sets up Lethal vs. Young vs. Page vs. White for the four-way for the ROH Title shot. The Rush slamming Hanson spot was terrific and the overall match was a lot of fun. I wish ROH would have taken this a step further by explaining why these eight wrestlers were chosen. Were they randomly selected too? If there was an explanation then I missed it. I’ve given up on that attention to detail with most other promotions, but ROH can stand out because of it if they show some discipline. That said, the main event made the show and is worth going out of your way to watch. Haydn Gleed will be checking in with his comments in the member exclusive ROH audio review on Thursday.

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