By Jason Powell
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Ring of Honor TV
Aired in syndication over the weekend, Sundays on Charge, Mondays on the FITE TV app
After the opening credits, Ian Riccaboni set up the show while standing in front of an ROH backdrop and introduced the first match…
1. Kushida defeated Titan to retain the ROH TV Title (August 18 in London, England).
2. Jay Lethal defeated Josh Bodom (August 19 in Liverpool, England). Silas Young came during the match. Lethal brawled with Young after getting the win.
A teaser aired for the “Honor Club” streaming service. It was listed as “coming soon 2018” and included the tagline “It’s more than a network”…
Powell’s POV: This is the most intriguing aspect of this show. ROH COO Joe Koff has been talking about launching the ROH streaming service in 2018 for some time now, but this is the first time that they’ve actually advertised it on television. As you can tell, I’m taking the simplistic approach to this “best of” show. The usual format will return with first-run material.
3. Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, Evil, Sanada, and Bushi defeated Cody, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll, and Hangman Page (August 18 in London, England).
Riccaboni wrapped up the show by saying thanking fans for making 2017 a history making year for the company. He noted that they look forward to 2018 and their partnerships with New Japan, CMLL, and Rev Pro… The show closed with a listing of the ROH production crew and front office staff and a graphic that thanked everyone who worked hard on the show and “The ROH Honor Nation”…
Powell’s POV: The highlight of the show was the Young Bucks performing the Meltzer Driver on Darryl the stuffed cat. It was a nice touch to list the production crew on the final show of the year since they don’t get acknowledged on the other 51 shows. This was more of a “Best Of The UK Tour” than an actual look back at 2017 overall. Next week will be a first-run show coming out of Final Battle with an appearance by new ROH Champion Dalton Castle, and Flip Gordon vs. Marty Scurll. We’ll get back to our traditional television review style next week along with Haydn Gleed’s audio review.