2/26 Ring of Honor TV Review: Silas Young vs. Kenny King for the ROH TV Title, The Young Bucks vs. Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky, Women of Honor Title tournament video package

By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Ring of Honor TV
Taped February 10 in Atlanta, Georgia at Center Stage
Aired in syndication over the weekend, Mondays on the FITE TV app

Highlights aired of last week’s ROH Six-Man Tag Title main event and new ROH enforcer Bully Ray restarting the match… The broadcast team was Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana…

Bully Ray stood in the ring and reaffirmed that he is the enforcer of ROH. He said the world honor in Ring of Honor has always stood out to him. He said he is proud to be the enforcer of the best pro wrestling company on the planet. Bully thanked the fans for supporting the company. He said tonight about all thriller, no filler… The opening montage aired…

1. “The Young Bucks” Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson vs. Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky. The ref brought the teams together for the Code of Honor, but Kazarian and Sky attacked the Bucks to start the match. The Bucks cleared the ring with some flashy offense and then Cody walked out wearing a suit and applauded them. Cody joined the broadcast team as they went to break. [C]

Riccaboni said there was so much going on with Bullet Club that he was surprised to see Cody join them. Cody stopped him and delivered the usual “Bullet Club is fine” line. Both teams ended up down at one point. Cody stood up and cheered for Nick. Meanwhile, Matt performed a big flip dive from the stage onto both opponents. The Bucks applied simultaneous Sharpshooters and they cut to an oddly timed break. You know, because no one has ever tapped to a Sharpshooter. [C]

The bucks performed simultaneous superkicks on both opponents and then hit a double superkick on Sky. They set up for their finisher, but Matt acted like his back gave out again. Nick hit some rapid fire moves on his opponents and then he and Matt hit the Meltzer Driver for the win…

The Young Bucks defeated Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky.

After the match, Christopher Daniels attacked the Bucks from behind. Riccaboni questioned why Cody wasn’t getting involved. Cody said he was going to help a couple times. Adam “Hangman” Page ran out with a chair and cleared the ring. Riccaboni called Page a real Bullet Club member. Cody entered the ring after the ring was cleared and barked at the referee…

Powell’s POV: The Bucks make it look so easy. Regular viewers have seen them hit some of their impressive moves so many times that it’s easy to take for granted just how good they are. This was the first ROH event taped after the Cody and Kenny Omega meltdown at the NJPW “The New Beginning” show in Osaka. Cody came off like a smiling politician as he cheered for the Bucks despite his character not knowing where they stand. Meanwhile, it would be nice if some attempt was made to give Sky an actual character. He’s good in the ring and we know he can talk from his days as Harold on WWE television, but right now he just comes off like the nearly silent third man in SoCal Uncensored who was added simply because they wanted to move Kazarian and Christopher Daniels into the six-man tag title contention.

Footage aired of Coast 2 Coast and Kenny King beating Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser, and Brian Milonas…

Footage aired from “after last week’s show went off the air” of Bruiser and Milonas approaching King. Young ended up attacking King from behind and ran him into a garage door. Bruiser and Milonas held King while Young called him a peasant. Young told King he has his rematch, then kicked him in the face and left him lying. A graphic listed the rematch… [C]

A video package aired on The Briscoes and their attack on the Motor City Machine Guns. The Briscoes said the tag titles are their property and they would take their property back…

The broadcast team hyped Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Briscoes for the ROH Tag Titles for the 16th Anniversary pay-per-view. They shifted the focus to the Women of Honor title tournament and noted that Tenille Dashwood (a/k/a Emma in WWE) showed up at the show in Concord. They set up highlights of matches that air on WOH Women of Honor Wednesdays via Youtube. The footage featured Kelly Klein and Bonesaw Brooks hyping their first-round match. They showed highlights from the match that was taped in Nashville and showed Klein going over. They took the same approach with the Deonna Purrazzo vs. Holidead match with comments from both women followed by highlights from the match, which Purrazzo won via submission. The graphics were shown and Riccaboni noted that the WOH Title tournament would continue on ROH TV in two weeks…

Powell’s POV: It’s too bad we won’t see all of the WOH matches play out on the television show, but at least they dedicated a good amount of time to this video package. They also included a graphic to note that the full matches were available on Youtube.

A video aired on the ROH 16th Anniversary pay-per-view. First, it hyped the Cody vs. Matt Taven match. Both men delivered brief promos for the match. The previewed the Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Briscoes for the ROH Tag Titles, and Marty Scurll vs. Punishment Martinez, and Dalton Castle vs. Jay Lethal for the ROH Title matches in the same fashion…

Powell’s POV: The Cody vs. Taven feud felt like it made more sense when Cody came across like a babyface. I’m not sure who they expect fans to cheer for now that Cody is clearly the heel in the Bullet Club saga.

Ring entrances for the ROH TV Title match took place. Bobby Cruise delivered in-ring introductions for the title match…

2. Silas Young (w/Beer City Bruiser, Brian Milonas) vs. Kenny King for the ROH TV Title. The wrestlers had a tense handshake before the match. Bruiser tripped King as he was running the ropes and referee Todd Sinclair didn’t see it. King jawed at Bruiser and Milonas. Bully Ray walked out and ejected Bruiser and Milonas from ringside. Young used the distraction to his advantage by hitting King from behind and was in offensive control heading into a break. [C]

Young and King ended up fighting at ringside. Young whipped King toward the barricade, but King walked up the barricade and onto the stage before performing a flip dive onto Young. Cabana called him a Las Vegas Ninja Warrior. King walked into the crowd and posed for a selfie. The broadcast team correctly questioned King playing to the crowd given that he was going for the ROH TV Title. King returned to the ring and performed a cross body block for a two count.

King performed a spinebuster for a near fall. King set up for his finisher, but Young slipped away. King avoided Young’s finisher. King went for his own again, but Young raked his eyes. Young went for Misery, but King countered into a pin for a two count. Young performed a backbreaker and clothesline combo and then performed a draping neckbreaker for a two count.

Young performed a rolling senton and then did a handstand on the top rope before King cut him off and went back on the offensive. King applied a submission, but Young reached the ropes to break it and then rolled to the floor. King rolled Young back inside the ring, but he rolled out the other side again. King tossed Young back inside the ring.

Young distracted the ref with loose tape around his wrist. When the ref took the tape, Young kicked the ropes into King’s groin and got a good near fall. Young and King jawed at one another and traded forearms in the middle of the ring. Young whipped King into the corner and went after him, but King ended up rolling him up and pinning him…

Kenny King defeated Silas Young to win the ROH TV Title.

Riccaboni hyped The Briscoes vs. Best Friends, Christopher Daniels vs. Hangman Page, and Dalton Castle and Jay Lethal vs. Punishment Martinez and Marty Scurll for next week. Riccaboni also hyped the Manhattan Mayhem being available via HonorClub on Saturday, March 3…

Powell’s POV: A good match with a rare title change on ROH television. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the title change because Young just won the strap at Final Battle and King had a flat title reign, but we’ll see where it goes. Perhaps the idea is to have them trade title wins to create a strong rivalry? Only time will tell. Overall, another good edition of ROH TV with two good matches, a nice WOH Title tournament video package, and a lot of hype for the anniversary pay-per-view. Haydn Gleed will be by in the next day or two with a members’ exclusive audio review.


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