Powell’s Ring of Honor TV Review: Punishment Martinez vs. Jeff Cobb for the ROH TV Title, The Briscoes vs. Coast 2 Coast for the ROH Tag Titles, Marty Scurll vs. Chris Sabin

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

Ring of Honor TV
Taped September 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Orleans Arena
Aired in syndication on October 20 and Mondays on the FITE TV app

A video package aired on this week’s television matches… The ROH opening aired… The broadcast team of Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman checked in and hyped the matches…

1. Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe vs. “Coast 2 Coast” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni for the ROH Tag Titles. The Briscoes wore black face paint and went nose to nose with their challengers after Bobby Cruise introduced both teams. The Briscoes isolated Ali heading into the first commercial break. [C]

LSG eventually tagged in. The Briscoes took the fight to ringside and roughed him up. Coleman questioned whether Coast 2 Coast were undefeated in 2018 because they are good or because Ali’s injury forced him to take time off. Jay worked over LSG heading into another break. [C]

LSG caught Jay with and enzuigiri and made a hot tag to Ali, who worked over both Briscoes. Jay cut him off quickly with a boot to the head. Ali and Mark traded chops. Ali turned Mark inside out with a clothesline, but Mark tagged in Jay, who performed a neckbreaker on Ali for a two count.

The Briscoes performed a neckbreaker and powerbomb combo on Ali for another two count. Coast 2 Coast came back with a double team move on Mark and got a two count. Coast 2 Coast hit the move of the same name and then Ali performed a 450 splash on Jay and had him pinned, but Mark broke it up. Coast 2 Coast set up for a double team move on Mark on the ropes, but Jay broke it up and the Briscoes hit the Doomsday Device on Ali before Jay pinned him…

The Briscoes beat Coast 2 Coast to retain the ROH Tag Titles.

Punishment Martinez and Jeff Cobb were shown in brief, separate backstage shots… Jay Lethal cut a brief promo about Matt Taven and said his belt means nothing. Lethal said Taven may have a problem, but he’ll be the one who solves it… [C]

Powell’s POV: Well, that was uneventful. Coast 2 Coast was given a bit of late offense and a couple of near falls, but the bulk of the match and the clean finish sent the message that they are not in the same league as the Briscoes. There was nothing about the match that left me excited to see what comes next for Coast 2 Coast.

A shot aired of Matt Taven that started as his feet and moves up to his head. He was joined by TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia. Taven said it was nothing personal against Lethal, but he is the real ROH Champion…

The Briscoes delivered a backstage promos about their win over Coast 2 Coast and boasted that they are on a roll…

Riccaboni and Coleman checked in and set up a video package on the Martinez vs. Cobb match…

2. Punishment Martinez vs. Jeff Cobb for the ROH TV Championship. Cruise delivered in-ring introductions for the title match. Cobb no-sold a clothesline. Martinez caught Cobb with a kick that knocked him down. Cobb got up and hit a clothesline that Martinez sold big. Cobb performed his Tour of the Islands and scored the clean pin…

Jeff Cobb defeated Punishment Martinez to win the ROH TV Title.

Tenille Dashwood was shown walking backstage with her arm in a sling… [C]

Powell’s POV: A dominant title win for Cobb. He was put over strong in part because Martinez’s contract is up and he is leaving the company for WWE, which we reported in the Dot Net Weekly audio show prior to Martinez dropping the championship. I love the way the company has made Cobb feel like a major player right out of the gate. They need all the new stars they can get with Martinez and presumably others leaving at the end of the year and he’s the right guy for this big push.

Riccaboni and Coleman recapped the title change…

Tenille Dashwood came to the ring for a promo while the broadcast team recapped the finish of her loss to Sumie Sakai in the Women of Honor Championship match at Death Before Dishonor. She said people ask how she is and she says fine, but she wanted to be real with the fans. She said she has an autoimmune disease that causes a skin condition and now she has a shoulder injury on top of it. She said not being able to do what she loves in the ring scares the hell out of her.

Dashwood said she was attacked from behind at Death Before Dishonor. She said she’s pissed off. She announced that she needed to undergo surgery on her shoulder before she can wrestle again. Dashwood said she loves wrestling more than anything in her life. She said her attacker is lucky she won’t be around, but she will have plenty of time to think about what she will do to that person…

Backstage, Hangman Page spoke about facing Scorpio Sky on next week’s show from Las Vegas… [C]

Powell’s POV: A very good promo from Dashwood. Why did we have to wait for her to suffer an injury to hear a lengthy promo from her? Sure, we’ve heard her on commentary and in brief promos, but this is the type of personal promo that would get over at any time and not just because she’s injured and the fans were sympathetic. She came off well and I guess the mystery continues in terms of who attacked her. My money is on Madison Rayne, but that’s totally a guess. Meanwhile, Page’s promo did nothing to get me excited about his match against Sky. It’s nice they advertised the match a week out, but it was a brief and forgettable promo.

Ring entrances for the main event took place. Both wrestlers spoke briefly in pre-taped promos as they were making their respective entrances…

3. Marty Scurll vs. Chris Sabin. Scurll caught Sabin with a superkick from the apron heading into an early break. [C] Sabin performed a missile dropkick and then Scurll went to ringside. Sabin caught him with a kick of his own from the apron. Back in the ring, Sabin performed a slingshot neckbreaker for a two count. There was a series of nearfalls for both wrestlers off reversals.

Late in the match, Scurll performed a superplex. Sabin hooked Scurll’s legs on the way down for a two count. Scurll popped up and delivered a superkick to a seated Sabin. Later, Sabin picked up a near fall off a nice combination and then hit a superkick and an enzuigiri. Scurll countered a Sabin move into a chicken wing attempt. Both wrestlers traded near falls. In the end, Scurll hit his Graduation finisher and scored the clean pin…

Marty Scurll defeated Chris Sabin.

Powell’s POV: A very nice match and the right guy went over as far as I’m concerned. Hopefully this is the beginning of Scurll moving back into the main event mix where he belongs and where the company needs him. Overall, a newsworthy show thanks to the title change. It was interesting that they started with the two title matches rather than saving one for the main event slot. Scurll is over enough that it didn’t feel like a letdown for his match to go on last even though it wasn’t as important as the title matches were. I will be by later today with my members’ exclusive audio review of this show.

Check below for the latest Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell and NWA Champion Nick Aldis.


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