Powell’s Ring of Honor TV Review: Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham vs. Jushin Liger and Kushida, Hangman Page vs. Scorpio Sky, Shane Taylor vs. Eli Isom

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 27 and Mondays on the FITE TV app

The ROH opening aired and then the broadcast team of Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman checked in and hyped the matches…

1. Hangman Page vs. Scorpio Sky. Page had a pre-taped promo air during his entrance. He said this is Sky’s chance and questioned whether he could step up and beat him before declaring he could not. The wrestlers adhered to the Code of Honor. Page hoisted up Sky on his shoulders and then tossed him into the ring post heading into the first commercial break. [C]

Page performing a running dropkick in the corner and a German suplex into a bridge for a two count. Riccaboni said he had not seen that sequence from Page. Coleman said that unexpected offense can really throw off an opponent’s game plan, and put over that Page is still evolving. Later, Page went for his Buckshot Lariat, but Sky avoided it and rolled him up for two. Page came right back with a clothesline and performed the Rite of Passage for the win…

Adam Page defeated Scorpio Sky.

Powell’s POV: The well worked match one would expect from these two. Page is terrific and if he ends up sticking with the company next year then creative needs to make him a real main event player.

Backstage, The Kingdom delivered a promo. TK O’Ryan said the conspiracy against them would be turned on its head. Matt Taven said there’s no longer a “Melvin with green hands holding onto fool’s gold.” He held up his “real world title” and said he would defend it against anyone deserving. Vinny Marseglia chimed in at the end and said the conspiracy is dead… [C]

Powell’s POV: Good, then please stop talking about this silly conspiracy theory storyline and abandon all corny “Melvin” references while you’re at it.

Backstage, Adam Page said he had a dominant win over Sky and he’s one of the best heavyweights in the world. He noted that he competed in the G1 Tournament and now that he’s back in ROH he wants a title shot. He ran through the titles and settled in on the ROH Championship at the end…

Riccaboni and Coleman recapped Jeff Cobb beating Punishment Martinez to win the ROH TV Title…

2. Shane Taylor vs. Eli Isom. Footage aired of Isom scoring a rollup win over Taylor in a four corner survival match. Isom offered a handshake, but Taylor spat on his hand. Isom used his speed advantage to hit Taylor and avoid his strikes. Isom went for a springboard move, but Taylor hit him with a forearm and took offensive control going into a break. [C] Taylor kicked Isom and hit his finisher for the clean win.

Shane Taylor defeated Eli Isom.

After the match, Taylor brought a chair into the ring and placed Isom’s head in it. Cheeseburger ran out for the save to a nice pop and threw some punches. Cheeseburger went for his palm strike, but Taylor stuffed it and put him down with his finisher. Flip Gordon ran out and worked over Taylor with the chair.

Gordon grabbed a mic and asked if this is what Bully Ray wanted. He asked if Bully wants him to get extreme and hardcore. He said he doesn’t care what type of match they have, he will fight him anywhere and anytime. Bully Ray walked onto the stage and teased fighting Gordon and the idea of letting the fans decide which type of match they would have before pulling the rug out from under them.

Ray said he had no reason to get in the ring with him because he’d done everything there was to do to him. He called Gordon a bottom feeding young boy, whereas he is a god. Ray asked if Gordon considers himself a betting man. Gordon said he bet he could kick Ray’s ass. Ray told Gordon to show in Philadelphia at the ECW Arena next week with his best guy and Bully would bring his best guy.

Bully said that if Gordon’s guy wins then he could do whatever he wanted, including beat his ass or fire him on the spot. Bully said that if his guy wins then he gets to do whatever he wants to him. Gordon accepted the challenge. Bully introduced Silas Young as his entrant in the match. Bully said Gordon better hope his guy wins or it would be the end of him… Riccaboni hyped the main event… [C]

Powell’s POV: Is Taylor ever made to look a badass for more than a few minutes? Anyway, the angle with Ray and Gordon was really good. It’s one of the best hooks I’ve seen on ROH television for a match that will air the following week. I love pro wrestling done in episodic fashion. Ray did his usual strong work, and it was nice to see Gordon show a little fire on the mic.

Riccaboni read a tweet from Cody about not getting a singles rematch for the ROH Championship in the ten months since he lost the championship. Kenny King joined the broadcast team on commentary for the main event. Ring entrances for the main event took place… [C]

3. Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham vs. Jushin Liger and Kushida. Lethal and Liger had a shoving exchange early to show the match was getting heated. Gresham and Kushida had a fun exchange with both men going for several pins heading into the break. [C]

Greham was isolated for a stretch. He threw dropkicks at both opponents, including one that missed Liger by a mile, and then tagged in Lethal. Later, Gresham performed a nice running knee off the apron onto Kushida on the floor. In the ring, Lethal threw a couple of kicks at Liger and then performed Lethal Injection for the win. King spoke about being focused on Lethal…

Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham defeated Jushin Liger and Kushida.

Riccaboni hyped next week’s match with Silas Young facing Flip Gordon’s chosen man…

Powell’s POV: A well worked match and Liger continues to be impressive despite being 53 and having so much milage on his body. The right team went over given that Lethal is the champion and Gresham is an ROH regular. All of that said, it was one of those main events that was fine if you saw it, and fine if you missed it. I was hoping for an angle with Cody or even King afterward to end the show with something a little more buzz worthy. Overall, though, it was a solid hour of television and I really liked the angle with Bully and Gordon and how it set up the match for next week.

Check below for the latest Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell and guest Jerry Lynn.




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