By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Ring of Honor TV
Taped October 14 in Philadelphia at 2300 Arena
Aired in syndication on November 17, Mondays on the FITE TV app, a week delay on FITE TV
A video package recapped Dalton Castle, Jay Lethal, and Jonathan Gresham beating The Kingdom, followed by the tension between Castle and Lethal afterward… The ROH opening aired… The broadcast team of Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana checked in while Castle and The Boys made their entrance.
Once in the ring, Castle noted that he’d been sidelined by an injury for a quarter of the year. He said he didn’t sit around sipping mint juleps, he also put in the work. Castle said he’s back and he wants the champ. Instead of Lethal walking out, Matt Taven made his entrance and said there’s a new world champion and he’s it.
Castle had the Boys form a human chair for him. He sat down and acted like he couldn’t take it. Castle said Taven should go home because he’s clearly drunk, “like Mrtyle Beach drunk.” Taven said Castle couldn’t handle the pressure when he was given the ball. Castle said Taven is a “delusional, narcissistic, tall, gangly, uncoordinated idiot.” Castle said Taven would never be the real world champion.
Taven calmly said he had a surprise for Castle. Balloons floated into the air and then Vinny Marseglia entered the ring and attacked the Boys. Taven hit Castle with his “real” title belt. TK O’Ryan was late arriving for some reason, but the Kingdom members dominated Castle and the Boys. Taven placed Castle on some chairs and placed one over him, then all three Kingdom members slammed chairs down on the top chair at once… [C]
Powell’s POV: It wasn’t a bad angle, it’s just that the Kingdom are not over and lack heat. Obviously, ROH is trying to change that, but it’s still not clicking and this real world champion belt is only slightly better than the awful “conspiracy” talk that preceded it.
Riccaboni and Cabana spoke at their desk about the previous angle. Riccaboni announced that Christopher Daniels would not be able to team with Frankie Kazarian after he was piledriven on the stage by Jay Briscoe last week. Riccaboni said the board of directors was working on a suitable replacement. Cabana assumed he knew who it would be, but he added that we’d find out later…
A video package recapped the Marty Scurll vs. Shane Helms feud…
1. Marty Scurll vs. “Hurricane” Shane Helms in a No DQ match. Ring announcer Bobby Cruise noted that it was the fourth match between the two. Riccaboni said the wrestlers are 1-1-1 against one another. Scurll came out first then Helms’ entrance theme played. A man came out dressed like Helms, pulled the cape back, and revealed himself to be Delirious (a/k/a ROH booker Hunter Johnston). Helms appeared in the ring and chokeslammed Scurll for a two count. Helms worked over Scurll at ringside and clotheslined Scurll, who was seated on a chair. [C]
Scurll was on the offensive coming out of the break and pulled a bunch of umbrellas from underneath the ring and threw them inside the ring. Cabana said he saw Scurll at the building early and now he understands why. Scurll hit Helms with an umbrella and then used it to wrench his face back.
Helms performed a Mortifier for a two count. Helms pulled a couple of chairs out from underneath the ring. Helms set up the chairs in the ring and wanted to superplex Scurll, who fought him off. Helms grabbed him by the balls with what Riccaboni called “HurriGrip” and threw him onto the chairs heading into a break… [C]
Scurll had a table set up on the floor coming out of the break. Scurll and Helms ended up fighting on the apron, and Scurll eventually put Helms through the table on the floor with a Death Valley Driver from the apron. Back in the ring, Scurll poured tacks in the ring. Scurll and Helms both teased falling onto the tacks. Scurll did his finger break spot on Helms, which led to the fans chanting his name. Helms came right back by chokeslammed Helms onto the tacks. ROH censored shots of Scurll’s back.
Scurl came back with a low blow, then picked up a handful of tacks and poured them into Helms’s mouth and superkicked him. Scurll performed Graduation onto the tacks and scored the clean pin…
Marty Scurll defeated Hurricane Helms in a No DQ match.
Riccaboni hyped the tag title three-way match. Scorpio Sky replaced Daniels in the graphic… [C]
Powell’s POV: Another entertaining match between Scurll and Helms. As much as it’s tempting to bitch about Scurll wasting time instead of doing something bigger (and lord knows I’ve been guilty of that), perhaps the idea is that Scurll’s next big story will begin coming out of Final Battle when he’s the last Elite member in the company. If they intend to do more with Helms and Scurll, then perhaps it’s time for Helms to ditch the Hurricane persona to show that the feud has become personal. By the way, I have no idea why ROH played up any mystery at all in terms of who would replace Daniels when it was the most obvious thing in the world.
A Brandi Rhodes video package aired. She spoke about suffering a broken clavicle in two places. She said she’s never broken a bone before this. She said she needed help to shower and to pack her bag. She said she wanted to finish her tour so she worked with one arm. She said the X-Ray (which they showed) clearly showed the break. She said she wasn’t happy about needing surgery and wondered if the injury was a bad omen or someone telling her she shouldn’t be doing this.
Brandi said she decided she was strong enough to continue. She said her shoulder is held together by a large piece of titanium and nine screws. She said she has X-rays every month. She said she doesn’t have the same range of motion, but she has been cleared to wrestle again. She said she is a different Brandi and added that perhaps that is a good thing… Ring entrances for the main event took place… [C]
2. Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe vs. “Young Bucks’ Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson vs. Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky in a three-way for the ROH Tag Titles. The rules allowed two wrestlers in the ring at once. The Briscoes were shown jawing with fans at ringside. Sky performed an early flip dive onto the Briscoes. Kazarian performed a huracanrana from the ring to the floor. SCU and the Bucks both worked over the Briscoes inside the ring. Kazarian performed a tornado DDT on Mark for a two count. The Briscoes bounced back and worked over Kazarian heading into a break. [C]
Matt played up his back injury as he and Nick worked over Jay with some of their signature offense. SCU checked in and picked up a near fall on Matt. SCU applied stereo dragon sleepers on Mark and Matt. Jay and Nick broke it up with simultaneous superkicks and then fought with one another. Nick caught referee Paul Turner with a knee in the corner. REF BUMP!!! Mark brought a char into the ring. Jay performed a Jay Driller on Kazarian, but it wasn’t quite on the chair. Matt broke up the pin. Jay slammed Matt onto the chair, and Matt sold back pain.
The Briscoes set up Kazarian for the Doomsday Device, but Nick broke it up. Sky handed Kazarian and title belt, which he struck Jay with. Mark leapt from the top rope and Kazarian countered into a body slam in mid-air for a good near fall. Jay hit Kazarian with a chair from the floor. Jay threw the chair and hit his brother when Kazarian moved. Sky took out Jay with a Cutter on the apron. Sky and Kazarian performed a uranage and lung blower combo move on Mark, and Kazarian pinned Mark to win the match and the titles.
Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky defeated The Briscoes and The Young Bucks to win the ROH Tag Titles.
Christopher Daniels came out after the match wearing a neck brace to sell last week’s attack, and he celebrated with his SCU teammates to close the show…
Powell’s POV: A surprising title change. The Briscoes were strong champions and they didn’t really build up to SCU winning aside from last week’s angle with Daniels. It was a well worked match, but the crowd saw so many big moves that they didn’t recognize the big move at the end as the finisher because they were quiet while the ref was counting and then they popped once he made the third count. I don’t expect this to be a long title reign in that SCU is expected to leave ROH at the end of the year. Rumor has it that they are involved in the project that Cody, the Young Bucks, and others are doing with Tony Khan, which continues to be ignored by many in the wrestling media even though it could be one of the biggest stories of 2019. Overall, a good show with a nice break from the usual three match formula for two longer matches. Haydn Gleed will be by later today with his audio review of this episode.
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