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ROH TV Taping
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Stage AE
Report by Dot Net reader James Todd
Dark Match: Jenny Rose pinned Lady Frost.
ROH Champion Matt Taven came out to take his victory lap from the G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden. Surprisingly, he got more cheers than boos, which I don’t think bodes well for him being an effective heel champion. Flip Gordon came out to claim the title shot he won way back at the Sea of Honor Tournament.
1. Silas Young defeated Jonathan Gresham via ref stoppage. They seem to be building up a feud here, hopefully with Gresham eventually going over. Young made a big deal of fighting “clean” early in the match, but reverted to distracting the ref and knocking out Gresham with the ring bell gavel for the win.
2. P.J. Black pinned Eli Isom. Outside of one blown spot where Isom slipped off the top rope and came down hard in the ring, this was a good match. Black worked face and was fairly over, and despite the one blown spot, Isom kept pace with the athletic veteran.
3. Kelly Klein pinned Ray Lyn to retain the Women of Honor Title. This was a glorified squash, though Lyn did well with what they gave her. Turning Kelly face was smart, she seemed more comfortable with her character and got a decent pop. Post-match, the Allure beat Klein down while she was cutting a promo about being a fighting champ. Jenny Rose tried to make the save, with predictable results. The crowd did not care about the Allure.
4. Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas defeated Cheeseburger & Ryan Nova and Coast to Coast in a three-way tag. Bruiser and Milonas were super over with their simple, fun “beer” gimmick (it works better in person). Coast to Coast refused the Code of Honor and worked heel.
5. Tracy Williams and Mark Haskins defeated Vinny Marsaglia and T.K. O’Ryan. The crowd was split on this one. The Lifeblood entrance music is really flat and dampens enthusiasm for Williams and Haskins. The match was solid. Vinny and TK have improved significantly over the past year, and Williams and Haskins are starting to develop some chemistry. Post match, Williams called out Bully Ray, who made a brief (thank god!) appearance to tell Williams to “shut up.”
6. Bandido pinned Shane Taylor. Best singles match of the night. Bandido was super over, and Taylor played a monster heel very well, while being athletic enough to keep up with his high flying opponent. After multiple teases, Bandido managed to slam Taylor, and eventually got the pin with the 21 Plex. Post match, Bully and Silas came down to beat up Bandido. Haskins and Williams ran out to make the save, only to be thwarted by a nameless team who looked like discount Guerrillas of Destiny.
Marty Scurll came out to say he was over the ladder match at MSG and challenged Nick Aldis for the NWA Title right then and there. Aldis declined, though Marty was able to bait him into a bit of a scuffle in the ring.
A Future of Honor match was interrupted by the Briscoes, who proceeded to cut a promo on G.O.D.
7. Josh Woods defeated a local enhancement wrestler. This was a squash reminiscent of Goldberg (although I don’t think Woods concussed the jobber).
Kenny King cut a promo while selling temporary blindness from the Great Muta mist he took at MSG (sun glasses, blind cane, etc.) and proceeded to call out Jay Lethal. King said he wanted to defeat him before getting his title shot.
8. “Villain Enterprises” Marty Scurll, PCO, and Brody King defeated Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb, and Rush to retain the ROH Six-Man Tag Titles. Match of the night! Non-stop action and flawless execution from all six men. The crowd was super hot and spent the whole match alternating between chants for each guy in the ring, with several “all these guys!” mixed in. Too many high spots to even begin to call and everyone had a chance to shine. Lethal took the pin from PCO, if I remember correctly. Post match, Lethal was slow to get up and needed assistance to the back… which allowed Kenny King to sneak out and attack him with the blind cane.
9. The Briscoes defeated Soberano Jr. and Caristico. The crowd was split on this one. The Briscoes have softened their heel approach, and there’s a segment of ROH diehards who will always cheer them anyway. Soberano and Caristico were over and got a “please come back” chant post match. Damn good match, as is to be expected with top CMLL talent vs. the Briscoes. The only thing that hurt it was the fact that it had to follow the six-man match.
10. Matt Taven pinned Flip Gordon to retain the ROH World Title. Split crowd for this one. Flip sold his knee injury well and worked smart. TK seconded Taven and interfered as one would expect. Vinny released his balloons from beneath the ring to distract Flip, allowing Taven to hit Climax for the win. Good contest, but it lacked the gravitas of an ROH Title match.
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