By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Ring of Honor TV
Taped March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada at Sam’s Town Live
Aired in syndication on April 13, 2019, Mondays on the FITE TV app
The show opened with Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe complaining about being asked to quality for the Crockett Cup tournament. A graphic listed the main event… The ROH opening aired… Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman were on commentary, and Bobby Cruise was the ring announcer…
1. Shane Taylor vs. Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus offered a handshake. Taylor declined and said he doesn’t give a damn where he comes from and then said this is his company. The wrestlers struggled to get Luchasaurus onto the top rope for a spot heading into an early commercial break. [C] Luchasaurus wrapped his legs around the head of Taylor and drove him face-first into the mat. Luchasaurus followed up with a shining wizard and covered Taylor for a two count. Taylor came back with a clothesline for a two count of his own.
Luchasaurus fought back and chokeslammed Taylor. Luchasaurus followed up with a standing moonsault, but Taylor put his knees up. Coleman said people don’t give Taylor enough credit for being a thinking man’s wrestler. Taylor blasted Luchasaurus with a running knee and performed his Greetings From 216 finisher and scored the clean pin…
Shane Taylor defeated Luchasaurus.
Powell’s POV: Luchasaurus has a great look and a silly name. It was also odd to see a monster offer a handshake even in ROH. I wouldn’t harp on this so much if I didn’t think the guy could be a player with a name change and a presentation overhaul. The guy has a money look with a bad independent gimmick. All of that said, it was a good win for Taylor to defeat a fellow big man.
Footage aired of Silas Young beating Jonathan Gresham last week following a low blow… Young was cutting a post match promo when Gresham showed up and said Young couldn’t beat him in a fair match. Young claimed he won with a small package. Security showed up and separated them while Gresham pointed out the low blow and told Young to step up and be a real man… [C]
Tenille Dashwood joined the broadcast team and announced that she is medically cleared and can’t wait to return to the ring…
2. Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani vs. Katie Forbes and Mazzerati. Forbes and Mazzerati’s entrance was over the top with Forbes twerking and playing up her sex appeal to the point that the broadcast team said they didn’t know what was going on. They snuck in a quick ad for the Columbus, Ohio event that aired Sunday night on HonorClub. Hurtz rubbed her ass in the face of Sakai in the corner. Riccaboni and Coleman said they were disgusted and don’t want to see this in WOH. [C]
Forbes hoisted up both opponents on her shoulders and squatted three times before performing a double Samoan Drop. Iwatani came back with kicks on both opponents and then Sakai performed her Smash Mouth finisher on Forbes and pinned her…
Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani defeated Katie Forbes and Mazzerati.
Powell’s POV: Forbes works in WOW as Khloe Hurtz and is Rob Van Dam’s girlfriend. Riccaboni mentioned at least three times that she was trained by RVD and Luke Hawx. Forbes has talent and while sex appeal matters, her entrance routine felt out of place in ROH and a bit much in 2019 in general.
A video package aired on PJ Black and featured comments from his recent interview about how he intends to do things differently after being heelish early in his run… A graphic hyped Black vs. Bandido for next week’s television show…
Ring entrances for the main event took place and Nick Aldis joined Riccaboni and Coleman on commentary. The trio hyped the Crockett Cup event… [C]
3. Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe vs. Jeff Cobb and Willie Mack in a Crockett Cup qualifier. The wrestlers adhered to the Code of Honor. Coleman predicted that whichever team won the match would win the Crockett Cup tournament. Riccaboni hyped Reno Scum vs. The Bouncers, and Kenny King vs. Tracy Williams for next week’s television show in addition to the previously mentioned Black vs. Bandido match. The Briscoes worked over Cobb in their corner heading into a break. [C]
Mark performed a corkscrew dive from the top rope onto Cobb and Matt at ringside. Back inside the ring, Cobb had a nice run of offense on Mark and picked up a two count. The Briscoes came right back and Jay ran Mack’s face into Mark’s boot. Mark got a two count going into another break. [C]
Cobb picked up both Briscoes and dropped them on their backs, then performed a standing moonsault on Mark for a two count. Mack tagged in and had an offensive flurry on Mark that also included a standing moonsault for a two count. Mark rolled to ringside and Mack chased after Jay, allowing Mark to return to the ring and catch Mack with a kick between the ropes. Mark followed up with a Blockbuster from the apron on Cobb, who was distracted by Jay.
The Briscoes performed a Doomsday Device on Mack. Jay had the pin as Mark tried to block Cobb, who plowed Mark into Jay to break up the pin. A “this is awesome” chant broke out. Mack performed a Stunner on Mark, who bounced back into a suplex from Cobb. Mack performed a frogsplash for a near fall. A short time later, Jay hit the Jay Driller on Mack, then Mark performed Froggy Bow and got the pin…
Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe defeated Jeff Cobb and Willie Mack to qualify for the Crockett Cup tournament.
Riccaboni hyped Bandido vs. Black, Williams vs. King for next week, gave a plug for the ROH event in Columbus, Ohio airing on HonorClub, and closed the show with his “happy wrestling” line…
Powell’s POV: A very good main event match. Riccaboni delivered plenty of hype for the Crockett Cup, but the long turnaround time for ROH television shows prevented the company from doing a better job. Yes, there is one more show next week, but it will air at scattered times in syndication on the day of the Crockett Cup event. I don’t care if Sinclair Broadcast Group or ROH or both are to blame for how long it takes to air shows coming out of television tapings, it just needs to change. I harp on it all the time, but been especially damaging lately, as they only had one decent week of hype the G1 Supercard, the biggest show in company history. And now the Crockett Cup hype on the ROH television show is dated to the point that they couldn’t announce anything close to a full lineup. To give you an idea of how far behind ROH is, this television main event actually aired on the NWA’s Youtube Page on March 21. It’s just insane to think that SBG, a television company, can’t come up with a better way to make the ROH television air in a more timely fashion. Overall, the show was fine if you see it and fine if you miss it since it wasn’t storyline driven. It will be nice to finally move on next week to shows taped after the G1 Supercard event. Oh, wait, late update, next week is another show from these Vegas tapings. Ugh. I will be by later today with a members’ exclusive audio review of this show.
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