ROH TV Review - February 15th, 2014
by Ethan Lewis
1) Michael Bennett (w/ Maria Kanellis) vs. The Romantic Touch (Rhett Titus)
Decent opening match, but nothing special. It was fun little bout to open the show, but what I enjoyed more than the match was the promo that Maria cut before hand. It really came across as a shock to me, because in WWE she played a ditzy character, but here she showed that she has alot of talent. Great opening promo from Maria as well as Michael Bennett. The match was nothing more than average though.
Match rating - 5/10
2) The Briscoes vs. Matt Hardy & Adam Cole vs. Chris Hero & Michael Elgin
I was really looking forward to this match up, especially since they gave them around 20 minutes. The elimination stipulation added interest as well. On top of that, Nigel McGuinness added to the stipulation that whoever pins or submits Adam Cole will get a title shot. It starts off pretty slow, but eventually picked up. Mark Briscoe gets the hot tag and goes after Matt Hardy. Hero then tags himself in, but Mark continues kicking ass as he is delivers an elbow drop off the apron onto Hardy.
The Briscoes end up getting eliminated which just pisses them off. Jay goes after Cole on the apron which distracts Hardy. Hero rolls up Hardy, but only gets a two count. The action really picks up here as Cole & Hardy and Hero & Elgin exchange various manuevers before Hero hits a devastating kick followed by one his signature elbows to the back of the head to get the pin on Cole. Hero & Elgin win and Hero gets a World title shot! Really good match here.
Match rating - 7.5/10
Overall thoughts: This week's episode of ROH TV was pretty good. It wasn't as good as the past few weeks have been though. The opening was decent, but went a bit too long in my opinion. It had some good moves, but never really picked up. The promo from Maria & Bennett is worth checking out though. The main event triple threat tag team match was quite good, but it honestly didn't live up to the expectations I had for it. I felt like these guys could have done much more as I've seen better from them. That's not to take away from this match as it was pretty good, but it was pretty slow in some spots. It's worth a viewing, but if you decide not to watch you won't miss much. All you need to know is that Hero is the new #1 Contender to Cole's World Title.
PWX TV Review
After ROH goes off the air in my area, I get PWX wrestling so I figured I would review this show here as well. It only lasts 30 minutes, but normally delivers some quality wrestling.
1) Jay Lethal vs. Cedric Alexander
I've recently became a fan of Cedric Alexander after seeing him compete in ROH several times and this match made me like him even more. He and Lethal tore the house down in a match that went around 25 minutes. I would definitely go out of my way to see this match if I were you as it is one of the best contests I've seen in several weeks. Non stop, back and forth action with many near falls. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Lethal looks as good as he ever was and Alexander makes his case as one of the best on the Indy scene today by defeating Lethal after a grueling match.
Match rating - 8.75/10