Monday, March 7, 2016
ROH TV Review - March 6th, 2016
TONIGHT: Christopher Daniels vs. Dalton Castle
1) Lio Rush vs. Brian Fury - Final Round Match in the Top Prospect Tournament
Big match to kick off the show. It's been a fun time watch Rush & Fury cut through the competiton the past few weeks. This made for a slightly anti climatic match here, to be honest. It was enjoyable with Rush's offense being nice & flashy and Fury getting a control sequence, but it didn't exceed the average category, unfortunately. The best moment of the match was during the final minute when Fury grabbed the ropes for a nearfall as a callback to how he won his previous matches in the tournament. Fury hits the pop up powerbomb to follow this up for a close finish. Rush then hits a spanish fly out of nowhere to become the 2016 ROH Top Prospect Tournament winner.
Match rating - **1/4
Nigel McGuinness and Cary Silkin celebrate with Lio Rush afterwards. I can't wait to see what they do with Rush. He's only a year into the business and he's already gotten this huge opportunity which is just a testament to his ability.
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2) Moose vs. Kongo
No clue who Kongo is despite people saying he's been here before. He had a great showing here against Moose, though. Both guys delivered in every area and it made for one hell of a big man match with men defying stereotypes. A few examples include Kongo hitting a running cannonball on Moose into the railing and Moose doing a standing front flip onto Kong for the hell of it down the final stretch of the match. The spear earns Moose the W when all is said and done.
Match rating - **1/2
In an earlier today segment, we see Cheeseburger take out Mike Posey and his squad in a pre-show match before the taping officially began. Kevin Kelley's pre-recorded foreword on this was so cringeworthy.
Now, we go back to two weeks ago where Veda Scott offered Jonathan Gresham a deal if he would surrender his TV Title shot to Cedric Alexander. Gresham declined as he would go on to have one heck of a match with Roderick Strong. That leads us to our next match with Cedric Alexander in action.
3) Cedric Alexander (w/ Veda Scott) vs. Adam Page
BJ Whitmer jumps Adam Page before the bell. Cedric Alexander joins in on the beatdown which leads to Jonathan Gresham making the big save. I'm so stoked to see ROH finally using Gresham in an actual storyline. I've said it before, but he's been underrated for so long. Page & Gresham run off Alexander & Whitmer. Where's Teddy Long when you need him? I want a tag match, playa! But for now I just get a tease. I expect this to happen sooner or later so, yeah. Page tells Whitmer this isn't over and Whitmer agrees and mouths off to the camera then retreats to the back.
4) Christopher Daniels (w/ Frankie Kazarian) vs. Dalton Castle
There's a lot of shenanigans and drama early on with so many people being at ringside. Silas Young is on commentary, The Boys are at ringside along with Kazarian who is there to support Daniels. Silas gets up to "straighten out his pants" which causes friction between he & Castle who stares him down from the ring. Back from commercial, its straight up action then Castle gets tossed to the floor and we get some more high drama stuff. Kazarian tries to interfere and Castle superkicks him. Castle sets Daniels up for his finisher in the ring only for Kazarian to pull his feet out from under him which sets him up perfectly for Daniels to hit him with Angel's Wings. The Fallen Angel gets the pin. I enjoyed this more than anything else on the show tonight, surprisingly.
Match rating - **1/2
Silas Young taunts Dalton Castle about his loss after the match. He boasts "You can't beat anybody!" I love Silas, this was so hilarious. Castle gets on the mic and cuts an awesome promo saying "I feel on the inside like Silas looks on the outside" then challenging The Last Real Man to a Fight Without Honor! Oh baby!