Thursday, October 13, 2016

ROH TV Review - October 1st, 2016

The next few weeks of ROH TV will be showcasing inter promotional action from the Field of Honor events. The whole Field of Honor concept with the show being held in a baseball field is still weird to me, but somehow it works. So, here we go.

1) Bobby Fish (c) vs. EVIL - ROH Television Championship Match

Fish defeated Ishii for the TV title a few months back at Global Wars and is still going strong as champion. EVIL is still looking for his first taste of gold so I was pretty excited for this however it ended up just being a super basic match. EVIL controls the entire first half. He slams Fish into the ring post with a chair around his neck and somehow doesn't get disqualified. The dominance continues until Fish reverses out of a power bomb, I believe it was, and hits a move or two before locking EVIL into the fish hook thus forcing him to tap. This was pretty lack luster, to be honest.

Match rating - **

2) Michael Elgin (c) vs. Donovan Dijak - IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match

The second title match of the evening is much better than the first. It's also special because it's the first time the IWGP IC Title has been defended in America, according to Kevin Kelly, so that's cool. I was super pumped for this because Dijak has been one of my favorites since his match with Busick last year for Beyond. This wasn't everything these guys could do, but it definitely gave me some of what I expected and teased what could be if they got the opportunity to do something on a higher level. It was mainly just a power struggle between the two hosses early on then things turned up a notch in the final few minutes and it ruled. Elgin retains after a fun battle.

Match rating - **3/4

3) The Young Bucks, Adam Page, & Yujiro Takashi vs. Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Lio Rush, & ACH

You already know this was off the charts. The Bullet Club is still running strong after three plus years, the hype hasn't died one bit and that's crazy to me. It's just a testament to how talented those guys are. Anyways, this was exactly what you'd expect. Slow start with exciting moments here or there. Then it broke loose for the final five minutes. ACH looked amazing here as well as Lio Rush. They were definitely the MVP's of the match although The Young Bucks looked just as killer as always. They're so consistent. Adam Page got the pin here after a superkick from The Bucks into a Rite of Passage on Lio Rush.

Match rating - ***1/2

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