Wednesday, October 12, 2016

ROH TV Review - September 24th, 2016


TONIGHT: Michael Elgin & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Adam Cole & Adam Page

1) Silas Young vs. Toru Yano
This was the odd match you'd expect considering these two are polar opposites. Yano brought the comedy and Silas was the grump. Yano took the pad off one of the turnbuckles and kept trying to use it against Silas. They actually put together a nice string of close falls in the final few seconds. In the end, Silas makes Yano eat all of his own tactics by kicking him in the crotch and shoving him into the exposed turnbuckle which allows him to pick up the win.

Match rating - **1/4

AMAZING Christopher Daniels pre-taped promo video to hype up Ladder War 6 airs. It's seriously some of his best work ever, it's unreal to see a guy who's been around as long as he has still adding to his legacy. Although I've already seen Ladder War 6, this definitely adds to it the match and gives it a lot more meaning so I probably go watch and end up changing my rating because knowing the story behind it, they pulled off that match PERFECTLY. So, watch this promo then watch that match and thank me later. Good stuff.

2) Damien Martinez (w/ Kevin Sullivan & BJ Whitmer) vs. Cheeseburger
So, in my time away from ROH, BJ Whitmer has dawned a whole new persona as a member of a cult-like stable led by Kevin Sullivan with Damien Martinez from the Top Prospect Tournament being put at the forefront of it. They've also apparently tracked back history between Sullivan and Steve Corino which led to them driving spike into his head back in the Summer which was discussed thoroughly on commentary as they argued back & forth while Martinez destroyed Cheeseburger. Interesting, to say the least.

Match rating - **

3) Michael Elgin & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Adam Cole & Adam Page
This is a prelude to All Star Extravaganza where Cole defends the ROH Title against former champ Michael Elgin. Kyle O'Reilly is on commentary because of his ongoing issues with Adam Cole. Those two are forever intertwined, I swear. But anyways, BC isolates Tanahashi for a bit which leads to an Elgin hot tag before things break down. We get a fun, vintage Cole/Elgin 2012 ROH style exchange if ya feel me. Superkicks and no selling. Elgin comes out on top following a vicious lariat, BUT PAGE POPS IN WITH A LARIAT OF HIS OWN. I mark for that spot every time. It's a short lived hype moment though because Elgin destroys Page with a bunch of combos moments after to get the three count for himself & Tanahashi. Staredown between Cole & Elgin to close the show.

Match rating - **3/4

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