Three great matches and storyline development? Was this the show Ring of Honor that’s been languishing in Destination America for two months? Although there needed to be more promo, this week’s episode set up feuds and did so convincingly, while balancing the drama between Adam Cole and the Kingdom.
While it wasn’t an amazing show when compared to the other hour-long wrestling shows on TV and online, it’s one that gets Ring of Honor rolling in the right direction creatively.
Bloodbound Warriors: Red Scorpion and Grey Wolf vs. Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe: The warriors used their strength to ground Mark, but Jay had other things in mind. Taking out Grey Wolf with a Suicide Dive, Jay left Mark in the ring with Red Scorpion. After Scorpion took out Mark, Jay hit the Death Valley Driver on him and then took down with a Forearm, allowing Mark to hit the Frog Splash Elbow. After another Lariat from Jay, the Briscoes got the win. After the match, The Decade hit the ramp and started a feud with the brothers.
Donovan Dijak w/Truth Martini and Jay Diesel vs. Roderick Strong: DiJak was surprisingly in control for most of the match, showcasing a ton of power moves including a Titus O’Neil-esque throw. Strong eventually made the babyface comeback, but Dijak fought back with a Super Kick. Strong fought back again with an Olympic Slam and strikes in the cornered a massive Superplex, but he couldn’t put Dijak away. After more Elbows, Strong was rallying, but Dijak hit the Discus Super Kick and nearly won again. After Dijak missed his finishing maneuver, Strong hit the Double Knee Buster and a Shogun Kick for the win. After the bell, Jay Lethal hit the ring and they beat on Strong. Although Strong fought back, he needed the help of War Machine to escape.
Future Shock: Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole vs. Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions The Addiction: Frank Kazarian and Christopher Daniels w/Chris Sabin: This was a longboat satisfying encounter between two great tag teams. While the two commercial breaks hurt the flow, there was too much offense to not get hooked. Cole was in the match most of the time and the fans went nuts when O’Reilly got in. Locking in the Arm-Bar on Kazarian and a Knee Lock on Daniels, O”Reilly successfully neutralized The Addiction and after an assisted Super Kick from Cole, Future Shock nearly got the win. O’Reilly then almost won with a Tornado DDT/Brainbuster and then got the Tap Out with the Cross-Arm Bar, but the referee was distracted by The Kingdom. After O’Reilly countered The Celebrity Rehab, O’Reilly hit Kazarian with the Okada Roll and could have won again, but the ref was still distracted. After interference from the Kingdom, The Addiction nearly won and after Cole left the match to go after Maria Kanellis, O’Reilly got hit with the Celebrity Rehab for the loss. After the bell, Bobby Fish and The Young Bucks hit the ring and anarchy ensued.