For the first time in months, Ring of Honor had some balance. Although it’s weird to see War Machine’s Hanson challenging Jay Lethal for the ROH TV title, there was at least some storyline development on the show, with the Kingdom and Adam Cole as well as BJ Whitmer and Steve Corino. Add in three awesome matches and Adam Page’s calling out of Jay Briscoe and this was perhaps the best episode of Ring of Honor since the show’s first month on Destination America.
Watanabe vs. ACH: These guys fought hard, trading strikes at first, but Watanabe got a few more near-falls thanks to interesting offense. He was also able to slow down ACH with submissions for a good chunk of the match. But you can’t hold speed down for long and eventually ACH marveled with the Flop to the outside and a Clothesline. Watanabe fought back with a vicious Lariat, but ACH nearly won after he countered the Fisherman Buster with a School Boy. After the action went to the outside, ACH showed off more athletic ability, but Watanabe hit a nasty German Suplex on the outside. Once back in the ring, Watanabe finally hit the Fisherman Buster, but ACH kicked out. After he countered the STO, ACH hit the Super Kick and a Brainbuster, before finishing off Watanabe with the Midnight Star 450.
Jay Diesel and Donovan Dijak w/Truth Martini and ROH TV and ROH Champion vs. War Machine: Hanson and Rowe: Hanson dominated in the early going, but Dijak used a massive Big Boot to get the House of Truth back in the match. The back and forth continued after Dijak’s strength and War Machine’s double-team prowess kept things even. However, after they got Dijak out of the ring, War Machine beat Diesel with the Belly-to-Back/Leg Drop combination.
Tim Hughes vs. Adam Page w/BJ Whitmer and Colby Corino: Page got the quick win with the Right of Passage. After the match, Page called out Jay Briscoe.
ReDragon: Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly vs. The Kingdom: Michael Bennett and Matt Taven w/Maria Kanellis: A lengthy tag team encounter that was full of action, but picked up after the commercial break. After Taven accidentally took out Bennett, O’Reilly hit a few kicks and tagged in Fish, who added a few kicks of his own. After an Exploder in the corner on Taven, Fish hit the Samoan Drop on Bennett before O’Reilly and Fish hit some signature double team maneuvers. The Kingdom fought back with the Proton Pack and after a Bennett Cutter on Fish, Taven hit a beautiful Senton Bomb for a near-fall. ReDragon then got a near-fall with some double team offense of their own. After a pair of Super Kicks on O’Reilly, Taven and Bennett hit the Hail Mary Piledriver on the floor, leaving Fish by himself. Although Fish held his own, a Bennett Spear and another Hail Mary eventually got The Kingdom the win. After the win, Taven and Bennett went to hit the Hail Mary again on Fish, but Adam Cole made them stop.