ROH TV – June 17th 2015

-Sorry for those who were expecting this last night. I had
tickets to see Rush and my bus being obscenely late wiped out the time I had
leaving me in something of a “Rush”. 
Regularly scheduled Wednesday reviews to follow next week, also, Tomorrow
I’ll be posting a preview for the Best in the World Pay Per View.
-This week of ROH TV is highlighted by a huge main event
contract signing and The ROH TV debut of Hiroshi Tanahashi.
-ROH fires straight into our opening contest this week

The Decade (BJ
Whitmer and Adam Page) vs War Machine (Raymond Rowe and Hanson)
Before we get started however BJ has something to say.  Crowd wants Whitmer to shut up before he’s
even said anything.  BJ reminds Toronto
that his mic is louder than they are and presses onward.  He takes this time to remind us that 2 weeks
ago Colby came “within an inch of defeating that big goofy bastard Moose”
(LOL).  He doesn’t think Colby’s daddy
gets it yet however, Colby needs to step up, and take BJ’s place in this
match!  Colby Agrees and our NEW opening
contest is…

The Decade (Colby
Corino and Adam Page) vs War Machine (Raymond Rowe and Hanson)
-Ray Rowe and Corino start. 
War Machine are basically ROH’s legion of Doom, but instead of driving
motorcycles they’re Vikings. Ray doesn’t want to fight Corino and tells him
he’s not ready.  Corino responds to this
offer of mercy with a slap to the face. The announcers inform us that Rowe has
known Colby since he was a 10-year old kid and doesn’t want to hurt him as he
tags in Hanson, who has fewer reservations and knocks Colby loopy with a
sidewinder slam.  Rowe comes back in and
yells at BJ to get in the ring while COMPLETELY no-selling a series of
strikes.  Enough is finally enough and
Rowe hits a backbreaker, spins Colby around over his head into a gut buster,
then spins him around into a powerbomb—all without releasing the hold.  Absolutely brutal.  Corino slowly crawls to make the tag and Rowe
seems content to let him…but Page jumps down of the apron and leaves Corino to
fend for himself.  War Machine is
disgusted, but they hit a back suplex/diving legdrop combo to put this one away
-Rating *1/2 BJ Whitmer is interesting.  I’m as shocked as you are.   His trolling of the audience was excellent
yet again and Corino getting murdered was almost as much fun as the first time
two weeks ago.  War Machine is slowly
winning over the crowds with they’re offense and will likely end up with tag
gold before the end of the year.

-After the match Corino and Whitmer start jaw-jacking and
they tease a brawl but Kelly talks Corino out of it.  Crowd was really hot for Steve here.

Back with Cedric Alexander in the ring and a live mic.  Cedric talks about winning the “Break out
star of 2014 “ match this time last year but having nothing to show for it.  He’s been on a losing streak and right now
its “do or die for Cedric Alexander”.  He
has to start winning so he can prove to his family this pro-wrestling dream
isn’t a waste of time—and to get things started, he’s challenging the
undefeated Moose.

Moose W/Veda Scott
and Ernesto Osiris vs Cedric Alexander

-Alexander starts things off with a relatively ineffective
dropkick.  Moose manages a bodyslam but
misses a splash and gets kicked in the back of the head for a one count.  They fight out onto the floor where Cedric
escapes a powerslam attempt and shoves Moose HARD into the ringpost.  Cedric attempts a flying nothing that is
tragically caught by Moose.  Alexander
elbows free and goes back up top but Moose cuts him off and Dropkicks him all
the way down to the floor as we fade to…
-Back with Moose missing a corner clothesline and eating a
springboard crossbody.  Moose tries to
roll out to the floor to create some space but Alexander follows him out with a
Tope.  Kevin Kelly chimes in and reminds us
the ROH Codeline is still retarted. 
Moose misses wildly with a clothesline and Alexander gets two of a
springboard tornado DDT.  Best I can tell
this is the first time Moose hasn’t been in total control of a match.  Alexander has had 80% of the offense
here.  Cedric can’t get Moose up for a
Lumbar-check and ends up running into a vicious pop-up clothesline.  Well so much for Alexander being in control,
both guys are down and the crowd starts dueling chants.  They start trading shots and the announcers remark
that this is the longest match of Moose’s career.  Moose gets the upper hand and signals for his
top rope springboard crossbody but Alexander cuts him off.  Alexander gets SIX corner dropkicks and Moose
looks to be fading further with each dropkick, but lucky dropkick attempt
number 7 runs into a spear.  Both guys
are down and Veda Scott passes Moose a wrench while Osiris distracts the
Referee.  Moose shakes his head refusing
to win that way, but then Alexander takes the wrench and drills Moose with it
behind the Refs back for the three count! 
Fans chant “all your fault” at Veda Scott.

-Rating **3/4 The best match of Moose’s young career.  Alexander carried Moose to a competitive match
mostly by himself and looks to finally be fulfilling some of that promise we’ve
been hearing about for years.  Alexander
has been teasing a heel turn since at least the 13th Anniversary
show when he refused the code of honor after a loss to Sydal and it was still
shocking to see him complete the turn in such triumphant fashion. 

-Inside ROH recaps the reDRagon vs Addiction feud to hype
their NO DQ title match this Friday.
-Adam Cole crashes inside ROH!  It’s an “important person’s” time to
speak!  The Bullet Club requested a
rematch with the Kingdom because they were unsatisfied with Cole’s “underhanded
tactics” in Philadelphia—Which Cole shrugs off and instead calls out AJ and the
Bucks for superkicking “The Queen of the Kingdom” Maria.  Adam Cole tells us that at Best in the world
we’ll get the true answer to the true question: What Faction is number one in
the world.  According to Cole, “it’s the Kingdom, Bay-Bee!”

ACH and Matt Sydal
VS Hiroshi  Tanahashi and “Stardust
Genius” Tetsuya Naito
-ACH is celebrating the Japan cross over by dressing up as
Luffy D. Monkey of One Piece fame. 
Tanahashi’s entrance video alerts the crowd to the arrival of “The Man
of Talent; All the World Ace 100%”. 
Gotta love that Engrish.  Naito
doesn’t get a separate entrance.  Sydal
and Tanahashi start with some chain wrestling that Sydal gets the better
of.  Sydal picks the pace up with a
series of backflips and arm drags. 
Tanahashi misses a dropkick and is punished with a standing shooting
star press for two.   Having accomplished
absolutely nothing 100% Tanahashi gets visibly frustrated and decides to let
Naito have a go, Sydal tags ACH in.  They
trade arm wrenches and strikes until Naito puts Corino’s second favourite Hardy
down with a dropkick.  We get some really
fast reversal stud that culminates in ACH rolling under a clothesline and
hitting a dropkick.  ACH pauses to mock
Naito’s signature pose for a pop.  ACH
runs the ropes but Tanahashi pulls him outside illegally!  For shame Japenese Cena, AMERICAN Cena would
never stoop to such cheating!  Clearly
this Tanahashi fellow is a hack! 
Tanahashi throws ACH into the barricade as we fade to…

-Back with Tanahashi now mocking ACH’s taunt.  High Fly Flow misses so Tanahashi
makes the tag to Naito who enters with a sideslam.  ACH powers out of a chinlock but gets shut
down by an Enzugiri and slingshot dropkick. 
Superplex is blocked and ACH hits a GREAT double stomp and gets the hot
tag.  Diving Bronco Buster and and a
huricanrana to Naito brings in Tanahashi who gets dropped with a wheel
kick.  Naito ends up on the top rope and
Sydal brings him down with a Mayonara. 
Sydal calls for the standing shooting star press but he jumps right into
a German from Tanahashi!  That was seamless.  Tanahashi is officially tagged in but he gets
shut down by a guillotine legdrop from Sydal. 
ACH is tagged in and he gets two off a flurry of kicks and a
clothesline.  Tana swings wide and now he’s
outright throwing a bit of a tantrum in the ring because this isn’t going as
well as he thought it would.  ACH eggs
him on by playing some air guitar. 
Tanahashi gets the Dragon Screw and locks in a clover leaf while Sydal
brawls with Naito on the outside.  Sydal
gets free Naito and breaks the hold with a knee to the face.  Tanahashi rolls to the outside and Naito gets
dumped.  Sydal’s dive is blocked but ACH
takes out both NJPW talents with Air Jordan. 
ACH throws Tanahashi in and hits him with a Get over Here to set up
Sydal’s shooting star press.  Naito just
barely makes the save at 2.9.  Naito pants
Sydal with a DDT before ACH drops him with a kick.  ACH goes up but his 450 gets Tanahshi’s knees.
 Slingblade and High Fly Flow gets the
three count.
Rating ***1/2 Great tag match where ACH and Sydal got to
look great even in defeat.  Not much else
to add, it was really just an exhibition for the New Japan talent to make an appearance
in the states.  Worth watching if you’re
a fan of any of the guys involved in this one.
-Nigel McGuiness is out for the main event contract
signing.   It’s been over 400 days since
Jay Lethal won the TV title, and almost three years since world champion Jay
Briscoe was last pinned or made to submit. 
The audience starts a cute “Sign up” chant while Lethal and Briscoe sign
the dotted line.  Both titles will be on
the line in a one fall match with a 60 minute time limit.  Nigel calls this the biggest match in ROH
history (an exaggeration for sure, but the main event *does* feel huge enough
that it’s forgivable.  He asks if the men
have any last words before this Friday.

-Lethal goes first. 
The only reason he doesn’t destroy Jay Briscoe right now is because he
needs Jay at his best on Friday.  He has
to prove that he is the best.  At the end
of Best in the World Briscoe will have no reason to be here—signing that
contract was the biggest mistake of his life, just like it was papa and Mama
Briscoe’s biggest mistake of their lives 31 years ago when they sired Jay
-Jay Briscoe says he’ll keep this short and sweet.  When he’s done with Jay Lethal, he’ll have no
choice but to leave and become “Black Machismo again”.  This incenses Lethal who flips the table.  They stare down and hold up their belts as we
fade off the air.  It’s here that Jay
Lethal gets the money line.
-“Your belt means nothing, mine means everything—I made this
belt, that belt made you, I MADE THIS, THAT MADE YOU.”  Actual chills.  Everything about this feud is so good.
-Final Verdict: The Best episode of ROH on Destination America yet, with a
main event angle that sets the stage for Friday’s clash perfectly and
great wrestling as well.  If the show maintains this quality then ROH
should have nothing to worry about.

-See you all Next week for CHAOS vs the Bullet Club and
Roderick Strong vs Shinsuke Nakamura, and Tommorow for my BitW preview.