Last week: Marty Scurll successfully defended the ROH World Championship against Donovan Dijak after The Bullet Club’s Adam Cole & Hangman Page defeated The Addiction.
ROH TV Episode 285 3/4/17 Pittsburgh, PA
We got an old school, Survivor Series style promo from The Briscoes, Bobby Fish & Jay Lethal to get everyone ready for tonight’s big main event featuring the four taking on The Bullet Club’s Adam Cole, Cody & The Young Bucks.
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship: The Kingdom (c) vs. The Rebellion Before the match there was a replay of The Kingdom becoming the first Six-Man Tag Team championship and the announcement it’ll be Christopher Daniels getting his ROH World title shot at “15th Anniversary” pay-per-view. It was a fight over the hair between Rhett Titus and TK O’Ryan where both tried to cheat their way to an advantage. When O’Ryan stopped short during a Titus leapfrog attempt, Rhett seemingly tweaked his knee and tagged out. It was Caprice Coleman and Vinny Marseglia trying to out-cheat each other, only for both to end up with their eyes poked. Titus became the legal man yet again after King gained the advantage for his team courtesy of that capoeira kick. After utilizing a big boot on O’Ryan, Titus’ leg gave out on him; bringing a halt to the action as the show entered a commercial break. Titus was taken to the back during the commercial, putting The Rebellion in a three-on-two disadvantage. After a double down, Coleman made the tag. Unfortunately for Caprice, the referee didn’t see it and forced King onto the apron. Marseglia took things one-step further by slamming King against the barricades. Caprice fought through the bad situation, yet had not partner to tag. Suddenly, Lio Rush – wearing camo shorts – ran to ringside and jumped on the apron. Is Rush joining The Rebellion. Rush was on fire, taking out all three members of The Kingdom. Setting up a Kenny King spine buster, Rush suddenly attacked Kenny with the ace crusher to leave him as easy prey for The Kingdom’s Rockstar Supernova and the three count.
Jay White stood backstage to talk about his win streak in ROH thus far. Yet one match didn’t end in victory for him as his sole match with Jay Briscoe went to a time-limit draw. White wanted to vindicate himself and challenged Briscoe to a rematch. Jay’s response:
The match goes down in two weeks.
Dalton Castle was at the commentators’ table to talk about his Six-Man Tag Team Championship match at the “Anniversary” show. Castle was so worked up he started calling The Kingdom “dingle berries” for putting their hands on his Boys.
Top Prospect Tournament First Round: Raphael King w/ Devyn Nicole vs. Brian Milonas “Big Brother” King was ready to roll all over his opponent tonight before stomping out like only a frat man would. “The Kingpin” Milonas claimed to be the irresistible force & the immovable object that would win this tournament. And dey was a clubberin’ early. Vader-like strikes in the corner by Milonas were eventually stopped by King’s speed & dropkicking abilities. Showing his agility, Milonas executed a cross body block that set up King for the guillotine leg drop. Thankfully for King, he avoided the big leg drop. Being kicked out of the ring when attempting a Boston crab, King actually set up Milonas for an illegal slap from Devyn after avoiding the shoulder ram. Milonas couldn’t stop the follow up uranage, but did prevent a three count. Milonas recovered, catching the incoming King with the sidewalk slam. As if that wasn’t enough, “The Kingpin” unleashed a running back bump/half-senton splash to pin King.
The Bullet Club (ROH World champion Adam Cole, ROH World Tag Team champions The Young Bucks & Cody) vs. Jay Lethal, Bobby Fish & The Briscoes Lethal was so focused on Cody he almost was taken out by The Young Bucks early. Things were breaking down quickly as The Briscoes stopped a potential double team as Lethal avoided the clothesline to dive atop Cody. Lethal and Cody were the first two to reenter the ring, with the former World champion executing that Lethal Combination II. As they exited the ring, Fish and Cole fought each other in the ring. A Bobby Fish flying knee stopped a running attack from Cole; giving way to The Briscoes versus The Bucks. Super kicks to Dem Boys, a double team on Fish and stereo super kicks to Lethal to stop his finisher put all of their opponents on the floor and allowed Nick & Matt Jackson to somersault on their foes and allies alike. Mark followed suit before executing that blockbuster off the apron on Cole. Mark wanted to fly again when Cody caught him on the top rope. Superplex by Cody to the floor onto everyone! The crowd was going wild as the referee checked on everyone before the commercial break. The show returned and Mark was on the wrong part of the ring getting worn out by all four members of The Bullet Club. Team ROH did a great job breaking up the count by simply entering the ring and confronting the referee. As a dueling “Man up/too sweet!” chant broke out, Mark countered Cole’s Panama Sunrise with iconoclasm before tagging out. It was Lethal taking the fight to the World champion and putting him on the floor courtesy of a springboard dropkick. Lethal fought through the potential painful situation by sending all of his opponents to the floor for not one, but three topes. Unfortunately for Lethal, Cody put Fish in the path of the final tope. Fish was infuriated, letting his anger get the better of him and starting a fight that The Briscoes tried to break up as the show entered another commercial break. The Briscoes couldn’t prevent Fish and Lethal from brawling into the crowd, so Jay & Mark simply took the fight to all four men. Matt Jackson survived the Delaware’s Edge, but found himself in prime position for the Doomsday Device. Thankfully for Matt, Nick halted the attack long enough for Matt to recover and back flip out of the Device. #SuperKickParty was in full effect as Jay & Mark were getting their jaws cracked. After taking out Jay Briscoe with a pair of super kicks into Cole’s Last Shot, the champ and Cody gleefully watched as Mark felt the Meltzer Driver and the subsequent three count. Christopher Daniels left the commentators’ position to confront a celebrating Adam Cole. Saying something in Cole’s ear, Daniels got the champ’s attention to start a fistfight. Ducking a belt shot to the face, Daniels unleashed Angel’s Wings before retrieving a pair of clippers in preparation to shave Cole’s head just like the champ did to Jay Lethal. Though Cole stopped his head from getting shaved initially, he couldn’t avoid a second Angel’s Wings. Frankie Kazarian ran out to join the fun when he suddenly removed his jacket to unveil a Bullet Club t-shirt. Daniels thought it was just a mockery when Kazarian stopped Daniels from advancing and threw up the too sweet hand gesture. As the fans chanted, “Bullet Club!” The Bucks returned to stereo super kick Daniels. The Bullet Club stood supreme before Cole declared he’d kill the career of Christopher Daniels.
Overall: With this being the final episode before ROH’s latest pay-per-view, one has to question did ROH do enough to entice the viewer into potentially purchase the big show. The final segment was incredibly intriguing, though felt a little rushed considering Kazarian just started showing frustration over Daniels’ recent shortcomings a week ago. Hopefully there’s some explanation as to why The Bullet Club would even trust Kazarian after what they’ve put him and Daniels through starting at Ladder War VI. The main event was absolutely phenomenal. Though I would’ve loved to not have both tag matches end up handicap bouts (the six-man match being a very good affair – the best outing for The Rebellion since “Final Battle” – somewhat hampered by fan favorite Rush doing something that didn’t adhere him to the crowd and was somewhat confusing considering The Rebellion saved him from a Marty Scurll beat down last week), the main event did deliver the type of high quality action one would expect from the men involved. On the opposite end of the spectrum was this week’s TPT match. Milonas and King didn’t have any chemistry and they struggled to put together a short, yet effective match. Add that to the fact Milonas’ finisher left a lot to be desired definitely didn’t end this bout on a high note. For a “go-home” episode this wasn’t the knockout it needed to be. Thankfully it had a very memorable main event and some interesting talking points the set the stage, primarily, for the World title future no matter if Cole or Daniels is the champ come this time next week.