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By James Bullock Sep 1, 2017 - 8:34 AM print

Last week: Dalton Castle & The Boys successfully defended the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship against Colt Cabana & The Tempura Boyz.

ROH TV Episode 310
Concord, NC

War Machine vs. Search & Destroy (Jonathan Gresham & Jay White)
S & D were not waiting around, jumping the big men before the bell. Unfortunately for Gresham & White they were easily pushed around and clotheslined in position for slams atop each other and even feeling Hanson’s body come down across both opponents when Ray Rowe used his partner as a weapon. Freeing themselves from another pair of slams, S & D sent Rowe to the floor before double dropkicking Hanson in the corner. “The Octopus” made a big mistake trying to chop Hanson, but ended up getting chopped himself. Gresham opted out of the ring, bringing in White as the legal man. White kept the momentum in his team’s favor, isolating Hanson while throwing a few strikes of his own. The Irish whip into the corner worked against White as Hanson exploded out of the corner with a clothesline that allowed “War Beard” to tag out. Rowe was on fire, sending both opponents overhead. Gresham screamed out, “Not again!” as Rowe used a judo slam to send Jonathan across his own partner. With both opponents on the floor, Rowe decided he wanted to fly. This proved to be a terrible idea as he missed the plancha, landing on his feet. When Rowe turned around, White came through the ropes to take him down with a tope as the show entered a commercial break.
The show returned with Hanson utilizing that never-ending series of clotheslines on both opponents that had the fans going wild. Hanson’s attempt at a double broncobuster worked to perfection, giving War Machine the chance to set up Fallout on White. Gresham saved his partner by grabbing Hanson by the beard for a hurricarana. Gresham simply put himself in harm’s way as he was caught with the springboard Hart Attack in retaliation. But Gresham’s distraction allowed for White to recover and start an offensive front where Jonathan was able to help him German suplex Rowe for a two count. “War Beard” reentered, using the whoopee cushion to crush Gresham, but took an uranage from White. As the referee demanded White stop grabbing beards, Rowe powered through a series of forearm strikes by both opponents before kneeing Gresham into near unconsciousness. Hanson tried to follow up, but woke up Gresham and took a tope. In the ring, White uranage slammed Rowe in prime position for Gresham’s 450 splash … that gave them a near fall!
Gresham saw another flying maneuver as the way to put Rowe down for good when Hanson ran into the ring and caught Gresham with Thor’s Hammer (that pop-up double team power slam) to pin “The Octopus”.
Punishment Martinez rushed the ring, attacking White from behind before unleashing his South of Heaven chokeslam.

Caprice Coleman was backstage, trying to figure out where he equipment was for his new show “Coleman’s Pulpit” including stained glass windows. Coleman demanded production get their act together so next week his show can premiere.

Last week The Kingdom left Jay Briscoe with a concussion after performing a con-chair-to; putting him out of next week’s main event featuring his brother and Bully Ray teaming against The Bullet Club.

Josh Woods vs. Shane Taylor
A few weeks ago, Taylor attacked Woods during a Six-Man Mayhem bout; costing him the victory. Woods rushed the big man at the sound of the bell, landing a flying knee strike followed by several knees and forearms that put Taylor on the floor. The show entered a commercial break just as Taylor turned a blocked strike into an Irish whip against the barricades.
Taylor was still in control as the show returned with the big man cornering his opponent for several clubbing strikes and even a modified curb stomp into the turnbuckles. Running hip attack connected for Taylor, but only ended in a two count. A Saito suplex gave Taylor the same result when going for the pin. The fans were rallying behind Woods, with him feeling their energy to pull off a comeback featuring another running knee strike. Taylor retaliated with the decapitation clothesline. When bending over to grab the downed Woods, Taylor put himself in prime position for a triangle choke “The Goods” converted into the cross arm bar. Taylor muscled his way off the mat, only to be swept into an ankle lock Woods turned into a crazy German suplex … that ended in a near fall for Woods!
Taylor appeared to be out on his feet when he threw a desperation knee that leveled his opposition. Taylor was frustrated, grabbing a chair in front of the referee. Of course the referee stopped him, putting Taylor in position for a cradle that Woods hooked deep enough to pin Shane.
Of course Taylor attacked after the bell, bringing QT Marshall – who was at the commentators’ table for this match – came to the ring to command Taylor to finish the job by also driving Woods through the mat. When Taylor was done with his destruction, Marshall apparently gave Taylor an envelope full of cash before Marshall tossed a green piece of paper on Woods’ back.

The Young Bucks were in the promo area to remind their opponents for the evening in The Motor City Machine Guns that it’s not 2009 any more and the current ROH World Tag Team champs rule wrestling now.

Cody has put out an open challenge for “Death Before Dishonor” and it’s been answered by Minuro Suzuki! The ROH World champion was outraged upon seeing the footage of Suzuki’s announcement.

Kenny King was in the middle of a sit-down interview to reflect on how the appreciation of fans both wrestling and non supporting him during a time of seclusion in search for love changed his perception of the world around him and his need to become the best wrestler he can be. King simply asked for everyone to judge him in regards to what he’s about to do: become the new ROH World Television champion at “Death Before Dishonor”.

ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs. Motor City Machine Guns
It was Nick Jackson and Chris Sabin locking up first as the fans chanted, “Too sweet!” It was something of a stalemate topped by a crotch chop from Nick that set off a sequence of events culminating in the challengers sending their opponents to the floor for a Sabin tope. Pitching Matt back in, the challengers actually set up Nick to be dropkicked after he was placed on top of his kneeling brother to drive both opponents face first against the canvas. The Machine Guns’ attack in the corner was halted by an enzuguri from Nick topped by a pair of double team maneuvers that put The Machine Guns at ringside for Nick’s crazy corkscrew plancha. Alex Shelley was stuck on the wrong part of town, getting the bad mouth from Nick, as well as a roundhouse kick. Sabin tried to help his partner, but both challengers got caught in a pair of sharpshooters before the commercial break.
Shelley stopped a double team in the corner, causing Nick to hit his own brother before Alex tagged out to fired-up Sabin. Kicks, be it a running one off the apron or a missile dropkick, were coming from Sabin aplenty as he single-handedly put The Bucks in position for that hesitation dropkick. Skull & Bones were in The Machine Guns’ plans when Nick sent Shelley to the floor. In the ring, Matt countered the wheelbarrow suplex attempt by Sabin into an inverted code red. The fans were digging this one as Nick went for the Swanton. Sabin avoided the big maneuver, getting taken down by Sabin before a reentering Matt felt the Dream Sequence. Nick returned, setting off the #SuperKickParty that was only stopped by Sabin’s double clothesline that turned the champs inside out. The Addiction rushed the ring, attacking everyone and causing a no contest to a loud chorus of boos.
The Addiction wasn’t done, attacking the referee, tossing Shelley against the barricades, and shoving a fan in the front row to close the show.

Overall: With a pay-per-view less than a month away, ROH seemingly has a renewed focus following what was last week’s somewhat placeholder feeling episode. From an in-ring perspective, this was definitely a more consistent show than last week as well with a great main event capping off an episode that featured a very fun opener that I would love to see a rematch and a hard-hitting encounter where two guys stepping into the ring with each other for the first time having great chemistry. Between it all were promos and builds including the announcement of Suzuki coming to battle for the ROH World title, King’s excellent interview (the booking of King in the last month has been some of the best of any wrestler currently on the roster), and even the anticipation of what Caprice Coleman has planned for his “show”. But everything wasn’t great as this week saw the second title match in three weeks end due to interference – something that was a rarity even during the early days of ROH TV. The handling of Search & Destroy since “Best in the World” has been questionable at best as it feels there’s been no elevation for them since the big win. And has ROH forgotten Woods is owed a TV title shot from winning this year’s Top Prospect Tournament? But for all the episode’s flaws, it mostly delivered a fun episode mostly thanks to the bell-to-bell action and hype for future confrontations heading into ROH’s new fall season classic.

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