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By James Bullock Jan 31, 2018 - 10:24 AM print

Last week: The Young Bucks reigned supreme over CMLL’s Titan & Dragon Lee and Best Friends in the main event before being attacked by So Cal Uncensored.

ROH TV Episode 332
Philadelphia, PA

Last week, Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian almost broke the legs of The Young Bucks while hired hitman Shane Taylor took out Marty Scurll in the locker room.

Punishment Martinez vs. Dobbs
A few weeks ago on ROH TV, Martinez attacked ROH World champion Dalton Castle to put him on notice. Poor Dobbs didn’t get the notice that Martinez is ready to crush as he was kicked in the face prior to Martinez knocking him around the ring while Punishment screamed Castle’s name. When Dobbs tried to fight back, he simply angered the big man and left himself prone to more pain courtesy of a spinning roundhouse kick topped by the ripcord roundhouse. South of Heaven immediately followed as did the elementary three count.
The ROH World champion decided to make his presence known, feigning a hug to suplex Martinez out of the ring. Castle’s impending challenger decided not to retaliate as commentator Ian Riccaboni reminded the viewing audience of Martinez’s Survival of the Fittest victory that earned him a future title shot the he’ll apparently cash-in soon.

In the promo area was Coast to Coast to declare they would take the opportunity of a lifetime by defeating War Machine.

War Machine vs. Coast to Coast
This is a do or die match for Coast to Coast as they declared if they don’t win this bout they will split up. Not wasting any time, Shaheem Ali somersaulted over the top to wipe out both opponents. When Hanson was tossed into the ring, CTC avoided the cartwheel clothesline to double team dropkick “War Beard”. An incoming Ray Rowe was tossed into his partner; giving Ali & Leon St. Giovanni a chance to set up a double team. Unfortunately for Coast to Coast, War Machine stopped the double Irish whips and was taken down by a combination of Rowe’s shotgun knees and Hanson’s backside. The fans were actually supporting Coast to Coast as Rowe used his partner as a weapon. Slipping off Rowe’s shoulders when Ray went for the power slam, Ali was able to kick his way to a tag. LSG was on fire, kipping his way into executing a clothesline on Hanson prior to hitting a 450 splash on Rowe … to gain a near fall!
Showing incredible strength, LSG caught Hanson running, hitting a Saito suplex. Ali pulled off the swinging side slam on Rowe just as Hanson came springing off the ropes to knock both opponents down as the show entered a commercial break.
Rowe caught the flying LSG off a Hanson shove as the show returned to German suplex him off a “War Beard” clothesline. Though the fans were still in support of Coast to Coast, it seemed the end was near when Rowe power bombed “The Human Rocket” in position or Hanson’s superfly splash … that ended in a near fall!
War Machine was in shock and gave LSG enough time to recover as he broke free of their respective grips to tag out. Hanson’s attempt at the never-ending series of clotheslines was stopped short by the double team complete shot. Rowe ran in, knocking LSG out with a head-butt. Ali tried to push Rowe down, coming off the ropes for something big when he ran into War Machine’s pop-up power slam … that gave Rowe a near fall!
Rowe couldn’t believe it; calling for Fallout. LSG saved his partner, knocking Hanson to the floor and putting Rowe in position for Coast to Coast – the double team dropkick from opposite sides of the ring. Rowe took all four boots … yet kicked out!
Hanson ran in, knocking both opponents down and telling Rowe to position Ali for Fallout. War Machine’s finisher connected with perfection … and Ali kicked out right before the three count!
The fans were going insane as War Machine stood dumbfounded. Hanson wanted to use their finisher again when LSG grabbed “War Beard” by the legs to stop his ascent on the ropes. Once again, Ali freed himself from Rowe’s grip; sliding behind the former Tag Team champion while performing a cradle. Rowe was surprised by the counter and couldn’t kick out in time to give Coast to Coast the biggest win of their ROH tenure thus far. War Machine followed the Code of Honor and raised the victors’ hands.

Two weeks ago, Brian Milonas joined the ranks of The Last Real Men. In the promo area was Beer City Bruiser to tell Milonas that he’s a, “Diamond in a haystack, a Neil in the rough,” who will make up the biggest tag team in ROH alongside himself.

After “Final Battle ‘17” when The Briscoes defeated Bully Ray & Tommy Dreamer, Ray left his boots in the ring. Ray entered The Arena, immediately saying his final battle was in New York after he had a moment when his career flashed before his eyes. Though born in NYC, it was in Philadelphia were Bully was born. Ray declared there’s no better city he should leave his wrestling boots to signify the end of his in-ring career. As Bully saluted the crowd, Jay Lethal led the charge of ROH talent to honor the wrestling legend. With microphone in hand, Lethal expressed his original concern over him coming into ROH. The former World champ talked about watching Bully become a true mentor to everyone in the locker room, being a true vanguard in promoting the company, and exemplifying legendary status. In an impassioned speech, Lethal capped off his thanks directed towards Bully with an embrace.

Recapping the announcement of a Women of Honor Championship tournament, there was a rundown of the names involved including the likes of Deonna Purrazzo and STARDOM Wrestling’s HZR and the conformation that the action will be televised starting in two weeks.

So Cal Uncensored (The Addiction & Scorpio Sky) vs. The Bullet Club (Cody, Adam Page & Marty Scurll)
It was Marty Scurll and Scorpio Sky starting this one off for their respective teams, leading to a quick exchange that ended with “The Villain” stomping Sky’s hands in position for an enzuguri. Sky tagged out to Christopher Daniels; who wanted a piece of Cody to re-ignite their feud. Big uppercut from Cody gave him the belief he could hit Cross Rhodes so early. Daniels blocked it, going for Angel’s Wings. Cody also countered a finisher attempt, giving him a chance to perform a cocky pin that infuriated Frankie Kazarian enough for him to enter the ring and start a fight with Cody that ended with everyone brawling on the floor and put in position for a tope by Cody. Daniels found himself alone with The Bullet Club train entering the station. And, as usual, his opponent was derailing Marty’s portion of the train until his teammates helped Scurll pull off the big attack before the commercial break.
Cody was on the wrong part of town as the show returned, being muscled into the corner until he lured Kazarian into a power slam. During the break, Cody took a nasty hit that cut him. Adam Page tagged in, knocking Daniels out of the ring to whip him against the barricades. In the ring, Page kept the momentum by not only power bombing Sky, but also dropkick his way into a moonsault on Sky while hitting Daniels. “The General’s” distraction allowed him to set off a chain of big moves that ended with Marty pulling off the doomsday dropkick on Sky by himself and Cody. Scorpio was out on his feet and prone to the Chicken Wing when Daniels attacked “The Villain” from behind. Daniels saved himself from finger dislocation by thumbing Scurll in the eyes. As bodies started diving around the ring, Page took a bad landing when he executed a moonsault from the top rope. But Page’s fall spelled disaster as he went for the Buckshot Lariat; only to miss the attack on Sky. Daniels kicked the stunned Page into Kazarian’s lung blower that was topped by Scorpio’s bicycle knee that allowed Sky to pin Page.

Overall: ROH TV just keeps chugging along, producing a consistent product that is usually helped by one fantastic bout. This week that match wasn’t the main event, but the tag bout that occurred before it as Coast to Coast tore the house down alongside War Machine in the latter’s final ROH appearance. ROH did a wonderful job getting over the story of Ali & LSG’s recent struggles, leading to a match where they overcame the impossible. Now ROH has to follow up strong as they’ve gotten the fans into CTC’s journey. The rest of the show was really good as the opening bout was a slaughter to build up Martinez and, finally, Castle retaliated. The main event really helped solidify why So Cal Uncensored are a unit to be bargained with that, hopefully, means big things for them in the near future. Between it all was a great speech by Ray to end his in-ring career topped by Lethal’s emotional statements. Really good stuff this week yet again and definitely worthy of your time.

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