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ROH TV Episode 334: Pageantry & Punishment

By James Bullock Feb 14, 2018 - 7:32 AM print

Last week: Though Cody was able to defeat Matt Taven, the leader of The Kingdom stole his Ring of Honor ring and even made him kiss it like so many humiliated opponents in the past.

ROH TV Episode 334
Nashville, TN

In the promo area was Dalton Castle & The Boys with the prior actually being startled that both of his Boys were standing behind him. But that didn’t matter as Castle had a mission: to beat Punishment Martinez tonight to make him understand he’s no longer the same “Peacock” that he once was. Castle promised to do everything in his power to leave still the ROH World champion tonight.

Coast to Coast vs. Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas
The Pearl Harbor job by the big men allowed them to squash Shaheem Ali until he rolled out of the ring and LSG was left to feel a body block from Brian Milonas topped by Beer City Bruiser’s senton elbow drop. Poor LSG had to survive a bunch of butt attacks from Milonas to tag out to Ali. Fired up, Ali caused a miscommunication between the new partners before executing a complete shot double team alongside LSG on Bruiser. Just as Ali went for the kill, Silas Young tripped him. Kenny King ran out just as Young started to beat up Shaheem, causing a big no contest where Silas & crew were beaten out of the ring.

Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas vs. Kenny King & Coast to Coast
The show returned and a six-man tag had broken out with a brawl around the ring and eventually ringside when King took out Milonas with the corkscrew plancha before feeling a somersault senton from Bruiser. Fake out dive by Coast to Coast wiped out everyone but Young. Silas actually wanted to fly, but King moved. Young caught himself, kicking King down before slamming Ali across the ring’s edge. LSG pitched Young to the floor, climbing the ropes. Milonas stopped LSG’s ascent, holding him in place for a dropkick from BCB as things started settling down. Giovanni had Silas mouthing off at him and was forced to punch his way off the mat while getting a blind tag from Ali. Another complete shot connected for Ali prior to him tagging out to King so the former TV champ could knock down the current titleholder. King got so obsessed with Young he never saw BCB coming with the clothesline. It was a three-on-one situation as the big men were crushing King with body splashes while Young kept Coast to Coast at bay. Eventually Ali & LSG lured BCB & Milonas to the wrong part of town, sending them to the floor for a somersault plancha from Giovanni that actually turned into a double dropkick. In the ring, Ali was being punched down by Young. “The Last Real Man” came off the ropes for some momentum when he ran into the clutches of Coast to Coast. King ran beside them, catching Young as Coast to Coast pitched him backwards into the Royal Flush to give Kenny a pin over the champ.

In the promo area were The Dawgs watching the action and being upset about Coast to Coast. While Ferrara scampered around trying to watch what happened, Titus promised to put Ali & LSG in the pound.

It was dueling sit-down interview time with the two women competing in the first round of the Women of Honor Championship tournament, Mandy Leon and Madison Rayne. Both addressed their wrestling upbringings with Leon coming up through the ROH Dojo while hoping to restore the Women of Honor. Rayne, on the other hand, saw this as a chance to evolve the sport after starting well before women’s wrestling got hot like it is now – making her a shoe-in to win. Leon expressed her belief that being in ROH consistently unlike Rayne will make the biggest difference in who will walk away with the victory tonight.

Women of Honor Championship Tournament 1st Round Match: Madison Rayne vs. Mandy Leon
Deonna Purrazzo joined the commentators’ table to watch the initial collar & elbow tie-ups that ended in a pair of stalemates and tell her story of being mentored by Rayne. The pace quickened after Rayne took a shoulder block. Arm drag exchanges turned into Leon almost being caught in pinning combinations. Leon tried to do the same to Madison when she ran into a spear-dropkick combo prior to the commercial break.
Neck breaker by Rayne when the show returned led to a double hair mare that put this one in a stalemate once again. While Purrazzo predicted a Rayne win, Leon got up swinging with forearms. Catching an incoming punch, Leon yanked Madison into the Koji clutch. Rayne made it to the ropes, leaving the ring to find no haven as she took a running kick off the apron topped by a somersault senton. Rayne couldn’t stop the missile dropkick from Leon in the ring, but did prevent her from executing a follow up by hitting the Rayne Check … to gain a near fall!
Leon couldn’t stop the Barbie Crusher, but did kick out of the follow up pin. Rayne had a cross body block off the top in mind when Mandy moved at the last second. “The Exotic Goddess” immediately took advantage of the miss, executing Astral Projection to pin the veteran and advance to the tournament’s quarterfinals.

In the back was Cody frustrated over the fact The Young Bucks were nowhere to be found when he was beaten up by The Kingdom and had his ring stolen. Cody demanded more from Nick & Matt Jackson before storming off. Marty Scurll ran in with a fan-made sign he apparently gotten during the show’s autograph signing. A distraught Nick reprimanded Marty for not noticing the person spelled his name wrong on the sign.

The Briscoes were outside of the arena, stating they don’t care about hurting their opponents as long as they become the World Tag Team champions yet again. Unfortunately for The Motor City Machine Guns, they just so happen to be the champs and on Jay & Mark’s hit list.

ROH Championship: Dalton Castle (c) vs. Punishment Martinez
Marty Scurll was at the commentators’ table to state he’s on a quest to become the next ROH World champion. No Code of Honor as Dalton Castle slapped the taste out of his opponent’s mouth. An early suplex didn’t work, but Castle’s low tope did when he pitched Punishment Martinez to the floor. The champ was feeling it; using The Boys as a springboard for something. Martinez caught him, only to be whipped into the steel ring post before the commercial break.
Martinez was grounded and his waist locked as the show returned. Breaking free of Castle’s grip, the challenger unleashed a spinning big boot to knock the World champion out of the ring. Castle tried to surprise Punishment with his 619 hurricarana when the challenger caught him for an apron power bomb. The back of Castle became Martinez’s focus as he was taking slams & Irish whips against the turnbuckles to leave “The Peacock” open for big maneuvers like that springboard somersault senton. Martinez went after The Boys when they attempted to revive Castle, angering the champion. Though Castle almost turned the tides by attacking Martinez from behind, the ringside area was too much for Castle to handle as he was sent careening against the barricades prior to another commercial break.
During the commercial, Castle hit that 619 hurricarana to rock Martinez enough that he was able to pull off a German suplex in the ring. Missing a big boot, Martinez took another pair of suplexes that were rocking the big man. The challenger caught Castle running with a clothesline topped by the falcon arrow that gave him a two count. Stomping him into the mat, Martinez saw Castle leave the ring to be fanned by The Boys. The challenger came sailing over the top rope, using an Undertaker-like dive to knock down Castle & The Boys. Tossing Castle back in, Martinez pulled off a super spinning heel kick … to gain a two count!
Martinez was signaling for the end, but Castle could barely rise. Big roundhouse kick caught Castle right on the ear; leaving Castle in position for the Psycho Driver. “The Peacock” countered, pulling Martinez into a modified small package to surprise Martinez with the three count.
Martinez was infuriated, attacking The Boys by slamming them across the ring’s edge. Marty Scurll was beside himself as he predicted the title loss.

Overall: Continuing the trend since “Final Battle”, ROH is putting together a consistent TV product while giving some of the company’s rising and/or unproven talent a chance to really establish themselves. Look no further than the main event. Dalton Castle’s first real test as a worthy World champion occurred here; taking on a man who is obviously good, but hasn’t really been put in such an important position since his ROH debut. What came from Castle-Martinez was a wonderful example of a bout where everyone won – Castle by retaining in a memorable affair, Martinez dominating until he got caught, and the fans as they were pulled into the action and expressed their happiness that Castle retained. It’ll be very interesting to see where Martinez goes from here considering he’s out of both the TV and World Heavyweight title pictures. The other matches were solid with King getting a big win over Young and Leon advancing in the WOH title tournament. Between the action were several very good promos to continue the build toward The Bullet Club potentially imploding and The Briscoes being determined to regain the World Tag Team title. Another good week for ROH TV viewers mostly thanks to the main event’s quality.

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