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ROH TV Episode 340: Primed & Patched

By James Bullock Apr 2, 2018 - 12:27 AM print

Last week: The Bullet Club survived the alliance of The Addiction & The Kingdom to cause a riff between their opponents after defeating them.

ROH TV Episode 340
Las Vegas, NV

After losing the World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, The Hung Bucks were attacked by The Kingdom. So what better way to start to show than by allowing The Kingdom to come out and talk about the conspiracy ROH has formed against The Kingdom. According to Matt Taven, they have a plan to fix the problem by winning the Six-Man Tag Team title back. The Kingdom’s words brought out ROH Enforcer Bully Ray – the same man who stopped the post-match Hung Bucks beat down by The Kingdom at ROH’s “16th Anniversary”. Ray questioned Matt Taven’s claims of a conspiracy while noting that The Kingdom has stuck their noses in other's business. Ray decided The Kingdom didn’t deserve to be at “Supercard of Honor XII”. TK O’Ryan couldn’t understand what was being told to them as he didn’t understand how Ray can make matches as the ROH Enforcer. Ray questioned if The Kingdom had the guts to beat him up and invade “SCOH”. After a quick discussion,, The Kingdom simply watched as Ray left.

Highlights of the Kagetsu defeating Jenny Rose and Sumie Sakai’s somewhat upset victory over Hana Kimura in the Women of Honor Championship tournament were shown; setting up a match between the two winners in the quarter finals. Commentator Ian Riccaboni stated both the semi-finals and final will be seen at “Supercard of Honor”.

Women of Honor Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Match: Mandy Leon vs. Kelly Klein
Kelly Klein cut a picture-in-picture promo; proclaiming she’ll step over Mandy Leon en route to becoming the first WOH champion. Mandy Leon also had a promo, stating Klein hasn’t defeated her and it won’t change here. Leon ran into the ring, going face to face with Kelly. Klein responded with a disrespectful slap. Leon ducked the follow up chop, responding with several kicks & forearms. Klein caught “The Exotic Goddess” running with a backbreaker. Using a cravat, Klein was kneeing Leon with ease. After getting whipped against the turnbuckles, Leon was taking a series of forearms & elbows until the big boot dropped her for a two count after “The Gate Keeper” took her sweet time before going for a pin. The rear chin lock was turned into a neck crank that had Leon crying out in agony. Prying Klein’s fingers apart didn’t help Leon get away from the onslaught, but sidestepping an attack in the corner did as Mandy knocked Klein to the floor. Before Kelly could reenter, Leon came sailing off the apron with a somersault senton as the show entered a commercial break.
The show returned with Leon coming off the top with a missile dropkick. Klein couldn’t avoid a double knee in the corner. Showing incredible power, Leon executed air raid crash across her knee to get a two count. Climbing to the top for a follow up, Mandy got caught on the ropes and took a super fall away slam that had the fans going wild. Klein actually hindered her own victory by executing the maneuver as it sent Leon across the ring. Dey was a clubberin’ in da middle, Tony! Rushing “The Gate Keeper” into the corner, Leon started attacking Kelly’s hamstring & thigh with the intent of making Klein submit for the first time in ROH. But this was Kelly’s world as she countered a leg lock with the dragon sleeper. Leon rolled through the submission, hitting Astral Projection … to gain a near fall!
Leon called for the end with Havana Dreams. Klein started tapping, but did so on the opposite side of the referee’s view; hitting Mandy’s thigh while the referee was focused on Kelly’s mouth as he tried to listen for her to quit. Leon relinquished the hold, throwing her hands up in the victory while the ref looked on dumbfounded. A smiling Klein attacked Mandy from behind, cinching in the End of the Match guillotine choke. Leon slipped into unconsciousness for the submission victory. Mandy was rightfully in tears after the loss.

Jay Lethal was in the promo area to talk about how he has the chance of a lifetime at “Supercard of Honor XII” where he wants to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship. Lethal understands just how fearsome The Briscoes are and states how he needs a rock star to help him win the gold. That rock star will be none other than Hiroshi Tanahashi.

The ending of the Six-Man World Tag Team Championship match at the “16th Anniversary” was shown where SoCal Uncensored became the new champion was shown. Scorpio Sky was so proud to have trusted in Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian while Kazarian promised they do everything to remain champions.

The Bullet Club (Marty Scurll & Adam Page) vs. The Boys
Marty Scurll came out dressed in his formal attire as if he was going to wrestle; yet started off this one for his team. As the fans chanted, “Next World champ!” at him, Scurll slowly took off his jacket while Dalton Castle revealed that “The Villain” is wearing an eye patch not for fashion, but because Punishment Martinez cut him during their match to the point he needed stitches around his eye. Scurll decided to hurt Boy 1 … by bringing in Adam Page so “Hangman” could feign a failed knuckle lock to knock Boy 1 across the ring with a single forearm prior to the commercial break.
During the break, Page was sent to the floor by a double team cross body from The Boys. Infuriated, Page rushed The Boys and ended up turnbuckle power bombing Boy 2 after sideswiping Boy 1. Tagging in, Scurll motioned for the Chicken Wing. Instead of locking in his patented submission, Scurll tagged back out. Page didn’t understand what Marty was doing, losing sight of The Boys as they pulled off some twin magic. Pulling the approaching Page into a small package, Boy 1 almost won this one. Boy 1 was on fire, landing an enzuguri topped by the missile dropkick. Page elbowed his way out of the wrong part of town as Marty left the ring to confront Dalton Castle. In the ring, Boy 1 took the Buckshot Lariat and the three count.

In the back, Kenny King and Silas Young were fighting with the former Television champion winning a short brawl.

The scene abruptly switched as the new ROH World Tag Team champions in The Briscoes reintroduced themselves. Mark Briscoe claimed all the fans would be talking about following “SCOH XII” was the thrashing put on Lethal & Tanahashi.

The Kenny King-Silas Young brawl had moved to the ring; causing the two adversaries to fight not only each other, but also security as they tried to break things up. Once again, Young got on top of the champ, raining down punches until security & referees led by Bully Ray separated them. Grabbing a microphone was Young to demand his TV title rematch. Kenny stated Young isn’t a better man than him and wants him in a Last Man Standing match – Silas’ specialty. King acknowledged Silas’ success in Last Man Standing matches, but had a question for “The Last Real Man”, “How are you gonna stand when I break both your damn legs?”

ROH World Six-Man Tag Team champion Scorpio Sky vs. Flip Gordon
Avoiding a thrust kick at the sound of the bell, Flip Gordon took the early control by pulling off some impressive counter maneuvers including a one-handed handstand into the head scissors and the somersault plancha prior to the commercial break.
Gordon missed a springboard 450 splash, but landed on his feet when the show returned. Going for a follow up springboard attack saw Gordon get shoved and dropped abdomen first across the top rope. Scorpio Sky was mouthing off before working over Flip’s stomach & face with right hands. Big shoulder ram in the corner put Gordon down for two seconds. Gordon blocked the German suplex, landing a clothesline. Modified 619 by Gordon set up that springboard slingblade. Before Gordon could go for the pin, Christopher Daniels ran out for the distraction. The referee was looking to remove Daniels when Frankie Kazarian attempted a Pearl Harbor job. Gordon was ready, sending Kazarian to the floor. Trying to pull a Kazarian also failed for Sky as he was tripped into a roll up that gave Gordon a three count.
SoCal Uncensored immediately attacked, bringing out The Young Bucks. After chasing off SCU, Matt Jackson offered the infamous handshake to Gordon. Teasing leaving, Gordon decided against it and finally shook Matt’s hand. No trickery from Matt as he embraced Gordon to a big ovation. Bully Ray returned, giving credit to Gordon for being a man in this business and accepting his status as the rookie in locker room while standing up for himself the old school way. Looking at both sides of the building, Bully Ray came up with an idea: SoCal Uncensored vs. The Young Bucks & Flip Gordon for the Six-Man Tag Team title at “Supercard of Honor XII” in a Ladder match!

Overall: This episode definitely felt like a wrestling company understanding the power of TV upping the importance in the viewer’s eyes as to why someone should check out “Supercard of Honor XII” even if it meant somewhat sacrificing the in-ring quality when it came to the main event not due to the talent, but time constraints. ROH dropped the ball on establishing why Gordon-Sky was happening – showing the two teaming up unsuccessfully against The Bullet Club, Sky turning on Gordon to form SCU, and Scorpio recently attacking Flip. The match itself left something for the inevitable next time while giving the fans something to really get excited about with the post-match announcement. The second bout was essentially a handicap match where the bigger story was the interactions between Castle and upcoming challenger Marty Scurll. Given the most time and the two having great chemistry, Kelly Klein and Mandy Leon stole the show from an in-ring perspective; though the ending definitely deflated the crowd as they didn’t know exactly what was happening and there wasn’t a replay. Arguably, this was the best Women of Honor title tournament match thus far. This episode was also very Bully Ray heavy to mixed results. You had the good like Ray helping make the stipulation matches for “Supercard of Honor”, and the bad like Ray making The Kingdom look like goofs and them doing nothing about it. A solid episode this week with the intent of getting everyone excited for ROH’s biggest event ever to mostly positive results.

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