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ROH TV Episode 341: Champions Challenge

By James Bullock Apr 3, 2018 - 11:22 PM print

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ROH TV Episode 341
Las Vegas, NV

ROH World champion Dalton Castle & ROH World Television champion Kenny King w/ The Boys vs. ROH World Tag Team champions The Briscoes
World title number one contender Marty Scurll was at the commentators’ table for this one. It was Dalton Castle and Mark Briscoe grappling for an advantage that ended when Mark backed the World champ into the wrong part of town for an assault from Jay Briscoe. Castle broke free, performing his patented pose; though he showed a sign of pain after taking a series of kicks to the stomach from Dem Boys. Kenny King tagged in, almost running Jay over with the shoulder block. Jay stopped the charging King with a sleeper, only to take an arm drag as the show entered a commercial break.
Big slam off the waist lock by Castle saw him slinging around Jay with relative ease. Blocking a suplex, Jay dropped Dalton in an effort to tag out. Mark became the legal man again, trying to keep Castle grounded. “The Peacock” took an illegal knee from Jay; leading to a big double team topped by Mark flying through the ropes to dropkick King after knocking him off the apron. “Man up!” chants from Scurll were the precursor to The Briscoes continuously knocking King off the apron between double teams on Castle. The fans were split as The Briscoes continued to put on the pressure including hitting that big double team shoulder tackle on the World champion prior to another commercial break.

Castle had his Boys rallying the crowd behind him as he tried to fight his way out of Briscoe territory. Slipping underneath a clothesline, Castle tagged out to a fired up TV champion. Spin kick connected for King, as did the spine buster to Mark. Just when it seemed King had this one in his pocket, Jay reentered to clothesline him in position for Mark’s uranage. Jay and King were slugging it out like old times until Jay pulled him off the ropes for a superplex. Mark jumped off the adjacent turnbuckle to hit his Froggy Bow … to gain a near fall thanks to Castle breaking up the pin!
Castle was going suplex crazy, putting Jay in the corner for King’s shotgun knees. Suddenly, Silas Young came down the ramp to confront King. The TV champ took a hurricarana when he turned around; leading to a Jay Driller that allowed Jay to pin the TV champion.
Silas Young entered the ring with the TV title belt to stand over King and pose while mouthing off at the hard camera. Marty Scurll opted to hand the ROH World title belt to Castle rather than hit him.

A recap of last week’s declaration by Bully Ray where he banned The Kingdom from “Supercard of Honor XII”. Yet The Kingdom was in the promo area to air their grievances. After TK O’Ryan talked about them not getting their rightful Six Man Tag title shot. Matt Taven stated he believed in Bully Ray and his ability to end the conspiracy, but Ray is actually a Melvin who will get shown up at “Supercard of Honor”.

Cheeseburger vs. Kikutaro
Kikutaro makes his ROH TV debut! Both men wanted to work through the wristlock, only for Kikutaro to pull Cheeseburger into a waltz. Cheeseburger almost got squashed, leading to a pose off. Cheeseburger fell into the corner, using his boot to knock the masked man backwards. Kikutaro decided to use the referee as a decoy to avoid taking a boot, but ended up getting kicked … by the referee. The ref apologized, grabbing the microphone so Kikutaro could thank the fans for watching the show. The Dawgs hit the ring, attacking both men before Cheeseburger felt Who Let the Dogs Out. ROH Enforcer chased The Dawgs out of the ring.

There was a recap of the Women of Honor Championship matches that happened at the “16th Anniversary” that saw Tenille Dashwood and Sumie Sakai advance over Brandi Rhodes and Kagetsu respectively.

Women of Honor Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Match: Deonna Purrazzo vs. Mayu Iwatani
During a picture-in-picture promo, Deonna Purrazzo promised to take her next step toward becoming the first Women of Honor champion. Code of Honor to start this one before they exchanged wristlocks into head scissors exchanges. The flying head scissors countered a big shoulder block from Purrazzo. The big old school arm drag by Mayu put her opposition on the ropes for a big dropkick that knocked her onto the apron. Mayu wanted to fly, but Deonna stopped her as the show entered a commercial break.
Big chop exchange as the show returned ended with Iwatani using an exploder suplex to set up her big double stomp. Though Purrazzo avoided the double stomp, “The Virtuosa” couldn’t stop the enzuguri that put her on the floor. Iwatani decided it was time to dive off the top. Purrazzo caught Mayu while yanking her out of the sky with the Fujiwara arm bar. Since this wasn’t fall count anywhere, Purrazzo was forced to bring the action back into the ring with the intent of utilizing a German suplex for the pin fall victory. Deonna hit not one, but three sick German suplexes. Iwatani took the head-dropping suplexes, responding with a dragon suplex that folded Deonna in half. Dey got up a clubberin’ in da middle, Tony! Slingblade clothesline connected for Iwatani, as did the missile dropkick, but those maneuvers didn’t put Purrazzo away. The Fujiwara arm bar stopped Iwatani’s follow up yet again. Thankfully for Iwatani, Mayu was close enough to the ropes to save herself. Purrazzo attempted to take advantage of the situation she created, only to be swept into the Bridging Dragon Suplex for the victory in favor of Mayu.

There was a “Supercard of Honor XII” card rundown featuring dueling promos from all the participants except the New Japan stars.

Cody decided to make an appearance to tell everyone Bullet Club is fine. What seemed to be a simple propaganda promo turned into Cody running down the talents of his “Supercard of Honor XII” opponent by asking if Kenny Omega can do anything in the ring to really steal the show without bona fide stars standing across the ring from him like Chris Jericho. Cody called Omega a reject from WWE’s developmental system – a receipt from Cody after Omega called Cody a WWE reject on Twitter – after stating The Golden Lovers reunion is a publicity stunt. Before Cody could question Omega’s intentions directed toward Brandi after their kiss at the pay-per-view, “The Cleaner’s” music hit to bring out Kenny Omega with the Bury the Bear head in hand. Omega quickly reminded Cody who the real leader of Bullet Club is - Omega. When it came to Brandi kissing Kenny at the “16th Anniversary”, Omega stated it wasn’t the first time it happened. As if that wasn’t enough, Omega took things one step further by insuating that Brandi held onto the kiss for so long that she enjoyed it & wanted to romantically interact with Kenny in the future. Cody understandably attacked, leading to a pull apart brawl where Adam Page entered first while siding with Cody. Marty Scurll and The Young Bucks joined the fray with the prior stuck in the middle and The Bucks holding back Omega as the show came to a close.

Overall: Getting ready for ROH’s largest attended event in history, the company switched up the formula with this episode by presenting the promoted main event of the show at the beginning and closing with a promo segment. Thankfully it all actually worked instead of causing an apathetic crowd by the end. The promoted bout featuring all the champions was reminiscent of the older style lengthy ROH tag bouts with a pair of heat segments. Though having a champion lose on TV for essentially no reason is never a good thing, at least it made sense here as King lost because of his “SCOH XII” opponent and not from a lack of talent; though King & Castle were definitely at a disadvantage as a unit against the experienced Briscoes. Kikutaro vs. Cheeseburger was a chance for everyone to have a little fun for a short time and with The Dawgs causing the disqualification here’s to Kikutaro returning so he & Cheeseburger can get some revenge in comedic fashion. Iwatani-Purrazzo was another great Women of Honor title tournament match following two back-to-back fantastic matches. While Purrazzo going out so early is a shock, the fact Iwatani advanced is great news. Closing the show was a fantastic promo by Cody topped by the reaction of Omega coming out to confront him. Both men walked a fine line promo wise and it worked to perfection in adding heat to an already red-hot feud. Real good stuff this week while making sure everyone gets hyped for “Supercard”.

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