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ROH TV Episode 343: Beers, Cats & Gauntlets

By James Bullock Apr 19, 2018 - 1:28 PM print

Last week: Matt Taven pulled off a big victory against former ROH World champion Cody and current Six Man Tag Team champion Christopher Daniels.

ROH TV Episode 343
Las Vegas, NV

ROH World Six Man Tag Team champion Frankie Kazarian vs. Hiromu Takahashi
No Code of Honor between the two former allies prior to the collar & elbow tie up. Flipping out of a wristlock, Kazarian was showing incredible agility to avoid everything Hiromu Takahashi had in mind. Takahashi decided to leave the ring, searching for Daryl to play with. Kazarian tried to attack Takahashi from behind, only to miss and get sent into the barricades. Hiromu tried to follow up with a flying attack off the apron when he got caught and took a suplex against the steel guardrails prior to the commercial break.
“The Heavy Metal Rebel” was choking the life out of Takahashi when the show returned. Chopping his way off the mat, “The Timebomb” almost shoulder tackled his opposition through the ropes when he ran into a Jerry Lynn style leg drop topped by a springboard leg drop to the back of his opponent’s head. The back became the focus of Kazarian between insulting stomps & slaps. Kazarian hit the ropes, only to run into a series of back elbow strikes and some kicks ending with a savate version. Takahashi was on fire, dropkicking Kazarian to the floor for that running dropkick off the apron. Calling for the end was Hiromu when Kazarian countered with a sloppy version of his slingshot DDT. Kazarian rightfully didn’t get a three count off the maneuver, looking for another springboard maneuver. The former “Kamataichi” avoided whatever his opponent had in mind, only to fling himself into the ace crusher. Frustrated over the near fall, Kazarian got into an argument with the referee that resulted in Frankie almost getting shoved into a three count off the cradle. Kazarian retaliated by tripping Takahashi into a cradle while having his feet on the ropes. Takahashi somehow kicked out; leading to a pinning combination exchange. Kazarian stopped a three count from happening courtesy of the small package, but not after feeling the Timebomb that saw the Six-Man Tag Team champion fall on his head.

In the back were Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas beating up LSG. The two mammoth men avalanche splashed him against a wall until the point Giovanni was left in the fetal position while heaving.

ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender Gauntlet match: Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas vs. Coast to Coast
Shaheem Ali came out alone with a microphone in hand to tell everyone that he won’t back down because he’s lacking a partner. Ali slipped into the ring, somersaulting atop the approaching Beer City Bruiser. Brian Milonas caught Ali for something, but spent too much time parading around. Ali elbowed his way to the freedom, landing a dropkick on “The Kingpin”. Stinger Splash on Milonas didn’t end well as he turned around and got clobbered by Bruiser. BCB & Milonas ran together, double team body blocking him to make an Ali sandwich. Back dropping Ali overhead, BCB propelled Shaheem into a power bomb from Milonas that ended in a two count as the show entered a commercial break.
Ali had knocked down BCB off the apron as he tried to knock back Milonas when the show returned. Big head-butt worked for Ali on Milonas as did the flatliner on BCB that gave him a two count. Milonas stopped Ali’s ascent up the ropes, superplexing him in position for BCB’s frog splash that ended Shaheem’s night.

ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender Gauntlet match: Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas vs. The Dawgs
Rhett Titus came out with a microphone, too. Why? To offer his opponents a drinking session instead of a fight that ended in, of course, a fight. Spitting beer in his opponents’ faces, The Dawgs were able to head-butt both opponents. Using his partner as a projective worked as Ferrara flew into BCB and set up Titus’ dropkick. Shoulder rams in the corner worked for Will as did a hurricarana. Ferrara sent Bruiser into the wrong corner, allowing Milonas to tag in and butt splash Ferrara. The fans were actually cheering for Will when he tried to fight out of the wrong part of town. The show went to another commercial break when Milonas almost pitched Ferrara out of the ring with a suplex.
Ferrara slipped between Milonas’ legs, having to avoid a sit-down splash to finally tag out. Titus was fired up and landing kicks aplenty including an enzuguri to Bruiser. Running into a big forearm saw Titus recover quickly and knock Milonas over with the help of Ferrara while Will was on all fours. Titus wanted to utilize their finisher, but Milonas was too big to be lifted. Milonas back dropped Titus out of the ring before grabbing Ferrara for the superplex. Milonas made the cover, actually winning!

ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender Gauntlet match: Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas vs. Motor City Machine Guns
And dey was a clubberin’ in Vegas, Tony! Big cross body block from Bruiser almost crushed Alex Shelley before Bruiser used a dropkick to swing Shelley into Milonas’ sidewalk slam. Chris Sabin avoided the BCB cannonball in the corner, putting him in position for a double team dropkick. Trying to focus on Milonas on the floor, The Machine Guns almost put themselves in position for a BCB somersault senton off the apron. Bruiser hit his own partner and was left alone to feel Skull & Bones to end his run.

ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender Gauntlet match: Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Young Bucks
The Young Bucks had an early onslaught stopped by some double team dropkick action topped by Alex Shelley sending Matt face first into his brother’s groin. With both Bucks on the mat, Shelley decided to use the snot rocket to add insult to injury. Dream Sequence to Matt left him grounded until the fans rallied behind him. Shelley yanked the fighting Matt to the floor, only to feel the super kick. Nick tagged in, leading to a series of double teams including assisted sliced bread. Shelley took another super kick on the floor, bending him backwards as Sabin tried to fight his way out of the Meltzer Driver. Instead, Sabin took a spear and the double team splash. Sabin landed a super kick of his own after stopped another double team as Shelley reentered. Sabin had to save his partner from the Indytaker. The Bucks tried to counter with More Bang For Your Buck, but took a pair of knees instead. With Matt by himself, The Machine Guns called for Skull & Bones. Nick tripped Shelley as Matt used the backslide to pin Sabin.

ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender Gauntlet match: The Young Bucks vs. The Kingdom (Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan)
During the commercial, The Kingdom attacked Matt Jackson from behind. The Bucks were at a severe disadvantage as Matt was stuck on the wrong part of town and being battered by simple strikes & quick tags. Placing Matt on the top rope for a superplex failed as Vinny Marseglia was knocked to the mat. TK O’Ryan slipped underneath the ring, grabbing Nick as Matt went for the tag. O’Ryan even stood in The Bucks’ corner to mock Matt. Matt retaliated with a super kick as Nick returned to the corner. Both men tagged out, bring in Nick and both opponents. Nick’s knees and bulldogs had the fans going wild; as did his twisting plancha on the retreating duo. O’Ryan left the ring to avoid the 450 splash, only to take a German suplex on the apron. Tornado DDT on Vinny by Nick on the floor put him down and left him unable to prevent Nick from cinching in the sharpshooter. Marseglia finally entered the ring, trying to punch his partner to freedom. When that failed, Vinny retrieved that infamous axe. The referee took the axe, missing the baseball bat shot to Nick’s abdomen by Marseglia … that gave O’Ryan a near fall!
Matt ran in, punching and clotheslining his way through the offense The Kingdom had in mind. Clobbering Matt from behind to save TK from taking a power bomb, Vinny knocked Matt to the floor where he could potentially power bomb him on the unprotected floor. Nick super kicked his way to his brother before tossing Matt back in so they could execute the Meltzer Driver on O’Ryan to pick up the final pin fall in this one.

Overall: Following the standard set last week, this was another episode featuring not much story development when it comes to the major storylines following “Supercard of Honor XII” featuring some solid action. ROH has learned to do Gauntlet matches well and this was a perfect example of that with an early story of BCB & Milonas dominating before being overcome by fatigue & the better tag team. The Machine Guns turned up the villain factor during their turn against The Bucks, leading to a happier crowd when The Bucks overcame both The Machine Guns and The Kingdom. This was a Gauntlet match that took up two-thirds of the show and just flew by. The opening match was good as well, but it’s surprising that one-third of the Six Man Tag champs lost another singles match (Scorpio Sky to Flip Gordon a few weeks ago, Daniels last week, and Kazarian this week) on ROH TV. Other than the crowning of a new number one contender to the Tag Team title there’s nothing important to see here. This is just a solid, mostly fun episode of ROH TV for anyone who likes tag team wrestling.

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