ROH Honor Reigns Supreme 2/9/2018
ROH World Champion Dalton Castle teams with the Boys to take on SoCal Uncensored. The Bullet Club takes on the Kingdom in a six man tag team match. Jay Lethal squares off against Jonathan Gresham. Plus, in the main event, the Young Bucks take on Best Friends. All this and more!
Ring of Honor presents Honor Reigns Supreme
From: Concord, NC
Opening Contest: Flip Gordon vs. Punishment Martinez: Early on they do the feeling out process with neither man getting a clear cut advantage. Gordon decks Martinez in the corner but Martinez isn’t hurt by it. Gordon staggers Martinez with a kick and Martinez goes over the top to the floor. Gordon follows up with a baseball slide dropkick. Martinez gets on the apron to stop Flip’s springboard attempt. Gordon avoids a spinning kick and they have a standoff. Gordon kicks Martinez from the apron but gets shoved off by Martinez and hits the guard railing. Martinez tells everyone to move when he tosses Gordon into the railing back first. Martinez continues to send Gordon into the railing. Martinez elbows Gordon in the corner and decks Flip with a right hand to drop Flip. Martinez slams Gordon to the canvas and attempts a springboard senton but Flip moves out of the way. Gordon blocks a few strikes and forearms Martinez several times followed by chops. Gordon boots Martinez in the corner followed by a shoulder from the apron. Flip sends Martinez face first into the corner and connects with a 619. Gordon counters Punishment to hit a springboard Slingblade. Gordon ducks a clothesline and hits a Samoan Drop followed by a running shooting star press for a two count. Martinez plants Gordon with a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Martinez goes for the Psycho Driver but Gordon lands on his feet to deliver a superkick. Martinez does the same and decks Gordon with a clothesline. Martinez goes to the top but Gordon crotches him. Gordon nearly gets chokeslammed off the top but kicks Martinez followed by a hurricanrana off the top. Flip goes to the top rope and hits a 450 splash for a near fall. Martinez quickly gets up and attempts a chokeslam but Gordon counters with strikes. Gordon attempts a springboard stunner and Martinez slams Gordon face first on the mat followed by a curb stomp and finishes Gordon off with a chokeslam. (***. A rather solid opening match for the show and I’m liking Martinez more and more after every showing. Flip did well in his role here, but the main focus is on Martinez who works many different styles very well. I think Martinez could be the top guy sometime in 2018, if not 2019 for sure.)
Second Contest: Kenny King vs. Shane Taylor: These two were formerly in the Rebellion alliance, which the announcers make sure we know about. Caprice Coleman is on commentary, who was also part of the Rebellion. King controls the match early on until he goes to the floor looking for a slingshot dive and is met with a knee lift to the midsection. King decks Taylor with a forearm shot and a somersault dive off the apron to the floor. King nearly wins following a top rope crossbody. Taylor gets control of the match with a spinebuster. Taylor avoids a double knee strike in the corner and splashes King for a near fall. King staggers Taylor with a spinning kick out of the corner followed by jabs. King gets only a one count following a standing heel kick. They brawl on the apron until King kicks Taylor to the floor and takes Shane out with a twisting crossbody over the top to the floor. King hits a springboard blockbuster for a near fall back in the ring. King tries to pick Taylor up but Taylor is too big. Taylor nearly pins King after a discus clothesline. Taylor plants King with a sit out powerbomb. Taylor goes to the middle rope but King stops him with an uppercut. King kicks Taylor and hits the Royal Flush for the win. (**. There was never any real doubt as to who was going to win this battle. They did a few good spots to add entertainment to the match, but this was pretty obvious as to who was going to go over.)
Tenille Dashwood, formerly known as Emma in WWE, makes her way out and she’s entering the WOH Title Tournament. The fans go nuts. I don’t remember anyone going nuts for her when she was actually in WWE. So, this kind of thing always confuses me. Tenille thanks the fans for the reception and says she’s in ROH for one reason. She is here to be the first ever Women of Honor Champion. Bully Ray comes out and says everyone is happy to see Tenille in ROH. Bully thinks everyone wants to see her wrestle tonight. So, she’ll be wrestling tonight in tag team match.
Third Contest: ROH Television Champion Silas Young vs. Josh Woods in a non-title match: Young pokes Woods in the eyes to get the cheap advantage after Woods had a little bit of momentum going for himself. Woods tosses Young with an overhead belly to belly suplex and a jumping knee strike. Woods misses a knee strike on the apron and Beer City Bruiser cheap shots Woods on the floor to help his buddy. Young sends Woods into the guard railing to keep control of the match. Young connects with a slingshot double stomp back into the ring. Young delivers a backbreaker followed by a clothesline for a one count. Woods fakes a kick and tries for a suplex but settles for a rollup for a near fall. Bruiser hits Woods with a beer can, which was horribly setup and obvious from the start was going to happen. Young accidentally hits Bruiser with a clothesline off the apron onto the floor. Woods tosses Young with an overhead suplex on the floor. Woods elbows Young in the corner but Young comes back with a strike. Woods kicks Young in the midsection and goes for a suplex but Silas counters with a rollup for a two count. Woods kicks Young several times followed by a knee strike for a two count.
Woods attempts a gut wrench but Young lands on his feet. Woods is able to get an ankle lock on the champ looking for a submission. Silas is able to reach the ropes with help from Bruiser. Woods kicks Young to the apron but Young delivers a knee strike and tries to leap into the ring but Woods catches him. Woods hits a rolling German suplex for a near fall. Woods tries to lock in a cross arm bar but Young blocks it. Young almost wins with a rollup. Young knees Woods and hits a spinning TKO for the win. (**1/4. Josh Woods is another guy that could have a future in ROH. Silas shows some agility that you’d be surprised to see him have just judging by his look. This was a fine match but nothing overly memorable.) After the match, Kenny King comes out clapping for Silas. He’ll get his rematch in a few weeks on TV.
Fourth Contest: SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. ROH World Champion Dalton Castle & The Boys: Castle and Daniels start the six man tag match. Rhett Titus is on commentary and is pissed he wasn’t booked on the show. Castle and Daniels avoid right hands in the corner several times. They are doing comedy spots until Daniels pokes Castle in the eyes. Castle wants to tag out but the Boys aren’t interested in tagging in. Daniels tells Castle that he’s all by himself. Well, that was a trap because the Boys attack Kazarian and Sky with right hands and dropkicks. Castle fakes out a dive to the floor and plays to the crowd instead. Castle sits on the Boys and Daniels goes to sit on Sky, but Sky rolled to the floor to talk to Kazarian. Daniels is pissed about looking like a fool. Kazarian and Daniels hug it out after arguing for a moment. Kazarian works over Brandon but Brent comes off the ropes with a crossbody. The Boys are using quick offense to get control of the match. Kazarian kicks Brandon on the middle rope and knocks his partners off the apron. Brandon gets worked over by SoCal on the floor. Sky drives Brandon down with a backbreaker to keep control of the match. Daniels tags back in and sends Brandon into his partners boots. Daniels hits a slingshot elbow, Kazarian hits a slingshot legdrop and Sky hits a slingshot splash for a two count.
SoCal continues to triple team Brandon with an STO and a springboard legdrop. Kazarian tosses Brandon into his corner and Daniels gets tagged back in. Daniels hits a moonsault and puts one boot on Brandon for a near fall. The Boys switch places as Castle was distracting Daniels and the referee. Brent hits a head scissors to knock Daniels down and Castle gets the hot tag. Castle hammers away on SoCal and tosses Sky down with a suplex. Castle does the same to Kazarian. Castle tosses Daniels overhead followed by a knee lift to Daniels. Castle knee strikes Daniels over the top turnbuckle. Castle plants Daniels with a bridging German suplex for a near fall as Kazarian broke up the cover. Sky tries to switch with Daniels but he looks nothing like Daniels! Daniels collides with Sky as Castle nearly pins Daniels with a rollup. Castle dumps Daniels to the floor. Brandon tags in and flies over the top just as Brent does too. They take SoCal out on the floor a few times. SoCal hits Celebrity Rehab and almost win the match but Castle makes the save. Castle and Kazarian go over the top to the floor. Sky superkicks Brent and wins the match. (**. There were a few moments that were awkward and didn’t flow very well. Some of their comedy worked, but other comedy spots didn’t. The crowd didn’t seem to respond much to SoCal Uncensored and it could be an example of a heel group being shoved down our throats who shouldn’t be in that spot.) After the match, Castle fights off SoCal as they tried to attack him and the Boys.
The Briscoe Brothers make their way down to the ring following a near 30-minute intermission. Jay cuts a promo saying that people fail to realize that there will be a lot of blood loss soon. That will be the fault of the fans when they destroy all their heroes. Mark says they want their property back and that would be their ROH Tag Team Championships. They know that Alex Shelley is in the building since Chris Sabin has been out of action due to their attack. They want Shelley to hand their property over to them right now. Shelley attacks from behind hitting them with a tag title but he is outnumbered and attacked by the Briscoe Brothers. Security tries to get into the ring but they are taken out as well. Jay Briscoe plants Shelley with the Jay Driller. They say that ROH is their house and they are the baddest tag team on the planet. Shelley is left laying in the ring.
Fifth Contest: Kelly Klein & Stacy Shadows vs. Tenille Dashwood & Mandy Leon: Obviously, this is the debut of Dashwood in ROH. Dashwood delivers a few kicks and elbows to Shadows from the apron followed by a neckbreaker for a two count. Shadows boots a charging Dashwood in the corner and Klein gets tagged in. Dashwood hits a side Russian legsweep on Klein for a two count. Leon tags back in and is met with a strike but ducks another blow. Klein hits a running spear in the corner and drops Leon. Shadows takes Leon over with a snap suplex for a near fall. Leon tries to fight with strikes to Shadows. Leo could easily tag in Dashwood, but Shadows didn’t move away from the corner so Dashwood had to literally ignore or short arm the spot. Dashwood goes get the hot tag cleaning house with strikes and a dropkick sends Shadows to the corner. Dashwood hits a running crossbody to a seated Shadows in the corner. Shadows picks Tenille up but Dashwood counters with a reverse DDT. Klein gets tossed to the floor. Leon and Klein brawl on the floor. Dashwood dropkicks Shadows and wins the match. (*1/2. For the most part, anything that didn’t involve Dashwood just wasn’t very good or interesting. Dashwood is a good addition to the new women’s division, but it just blows my mind that people popped as much as they did since she wasn’t all that popular in WWE to begin with.)
Sixth Contest: Jay Lethal vs. Jonathan Gresham: Lethal backs Gresham into a corner and backs away cleanly. Lethal tries for a handspring dropkick after a hip toss but Gresham counters by grabbing Lethal’s arm and gets control on the mat for a moment. Gresham controls Lethal with a hammerlock but Lethal counters with a drop toe hold but Gresham goes back to the hammerlock. Lethal chops Gresham and is met with a knee to the midsection. Gresham and Lethal trade chops with Lethal getting the better of the exchange. Lethal drives Gresham down to the mat with a back suplex. Lethal works over Gresham with strikes and chops to drop Jonathan a few times. Lethal gets a two count following a snap suplex. Gresham stops Lethal with a knee strike but Lethal comes back with a hip toss and dropkick combo. Lethal decks Gresham against the ropes with a forearm strike. Gresham blocks another attempt with a strike and takes Lethal down a few times. Gresham kicks the left elbow of Lethal to slow Lethal down a bit. Gresham continues to focus his attack on the left elbow. Gresham twists the left arm of Lethal but doesn’t get a submission. Lethal is nearly pinned a crucifix attempt but Gresham goes back to controlling the left arm. Gresham stomps the elbow causing Lethal to roll around in a bit of pain. Gresham arm drags Lethal and dropkicks Jay to the floor. Gresham fakes out a dive and instead kicks Lethal from the apron. Lethal avoids a dive from the apron and Gresham sells his leg. Lethal plants Gresham with a cutter on the floor! They both manage to get into the ring before the count of twenty. Gresham avoids a clothesline and begins to trade strikes with Lethal. Gresham forearms Lethal’s arm while Lethal kicks the injured knee of Gresham.
They continue to trade forearm strikes with neither man backing down. Gresham hits a snap German suplex bur runs into a boot from Lethal. Lethal tries for Lethal Injection but his arm is hurt. Gresham hits a springboard moonsault and nearly pins Lethal with a rollup. Gresham gets the Crossface locked in but Lethal refuses to give in. Lethal reaches the ropes to break the hold. Lethal boots Gresham but Gresham comes back with a boot of his own. Lethal connects with Lethal Combination to stop Gresham for a near fall. Lethal stomps on the left leg and tries for the figure four but Gresham counters with a rollup for a near fall. Lethal stops Gresham with a dragon screw leg whip and a few knee breakers. Lethal delivers another dragon screw leg whip for a two count. Lethal heads to the top rope but Gresham cuts Lethal off with a forearm strike. Gresham goes back to working over the left arm on the middle rope. Lethal goes for a sunset flip powerbomb but Gresham blocks it. Gresham plants Lethal with a tornado DDT and a German suplex for a two count. Lethal and Gresham begin to exchange chops. Lethal superkicks Gresham and attempts Lethal Injection but gets kicked by Gresham! Gresham goes for the Octopus but Lethal slams Gresham to the mat. Lethal leaps off the top hitting an elbow drop for a near fall. Lethal goes for the figure four leg lock and is able to get it locked in. Gresham is forced to submit. (***1/2. This was a really good match and I truly appreciate the storytelling they did here. Lethal didn’t win with Lethal Injection due to his arm and won with the figure four to focus on Gresham’s injured knee. They didn’t do anything crazy and it was much more of a traditional wrestling match. Gresham could have had his breakout match in ROH. Now, it’s just a matter of ROH following up on this correctly.)
Seventh Contest: Bullet Club (Cody, Adam Page, Marty Scurll) vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marsgelia): Scurll and Vinny kick off the six man tag match with neither man getting momentum and that leads to a standoff. Vinny dropkicks Scurll coming off the ropes and taunts the fans. Scurll grabs his umbrella but Vinny comes into the ring with an axe. Scurll decides to tag out to Page. The referee ejects the axe from the match. O’Ryan enters the match to try his luck against Page. TK taunts Page and gets shoved to the mat. TK chops Page in the corner but that doesn’t last long. Page works over TK with chops followed by a shoulder block. Page boots TK in midair and TK bails to the floor. Taven gets tagged in and Cody bursts into the ring but Taven bails to the outside. Taven wants Cody to kiss the ring he stole from Cody. Cody fakes out Taven managing to hit Disaster Kick. Scurll gets in the ring to help Cody. Scurll hits a suicide dive to take out the Kingdom. Cody springboards off the top to hit a crossbody. Page leaps off the top to connect with a moonsault and lands on his feet. Page clotheslines Vinny in the corner and slams Taven followed by a standing moonsault after dropkicking Vinny. TK stops Page in the corner and Vinny delivers a few running forearms in the corner. Vinny plants Page with a Side Effect. TK hits a German suplex and Taven hits an elbow drop off the top for a near fall.
TK keeps control of Page choking him for a moment. Page blocks a suplex attempt by dropping to his knee. Page hits a discus forearm and tags in Scurll. Vinny gets tagged in as well and sends Scurll into the corner but Marty stops Vinny and stomps on his fingers followed by a dropkick. TK is kicked on the knee by Scurll and Vinny is taken down to the mat for a near fall. Vinny goes to the top after a strike but is met with a strike from Marty. Marty sends TK into the corner with a snap suplex, which also hits Vinny. Marty goes for a superplex driving Vinny down to the mat. Taven drops Scurll over the top rope and Taven decks Page off the apron. Scurll is sent into the guard railing by the Kingdom. Vinny legally tags back in and continues to work over Scurll with strikes. TK plants Scurll with a spinebuster and Vinny hits a flying headbutt for a near fall. Taven uppercuts Scurll and taunts Marty. Marty chops Taven a few times and gets tripped up by Vinny from the floor. Scurll is met with a knee strike from Taven as Matt rolled through a sunset flip attempt. Kingdom keep control of the match as Scurll fights all three men off with right hands. Taven is nearly pinned by Scurll. TK hits a cutter and Vinny comes off the top but Marty got his knees up. Cody wants the tag and gets it. Cody hammers away on Taven and kicks TK off the apron. Cody powerslams Taven and hits a dragon suplex on Taven for a near fall. Taven knee lifts Cody but Taven is met with a running shooting star from Page. Vinny pulls Cody to the floor but Cody sends him over the railing into the crowd. Cody misses a springboard and is decked by TK. Marty stomps on TK’s arm and is met with a kick from Vinny. Page hits a slingshot somersault clothesline on Marty. Taven takes Page out and Cody has the American Death Lock on Taven but can’t get a submission. Cody blocks a low blow and sets Taven up for the Shattered Dreams. Cody gets distracted by TK O’Ryan and that allows Taven to grab a weapon. Scurll kicks TK from the apron and Page hits a shooting star. Taven decks Cody with the ring on his hand and wins the match. (***. This was constant action and I enjoyed it. This is a big win for the Kingdom and much needed for Taven to warrant the feud with Cody to continue. Taven is an inconsistent performer but he’s a good talker and that’s how he maintains his heat. Anyway, I enjoyed this more than I was expecting to.)
Main Event: Best Friends (Trent & Chuck Taylor) vs. Young Bucks: Trent and Matt kick off the tag team main event. Matt takes Trent down to the mat and goes for a sharpshooter. Nick comes in to cut off Taylor and they both get a sharpshooter locked in for a moment. Taylor tells Trent to run right in and deliver a punch. That doesn’t work as the Bucks hit a leg drop from the apron and a double dropkick to a seated Trent after sending Taylor to the floor. Taylor tags himself in and hip tosses Matt. Trent and Taylor mock the Bucks and they get met with a crossbody from Nick from the top. Taylor and Trent deliver clotheslines in the corner. Bucks are sent to the floor with clotheslines. Trent takes the Bucks out with a somersault dive over the top. Taylor runs the ropes and Trent hugs him. Bucks slide back into the ring and Nick dropkicks Trent and Taylor to the floor. Taylor gets kicked off the apron again by Nick while Matt had a head scissors on Chuck. Bucks take Best Friends out with a suicide dive to the floor. Matt fights off Trent and Taylor on the floor but gets met with a cutter from Trent as he attempted a Slice Bread on the floor. Taylor grabs Nick and sends him into the guard railing. Trent continues to work over Matt with strikes in the corner to keep control of the match. Taylor drives Matt down with a backbreaker for a two count. Trent tags back in and comes off the top to deliver a double stomp to the lower back of Matt.
Trent cuts off Matt with a knee lift to the midsection. Taylor puts sunglasses on Trent and Trent’s attitude changes. Trent puts an abdominal stretch on Matt and gets an illegal advantage from Taylor. Trent tags out to Taylor and Chuck gets a two count on Matt. Taylor sends Matt back first into the corner to keep control of the match. Trent gives Taylor a pair of sunglasses and Taylor changes his attitude too. Taylor puts an abdominal stretch on Matt but doesn’t get a submission. Trent goes back to the abdominal stretch and Taylor gives Trent a lit cigarette. Trent gets an illegal advantage from Taylor until the referee kicks that away. Trent takes a hip toss with the cigarette still in his mouth. Trent decks Nick off the apron and Trent continues to smoke the cigarette. Matt superkicks Trent to knock the cigarette out and Nick puts the cigarette out. Nick gets the hot tag and cleans house hammering away on Best Friends with knee strikes and a bulldog/clothesline combo. Matt can’t lift Trent up due to his back injury. Nick gets tagged in and comes off the top hitting a crossbody on Trent for a near fall. Nick dropkicks Taylor off the apron. Nick hits slingshot face buster on Trent and quickly takes Taylor out with a moonsault to the floor. Trent delivers a backstabber to Matt and hits a superplex off the top on Nick. Taylor hits a splash and Trent nearly pins Nick. Taylor tags back in and works over Nick with strikes. Trent comes back in and hits a German suplex after Taylor hit Sole Food on Nick. Trent hits an elbow strike in the corner but gets tossed away by Nick. Matt slowly tags back into the ring and Trent drives Matt down with a back suplex. Taylor is sent into Trent and Taylor goes to the apron. Taylor stops Matt on the middle rope allowing Trent to deliver a backstabber.
Matt yanks Trent off the middle rope causing Trent to hit his back on the top turnbuckle. Nick plants Trent with a German suplex on the apron. Matt superkicks Taylor off the apron. Matt tries to pick Trent up with his injured back and Nick hits a Swanton on Trent and Matt hits a DDT for a two count. Matt goes to the top rope but Trent cuts him off with a forearm strike. Trent hammers away on Matt with several strikes. Trent attempts a superplex but Matt shoves Trent off. Trent chops Matt on the middle rope and hits a hurricanrana but Matt holds on only for Trent to roll through and puts a sharpshooter on. Nick enters and superkicks Trent before putting a sharpshooter on Trent. Taylor puts a sharpshooter on Matt and they stare each other down. Neither one of them are legal so any submission wouldn’t matter. Taylor and Nick get tagged in trading forearms. Nick kicks both Taylor and Trent followed by a kick to Taylor. Trent tosses Nick with an overhead suplex into the corner. Trent forearms the lower back of Matt to stop him. Trent sends Matt into Taylor and connects with a running boot. Trent spikes Matt on the apron with a piledriver. Trent picks Matt up on the floor but Nick pulls Taylor off and kicks Trent allowing Matt to hit a Code Red. Nick hits a 450 splash on Taylor but only manages a near fall. Nick misses a kick in the corner and Taylor hits the Awful Waffle for a near fall as Matt made the save. Taylor stops Matt with a few backbreakers. Taylor screams for Matt to just die. Matt stops Taylor with a spear and gets a second wind. Matt superkicks Taylor into the corner. Trent gets back in and rolls Matt up from behind for a two count. Matt superkicks Trent a few times. Nick helps Matt pick Trent up and they hit the Meltzer Driver for the win. (***. I enjoy both of these teams. However, this match went 25-minutes and it really didn’t need to go that long at all. You could probably cut ten-minutes off this match and get a better match. They focused heavily on Matt’s back and it told a fine story, but again, the length of the match really hurt the overall enjoyment for me.)
I wasn’t even aware this was free on Facebook Live until it was already happening, so that might have been a last minute decision or something. Lethal/Gresham is the only standout match, but might not be “must see”. I’d say this was an average wrestling show at best.
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