ROH TV 2/25/2018
This week on ROH TV, ROH Television Champion Silas Young defends against Kenny King. The Young Bucks battle SoCal Uncensored in a tag team match.
From: Atlanta, GA
Footage from last week where SoCal Uncensored thought they won the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Championships after cheating. However, Bully Ray overturned that and the match restarted. Bully Ray is the matchmaker and the enforcer for ROH.
Bully Ray opens the show and says that he’s been named the enforcer for ROH. Ray hypes the honor that happens in the wrestling ring. Bully puts over ROH and the crowd chants for the company. Ray says tonight is all about thriller and no filler.
Opening Contest: SoCal Uncensored (Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks: Sky and Kazarian cheap shot the Bucks early on and hit clotheslines in the corner. Nick leaps off of Matt’s back to forearm Sky to the floor and Kazarian is dropkicked to the floor. Bucks dropkick Sky while he’s seated. Kazarian is kicked off the apron to the floor and the Bucks play to the crowd. Cody appears on the ramp to cheer on the Bucks and is greeted positively. We go to commercial.
Matt is getting worked over by Sky and Kazarian as Cody is on commentary saying that Bullet Club is fine. Matt comes off the top with a stunner on Sky and Nick gets tagged in. Nick sends Kazarian into the corner and kicks Sky from the apron. Nick delivers a double stomp and a backstabber to Kazarian off the middle rope. Kazarian puts Matt on the top rope and stops Nick on the apron while forearming Matt. Kazarian hits a slingshot DDT on Nick on the apron. Sky hits a top rope hurricanrana. Sky takes Nick out with a somersault dive to the floor!
Kazarian nearly pins Matt following a tornado DDT. Sky tags in to keep control of the tag match. Matt fights his way out of danger against Kazarian and Sky managing to spear Sky. Kazarian keeps control of Matt with a right hand. Matt dropkicks Sky on the floor but is met with a kick from Kazarian. Kazarian slingshots to the floor to take Matt out with a hurricanrana. Nick kicks Kazarian from the apron but Sky nails Nick with an ace cutter on the apron! Cody is cheering on the Bucks.
Matt takes Sky and Kazarian out with a somersault dive off the stage onto the floor! Matt brings Sky back into the ring and waits in the corner looking for a superkick but Sky blocks it. Matt avoids a Sharpshooter but Kazarian hits a slingshot cutter and the same happens to Nick from Sky. Sky and Kazarian both lock in dragon sleepers. Bucks are able to fight out of the dragon sleepers. Bucks lock in sharpshooters in the middle of the ring. We go to another commercial.
Bucks attempt superkicks but are both almost pinned. Bucks are able to hit stereo superkicks on a second attempt. Sky is nailed by a double superkick. Bucks call for the Meltzer Driver on Kazarian, but Frankie gets to the apron. Kazarian legdrops Matt over the middle rope. Nick dropkicks Kazarian to the floor and drives Sky down with a face buster. Nick hits a moonsault off the apron onto Frankie outside the ring. Bucks hit the Meltzer Driver and that’s good enough for the win. (***1/2. A really good tag match between two good teams. Scorpio Sky was really enjoyable here and I want to see him more in ROH. Hopefully, he can get some singles matches in because he really impressed me here.) After the match, Christopher Daniels attacks the Young Bucks. Adam Page comes running down with a steel chair as Cody took his sweet time getting into the ring to make a save.
A video promoting the feud between Silas Young and Kenny King over the ROH Television Championship is aired. Footage from last week where Kenny King was confronted by Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas. Silas Young predictably attacks King from behind. Young sends King back first into the garage door. Silas taunts King while Kenny is held by Bruiser and Brian.
A video promoting the Briscoe Brothers who are chasing after the ROH Tag Team Champions Motor City Machine Guns. They don’t care about rules or anyone anymore. They want their property back and they’re coming for the tag titles. They will be wrestling at the 16th Anniversary pay per view.
We get another video promoting a few other WOH matches that happened but won’t be aired on ROH TV, which is interesting. The matches were aired on WOH TV. It seems a little weird that they wouldn’t air the matches on ROH TV. Do they only want to televise “well known” women wrestlers? Kelly Klein took on Jessie Brooks in a first round match. Judging by the highlight video, it seems like a decent match. Kelly Klein won the match with a knee strike. Deonna Purrazzo took on Holidead. Talk about two drastically different people. Deonna is a well spoken American woman while Holidead has face paint and comes across as unstable. Purrazzo won by submission in a match that didn’t have a lot of highlights.
Matt Taven and Cody will be wrestling at the 16th Anniversary Show. Cody cuts a pre-tape about Taven being a king of nothing have stolen his ring. Taven says that Cody is the cancer that has infested ROH. Taven is going to have Cody kiss his ring.
Briscoe Brothers challenge ROH Tag Team Champions Motor City Machine Guns for the titles. Briscoe’s can’t be held responsible for what they’re going to do. Sabin and Shelly say that things are personal and the Briscoe’s won’t make it 17 years.
Marty Scurll battles Punishment Martinez at the 16th Anniversary Show. Martinez is going to make the villain his next victim.
ROH World Champion Dalton Castle defends against Jay Lethal at the 16th Anniversary Show. Lethal is going to get back his World Championship, while Dalton assures us he’s going to do whatever it takes to remain the champion.
Main Event: ROH Television Champion Silas Young vs. Kenny King: They shake hands, oddly. King controls Young with a hammerlock but that gets countered. Young takes King down with a headlock. King keeps Young on the mat with a headlock, but neither man can keep the offense for a long period of time. We get a standoff after both men attempted dropkicks. Young shoulder blocks King but King takes the champ down quickly to get control with a side headlock. Beer City Bruiser trips King from the floor and Kenny wants to go after Bruiser but is held back by the referee. Bully Ray comes out and ejects both Bruiser and Milonas from ringside. Young attacks King from behind and keeps control with a hammerlock. King arm drags Young a few times. King keeps Young on the mat with an armbar. Young nails King with a forearm strike against the ropes. King comes back with a forearm of his own. Young backdrops King over the top to the floor to get control of the match. Silas kicks King on the floor. Silas hits a slingshot double stomp into the ring as we go to commercial.
King nails Young with a spinning heel kick to drop Young. King jabs Young several times knocking him to the floor. King misses a twisting dive and Young flips to the apron where King nails Young with a cartwheel kick. Young trips King on the apron dropping Kenny face first onto the apron. King avoids the railing and springboards off the stage to take Young out on the floor.
Kenny takes a selfie with a fan in the crowd. King heads to the top rope hitting a crossbody for a two count. Young drives King into a corner and they proceed to counter moves until King plants Young with a spinebuster for a two count. King has Young on his shoulders but Young breaks free and attempts the Plunge. King gets free only for Young to eye rake King. Young knees King and attempts Misery but King counters with a rollup for a two count. Young stops King with a backbreaker and a clothesline. Young plants King with an elevated swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Young has King on his shoulders hitting a rolling fireman’s carry. King punches Young in the corner but Young counters the Royal Flush with a rollup for a two count. King locks in a Last Chancery of sorts but Young is able to reach the ropes.
Silas seems to have enough and is on the steps trying to escape but King rolls Young back into the ring. Young just goes back to the floor in an attempt to save his title. King kicks the middle rope as King enters and Young hits the Purge, but King kicks out at two. They are on their knees trading forearms after talking smack to each other. King hammers away on Young but Silas fights back. King is able to get a rollup on Young out of the corner and gets a three count. (**1/2. A fine main event, but I don’t think I like switching the title back to King. Silas didn’t really get a chance to shine in this role. It really feels as if King is just getting pushed to capitalize on his appearance on the Bachelor, which is still airing on TV, just not his season, obviously. The crowd seemed to like it, though.)
A fine overall show as the tag match was really entertaining and the highlight. I like the focus they are putting on 16th Anniversary Show, too. I’m indifferent on the title change to Kenny King, but it’s not that big of a deal.
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