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Sunday, August 30, 2015

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ROH TV Review: 8/29/15

By Nathan Neumann 
@Headliner5

Hello everyone and welcome once again to another one of my Ring Of Honor reviews. I am of course Nathan and we have a lot to talk about on an action packed hour of honor. Unlike last week, my phone actually made it through this show so I was able to tweet as much as I possibly could, therefore this review will be a lot more complete than last week's was, even though I was still happy with how last weeks review turned out.

The show begins with Adam Page making his way out to the ring as he gets set for action. Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino are on commentary per the usual, as they welcome us to the show and then introduce Adam Page who is already in the ring. Then out comes his opponent the former ROH World Heavyweight Champion Jay Briscoe as we get set for the first match of the night.

Match 1
Adam Page (w/BJ Whitmer and Colby Corino) vs. Jay Briscoe

Thoughts: The Briscoes open the show for the second week in a row, which is a welcome change from when they were featured so heavily in main events. I like the Briscoes, but it’s nice to see guys being given different things to do as a way to keep things fresh. The match begins and Adam Page starts out by slapping the crap out of Jay Briscoe, but Briscoe gets the upper hand and begins stomping away at Page who is seated in the corner.  Page rolls to the outside of the ring, but Jay presses the advantage by hitting a suicide dive to the outside of the ring onto Page. From there, Colby Corino grabs a crutch and smacks Jay Briscoe in the back right in front of Todd Sinclair, which causes him to call for the bell and the immediate disqualification.

Match Result: Jay Briscoe defeats Adam Page via disqualification after Colby Corino hits Briscoe with a crutch.  

Match Rating: N/A

This was more of a match to get a storyline started perhaps, so therefore I’m not going to rate it because it didn’t go on long enough to justify a rating and I’m not going to give it the 1* treatment because that would be unfair.

After the DQ, Adam Page hits the Rite of Passage on Jay, which causes Mark to storm the ring to check on his fallen brother. From there, we go to a commercial break.

Dalton Castle tells us all to buy his shirt if we haven’t done so already.

Next, we go to a pretaped promo from Dalton Castle where he says that he will put his boys on the line in a future match against Silas Young, however if Silas loses than Silas will have to become one of Dalton’s boys.

We go to the second match of the evening as former tag team partners collide.

Match 2
Cedric Alexander vs. Caprice Coleman

Thoughts: Before the match gets underway, Moose makes his way down to ringside. Cedric grabs a microphone and points out the fact that he not only beat Moose once, but he beat him twice and therefore he refuses to wrestle Caprice Coleman here tonight. Caprice makes his way to the ring and the two begin fighting as the referee calls for the bell and we have an official match whether Cedric likes it or not. Cedric hits a flying head scissors onto Caprice on the outside of the ring, but back in the ring Coleman recovers and hits a hurricanranna for a near fall.  From there, shenanigans begin on the outside of the ring as Stokley Hathaway grabs Veda and throws her on the ground (it looked unsafe). From there, Cedric grabs a wrench which gets stolen by Moose while Caprice Coleman hits Cedric Alexander with the Sky Splitter (top rope leg lariat) to pick up the win and the huge upset victory over his former C & C Wrestle Factory tag team partner.

Match Result: Caprice Coleman defeats Cedric Alexander via pinfall after the Sky Splitter 

Match Result **1/2

Decent match here coupled with some overbooking and an upset that makes for good TV. They are definitely going somewhere with this, but it just seems like Caprice is serving as cannon fodder in a storyline between Moose and Cedric, which sucks if you are Caprice.

From there, we go to the third match of the night as two more former tag team partners collide.

Match 3
Cheeseburger vs. Brutal Bob Evans

Thoughts: Brutal Bob Evans attacks Cheeseburger before the bell even rings, but Burger manages to get the advantage and jumps off of a guardrail on the outside of the ring on to Evans. Back in the ring and Cheeseburger rolls up Evans for a near fall, but Evans manages to kick out. From there, Evans makes his way onto the apron and gets nailed with a palm strike by Cheeseburger, which sends Evans crashing through a randomly placed table at ringside. This would cause Evans to not be able to make back into the ring by the count of twenty thus giving Cheeseburger the win via count out.

Match Result: Cheeseburger defeats Brutal Bob Evans via count out after sending him through a table at ringside.

Match Rating: *1/2

Some good storyline progression here, but honestly nothing special though it did what it needed to do.

From here, we go to a promo from Jay Lethal who talks about how awesome he is and he also mentions something about Hanson being homeless. He makes mention of a dog that Hanson apparently has, which seems very random, but Lethal can both say and do whatever he wants because he’s that awesome.

From there, Mandy Leon takes us Inside ROH as she talks about next week’s championship edition of ROH TV.

From there, we get the second of two Jay Lethal promos as this one focuses on Jay Lethal’s match with Hanson tonight, as well as his upcoming rematch with Roderick Strong for the World Heavyweight Championship next week. These two went to a one-hour time limit draw on July 24th at Death Before Dishonor XIII and they will settle the score in a few weeks on ROH TV.

He also talks about All Star Extravaganza and his two matches during the event, as he will defend the ROH TV Title against Bobby Fish on the same night that he defends the ROH World Title against Kyle O’Reilly. So this is the first time that Lethal will wrestle two matches on one show during his reign as both the World and TV champions and it should be interesting to see how it all plays out.  

From here, we head back inside of the arena as Bobby Fish joins Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino on commentary for the main event of the evening.

Main Event – Match 4
Hanson vs. Jay Lethal {C}
ROH World Television Championship Match

Thoughts: Before the match begins, Jay Lethal has Bobby Cruise announce him as the “greatest first generation wrestler alive.” The match begins and Hanson and Lethal start out by trading punches in one of the four corners of the ring. Hanson gets the upper hand and hits Lethal with a big boot for a near fall. From there Hanson makes his way out onto the ring apron where Lethal begins chopping away at his chest, but it’s having little to no effect on the big man. Lethal knocks Hanson to the outside of the ring and then hits three suicide dives in succession and Hanson ends up in the front row in some fan's lap on the third one. Back in the ring and Hanson recovers and gets the advantage as he grabs Lethal by the waste and drops him with a side slam. Hanson continues the advantage by hitting the cartwheel clothesline for a near fall.  Lethal once again gets the advantage and downs Hanson, Lethal then makes his way up to the top rope where he delivers Hail to the King (his patented elbow drop) and goes for the cover but Hanson kicks out at one. Hanson fires up and hits a handspring heart attack in an ode to Lethal’s Lethal Injection but Lethal manages to get the knees up as Hanson is coming down. Hanson is in some obvious pain and Lethal capitalizes by hitting two Lethal Injections in succession once Hanson made it back up to his feet to pin Hanson and retain the ROH World Television Championship.

Match Result: Jay Lethal defeats Hanson via pinfall after two Lethal Injections in succession to retain the ROH World Television Championship.

Match Rating: **3/4

Really good main event this week as Lethal continues to stake his claim as one of the best champions that Ring Of Honor has ever seen as he continues his double title reign.

After the match Lethal is about to attack Hanson once again, but Roderick Strong and reDRagon make their way out to the ring to save Hanson and make sure that Lethal doesn’t do any further damage. Lethal retreats up the ramp and through the curtain as the show draws to a close for the week.

That’ll once again do it for me and another one of my Ring Of Honor reviews for EOTR. It was a solid hour of wrestling this week that was an easy watch and you should go out of your way to see it, provided you are a fan of Ring Of Honor.  Make sure to follow me on twitter @Headliner5, as well as the Eyes On The Ring main account over @EyesOnTheRing.  I would also like to apologize for there being no radio show last week as BlogTalkRadio was having issues but we should be back to it Sunday night at 11:00pm EST with a great show live via http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ElitePodcastNetwork and also make sure to check out http://www.Facebook.com/EyesOnTheRing and give us a like.  Until next week Ringers, this has been Nathan saying so long for now and make sure to keep your Eyes On The Ring for all the content that we will continue to bring you on the website.

-Nathan

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