Ring of Honor TV Report – February 8, 2014
Kevin Kelly – Play-By-Play
Steve Corino- Color
Welcome to a Road Rage edition of Ring of Honor, which emanates from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tonight, we name our Top Prospect, as well as find out who walks away victorious in our Ring of Honor World Television Championship Match.
Adrenaline RUSH (Tadarius Thomas & ACH) vs. The Decade (BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs) w/ Roderick Strong
This was a great hybrid of aerial and technical maneuvers, with ACH and Thomas managing to shine as brightly as their more experienced opponents, Whitmer and Jacobs. Both teams worked well together and created a fluid, exciting bout that got right to the point. You can’t start off a card with a better kind of match and you should do what you can to get a viewing of it.
Winner: The Decade (BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs)
A well-compiled video package was made to review how we got to the following match…
Hanson vs. Raymond Rowe – Top Prospect Tournament Finals
Hanson won a grueling bout that made hard-hitting into its mantra. These two worked a match that focused more on big hits and hard slams, rather than sound psychology. That all said, what they did offer was absolutely among the most physical bits of work I’ve seen in about six months; a statement that does, indeed, mean something substantial. I wouldn’t recommend wrestling every match this way, but I can see wanting to make an impression with what has to be the biggest match of either man’s career.
The Briscoes cut a fine promo on their 3-Way Elimination Tag Team Match next week against Adam Cole & Matt Hardy and Michael Elgin & Chris Hero.
Veda Scott attempted to cut a promo on the dominance of RD Evans, but was thwarted by The Romantic Touch, who surprised her from behind. Michael Elgin snatched the mic and told his partner-to-be, Chris Hero, to stay out of his way, come next week. It’s amazing how all of these comical and timely instances always seem to happen on camera; although, it would be odd for Elgin to cut a promo on Hero, with no one in the room with him to hear it or record it.
MAIN EVENT: Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven – Ring of Honor World Television Championship Match
A Truth Martini promo preceded our title bout, where he ended the era of Hoopla. This provoked Taven to fire Truth, claiming he will always respect his manager, but he needs to move on.
From there, the match began and culminated into an excellent triple-man bout that made great use of all three men. This encounter was paced well and featured the kind of athleticism that makes me feel so emasculated, because I don’t think I could even stretch down to touch my toes, let alone do a triple back flip… or whatever the hell Jay was doing. After many great minutes of championship action, Truth Martini interfered and cost Taven the title, which came into the hands of…
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa – AND STILL Ring of Honor World Television Champion
After the victor was announced, the three competitors exchanged a warrior’s thanks to one another, for a fight well fought.
Final Thoughts: It’s hard to critique a wrestling company that actually focuses on the wrestling portion of their promotion. That being said, the biggest problem I see with ROH is that the house style is so unforgiving on those who embrace it. This intense style isn’t necessary, because wrestling fans just want action that engages. Our enjoyment doesn’t have to come at the expense of the wrestlers lives, and with the tragedies of Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero, perhaps it’s time that we stop encouraging these men and women to perform moves that place them in this sort of danger.