<- So it’s my first crack at ROH TV & our new review system and I get hit with a recap show of the Border Wars PPV. Not the best way to try out this new feature but what the hell!
<- I do want to say before we get into the show, I fully believe that Jay Briscoe should be stripped of his title & his ROH contract for the comments he made last week. This company is still “Ring Of HONOR“, isn’t it?
<- While we’re on the topic of controversy in wrestling, I do NOT think Austin Aries should be fired from TNA but I do believe he should be severely reprimanded for his actions, including at least a suspension, loss of pay & sexual harassment classes. The difference between the two incidents is that Austin Aries got carried away in playing a heel character on television while Jay Briscoe threatened to SHOOT SOMEONE on his personal Twitter page.
Roderick Strong vs Mike Bennett
<- Damn it’s been far, FAR too long since I’ve had the privilege of seeing Maria on my TV screen every week.
There’s been so much talk about Mike Bennett’s future and whether he’ll sign with WWE or TNA. I can’t help but what this match and remember how TNA dropped the ball with Roderick Strong. He’s so clean-cut and solid in the ring, I could have seen him becoming TNA’s John Cena but never was able to break out of the X-Division during a time when the X-Division was being overrun by AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe.
<- I didn’t realize how much of a role Maria plays in Bennett’s act. Could he succeed in a major company with her?
<- Odd finish to a main event style match when some character named “Cheeseburger” came ringside and began making out with Maria, causing Bennett to be distracted and Strong to pick up the win. I don’t know who this “Cheeseburger” kid is but the whole thing made me feel like I was watching a $5 Wrestling show and not Ring Of Honor.
Recap of S.C.U.M Turning On Kevin Steen
<- I haven’t watch ROH as much as I’ve liked to so this little recap was very welcome. Especially since I always picture Kevin Steen as being the epitome of a heel in wrestling and it was hard to believe he’s now a babyface.
B.J. Whitmer vs Rhett Titus (“I Quit” Match)
<- I know that they want as many eyes as possible tos see what happened at their last PPV, but not having not seen the Border Wars PPV, I’m feeling a little ripped off just seeing these cut down versions of some of the matches. If you want people to order the replay of the PPV, pimp the hell out of it! But don’t give us watered down replays & the finishes of matches you want us to pay money for.
<- WOW Michael Elgin is over. The guy doesn’t have the look or mic skills but he is absolutely a monster in a company that doesn’t have too many of them.
<- Elgin’s moveset is one of the best for big men in the business today. His Samoan Drop/Fallaway Slam combo spot was incredible!
<- And that was the perfect way to bring Kevin Steen back to TV and as a defender for ROH. Even though he took the fall, Steen is obviously their main draw right now and they needed him back in the mix fairly quickly.
All in all, an ok recap show that helped casual fans catch up on the PPV. It’s not something that I would personally do or enjoy watching but I can see the need for it, especially in a smaller company like Ring of Honor.