Thought Zero – We are still working off the Concord, NC tapings, but that’s cool. Let’s start things off.
- Before the theme song, we get a video review of the Jay Lethal versus Silas Young/Beer City Bruiser feud. But post opening music, we get a cold open with Lethal and Bruiser fighting. Apparently they are having a No-DQ match now and started early. That would have worked better without the “Previously on…” stuff.
- There are security guards blocking the entrance ramp. They are there to keep Silas Young from interfering. But it is a No-Disqualification match. That makes no sense. After the commercial break, Silas Young is up with the announcers. Ian Riccaboni announces Jay Lethal versus Silas Young at Death Before Dishonor.
- The Silas Young antics are taking away from the match. Not that this is a technical wonder or anything, but still, it is Jay Freakin’ Lethal in there. Lethal hits a Lethal Injection and then duct tapes Bruiser to the bottom rope. Showing some viciousness we don’t normally see in Lethal, the beer keg grats smashed onto Bruiser’s leg and then demolished with a chair. One figure four later and Bruiser taps out. Young tried to get to Lethal, but security kept him back.
- Next we see footage from an “autograph signing” where a fan dressed like Jushin “Thunder” Liger takes a picture with Cheeseburger. It turns out to be Will Ferrara though and he attacks Cheeseburger. This feud has been completely one-sided and as far as I can tell, wholly unnecessary. And with one poorly timed camera shot, we get the shocking truth that this signing was really just a small area in the crowd they set up for this one segment. Way to ruin the mystery guys.
- Back from commercial and we get the debut of Caprice Coleman’s Pulpit. Apparently, ROH only feels he deserves three folding chairs instead of a real set. They are handing around one small lapel mic as well. That is pretty funny. Coleman has The Addiction as his first guests. All three men talk about lack of respect and how The Addiction is going to ruin everything the fans want. Fair enough. I shouldn’t have liked that segment, but I liked that segment.
- Oh, hey. It’s Will Ferrara coming out to wrestle. He is facing Howie Timberche. I have no idea who that is. Timberche is much bigger than Ferrara and hits a number of slams, punches, atomic drops, elbow drops, etc. He is very basic in the ring, but he is still dominating Ferrara. Ferrara turns the tide by pulling his shoulder into the ringpost and following with a dive into a DDT.
- Ferrara gets the win with a tornado DDT. Joy. After the match, Cheeseburger comes out to challenge Ferrara one-on-one next week.
- Main event time features Mark Briscoe and Bully Ray versus Cody Rhodes and Hangman Page. Jay Briscoe is out with concussion symptoms at the hands or The Kingdom. So the Bullet Club are heels tonight? God, that gets confusing. Just a note, Hangman Page is very good at being the disgusting heel. Case in point, he spit on Mark Briscoe, flipped Briscoe backwards when he attacked, and then hit his flip-into-the-ring clothesline thing. Nice.
- Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana are talking about Jay Briscoe being all out of sorts lately. Ian hammers home the point that Jay Briscoe has been in a weird and violent mindset. And then wonders aloud about if it has created a rift between he and his brother and Bully Ray. Come on, stop beating us over the head with explaining the storylines. Let the guys’ actions tell the stories.
- Marty Scurll comes out to interfere, but Jay Briscoe, all concussed and everything, comes out to even the sides. Jay and Marty fight back through the crowd and out on the concourse area. Things continue to break down until TK O’Ryan comes out and knocks Mark Briscoe off the top rope. Cody hits the Cross Roads and gets the pin. The Kingdom proceed to annihilate Mark Briscoe and Bully Ray using a baseball bat O’Ryan has. Jay Briscoe returns to help, but get whacked by Matt Taven’s staff, and falls to a triple powerbomb. The Kingdom stand tall as we fade out.
Well, they are making The Kingdom look like quite a force. That is a good thing. And it is good to see TK O’Ryan’s leg is fully healed. Until next week..
Tags: Beer City Bruiser, Bully Ray, Caprice Coleman, Cheeseburger, Cody Rhodes, Colt Cabana Ian Riccaboni, Hangman Page, Jay Briscoe, Jay Lethal, Mark Briscoe, Marty Scurll, matt taven, silas young, The Addiction, The Kingdom, TK O'Ryan, Will Ferrara